Ayodhya Kaanda - Sarga 71
In this Sarga, Bharata travels from his grandfather’s place to Ayōdhyā, in all haste for seven days, crossing many rivers, traversing many forests and seeing many villages and cities along the way.


After the long journey, he reaches Ayōdhyā and witnesses a city that is far different from what he knew it as. Every place is desolate. Every house is unkempt. Even pleasure gardens are empty. No one can be seen coming into the city or going out of the city.


He finally enters the palace of the king with his head hanging and feeling miserable, distressed and joyless.
2.71.1-2 ஸ ப்ராங்முகோ ராஜக்ருஹாதபிநிர்யாய ராகவ: ।
ததஸ்ஸுதாமாம் த்யுதிமாந் ஸந்தீர்யாவேக்ஷ்ய தாம் நதீம் ॥
ஹ்லாதிநீம் தூரபாராம் ச ப்ரத்யக்ஸ்ரோதஸ்தரங்கிணீம் ।
ஸதத்ரூமதரச்ச்ரீமாந்நதீமிக்ஷ்வாகுநந்தந: ॥
sa prāṅmukhō rājagṛhādabhiniryāya rāghavaḥ ।
tatassudāmāṃ dyutimān santīryāvēkṣya tāṃ nadīm ॥
hlādinīṃ dūrapārāṃ ca pratyaksrōtastaraṅgiṇīm ।
ṡatadrūmataracchrīmānnadīmikṣvākunandanaḥ ॥
Going east from Rājagṛha,
that radiant scion of Raghu dynasty
came to river Sudāma and crossed it.
The gracious son of the Ikshwākus
then crossed river Hlādini
which lay wide between its banks,
and the Ṡatadru flowing westwards, with crested waves. In Ṡlōkas 1 through 17, it appears that Vālmeeki is taking his own sweet time to describe boring geography and places, at a time when Bharata is about to learn of the unspeakable calamity that has befallen Ayōdhyā and his life.


No, that is not the case. Vālmeeki is actually using a literary technique here. He is indicating the speed with which Bharata has to cross many hard to traverse places, at a moment when his mind is at the utmost unease.


To get a sense of this, think of the oft repeated scene in modern movies. The hero rushes his wounded father or brother or lover or friend to a hospital on a bike. Along the path, he is shown going through city roads, side roads, country roads, crowded markets, railway line crossings, crowds of buffalos blocking the road, etc. The scene lasts for almost two minutes, making it gripping.

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When you are in a hurry, every obstacle feels more projected. Every mile seems to be packed with more things than usual. You notice things that you normally miss. That is the phenomenon that Vālmeeki is describing here.
2.71.3-4 ஐலாதாநே நதீம் தீர்த்வா ப்ராப்ய சாபரபர்படாந் ।
ஸிலாமகுர்வதீம் தீர்த்வா ஆக்நேயம் ஸல்யகர்தநம் ॥
ஸத்யஸந்தஸ்ஸுசிஸ்ஸ்ரீமாந்ப்ரேக்ஷமாண ஸ்ஸிலாவஹாம் ।
அத்யயாத்ஸ மஹாஸைலாந்வநம் சைத்ரரதம் ப்ரதி ॥
ailādhānē nadīṃ tīrtvā prāpya cāparaparpaṭān ।
ṡilāmakurvatīṃ tīrtvā āgnēyaṃ ṡalyakartanam ॥
satyasandhaṡṡuciṡṡrīmānprēkṣamāṇa ṡṡilāvahām ।
atyayātsa mahāṡailānvanaṃ caitrarathaṃ prati ॥
Crossing the river at Ēlādhāna
he reached the country of Aparaparpaṭa.
Seeing the river Ṡilāvaha, which ran
swiftly sweeping down boulders,
that man of pure heart, rich bearing
and who was very true to his word,
went on, passing the city of Ṡalyakartana,
that lay to the southeast.
And crossing great mountains
he went towards Caitraratha forest.
2.71.5 ஸரஸ்வதீம் ச கங்காம் ச யுக்மேந ப்ரதிபத்யச ।
உத்தராந்வீரமத்ஸ்யாநாம் பாருண்டம் ப்ராவிஸத்வநம் ॥
sarasvatīṃ ca gaṅgāṃ ca yugmēna pratipadyaca ।
uttarānvīramatsyānāṃ bhāruṇḍaṃ prāviṡadvanam ॥
Reaching the confluence of rivers Saraswati and Gaṅgā,
he went on to the forest of Bhāruṇḍa
to the north of the country of Veeramatsya.
