Kamba Ramayanam Yudha Kandam 16 (Padalam 38)
Kamba Ramayanam Yudha Kandam 16 (Padalam 38)

By Kambar (Kavichakravarthy Kamban)

Translated in English by P. R Ramachander

Kamba Ramayanam-Yudha Kandam 16 (Padalam 38)

Yudha Kandam (contd)

38. Thirumudi chootu Padalam

Chapter on crowning of Rama .
(This chapter  describes  in detail as to how Rama  was crowned as the king of Ayodhya)

10290. Rama  with Bharata and other   brothers   reached   the pretty Nandigrama,Removed  his scented matted hair  and completed  the  ritual of hair removal,Took bath in cold water  and  started decorating themselves making the Devas happy.

10291. That Rama armed with spear    that   would take out blood ,Departed from Nandi Grama which    was in the south west ,For the sake of reaching city of Ayodhya beautified by  flags  ,And surrounded by walls  got   in to a golden chariot  decorated by  gems,Which shined like Sun, was drawn by white horses which are like Vedas.

10292. Riding on the golden chariot   which was so strong  that,It could  see the end of the Yuga , with Lakshmana  who was like,An elephant in rut which was   seven hands tall   holding  ,The white regal umbrella  , another strong brother ,Fanning with white coloured Cowry  and Bharata  shedding tears of joy,Which   could mask the world    driving  the horses , Rama went.

10293. The  warrior king Vibheeshana   and the son of the hot Sun God ,Rode  on mountain like elephants which would lead   to victory in battle,Near to Rama’s chariot  and Angadha    who was wearing a flower made  crown,And who had red eyes   going in front  , Hanuman ,Equal in valour to Adhisesha    went  behind   that chariot.

10294. And other  monkey leaders   classified   according to their rank ,In the garb of great human beings  ,who were  pretty   and masculine,Who  had white regal umbrella   held over their heads ,And Who had chests   decorated by garlands  and juice of red cotton ,As well as war wounds , and who were   sixty seven crores  in number,Followed them riding on their own elephants.

10295. They were surrounded  by   the kings from all the   seven worlds ,Who were  ruling  eighteen   countries  ,Who has  elephants with decorative head gear,Who had chariots  made of  pure Gold , Who had white  circular umbrellas  ,Who were being fanned by white Cowries from both sides  and who were wearing Lustrous crowns   which were touching the  sky.

10296. All the monkey ladies changed in to Deva maidens   and  were,Riding on faultless   she elephants , on horses decorated with garlands ,And other transports  and  Sita   who was like the swan of MIthila country ,Went surrounded by them looking like moon surrounded    by stars.

10297. With Devas and sages showering from all directions  like ,The ceaseless rain  , falling and accumulating in all places  ,And only flowers could be seen every where  and since nothing else was seen,This earth could be called Poo(Flower in Tamil/BHooo in Sanskrit  )  appropriately 

10298. Like the dry clouds   of the summer  , those  tusked elephants,With seat on top of them which had not    given out rut   for fourteen years,Due to the Lord returning from   the forest   went on showering rut  which flowed,And the joy which  they had stifled    in their heart came  out .

10299. All the horses   which were wearing garland with bells  were like,Dumb people getting back their speech  , like the Clouds   which were shouting,Neighed and all trees  put out their flowers as if it was flowering season,And the ladies   who had curved eye brows  which looked as if,They were  looking angrily at their enemies  and their body,Was covered   with golden coloured  parting     hue.

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10300. At that time  That Lord blessed with wealth   reached  Ayodhya  ,Saluted his mothers   , reached the temple  of Lord Vishnu  ,Who is the lord of all   the world  , saluted their clan  God   as well as,Their  Guru Vasishta  saw   the  red lotus flowers dancing  ,With joy along     with   the lady earth.

10301. Those numerous  men and ladies of Ayodhya   who never thought,Of removing their cloths  , due to the joy of seeing Rama  several times,Lifted their    hanging cloths  by their hands  and due to  their ,Body getting bloated due to   joy  and due to their jumping.Again and again    were looking like the cloth less  jain seers.

10302. The  experts in Vedas by mistake  wore  the  Sari worn by the prostitutes,The Brahmins snatched   the dress  of ornamented ladies   winning in love tiff,People coming without   applying, scented pastes  and   the ointment made  ,By grinding scented articles were  due to   the confusion  ,Were double the number  of those who came  after  applying them.

