This article is part of “Sundara Kandam of Sage Valmiki”

Twenty-ninth (29th) Chapter

 Seeing of good omens 

(Good omens occurred to Sita who was consoled by those omens and gained more confidence)

Good omens approached her who is faultless; who does forever good, who was mentally perturbed and who because of lack of happiness was terribly depressed like the helpless people approaching a generous man. 1

 That long haired lady’s very pretty left eye which is surrounded by curved eye brows, which is black, which is broad and which is bright white colour, surrounded by red colour started throbbing like the lotus flower shaken by a fish.  2

Her pretty long round arms which merit the application of dark sandal paste and which were caressed by her darling, started throbbing fast for quite some time. 3

Not only that apart from these two, her left thigh which was round and fat like the elephants trunk throbbed giving initial signals to her of the coming back of Sri Rama. 4

Also the gold coloured dress which was coated with dust, of that very pretty standing  woman ,who had teeth which are like the buds of jasmine and who had very clear eyes, slightly loosened indicating good things are bound come. 5

Getting more confidence by these good omens and others, which were indicative of  fulfilment  of desires from very ancient times, that pretty lady became very happy similar to the wind and sun dried seed when it received rain. 6

Her face with lips which were similar to the red guava fruit, her pretty eyes and eye brows, her long hair, her curved eyelids  and her teeth which were white  started shining again  like the moon  which got its freedom from the serpent Rahu. 7

(Hindus believed that at the time of lunar eclipse the serpent Rahu swallows the moon )

The face of that lady with her sorrow removed, with no thoughts in her mind, with her worries quenched and , with more strength due to more happiness glowed like the night lit by the cool moon. 8

Thus ends the twenty ninth chapter of Sundara Kanda which is in the Ramayana which is the first epic written  by Valmiki.

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