2.71.6 வேகிநீம் ச குலிங்காக்யாம் ஹ்லாதிநீம் பர்வதாऽऽவ்ருதாம் ।
யமுநாம் ப்ராப்ய ஸந்தீர்ண: பலமாஸ்வாஸயத்ததா ॥
vēginīṃ ca kuliṅgākhyāṃ hlādinīṃ parvatā''vṛtām ।
yamunāṃ prāpya santīrṇaḥ balamāṡvāsayattadā ॥
Crossing the pleasing and swift flowing
river Kuliṅga that was surrounded by hills,
he reached river Yamuna, crossed it
and allowed his army to rest.
2.71.7 ஸீதீக்ருத்ய து காத்ராணி க்லாந்தாநாஸ்வாஸ்ய வாஜிந: ।
தத்ர ஸ்நாத்வா ச பீத்வா ச ப்ராயாதாதாய சோதகம் ॥
ṡītīkṛtya tu gātrāṇi klāntānāṡvāsya vājinaḥ ।
tatra snātvā ca pītvā ca prāyādādāya cōdakam ॥
Helping his tired horses relax
by splashing water on them and giving them enough rest,
he bathed, quenched his thirst and,
taking water with him, went on.
2.71.8 ராஜபுத்ரோ மஹாரண்யமநபீக்ஷ்ணோபஸேவிதம் ।
பத்ரோ பத்ரேண யாநேந மாருத: கமிவாத்யயாத் ॥
rājaputrō mahāraṇyamanabhīkṣṇōpasēvitam ।
bhadrō bhadrēṇa yānēna mārutaḥ khamivātyayāt ॥
That able prince with his able fleet,
breezed through many less travelled forests
like wind sweeping across the sky.
2.71.9 பாகீரதீம் துஷ்ப்ரதராமம்ஸுதாநே மஹாநதீம் ।
உபாயாத்ராகவஸ்தூர்ணம் ப்ராக்வடே விஸ்ருதே புரே ॥
bhāgīrathīṃ duṣpratarāmaṃṡudhānē mahānadīm ।
upāyādrāghavastūrṇaṃ prāgvaṭē viṡrutē purē ॥
Rāghava quickly reached the great river
Bhāgeerathi that was very difficult to cross,
at the well known city of Prāgvaṭa
in the country of Aṃṡudhāna.
2.71.10 ஸ கங்காம் ப்ராக்வடே தீர்த்வா ஸமாயாத்குடிகோஷ்டிகாம் ।
ஸபலஸ்தாம் ஸ தீர்த்வாऽத ஸமாயாத்தர்மவர்தநம் ॥
sa gaṅgāṃ prāgvaṭē tīrtvā samāyātkuṭikōṣṭhikām ।
sabalastāṃ sa tīrtvā'tha samāyāddharmavardhanam ॥
Crossing Gaṅgā at Prāgvaṭa,
he reached the stream of Kuṭikōṣṭhika.
Crossing it with his army,
he reached the region of Dharmavardhana.
2.71.11 தோரணம் தக்ஷிணார்தேந ஜம்பூப்ரஸ்தமுபாகமத் ।
வரூதம் ச யயௌ ரம்யம் க்ராமம் தஸரதாத்மஜ: ॥
tōraṇaṃ dakṣiṇārdhēna jambūprasthamupāgamat ।
varūthaṃ ca yayau ramyaṃ grāmaṃ daṡarathātmajaḥ ॥
Then he reached the village of Jambūprastha,
that was to the south of the area of Tōraṇam.
The son of Daṡaratha then reached
the beautiful village of Varūtha.
2.71.12 தத்ர ரம்யே வநே வாஸம் க்ருத்வாऽஸௌ ப்ராங்முகோ யயௌ ।
உத்யாநமுஜ்ஜிஹாநாயா: ப்ரியகா யத்ர பாதபா: ॥
tatra ramyē vanē vāsaṃ kṛtvā'sau prāṅmukhō yayau ।
udyānamujjihānāyāḥ priyakā yatra pādapāḥ ॥
Halting for a time by the pleasant woods there,
he went east towards the garden Ujjihāna
that abounded in Priyaka trees.
2.71.13 ஸாலாம்ஸ்து ப்ரியகாந்ப்ராப்ய ஸீக்ராநாஸ்தாய வாஜிந: ।
அநுஜ்ஞாப்யாத பரத: வாஹிநீம் த்வரிதோ யயௌ ॥
sālāṃstu priyakānprāpya ṡīghrānāsthāya vājinaḥ ।
anujñāpyātha bharataḥ vāhinīṃ tvaritō yayau ॥
After reaching the groves of Sāla and Priyaka trees,
he took the fastest of the horses and proceeded quickly,
ordering his forces to follow him.