10303. The ladies   who had crescent like forehead and who were wearing bangles Who during those fourteen years  when  Rama had forsaken the great wealth,Of ruling the country  due to absence of  joy in their   mind ,Were not sleeping with their husbands  , covered their bodies,With ornaments causing great confusion to their   husbands.

10304. WIth the divine scent of those  who live in heaven  , the scent ,Of the  cool bodies of earthy beings   getting mixed and wafting  ,The ladies    of the earth  and the   ladies of the heaven ,Developed hatred   with each other   which ,Came out as   tortured breath    and they quarreled.

10305. At that time  Lord Rama   looked at Bharata with love  and told him,“To the pure Vibheeshana  , to the son of Sun God ,To all the monkey warriors and others   show the specialties  ,of   our leading palace  ,.”

10306. As soon as Rama told like this  BHarata went with   all the friends,And after crossing   several  multi storey  buildings   and took them  ,To the chief Palace  which   was inlaid by gold  ,Which was ,The resting place of Devas  and goddess  Lakshmi  ,Which was divine and resembles lustrous  Meru mountain.

10307. Those warriors like Vibheeshana who had a  mind devoid  of confusion,Stood  benumbed   as they were  surrounded by the great luster given by,The  diamond  , ruby topaz   and other  faultless gems  .They were astonished   and also mentally  confused.

10308. They saw   the hall which was shining like the Kausthuba  gems,Which was on the chest of Lord Vishnu and they asked Bharata   about it ,And he told them that it was a gift   given  by Lord Brahma    with love,To the Ikshuvaku king who had sugarcane like sweet shoulders  ,Appreciating   the great penance    done  by him.

10309. ”That  matchless Lord Brahma who sits on the lotus flower   gaveThis  great hall where goddess Lakshmi lives  to the Ikshuvaku king “When Bharata told like this  they all told  , “Is this within our ,Capacity for praising? “ and saluted it by their folded  red hands   ,And reached  another    Hall.

10310. When they were   appreciating and wondering about  the greatness ,Of that hall, Sugreeva, the son of Sun God  with great love  , saluted Bharata ,And asked, “Oh pure one, why are we not knowing about   that auspicious date,When Lord Rama who is like a cloud  is going to wear the crown?’And Lord  Bharata   told him.

10311. ”It is difficult to   bring  the sacred waters  from the seven oceans  ,And also from other scared rivers” said Bharata and  Sugreeva the son,Of Sun god who travels in a  chariot with one  wheel  speedily looked  ,At Hanuman  and  that son of wind God  ,Who went away and crossed   the entire distance of earth   surrounded by sea.

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10312. Bharata  wanted  to call   the sage Vasishta   and other  astrologers,And as soon as Sumanthra the expert in driving the chariot  ,Went and told the sage  , That sage  who   was given birth by Lord Brahma  ,Came   and all people   rose up  and saluted   his feet.

10313. As soon as throne was placed  , that great sage   looked at Bharata ,And said ,  The day of crowning of black  Rama   when he would be with  ,The lady earth   and  the proper Goddess Lakshmi   and receive,The  wealth that   cannot be destroyed   is tomorrow, which is auspicious.

10314. Vasishta   and several people who were  equivalent to the Guru of Indra  ,Who were  all experts   in Vedic rituals   examined the auspicious  day and time  ,For   coronation of Dasaratha  Rama   with moon like shining   regal  umbrella.,With   the pretty shining crown  and wrote it and send it all over the world.”

10315. When the emissaries   went to all three worlds which are ,Stacked one over the other   and told  them   about   the ceremony ,All people came to Ayodhya  and leaving no empty space ,Stayed  in Ayodhya  and if it is so  , does any poet  including  ,Lord Brahma    has the ability    to tell   about it?
10316. At that time   along with the sage  , the son of Sun God  ,And the great  and able king of Rakshasas, Jambavan,The son of Vali   and other  faultless   warriors with great prowess,Went and saluted   that faultless Rama  and informed him ,About   the day fixed   for the crowning ceremony.

10317. ,Vasishta   who was similar   to Lord Shiva who burnt  ,The God of love to ashes, who had a long forehead, and,Who wears only white poolai flower told  “Tomorrow is the auspicious day  ,Suitable  for you   to wear the crown and so bull like Rama,You please observe the rituals needed for that  responsibility.”

