Valmiki's Ramayana - Prayers

A new novel and challenging presentation of the original Ramayana of Valmiki

Prayers at the begin

kujantam rama rameti madhuram madhuraksaram
aruhya kavitasakham vande valmikikokilam

I salute sage Valmiki - the nightingale,
who sings in sweet voice the sweet name of Rama, Rama, from the 'tree' of poetry.

valmikermunisimhasya kavitavanacarinah
srnvan ramakathanadam ko na yati param gatim

He who hears the roar - the story of Rama - of the lion - Valmiki, the sage,
who roams the forest of poetry, attains the supreme state.

yah piban satatam ramacaritamrtasagaram
atrptastam munim vande pracetasamakalmasam

I salute the sage - the pure Valmiki,
who is not satiated even after constantly drinking the nectarine story of Rama.

gospadikrtavarasim masakikrtaraksasam
ramayanamahamalaratnam vande nilatmajam

I salute Hanuman who is the crest jewel of Ramayana,
who crossed the ocean as if it were the footprint of a calf, and
who treated the demons as if they were mosquitoes.

anjananandanam viram janakisokanasanam
kaptsamaksahantaram vande lankabhayankaram

I salute Hanuman the darling of Anjana - his mother,
who put an end to the sorrow of Sita,
who killed the demon Aksha and
who was terror to the demons of Lanka.

manojavam marutatulyavegam jitendriyam buddhimatam varistham
vatatmajam vanarayuthamukhyam sriramadutam sirasa namami

I salute with bowed head Hanuman,
who was the messenger of Lord Rama,
who could move as fast as the mind or the wind,
who was self-controlled and was the foremost among the wise,
who was the son of the wind-God and the foremost among the vanaras.

ullanghya sindhoh salilam salilam yah sokavahnim janakatmajayab
adaya tenaiva dadaha larkam namami tam pranjaliranjaneyam

I salute Hanuman who crossed the ocean playfully,
who gathered the fire of sorrow that tormented Sita and with it burnt Lanka.

anjaneyamatipatalananam kancanadrikamanyavigraham
parijatatarumulavasinam bhavayami pavamananandanam

I contemplate Hanuman with wide forehead and golden complexion,
who dwells at the root of the celestial tree.

yatra yatra raghunathakirtanam tatra tatra krtamastakanjalim
baspavariparipurnalocanam marutim namata raksasantakam

I Adore Hanuman the destroyer of the demons,
who is present with tears of devotion in his eyes
wherever the names of Lord Rama are sung.

vedavedye pare pumsi jate dasarathatmaje
vedab pracetasadasit saksatramayanatmanah

When the Supreme Being - the goal of the Vedas - incarnated as Rama,
the vedas became Ramayana.

sriraghavam dasarathatmajamaprameyam sitapatim raghukulanvayaratnadipam
ajanubahumaravindadalayataksam ramam nisacaravinagakaram namami

I salute Rama the son of Dasaratha,
who is peerless, who is the husband of Sita and the light of the race of Raghu,
who has long arms and lotus eyes.

vaidehisahitam suradrumatale haime mahamandape
madhyepuspakamasane magimaye virasane susthitam
agre vacayati prabhanjanasute tattvam munibhyah param
vyakhyantam bharatadibhih parivrtam ramam bhaje syamalam

I adore Rama who is seated at the foot of the celestial tree,
on a flowery seat in a golden palace,
along with Sita and his brothers,
while his glories are sung by the sages.

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