In the previous episode we’ve witnessed that Hanuman finally commences his search operation in Lanka city after defeating the final obstacle, Lankini. He enters into the city and to his delight, found it to be vibrant and charming! Hanuman moves around, searching through different rows of houses, gardens, forests, etc. that came on his way. Finally after roaming around a lot of places, Hanuman reaches the city center wherein Ravana’s palace was located. He was astonished with the beauty of Ravana’s palace and wondered if there was another palace in the entire world that can equal this one in beauty and majesty!
As Hanuman moves into the palace, he passes through the security guards who are protecting the place round the clock with all their dangerous weapons. He enters inside and gets even more astounded with the beauty and architecture of the palace! Also, Hanuman was surprised by the richness and wealth Ravana possessed! It was truly like heaven or a paradise on earth! Such was the nature of Ravana’s palace. Amidst everything, Hanuman sees the “Pushpaka Vimana”, which Ravana had used to abduct Sita. Hanuman was overjoyed by its extraordinary beauty, but at the same time, his anger knew no bounds that it was in this “Vimana” that Ravana abducted Sita! Thus Hanuman enters inside the “Pushpka Vimana” to have a look! The interiors were so appealing that Hanuman was taken aback for a moment! He wondered if he’s still on earth or in heaven! As Hanuman moves around the “Pushpaka Vimana”, he comes across different rooms and chambers within it, that were specially made to suit Ravana’s interest and taste. Hanuman explores through each of the chambers and comes out. He was able to find everything except Sita!
Now, he comes down from the Vimaana and enters into the palace campus again. As Hanuman enters through a different entrance now, he is able to see a beautiful row of chambers, which house all of Ravana’s ministers.
“Keelaa gruhaani chaanyaani dhaaru parvatha kaanicha!
Dadarsha raakshasendrasya raavansya nivesane!!
Samandhara samah prakhyam mayurasthaana sankulam!”
Thus, Hanuman crosses over and comes to the chambers of different ministers, army chiefs, etc. Hanuman wonders if Sita would be kept in any of these chambers. Hence he starts searching one after the other!
“Chachaara hanumaanstathra raavanascha sameepathaha!
Brihastasya mahaapaarshvasya kumbakarna niveshanam!!
Bhubluve mahaapathihi mahodharashya vidhujjihvasya!
Vijjyunmaalehe bahudharmstrasya sukhasya mahaaveshaha!!
Saaranasya dheemaha sa indrajith veshma!
Jambumaalehe sumaalescha vachrakaayasya rashmikethoscha!!”
Thus, Vaalmiki Maharishi gives an account of all the names of the Raakshasaas who were Ravana’s ministers. Thus Hanuman searches his way through each of these Raakshasaas’ chambers! He was astonished to see the amount of wealth and richness each of them were possessing. Although Hanuman searches through the nooks and corners of each of these chambers, he was unable to find Sita! Thus he again backtracks through to the place where the Pushpaka Vimana was kept. Now he goes to a different direction and finally enters into Ravana’s own chamber!
As Hanuman crosses through the Pushpaka Vimana again, he remembers the history of it. Originally the Pushpaka Vimana was gifted by Lord Brahma to Kubera (The Lord of all wealth). As Ravana came to know the significance of this Vimaana, he fights over Kubera, defeats him and abducted the Vimana from him. Hence Hanuman recollects this history and realizes that it is this same Vimana that Ravana had abducted.
Now Hanuman comes inside Ravana’s chamber and sees him sleeping! He searches through Ravana’s chamber and finds innumerable women sleeping around him! Hanuman checks through each of the women, thinking if one of them might be Sita! Atlast, Hanuman thought for a moment that finally he had reached the right place to search for Sita! Was Hanuman able to find Sita atleast here? Did the search mission come to an end? The action continues in the next episode!! 🙂