10318. When the sage who was equal to Lord Brahma   ordered,The artistic architect   Maya  , who is an expert  in the art of Sculpture ,As described in the books  , who has great strength to do micro carvings  ,Who is the  matchless one with the face of the deer,
Who has the mind to salute and listen , measuring  by his scale ,Erected   a hall which had the   entire world embedded in it  and completed it.

10319. ”The   water of the four oceans surrounding the world ,The seven types  of  water from the oceans which have   deep tide ,And the waters  of the rivers  be brought  here, “ ordered  Sugreeva  ,And Hanuman who had earlier brought   Sanjeevi mountain ,Said “I would do it  like that” and  rose  like a storm  at deluge  ,And  brought   the waters  of the   seven oceans.

10320. Kings of several countries as per their rank   and position,In the shade  of    full  moon like white regal umbrellas ,Brought water from the Sarayu river in several hundredsOf gem studded  pots , holding them and   sitting on the elephants,Accompanied by  the sound of Yekkalam which has a hole  , And Sounds of several musical instruments    as well as,Booming  sound of conches  .

10321. ,The   seat made of Manikhyas (rubies)     was    got made  ,With legs made  of diamond  and completely  ,Surrounded and decorated  by pure gold  and this seat  ,Was placed in a stage made of crystal  and  over that  ,Rama with strong shoulders   decorated by   several ornaments  ,Along   with   Sita   took  his seat in a  pretty manner.

10322. ,With  singing of auspicious songs accompanied  ,By the chanting of the Vedas , with big mouthed  conches,Making a booming sound  , with big and small drums being played,With several   type of musical instruments making  joyful music,With Devas raining flowers , Rama   who was our lord ,Was separately  received   and anointed  in Ayodhya.

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10323. Great sages , experts in Vedas  , ministers  and other ,Elderly learned people  and  those  learned people present there  ,First poured water over him  and later , the son of Sun God  ,Other friends   and  Hanuman poured   water  over him.

10324. The water of ganges   which was used by Lord Brahma  ,To wash the feet of Lord Vishnu  who measured the sky as well as the earth  ,Was received by Lord Shiva on his matted hair  and “ how  today  ,The scared water that fell from the pretty head   of Rama  ,Would be received   by Lord Shiva   and  where will he live” told all learned people.

10325. , Those who see  the  spreading beauty of  the emerald mountain With  the forest  of red hibiscus  flowers,  which was  made wetBy   the water drops of ganges with lot of  tides ,Touching   the  ear globes on both ears and  which looked,Like a peacock   with spear like eyes  , would get rid of disease of birth cycle

10326. ,When sage Vasishta   told them to do the rituals   suitable,For anointing   with sacred   waters  , the  experts in Vedic ritualsIndicated the  needed things for those   and  the clear  headed  ,Sumantra  working with great speed   with other great ministers  ,Arranged to bring all the needed things  as if it  was needed by Indra.

10327. With Hanuman guarding the  throne , with Angadha  ,Holding the royal sword, with Bharata holding the white royal umbrella,With  Lakshmana and Shatrugna    fanning with white  Cowries ,With Sita with perfumes wafting from her hair  sitting with  joy,The philanthropist THiruvennai Nallur  Chadayappa  ,Handing  over   the crown which was handed over to him  by his clan, The Sage Vasishta   placed   the crown on head of Rama.

10328. Rama  who had shoulders   hugged by the Goddess Lakshmi of clear, Beauty who was   born in the ocean of milk and   the  lady earth who is divine On that chosen auspicious day , at the very auspicious time  ,With all the three   worlds joyously saluting him   with great joy,As per the rituals  prescribed By Shukra and Bruhaspathi  ,Wore    the   crown   on his   head.

10329.  Though that  matchless  great   sage Vasishta  who is an expert  Of  the divine  books that  are in that  town  and  who is being  talkedAs one who is likable , was the one who crowned  Lord Rama,With that   lustrous crown  , if we consider   the amount of happiness  ,That was got by beings of all the three worlds  ,They all felt as if the    crown was placed   on their   heads only.

10330. The  big lady called   earth   who got a suitable  husband  ,After  several years  of penance , and later   had to part with him ,For some time , , now when all her sorrow has   vanished .Hugged  Rama to her breast   and   experienced pleasure.

10331. As per  The   rituals prescribed by Vasishta   who never  errs,In observing penance  ,  Rama   crowned all his   three brothers  ,With crown  studded by Manikhya   and instructed  Bharata  ,To carry on the rule of the country   on all days   and ,Got drowned   in  limitless  pleasures.

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