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Mandodari’s Lament And The Funerals by Valmiki

Mandodari’s Lament And The Funerals by Valmiki

'Hast thou fallen,' wept in anguish Ravan's first and eldest bride,Mandodari, slender-waisted, Queen of Lanka's state and pride,'Hast thou fallen, king and consort, more than Gods ...

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Ravan’s Triumph by Valmiki

Ravan’s Triumph by Valmiki

Vain her threat and soft entreaty, Ravan held her in his wrath,As the planet Budha captures fair Rohini in his path,By his left hand tremor-shaken, Ravan held her streaming ...

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Meeting Of Janak And Dasa-Ratha by Valmiki

Meeting Of Janak And Dasa-Ratha by Valmiki

On Ayodhya's tower and turret now the golden morning woke,Dasa-ratha girt by courtiers thus to wise Sumantra spoke:Bid the keepers of my treasure with their waggons lead the ...

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Woman’s Love by Valmiki

Woman’s Love by Valmiki

'Dearly loved, devoted Sita! daughter of a royal line,Part we now, for years of wand'ring in the pathless woods is mine,For my father, promise-fettered, to Kaikeyi yields the ...

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Recital Of The Ramayana by Valmiki

Recital Of The Ramayana by Valmiki

When the silent night was ended, and their pure ablutions done,Joyous went the minstrel brothers, and their lofty lay begun,Rama to the hermit minstrels lent a monarch's willing ...

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Friends In Misfortune by Valmiki

Friends In Misfortune by Valmiki

Long and loud lamented Rama by his lonesome cottage door,Janasthana's woodlands answered, Panchavati's echoing shore,Long he searched in wood and jungle, mountain crest and ...

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Mithila, And The Breaking Of The Bow by Valmiki

Mithila, And The Breaking Of The Bow by Valmiki

Janak monarch of Videha spake his memage near and far,He shall win my peerless Sita who shall bend my bow of war,Suitors came from farthest regions, warlike princes known to ...

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Ayodrya, The Righteous City by Valmiki

Ayodrya, The Righteous City by Valmiki

Rich in royal worth and valour, rich in holy Vedic lore,Dasa-ratha ruled his empire in the happy days of yore,Loved of men in fair Ayodhya, sprung of ancient Solar Race,Royal ...

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Greetings by Valmiki

Greetings by Valmiki

Message from returning Rama, Vanars to Ayodhya brought,Righteous Bharat gave his mandate with a holy joy distraught:'Let our city shrines and chaityas with a lofty music shake,And ...

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Sita In The Asoka Garden by Valmiki

Sita In The Asoka Garden by Valmiki

Crossed the ocean's boundless waters, Hanuman in duty brave,Lighted on the emerald island girded by the sapphire wave,And in tireless quest of Sita searched the margin of the ...

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The Voice Of Hope by Valmiki

The Voice Of Hope by Valmiki

Hanuman from leafy shelters lifts his voice in sacred song,Till the tale of Rama's glory Lanka's woods and vales prolong:'Listen, Lady, to my story;-Dasa-ratha famed in war,Rich ...

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The Quest For Sita by Valmiki

The Quest For Sita by Valmiki

Past the rains, the marshalled Vanars gathered round Sugriva bold,And unto a gallant chieftain thus the king his purpose told:'Brave in war and wise in counsel! take ten thousand ...

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Valmiki And His Pupils by Valmiki

Valmiki And His Pupils by Valmiki

Foremost midst the gathered Sages to the holy yajna cameDeathless Bard of Lay Immortal-Saint Valmiki rich in fame,Midst the humble homes of rishis, on the confines of the ...

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The Hermitage Of Atri by Valmiki

The Hermitage Of Atri by Valmiki

With the sandals of his elder Bharat to Ayodhya went,Rama sought for deeper forests on his arduous duty bent,Wandering with his wife and Lakshman slowly sought the hermitage,Where ...

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The Consecration by Valmiki

The Consecration by Valmiki

Joy! joy in bright Ayodhya gladness filled the hearts of all,Joy! joy a lofty music sounded in the royal hall,Fourteen years of woe were ended, Rama now assumed his own,And they ...

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Kausalya’s Lament And Rama’s Reply by Valmiki

Kausalya’s Lament And Rama’s Reply by Valmiki

Slow and sad with Saint Vasishtha, with each widowed royal dame,Unto Rama's hermit-cottage ancient Queen Kausalya came,And she saw him clad in wild bark like a hermit stern and ...

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Ordeal By Fire by Valmiki

Ordeal By Fire by Valmiki

For she dwelt in Ravan's dwelling-rumour clouds a woman's fame-Righteous Rama's brow was clouded, saintly Sita, spake in shame:'Wherefore spake ye not, my Rama, if your bosom ...

