hanuman entering ashoka

Intelligent Worship

“Thinking thus, the great-soul Hanuman, waiting for the wife of the king of men, hiding himself in many flowers and dense leaves on that tree, strictly observed and looked at everything.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.52) evam tu matvā hanumān… Read More ›

A Moonlike Face

“If that devi, who has a face that resembles the lord of stars, the moon, still lives, then certainly she will come to this river of auspicious water.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.51) yadi jivati sā devī tārā adhipa… Read More ›

Befitting Rama’s Wife

“This beautiful Ashoka grove is certainly befitting the beautiful and cherished wife of Rama, the king of kings.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.50) tasyāḥ ca api anurūpeyam aśoka vanikā śubhā | śubhā yā pārthiva indrasya patnī rāmasya sammitā ||… Read More ›

Perfect In All Regards

“Keeping in mind the time of sandhya, that lovely woman of fair complexion, the daughter of Janaka, will surely come to this river of auspicious water to perform that sandhya rite.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.49) sandhyā kāla manāḥ… Read More ›

Love For All Creatures

“Indeed, previously Rama’s beloved and chaste wife, the daughter of Janaka, always had a fondness for the creatures of the forest.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.48) vane carāṇām satatam nūnam spṛhayate purā | rāmasya dayitā bhāryā janakasya sutā sati… Read More ›


“Tormented by the grief of separation from Rama, that lovely-eyed goddess must always come by this way, for she likes living in the forest and is accustomed to moving about in it.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.47) rāma śoka… Read More ›

Right Place Right Time

“Moreover, she, who has eyes like a deer cub and is very experienced with this grove, being emaciated due to thinking of Rama, will surely come here.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.46) athavā mṛga śāva akṣī vanasya asya vicakṣaṇā… Read More ›

Going By What You Know

“Janaki, Rama’s beautiful queen, always dear to Raghava, expert at walking about in the forest, will certainly come this way.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.45) sā rāma rāma mahiṣī rāghavasya priyā sadā | vana samcāra kuśalā nūnam eṣyati jānakī… Read More ›

Keeping The Eyes Peeled

“From this spot I shall see Vaidehi, who is so desperately seeking the sight of Rama. Moving here and there, afflicted with grief, perhaps she will pass by this way.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.42) ito drakṣyāmi vaidehīm rāma… Read More ›

Spring Personified

“Seeing that monkey going in all directions through the collection of trees, all the creatures there took him to be Spring personified.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 14.12) diśaḥ sarva abhidāvantam vṛkṣa ṣaṇḍa gatam kapim | dṣṭvā sarvāṇi bhūtāni vasanta iti… Read More ›