that worshipful lady while alone, I said, ’I
am, O Sita, an emissary of Rama and monkey begotten
by Pavana! Desirous of having a sight of thee,
hither have I come travelling through the skies!
Protected by Sugriva, that monarch of all the monkeys,
the royal brothers Rama and Lakshmana are in peace!
And Rama, O lady, with Sumitra’s son, hath enquired
of thy welfare! And Sugriva also, on account
of his friendship (with Rama and Lakshmana) enquireth
of thy welfare. Followed by all the monkeys, thy
husband will soon be here. Confide in me, O adorable
lady, I am a monkey and not a Rakshasa!’ Thus
addressed by me, Sita seemed to meditate for a moment
and then replied to me, saying, ’From the words
of Avindhya I know that thou art Hanuman! O mighty-armed
one, Avindhya is an old and respected Rakshasa!
He told me that Sugriva is surrounded by counsellors
like thee. Thou mayst depart now!’ And
with these words she gave me this jewel as a credential.
And, indeed, it was by means of this jewel that the
faultless Sita had been able to support her existence.
And the daughter of Janaka further told me as a token
from her, that by thee, O tiger among men, a blade
of grass (inspired with Mantras and thus converted
into a fatal weapon) had once been shot at a crow
while ye were on the breast of the mighty hill known
by the name of Chitrakuta! And this she said as
evidence of my having met her and hers being really
the princess of Videha. I then caused myself
to be seized by Ravana’s soldiers, and then
set fire to the city of Lanka!’”
“Markandeya said, ’It was on the breast
of that very hill where Rama was seated with those
foremost of monkeys that great monkey chiefs at the
command of Sugriva, began to flock together. The
father-in-law of Vali, the illustrious Sushena, accompanied
by a thousand crores of active apes, came to Rama.
And those two foremost of monkeys endued with mighty
energy, viz., Gaya and Gavakshya, each accompanied
by a hundred crores of monkeys, showed themselves
there. And, O king, Gavakshya also of terrible
mien and endued with a bovine tail, showed himself
there, having collected sixty thousand crores of monkeys.
And the renowned Gandhamadana, dwelling on the mountains
of the same name, collected a hundred thousand crores
of monkeys. And the intelligent and mighty monkey
known by the name of Panasa mustered together fifty-two
crores of monkeys. And that foremost and illustrious
of monkeys named Dadhimukha of mighty energy mustered
a large army of monkeys possessed of terrible prowess.
And Jamvuvan showed himself there with a hundred thousand
crores of black bears of terrible deeds and faces having
the Tilaka mark. And these and many other chiefs
of monkey-chiefs, countless in number, O king, came
there for aiding Rama’s cause. And endued
with bodies huge as mountain-peaks and roaring like
lions, loud was the uproar that was heard there made