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The King’s Lament by Valmiki

The King’s Lament by Valmiki

Is this torturing dream or madness, do my feeble senses fail,O'er my darkened mind and bosom doth a fainting fit prevail?So the stricken monarch pondered and in hushed and silent ...

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Indrajit’s Third Battle And Fall by Valmiki

Indrajit’s Third Battle And Fall by Valmiki

Healing herbs from distant mountains Hanuman in safety brought,Rama rose and gallant Lakshman, once again their foemen sought.And when night its sable mantle o'er the earth and ...

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The Sentence by Valmiki

The Sentence by Valmiki

Morning came and duteous Rama to the palace bent his way,For to make his salutation and his due obeisance pay,And he saw his aged father shorn of kingly pomp and pride,And he saw ...

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Sita Lost by Valmiki

Sita Lost by Valmiki

Morning dawned; and with Valmiki, Sita to the gathering came,Banished wife and weeping mother, sorrow-stricken, suffering dame,Pure in thought and deed, Valmiki gave his troth and ...

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The Sacrifice by Valmiki

The Sacrifice by Valmiki

Years have passed; the lonely Rama in his joyless palace reigned,And for righteous duty yearning, Aswa-medha rite ordained,And a steed of darkest sable with the valiant Lakshman ...

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Lava And Kusara Recognised by Valmiki

Lava And Kusara Recognised by Valmiki

Flashed upon the contrite Rama glimpses of the dawning truth,And with tears of love paternal Rama clasped each minstrel youth,Yearned his sorrow-stricken bosom for his pure and ...

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The Counsel Of Tara by Valmiki

The Counsel Of Tara by Valmiki

Linked in bonds of faithful friendship Rama and Sugriva came,Where in royal town Kishkindha, Bali ruled with warlike fame,And a shout like troubled ocean's or like tempest's ...

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Return To Ayodrya by Valmiki

Return To Ayodrya by Valmiki

With his wedded sons and daughters and his guard in bright array,To the famed and fair Ayodhya, Dasa-ratha held his way,And they reached the ancient city decked with banners ...

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Jabali’s Reasoning And Rama’s Reply by Valmiki

Jabali’s Reasoning And Rama’s Reply by Valmiki

Jabali a learned Brahman and a Sophist skilled in word,Questioned Faith and Law and Duty, spake to young Ayodhya's lord:Wherefore, Rama, idle maxims cloud thy heart and warp thy ...

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Rama’s Token by Valmiki

Rama’s Token by Valmiki

''Tis no dream's deceitful whisper!' Hantiman spake to the dame,As from darksome leafy shelter he to Rama's consort came,'Rama's messenger and vassal, token from thy lord I ...

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Citizens’ Lament by Valmiki

Citizens’ Lament by Valmiki

Spake Sumantra chariot-driver waiting by the royal car,'Haste thee, mighty-destined Rama, for we wander long and far,Fourteen years in Dandak's forest shall the righteous Rama ...

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Bibhishan’s Departure by Valmiki

Bibhishan’s Departure by Valmiki

This to me Bibhishan answered, as with fiery comrades four,Rose in arms the wrathful Raksha and in fury rushed before.'But I spare thee, roval Ravan, angry words thy lips have ...

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Prahasta’s Speech by Valmiki

Prahasta’s Speech by Valmiki

Dark and high as summer tempest mighty-armed Prahasta rose,Spake in fierce and fierce accents hurling challenge on his foes:'Wherefore, Ravan, quails thy bosom, gods against thee ...

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Rama’s Lament by Valmiki

Rama’s Lament by Valmiki

'Art thou fallen,' sorrowed Rama, 'weary of this endless strife,Lakshman, if thy days are ended, Rama recks not for his life,Gone is Rama's wonted valour, weapons leave his ...

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Durmukha’s Speech by Valmiki

Durmukha’s Speech by Valmiki

Durmukha of cruel visage and of fierce and angry word,Rose within the Council Chamber, spake to Lanka's mighty lord:'Never shall the wily foeman boast of insult on us ...

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Woman’s Truth Vindicated by Valmiki

Woman’s Truth Vindicated by Valmiki

Slow the red flames rolled asunder, God of Fire incarnate came,Holding in his radiant bosom fair Videha's sinless dame,Not a curl upon her tresses, not a blossom on her brow,Not a ...

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Indrajit’s Assurance by Valmiki

Indrajit’s Assurance by Valmiki

Indrajit the son of Ravan then his lofty purpose told,'Midst the best and boldest Rakshas none so gallant, none so bold:'Wherefore, noble king and father, pale Bibhishan's counsel ...

