Sita’s Lament By Valmiki

Sita’s Lament Indrajit ere dawned the morning entered in his father’s hall, Spake of midnight’s darksome contest, Rama’s death and Lakshman’s fall, And the proud…

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Fall Of Kumbha-Karna By Valmiki

Fall Of Kumbha-Karna Once, more healed and strong and valiant, Lakshman in his arms, arose, Safe behind the gates of Lanka humbled Ravan shunned his…

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The Queen’s Demand By Valmiki

The Queen’s Demand Rama shall be crowned at sunrise, so did royal bards proclaim, Every rite arranged and ordered, Dasa-ratha homeward came, To the fairest…

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Mother’s Blessings By Valmiki

Mother’s Blessings Tears of sorrow and of suffering flowed from Queen Kausalya’s eye, As she saw departing Sita for her blessings drawing nigh, And she…

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Woman’s Truth Vindicated By Valmiki

Woman’s Truth Vindicated Slow the red flames rolled asunder, God of Fire incarnate came, Holding in his radiant bosom fair Videha’s sinless dame, Not a…

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The Embassy To Ayodhya By Valmiki

The Embassy To Ayodhya Three nights halting in their journey with their steeds fatigued and spent, Envoys from Mithila’s monarch to Ayodhya’s city went, And…

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Indrajit’s First Battle-The Serpent-Noose By Valmiki

Indrajit’s First Battle-The Serpent-Noose Darkly round the leaguered city Rama’s countless forces lay, Far as Ravan cast his glances in the dawning light of day,…

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Sita Lost By Valmiki

Sita Lost Morning dawned; and with Valmiki, Sita to the gathering came, Banished wife and weeping mother, sorrow-stricken, suffering dame, Pure in thought and deed,…

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Celestial Arms And Chariot By Valmiki

Celestial Arms And Chariot Not in dastard terror havan sought his safety in his flight, But to seek fresh steeds of battle ere he faced…

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The Preparation By Valmiki

The Preparation All his four heroic princes now with Dasa-ratha stayed In Mithila’s ancient city, and their father’s will obeyed, Thither came the bold Yudhajit…

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Rama’s Departure By Valmiki

Rama’s Departure Vainly fought the vengeful Khara, doughty Dushan vainly bled, Rama and the valiant Lakshman strewed the forest with the dead, Till the humbled…

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Vajra-Danshtra’s Speech By Valmiki

Vajra-Danshtra’s Speech Iron-toothéd Vajra-danshtra then arose in wrath and pride, And his blood-stained mace of battle held in fury by his side, ‘Wherefore, Ravan, waste…

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The Counsel Of Tara By Valmiki

The Counsel Of Tara Linked in bonds of faithful friendship Rama and Sugriva came, Where in royal town Kishkindha, Bali ruled with warlike fame, And…

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Indrjit’s Sacrifice And Second Battle By Valmiki

Indrjit’s Sacrifice And Second Battle Still around beleaguered Lanka girdled Rama’s living chain, Raksha chieftain after chieftain strove to break the line in vain, Sons…

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Surpa-Yarua Punished By Valmiki

Surpa-Yarua Punished Rama heard her impious purpose and a gentle smile repressed, To the foul and forward female thus his mocking words addressed: ‘List, O…

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Citizens’ Lament By Valmiki

Citizens’ Lament Spake Sumantra chariot-driver waiting by the royal car, ‘Haste thee, mighty-destined Rama, for we wander long and far, Fourteen years in Dandak’s forest…

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The Rains In The Nilgiri Mountains By Valmiki

The Rains In The Nilgiri Mountains ‘Mark the shadowing rain and tempest,’ Rama to his brother said, As on Nalya’s cloud-capped ranges in their hermit-guise…

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Mithila, And The Breaking Of The Bow By Valmiki

Mithila, And The Breaking Of The Bow Janak monarch of Videha spake his memage near and far, He shall win my peerless Sita who shall…

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The Wedding By Valmiki

The Wedding Sage Vasishtha skilled in duty placed Videha’s honoured king, Viswa-mitra, Sata-nanda, all within the sacred ring, And he raised the holy altar as…

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The Counsel Of Agastya By Valmiki

The Counsel Of Agastya ‘Pleased am I,’ so spake Agastya, ‘in these forests dark and wild, Thou hast come to seek me, Rama, with the…

