Saying thus, Hanuman jumped from the
I feel very happy now. Why do I feel happy? Yes, I got it. Lord Sri Rama who is the protector of the entire three worlds called me one day secretly and said: Hanuman Hey Hanuman, I strongly believe that you have the capability to find out Sitadevi. I will give you my ring (Anguliya). You have to give her the same and tell that it’s given by the sages of Dandakaranya. Rama gives him ring. Hanuman bows in front of Lord Rama and receives it. I obey your order my Lord. Let me go in search of Sitadevi immediately. I have got the information about the place where Sitadevi stays, from the great devotee Sambadi, (the elder brother of Jatayu). Not only that, I am more confident about my strength today because I knew about the story of my birth from one of the oldest members in our clan Jambavan, the son of Lord Brahma. Hence let me start immediately.
Hanuman is gazing at the ocean.
Ocean is so boisterous. It’s so vast with uproarious shouting. Waves rise to the height of a huge mountain. Hanuman It seems like this violent nature of the sea is all illusions created by demons sent by Ravana to obstruct my way. I can see a large number of –Fishes –Crocodiles –Tortoises –Conches….. etc. How can I jump across this dreadful ocean and meet Sitadevi in Lanka? It’s shame on me….. Why should I be afraid of when Lord Rama’s ring is with me.? Hanuman When gazing at the sea again, he sees Mount Mahendra. Let me see the ocean from the top of the mountain. (Looking at the ocean again) Opposite bank is not visible. To his fellow monkeys: “Don’t worry. I will come back immediately after meeting Sitadevi in Lanka. You all cann keep chanting the name of Srirama Hanuman evokes ‘Thrimurthis’, his father ‘Vayudeva’ and Lord Srirama. Hanuman Nalamiratti Melam Hanuman salutes all of them. Enlarges his body. Making the roaring sound of a lion, he jumps . Thalam : Thriputa Hanuman flies across the ocean. (This is presented with a peculiar form of dance.) Hanuman: (seeing a mountain) who are you? (listening to the reply) Oh….you are the mount Mainakam, son of Himavan? You have been sent by Lord Varuna for me to take rest and have refreshments? Hey Mainakam, Lord Srirama has entrusted me with some important work. So I don’t have time to rest now. Please proceed now considering that I have received your honour. Hanuman sees Mainaka off, stroking on it, and continues his journey. Seeing another obstacle, Surasa, on the way, he watches her from head to toe. (Hanuman himself acts as Surasa here)Hanuman: Who are you? Why do you block my way? Surasa: I am very hungry Hanuman: What should I do?Surasa: I am living here (as ordered by Lord Brahma) by devouring the people coming on this way. Hanuman: Am I your foodstuff today? Wait….I am going to fulfil the wishes of Sriramaswami. I will finish my work and on the way back I will surrender myself to satiate your hunger. Surasa: No Hanuman: You want now itself? (thinking) Hanuman enlarges his body and challenges Surasa to swallow him. Surasa (looking at hanuman) opens her mouth widely like a cave. Hanuman enlarges himself again. Surasa opens her mouth wider. Hanuman enlarges himself again and Surasa opens her mouth still wider. Hanuman evokes the Lord for a moment, shrinks his body, enters her mouth and comes out through her ear within no timeHanuman salutes Surasa. Hanuman: Oh Devi, may I know who you are? Surasa: I am Surasa, the snake goddess. Hanuman: Why did you block my way? Surasa: I have been sent by Devas to test your strength and valour. Hanuman: Let me go. Please give me a way. Hanuman salutes Surasa and continues his journey. Then, Chayagrahini, a demoness who lives in the middle of this ocean tries to stop Hanuman by holding on to his shadow. When he is not able to move, Hanuman looks at and understands the matter. Hanuman: Here, there is a demoness pulling my shadow. (Looking at it and thinks who it is) Yes…it is Chayagrahini who lives here as ordered by King Ravana to prevent the enemies from entering Lanka. At the end of the kalasham, Hanuman kills Chayagrahini and continues his journey. Chempata Melam Hanuman reaches Lanka. Sees the city of Lanka afar. Reminisces everything looking at the ring.It’s not possible to enter into Lanka now. Let me wait till dusk. Sits there and looks around. This place is shining like gold because of sunrays. Examining the seashore sand, wonders: “not like gold, gold itself”. “What is the reason for this?” (Thinking) “It’s my father’s contribution only. Long ago, there was a competition between my father Vayudeva and the Serpent Lord Anantha to find who was the most powerful in this world. Both claimed they were the omnipotent. At that moment, Lord Devendra came as an arbitrator and put a condition. Devendra: (To Ananthan) Hey Ananthan, you cover all the peaks of the mount Mahameru with your hoods. (To Vayudeva) Hey Vayudeva, You smash any of these peaks if you can. Accepting Indra’s conditions, Anantha covered all the peaks with it’s hoods. Vayu blew very powerfully. But he couldn’t succeed in his attempt. Having failed, Vayu tried a trick. He hid for some time. Since there was no presence of Vayu, Anantha thought Vayu had failed in the competition and lifted one of its hoods and looked around. Utilising this moment, Vayu struck powerfully and plucked a peak. It fell down in the middle of the sea and the island of Lanka was formed. Thus it happened. Hanuman touches the ground with veneration and salutes. Its twilight now. Let me try to enter now. Graceful and mighty Lanka is seen fortified with huge compound walls and tall towers around. It’s protected with deep trenches which prevent enemies to enter. Hanuman sees seven trenches. The first trench is full of crocodiles The second one with venomous snakes which produce hissing sound. The third one is full of fire The fourth one is full of sharp arrows. Hanuman jumps all the trenches together and continues. Soldiers are standing in all the entrances with weapons. Here in this entrance, one lady stands holding a tree on her hand. Let me enter through this entrance stealthily. (Thinks) If I go with this body, she will notice. What is the ruse then? Let me shrink the size of my body and enter inside. Hanuman shrinks his body and enters inside. Turns and departs