have sprung from the race of Ikshwaku and am, therefore,
a relative of thine!” Rama replied unto him,
saying, “O lord of rivers, male and female, I
desire thee to grant me a way for my troops, passing
along which I may slay the Ten-headed (Ravana), that
wretch of Pulastya’s race! If thou dost
not grant the way I beg of thee, I will then dry thee
up by means of my celestial arrows inspired with mantras
And hearing these words of Rama, the genius of Varuna’s
abode, joining his hands, answered in great affliction,
“I do not desire to put any obstacle in thy way.
I am no foe of thine! Listen, O Rama, to these
words, and having listened, do what is proper!
If, at thy command, I get a way for the passage of
thy army, others then, from strength of their bows,
will command me to do the same! In thy army there
is a monkey of the name of Nala, who is a skilful
mechanic. And endued with great strength, Nala
is the son of Tashtri
, the divine artificer
of the Universe. And whether it is wood, or grass
or stone, that he will throw into my waters, I will
support the same on my surface, and thus wilt thou
have a bridge (over which to pass)!” And having
said these words, the genius of the Ocean disappeared.
And Rama awaking, called Nala unto him and said, “Build
thou a bridge over the sea! Thou alone, I am sure,
art able to do it!” And it was by this means
that the descendant of Kakutstha’s race caused
a bridge to be built that was ten Yojanas
width and a hundred Yojanas
And to this day that bridge is celebrated over all
the world by the name of Nala’s bridge
And having completed that bridge, Nala, of body huge
as a hill, came away at the command of Rama.
 There is a difference
of reading here. Some texts read
 A difference of reading
is observable here.
 As a purificatory ceremony,
called the Achamana. To this
day, no Hindu can perform
any ceremony without going through the
Achamana in the first instance.
“’And while Rama was on this side of the
ocean, the virtuous Vibhishana, the brother of the
king of the Rakshasas accompanied by four of his counsellors,
came unto Rama. And the high-souled Rama received
him with due welcome. Sugriva, however, feared,
thinking he might be a spy. The son of Raghu,
meanwhile perfectly satisfied (with Vibhishana) in
consequence of the sincerity of his exertions and the
many indications of his good conduct, worshipped him
with respect. And he also installed Vibhishana
in the sovereignty of all the Rakshasas and made him
his own junior counsellor, and a friend of Lakshmana’s.
And it was under Vibhishana’s guidance, O king,
that Rama with all his troops crossed the great ocean
by means of that bridge in course of a month.
And having crossed the ocean and arrived at Lanka,
Rama caused its extensive and numerous gardens to
be devastated by his monkeys. And while Rama’s