2.71.14-15 வாஸம் க்ருத்வா ஸர்வதீர்தே தீர்த்வா சோத்தாநிகாம் நதீம் ।
அந்யா நதீஸ்ச விவிதா: பார்வதீயைஸ்துரங்கமை: ।
ஹஸ்திப்ருஷ்டகமாஸாத்ய குடிகாமத்யவர்தத ।
ததார ச நரவ்யாக்ரோ லௌஹித்யே ஸ கபீவதீம் ॥
vāsaṃ kṛtvā sarvatīrthē tīrtvā cōttānikāṃ nadīm ।
anyā nadīṡca vividhāḥ pārvatīyaisturaṅgamaiḥ ।
hastipṛṣṭhakamāsādya kuṭikāmatyavartata ।
tatāra ca naravyāghrō lauhityē sa kapīvatīm ॥
Halting at a place called Sarvatheertha,
He crossed river Uttānika and many others
on his mountain-bred horses.
He then crossed the stream Kuṭika
mounted on an elephant.
Then that tiger among men crossed
the river Kapeevati at Louhitya.
2.71.16-17a ஏகஸாலே ஸ்தாணுமதீம் விநதே கோமதீம் நதீம் ।
கலிங்கநகரே சாபி ப்ராப்ய ஸாலவநம் ததா ।
பரத: க்ஷிப்ரமாகச்சத்ஸுபரிஸ்ராந்தவாஹந: ॥
ēkasālē sthāṇumatīṃ vinatē gōmatīṃ nadīm ।
kaliṅganagarē cāpi prāpya sālavanaṃ tadā ।
bharataḥ kṣipramāgacchatsupariṡrāntavāhanaḥ ॥
Bharata then crossed river Sthāṇumati at Ēkasāla
and river Gōmati at Vinata.
He then reached the city of Kaliṅga
and the woods of Sāla trees thereby.
With his exhausted horses, he proceeded quickly.
2.71.17b-18a வநம் ச ஸமதீத்யாஸுஸர்வர்யாமருணோதயே ।
அயோத்யாம் மநுநா ராஜ்ஞா நிர்மிதாம் ஸந்ததர்ஸ ஹ ॥
vanaṃ ca samatītyāṡuṡarvaryāmaruṇōdayē ।
ayōdhyāṃ manunā rājñā nirmitāṃ sandadarṡa ha ॥
Crossing the woods swiftly at night,
he beheld, in the early dawn,
Ayōdhyā that was built by King Manu.
2.71.18b-19a தாம் புரீம் புருஷவ்யாக்ரஸ்ஸப்தராத்ரோஷித: பதி ।
அயோத்யாமக்ரதோ த்ருஷ்ட்வா ஸாரதிம் வாக்யமப்ரவீத் ॥
tāṃ purīṃ puruṣavyāghrassaptarātrōṣitaḥ pathi ।
ayōdhyāmagratō dṛṣṭvā sārathiṃ vākyamabravīt ॥
Seeing the city of Ayōdhyā in front of him,
that tiger among men,
who had been on the road for seven days,
said to the charioteer:
2.71.19b-21a ஏஷா நாதிப்ரதீதா மே புண்யோத்யாநா யஸஸ்விநீ ।
அயோத்யா த்ருஸ்யதே தூராத்ஸாரதே பாண்டும்ருத்திகா ।
யஜ்வபிர்குணஸம்பந்நைர்ப்ராஹ்மணைர்வேதபாரகை: ।
பூயிஷ்டம்ருத்தைராகீர்ணா ராஜர்ஷிபரிபாலிதா ॥
ēṣā nātipratītā mē puṇyōdyānā yaṡasvinī ।
ayōdhyā dṛṡyatē dūrātsārathē pāṇḍumṛttikā ।
yajvabhirguṇasampannairbrāhmaṇairvēdapāragaiḥ ।
bhūyiṣṭhamṛddhairākīrṇā rājarṣiparipālitā ॥
O charioteer! This city of Ayōdhyā, from this distance,
does not appear to be that renowned city of whitish clay,
full of pleasant gardens,
virtuous performers of Yajñas,
Brāhmaṇas who are masters of Vedas,
people who are well-to-do
and ruled by great Rājarshis!
2.71.21b-22a அயோத்யாயாம் புரா ஸப்தஸ்ஸ்ரூயதே துமுலோ மஹாந் ।
ஸமந்தாந்நரநாரீணாம் தமத்ய ந ஸ்ருணோம்யஹம் ॥
ayōdhyāyāṃ purā ṡabdaṡṡrūyatē tumulō mahān ।
samantānnaranārīṇāṃ tamadya na ṡruṇōmyaham ॥
Ayōdhyā used to be a place of great buzz
with vibrant men and women everywhere!
