In the previous episode we had witnessed that the Vaanaras are extremely happy and delighted and are celebrating their victory (of finding Mother Sita) at “Madhu-Vana”! When the security guards of the beautiful forest headed by Dadhimukha intercepted them, the Vaanaras along with Angadha and Hanuman thrashed Dadhimukha and Co. and chased them out! Hurt and wounded, Dadhimukha makes his way angrily to Sugriva to launch a big complaint against Angadha and Co. 🙂
As Dadhimukha explains his stance, he shows Sugriva all the bruises that he and his fellow mates have received from the thrashing and the drubbing given by Angadha and Co. to substantiate and validate his complaint. Upon seeing Dadhimukha’s pitiful situation, it was expected that Sugriva would get angry and summon all the Vaanaras along with Angadha. But what happened next? Let’s witness today.
As Dadhimukha launches his complaint, Lakshmana comes to the place where Sugriva is sitting and asks, “Oh Sugriva! Who is this person? What is he talking about? Why is he hurt so badly like this?” Upon which Sugriva replies, “Oh Lakshmana! It seems that the Vaanara group (headed by Angadha and Jaambhavan) that had gone towards the southern direction (to search for Mother Sita) are on their way back! It seems to me that they’re coming victorious!”
Upon hearing this, Lakshmana is surprised and asks Sugriva, “Oh Sugriva! How do you say with this much of confidence that Sita has been found? Nobody has even come and told us anything! Yet how do you assert this way?”
It is to be noted here that Sugriva had a peculiar way of investigating people who have done a mistake – He first chops the head of that person who has committed the crime and then start investigating the crime behind him! 🙂 All the Vaanaras know about this very well! Now Sugriva answers Lakshmana further: “Oh Lakshmana! All of them including Angadha, Hanuman, Jaambhavaan etc. know the way in which I investigate a wrongdoing or a crime! I had given them a deadline of a month to complete the search mission and return back. However, they have missed the deadline – This itself is a crime! Inspite of this, if they have had the audacity to go into the Madhu-Vana and destroy it, I’m 100% confident that the mission has been accomplished! It is for this reason that I’m extremely confident that Mother Sita has been found and located!!”
“Nahyannassaadhane hethuhu karmanosya hanumathaha!
Kaarya siddhir hanumathi mathischa hari pungave!
Vyavasaayascha veeryancha sruthanchaabhi prathistitham!!”
Sugriva continues further, “Oh Lakshmana! Also note that, none other than Hanuman would have accomplished this mission singlehandedly! He is an embodiment of smartness, shrewdness, apt decision-making, hard work and persistence (“Kaarya siddhir hanumathi mathischa hari pungave!!”) Hence, let’s wait for them to come here!”
Upon hearing this, Lakshmana along with Rama are thrilled to bits! They slowly start getting the confidence that Sita is found atlast! 🙂 Sugriva meanwhile sends back Dadhimukha and orders him to convey to the Vaanaras that he (along with Rama & Lakshmana) are waiting eagerly for their arrival!
Meanwhile, all the Vaanaras who had gone towards the southern direction start making their way into Kishkinta one after the other. As they arrive, their sound of victory is deafening to the ears! As they land on the ground, all of them make their way to the place where Sugriva, Rama and Lakshmana are seated! One of the monkeys from the group quickly comes forward and says, “Oh Lord Rama! I’ve seen Sita!” Upon hearing this, Rama gets anxious. He bends down towards that small monkey and asks, “Oh my dear! Did you really see Sita?” Immediately the monkey says, “Oh! I’m not that person who has seen Sita!” 🙂 Similarly each monkey comes forward and tells the same thing! All the monkeys are so happy that they did not know how to convey the good news to Rama directly!
As Rama’s anxiety increases and his eyes become moist with tears, Hanuman immediately comes forward, bows his head towards Rama and also towards the direction of Lanka, folds his hands and says, “Oh my Lord! I’ve seen Mother Sita! She is imprisoned at Ravana’s Lanka! She is safe and secure! She wished to convey her regards to you, Lakshmana and Sugriva! She is desperately waiting for your arrival, so as to release her from the imprisonment!”
Upon hearing this from Hanuman, Lakshmana and Sugriva are stunned! They are looking at Hanuman with respect and their eyes were full of happiness and relief! Atlast, Mother Sita is located, after so many months and tireless efforts! Rama’s joy and happiness knew no bounds! His eyes are filled with tears of joy!
For today, let us celebrate this immense happy moment along with Rama, Lakshmana, Sugriva and the others! Let us experience this divine feeling together with prayers at the feet of Mother Sita and Lord Rama! We shall wait till the next episode to witness Lord Rama’s reaction and Hanuman’s explanation in detail! 🙂