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Intrigue By Valmiki

Intrigue In the inner palace chamber stood the proud and peerless queen, With a mother’s joy Kaikeyi gaily watched the festive scene, But with deep…

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Sita In The Asoka Garden By Valmiki

Sita In The Asoka Garden Crossed the ocean’s boundless waters, Hanuman in duty brave, Lighted on the emerald island girded by the sapphire wave, And…

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Bibhishan’s Departure By Valmiki

Bibhishan’s Departure This to me Bibhishan answered, as with fiery comrades four, Rose in arms the wrathful Raksha and in fury rushed before. ‘But I…

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The Quest For Sita By Valmiki

The Quest For Sita Past the rains, the marshalled Vanars gathered round Sugriva bold, And unto a gallant chieftain thus the king his purpose told:…

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Meeting Of Janak And Dasa-Ratha By Valmiki

Meeting Of Janak And Dasa-Ratha On Ayodhya’s tower and turret now the golden morning woke, Dasa-ratha girt by courtiers thus to wise Sumantra spoke: Bid…

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The Sentence By Valmiki

The Sentence Morning came and duteous Rama to the palace bent his way, For to make his salutation and his due obeisance pay, And he…

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The Council Convened By Valmiki

The Council Convened Thus the young and brave Satrughna, Bharat ever true and bold, Went to warlike western regions where Kaikeyas lived of old, Where…

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Indrajit’s Assurance By Valmiki

Indrajit’s Assurance Indrajit the son of Ravan then his lofty purpose told, ‘Midst the best and boldest Rakshas none so gallant, none so bold: ‘Wherefore,…

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Return To Ayodrya By Valmiki

Return To Ayodrya With his wedded sons and daughters and his guard in bright array, To the famed and fair Ayodhya, Dasa-ratha held his way,…

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Bibhishan’s Warning By Valmiki

Bibhishan’s Warning Twenty warriors armed and girded in the Council Hall arose, Thirsting for a war of vengeance, hurling challenge on the foes, But Bibhishan…

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The People Consulted By Valmiki

The People Consulted With the voice of pealing thunder Dasa-ratha spake to all, To the princes and the burghers gathered in Ayodhya’s hall: ‘Known to…

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Mandodari’s Lament And The Funerals By Valmiki

Mandodari’s Lament And The Funerals ‘Hast thou fallen,’ wept in anguish Ravan’s first and eldest bride, Mandodari, slender-waisted, Queen of Lanka’s state and pride, ‘Hast…

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The Voice Of Hope By Valmiki

The Voice Of Hope Hanuman from leafy shelters lifts his voice in sacred song, Till the tale of Rama’s glory Lanka’s woods and vales prolong:…

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The Consecration Of Sugriva By Valmiki

The Consecration Of Sugriva Tears of love the tender Tara on her slaughtered hero shed, E’en Sugriva’s bosom melted when he saw his brother dead,…

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Greetings By Valmiki

Greetings Message from returning Rama, Vanars to Ayodhya brought, Righteous Bharat gave his mandate with a holy joy distraught: ‘Let our city shrines and chaityas…

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Return Home By The Aerial Car By Valmiki

Return Home By The Aerial Car ‘Mark my love,’ so Rama uttered, as on flying Pushpa car, Borne by swans, the home-returning exiles left the…

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Bharat’s Entreaty And Rama’s Reply By Valmiki

Bharat’s Entreaty And Rama’s Reply ‘Speak, my true, my faithful Bharat,’ so the righteous Rama cried, ‘Wherefore to this jungle dwelling hast thou from Ayodhya…

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The Meeting Of The Brothers By Valmiki

The Meeting Of The Brothers Sorrowing for his sire departed Bharat to Ayodhya came, But the exile of his brother stung his noble heart to…

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Lakshman’s Departure By Valmiki

Lakshman’s Departure ‘Heardst that distant cry of danger?’ questioned Sita in distress, ‘Woe, to me! who in my frenzy sent my lord to wilderness, Speed,…

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The Sandals By Valmiki

The Sandals Tears nor sighs nor sad entreaty Rama’s changeless purpose shook, Till. once more with hands conjoinéd Bharat to his elder spoke: ‘Rama, true…