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Return Home By The Aerial Car by Valmiki

Return Home By The Aerial Car by Valmiki

'Mark my love,' so Rama uttered, as on flying Pushpa car,Borne by swans, the home-returning exiles left the field of war,'Lanka's proud and castled city on Trikuta's triple ...

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Speech Of Nikumbha And Vajra-Hanu by Valmiki

Speech Of Nikumbha And Vajra-Hanu by Valmiki

Then arose the brave Nikumbha,-Kumbha-kama's son was he,-Spake his young heart's mighty passion in his accents bold and free:'Need is none, O mighty monarch, for a battle or a ...

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Vajra-Danshtra’s Speech by Valmiki

Vajra-Danshtra’s Speech by Valmiki

Iron-toothed Vajra-danshtra then arose in wrath and pride,And his blood-stained mace of battle held in fury by his side,'Wherefore, Ravan, waste thy forces on the foemen poor and ...

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Sita’s Lament by Valmiki

Sita’s Lament by Valmiki

Indrajit ere dawned the morning entered in his father's hall,Spake of midnight's darksome contest, Rama's death and Lakshman's fall,And the proud and peerless Ravan clasped his ...

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Mother’s Blessings by Valmiki

Mother’s Blessings by Valmiki

Tears of sorrow and of suffering flowed from Queen Kausalya's eye,As she saw departing Sita for her blessings drawing nigh,And she clasped the gentle Sits, and she kissed her ...

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Ravan’s First Battle-The Javelin-Stroke by Valmiki

Ravan’s First Battle-The Javelin-Stroke by Valmiki

'Gainst the God-assisted Rama, Ravan's efforts all were vain,Leaguered Lanka vainly struggled in her adamantine chain,Wrathful Rakshas with their forces vainly issued through the ...

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The Rains In The Nilgiri Mountains by Valmiki

The Rains In The Nilgiri Mountains by Valmiki

'Mark the shadowing rain and tempest,' Rama to his brother said,As on Nalya's cloud-capped ranges in their hermit-guise they strayed,Massive clouds like rolling mountains gather ...

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Indrajit’s First Battle-The Serpent-Noose by Valmiki

Indrajit’s First Battle-The Serpent-Noose by Valmiki

Darkly round the leaguered city Rama's countless forces lay,Far as Ravan cast his glances in the dawning light of day,Wrath and anguish shook his bosom and the gates he opened ...

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Indrjit’s Sacrifice And Second Battle by Valmiki

Indrjit’s Sacrifice And Second Battle by Valmiki

Still around beleaguered Lanka girdled Rama's living chain,Raksha chieftain after chieftain strove to break the line in vain,Sons of Ravan,-brave Narantak was by valiant Angad ...

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Fall Of Kumbha-Karna by Valmiki

Fall Of Kumbha-Karna by Valmiki

Once, more healed and strong and valiant, Lakshman in his arms, arose,Safe behind the gates of Lanka humbled Ravan shunned his foes,Till the stalwart Kumbha-karna from his wonted ...

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Ravan’s Second Battle And Vengeance by Valmiki

Ravan’s Second Battle And Vengeance by Valmiki

Voice of woe and lamentation and the cry of woman's wail,Issuing from the homes of Lanka did the monarch's ears awail,And a mighty thought of vengeance waked within the monarch's ...

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Ravan’s Third Battle And Fall by Valmiki

Ravan’s Third Battle And Fall by Valmiki

Gods and mortals watched the contest and the heroes of the war,Ravan speeding on his chariot, Rama on the heavenly car,And a fiercer form the warriors in their fiery frenzy ...

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Ravan’s Lament by Valmiki

Ravan’s Lament by Valmiki

'Quenched the light of Rakshas' valour!' so the message-bearer said,'Lakshman with the deep Bibhishan hath thy son in battle slayed,Fallen is our prince and hero and his day on ...

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Bibhishan’s Warning by Valmiki

Bibhishan’s Warning by Valmiki

Twenty warriors armed and girded in the Council Hall arose,Thirsting for a war of vengeance, hurling challenge on the foes,But Bibhishan deep in wisdom-Ravan's youngest brother ...

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Celestial Arms And Chariot by Valmiki

Celestial Arms And Chariot by Valmiki

Not in dastard terror havan sought his safety in his flight,But to seek fresh steeds of battle ere he faced his foeman's might,Harnessing his gallant coursers to a new and ...

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Bharat’s Entreaty And Rama’s Reply by Valmiki

Bharat’s Entreaty And Rama’s Reply by Valmiki

'Speak, my true, my faithful Bharat,' so the righteous Rama cried,'Wherefore to this jungle dwelling hast thou from Ayodhya hied,Speak, my fond and loving brother, if our father ...

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