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Tales from the Hindu Dramatists eBook

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She rescues Malati from the hands of the sorceress and restores her to her despairing lover.

The two couples are now united in happy wedlock.

HANUMAN NATAKA, OR MAHANATAKA, OR THE GREAT DRAMA.

In Ayodhya, there was an illustrious and powerful monarch, the subduer of foes and the renowned ornament of the exalted house of the sun, named Dasaratha in whose family, for the purpose of relieving the Earth of her burden, Bhurisravas (Vishnu) deigned to incorporate his divine substance as four blooming youths.  The eldest, endowed with the qualities of imperial worth, was Rama.

He goes with his brother Lakshmana to the court of Mithila, to try his strength in the bending of the bow of Siva, and thereby win Sita for his bride.  The hero triumphs.  The bow is broken with a deafening sound which brings Parasurama there.  Rama wins his bride.  He tries the bow of Parasurama and shoots an arrow from it which flies to Swerga or heaven.  The Brahmin hero now acknowledges the Kshatriya hero to be his superior.  Rama is married to Sita.  The sweet loves of the happy pair grows with enjoyment.

Various portents then indicate Rama’s impending separation from his father.  The sun looks forth dimmed in radiance.  Fiery torches wave along the sky.  Meteors dart headlong through midheaven.  Earth shakes.  The firmament rains showers of blood.  Around, the horizon thickens.  In the day, the pale stars gleam.  Unseasonable eclipse darkens the noon.  Day echoes with the howls of dogs and jackals, whilst the air replies with horrid and strange sounds, such as shall peal, when the destroying deity proclaims in thunder the dissolution of the world.  Rama is exiled.  At this, the king dies in agony.  It is the result of the stern curse denounced upon the king by the father of the ascetic whom the king, hunting in his youthful days, had accidentally slain.

Rama fixes his residence at Panchavati.  Maricha, a Rakshasa, now appears as a deer.  The supposed animal is chased by Rama and Lakshmana at Sita’s request.

Ravana then comes disguised to see Sita.  He mutters, “pious dame!  Give me food.”  She heedlessly oversteps the magic ring traced by Lakshmana, when the Rakshasa seizes her by the hand stretched in charity.  She calls in vain the sons of Raghu.  Jatayu, the vulture, endeavours to rescue her, but is slain.  She encounters Hanuman, the chief Counsellor of Sugriva, the dethroned king of the Monkeys, and begs him to carry her ornaments, which she casts to him, to Rama.

Having slain the deer, the prince, with his brave brother, returns to their bower.  He seeks Sita, but seeks in vain.  His steps tread three several quarters, the fourth he leaves, overcome with grief and terror, unexplored.

Rama prosecutes his search after Sita.  He fights with Bali, the king of the Monkeys, and triumphs over him.

He now despatches Hanuman to Lanka, Hanuman pays a visit to Sita.

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