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The Consecration By Valmiki

The Consecration Joy! joy in bright Ayodhya gladness filled the hearts of all, Joy! joy a lofty music sounded in the royal hall, Fourteen years…

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Friends In Misfortune By Valmiki

Friends In Misfortune Long and loud lamented Rama by his lonesome cottage door, Janasthana’s woodlands answered, Panchavati’s echoing shore, Long he searched in wood and…

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Recital Of The Ramayana By Valmiki

Recital Of The Ramayana When the silent night was ended, and their pure ablutions done, Joyous went the minstrel brothers, and their lofty lay begun,…

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Brother’s Faithfulness By Valmiki

Brother’s Faithfulness Tears bedewed the face of Lakshman as he heard what Sita, said, And he touched the feet of Rama and in gentle accents…

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The Hermitage Of Atri By Valmiki

The Hermitage Of Atri With the sandals of his elder Bharat to Ayodhya went, Rama sought for deeper forests on his arduous duty bent, Wandering…

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Kumbha-Karna’s Determination By Valmiki

Kumbha-Karna’s Determination Ravan’s brother Kumbha-karna, from his wonted slumber woke, Mightiest he of all the Rakshas, thus in solemn accents spoke: Truly speaks the wise…

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The Sacrifice By Valmiki

The Sacrifice Years have passed; the lonely Rama in his joyless palace reigned, And for righteous duty yearning, Aswa-medha rite ordained, And a steed of…

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The City Decorated By Valmiki

The City Decorated With his consort pious Rama, pure in deed and pure in thought, After evening’s due ablutions NARAYANA’S chamber sought, Prayed unto the…

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Durmukha’s Speech By Valmiki

Durmukha’s Speech Durmukha of cruel visage and of fierce and angry word, Rose within the Council Chamber, spake to Lanka’s mighty lord: ‘Never shall the…

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Ravan’s Wooing By Valmiki

Ravan’s Wooing ‘Listen, Brahman!’ answered Sita,-unsuspecting in her mind That she saw a base betrayer in a hermit seeming kind,- ‘I am born of royal…

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Ayodrya, The Righteous City By Valmiki

Ayodrya, The Righteous City Rich in royal worth and valour, rich in holy Vedic lore, Dasa-ratha ruled his empire in the happy days of yore,…

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The Hermitage Of Agastya By Valmiki

The Hermitage Of Agastya Righteous Rama, soft-eyed Sita, and the gallant Lakshman stood In the wilderness of Dandaki-trackless, pathless, boundless wood, But within its gloomy…

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Lava And Kusara Recognised By Valmiki

Lava And Kusara Recognised Flashed upon the contrite Rama glimpses of the dawning truth, And with tears of love paternal Rama clasped each minstrel youth,…

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Surpa-Nakha In Love By Valmiki

Surpa-Nakha In Love As the Moon with starry Chitra dwells in azure skies above, In his lonesome leafy cottage Rama dwelt in Sita’s love, And…

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Crossing The Tamasa- The Citizens’ Return By Valmiki

Crossing The Tamasa- The Citizens’ Return Evening’s thickening shades descended on Tamasa’s distant shore, Rama rested by the river, day of toilsome journey o’er, And…

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Rama’s Lament By Valmiki

Rama’s Lament ‘Art thou fallen,’ sorrowed Rama, ‘weary of this endless strife, Lakshman, if thy days are ended, Rama recks not for his life, Gone…

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Winter In Panchavati By Valmiki

Winter In Panchavati Came and passed the golden autumn in the forest’s gloomy shade, And the northern blasts of winter swept along the silent glade,…

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The Forest Of Panchavati By Valmiki

The Forest Of Panchavati Godavari’s limpid waters in her gloomy gorges strayed, Unseen rangers of the jungle nestled in the darksome shade! ‘Mark the woodlands,’…

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Kausalya’s Lament And Rama’s Reply By Valmiki

Kausalya’s Lament And Rama’s Reply Slow and sad with Saint Vasishtha, with each widowed royal dame, Unto Rama’s hermit-cottage ancient Queen Kausalya came, And she…

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Speech Of Nikumbha And Vajra-Hanu By Valmiki

Speech Of Nikumbha And Vajra-Hanu Then arose the brave Nikumbha,-Kumbha-kama’s son was he,- Spake his young heart’s mighty passion in his accents bold and free:…

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