In the previous episode we had witnessed that the entire Vaanara camp is on their way from the shore towards Kishkinta. They are extremely happy that Hanuman had finally found the whereabouts of Sita. All of them are eager to convey theis good news to Rama and make him feel happy! In the meanwhile, we also witnessed a very important leadership lesson on decision-making – Is it the role of the leader or the messenger to take appropriate decision at the appropriate time. We saw a detailed explanation on this regard.
Now moving on, the Vaanaras pass through a very beautiful forest area enroute Kishkinta. This place is called the “Madhu-Vana” and the Vaanaras are intending to celebrate their victory at this particular place. Accordingly all of them approach their senior leaders seeking permission for the same. At this point, Hanuman is also overjoyed that he also wants to jump into the celebration mode! He says to all the Vaanaras, “Oh friends! Let’s begin the celebration! I shall deal with whomever comes and stops us!” As the Vaanaras hear these words from Hanuman himself, they were extremely happy! Thus the party begins! The entire camp of the monkeys spread inside the beautiful “Madhu-Vana”, pluck all the fruits from the trees and started eating them and drinking the honey in it.
As the security guards of the “Madhu-Vana” headed by Dadhimukha come to know about this, they prepare themselves to attack the Vaanaras and chase them out of the forest. As Dadhimukha and Co. come and attack the Vaanaras, Hanuman, Angadha and Jaambhavaan go forward and there is a huge fight going on outside the forest! Dadhimukha is now being thrashed and beaten up by the Vaanaras and for a moment, he lay on the floor breathless! After a while Dadhimukha gets up and says to his security guards – “Let us straightaway go to Sugriva and make a complaint that these Vaanaras are destroying the Madhu Vana without his permission! Let me make a big complaint about Angadha and Hanuman. It is only with their instruction that these Vaanaras are destroying this beautiful forest isn’t it? I shall put an end to all of these monkeys immediately!”
Saying thus, Dadhimukha walks angrily towards Kishkinta and knocks on Sugriva, Rama and Lakshmana. Upon seeing Sugriva, Dadhimukha pays his respects to him. Dadhimukha is elder to Sugriva. Upon seeing Dadhimukha falling on his feet, Sugriva becomes scared and immediately request him to get up and narrate what had happened! As Sugriva comforts him, Dadhimukha now replies, “Oh King Sugriva! All the Vaanaras who are under your command have entered into our “Madhu-Vana” and are eating all the fruits and drinking all the honey from the trees, thus destroying the entire forest! They are carrying out this destruction at the behest of Angadha’s approval. Even Angadha, Hanuman, etc. are involved in this heinous crime! When all of us went and stopped them, they attacked us by thrashing and beating all of us! Hence, oh King Sugriva! Please render the appropriate punishment for this crime committed by Angadha and Co.!”
Now Sugriva is to take a decision! What was Sugriva’s decision? Did he decide to punish Angadha and the other Vaanaras for this act? The action continues in the next episode! 🙂