I do not hear any of it today!
2.71.22b-23a உத்யாநாநி ஹி ஸாயாஹ்நே க்ரீடித்வோபரதைர்நரை: ।
ஸமந்தாத்பரிதாவத்பி: ப்ரகாஸந்தே மமாந்யதா ॥
udyānāni hi sāyāhnē krīḍitvōparatairnaraiḥ ।
samantātparidhāvadbhiḥ prakāṡantē mamānyathā ॥
The pleasure gardens used to look different,
with men running everywhere after
having sported, and rested there in the evenings.
2.71.23b-24a தாந்யத்யாநுருதந்தீவ பரித்யக்தாநி காமிபி: ।
அரண்யபூதேவ புரீ ஸாரதே! ப்ரதிபாதி மே ॥
tānyadyānurudantīva parityaktāni kāmibhiḥ ।
araṇyabhūtēva purī sārathē! pratibhāti mē ॥
The pleasure gardens seemed to be crying,
deserted by the romantic lovers.
The city, O charioteer, looks like a forest to me!
2.71.24b-25a ந ஹ்யத்ர யாநைர்த்ருஸ்யந்தே ந கஜைர்ந ச வாஜிபி: ।
நிர்யாந்தோ வாऽபியாந்தோ வா நரமுக்யா யதாபுரம் ॥
na hyatra yānairdṛṡyantē na gajairna ca vājibhiḥ ।
niryāntō vā'bhiyāntō vā naramukhyā yathāpuram ॥
I do not see the prominent men
on their vehicles, elephants, or horses
going out or coming in like they used to in the past.
2.71.25b-26a உத்யாநாநி புரா பாந்தி மத்தப்ரமுதிதாநி ச ।
ஜநாநாம் ரதிஸம்யோகேஷ்வத்யந்தகுணவந்தி ச ॥
udyānāni purā bhānti mattapramuditāni ca ।
janānāṃ ratisaṃyōgēṣvatyantaguṇavanti ca ॥
The pleasure gardens, the best places
for lovers for their love-trysts
used to look lusty and filled with joy!
2.71.26b-27a தாந்யேதாந்யத்ய பஸ்யாமி நிராநந்தாநி ஸர்வஸ: ।
ஸ்ரஸ்தபர்ணைரநுபதம் விக்ரோஸத்பிரிவ த்ருமை: ॥
tānyētānyadya paṡyāmi nirānandāni sarvaṡaḥ ।
srastaparṇairanupathaṃ vikrōṡadbhiriva drumaiḥ ॥
All of those seem cheerless today everywhere,
with the trees that line their pathways
seeming to cry out, with their leaves fallen.
2.71.27b-28a நாத்யாபி ஸ்ரூயதே ஸப்த: மத்தாநாம் ம்ருகபக்ஷிணாம் ।
ஸம்ரக்தாம் மதுராம் வாணீம் கலம் வ்யாஹரதாம் பஹு ॥
nādyāpi ṡrūyatē ṡabdaḥ mattānāṃ mṛgapakṣiṇām ।
saṃraktāṃ madhurāṃ vāṇīṃ kalaṃ vyāharatāṃ bahu ॥
Now, even the sweet amorous cooing of
intoxicated birds and beasts cannot be heard!
2.71.28b-29a சந்தநாகருஸம்ப்ருக்தோ தூபஸம்மூர்சிதோऽதுல: ।
ப்ரவாதி பவநஸ்ஸ்ரீமாந்கிந்நுநாத்ய யதாபுரம் ॥
candanāgarusampṛktō dhūpasammūrchitō'tulaḥ ।
pravāti pavanaṡṡrīmānkinnunādya yathāpuram ॥
Why is there no rich breeze like before,
charged with the scent of
sandal and Agaru and the smoke of incense?
2.71.29b-30a பேரீம்ருதங்கவீணாநாம் கோணஸங்கட்டித: புந: ।
கிமத்ய ஸப்தோ விரதஸ்ஸதாऽதீநகதி: புரா ॥
bhērīmṛdaṅgavīṇānāṃ kōṇasaṅghaṭṭitaḥ punaḥ ।
kimadya ṡabdō viratassadā'dīnagatiḥ purā ॥
Why are the lively sounds
of big drums, Mṛdaṅgas and Veeṇas that
were heard incessantly in the past, silenced?
2.71.30b-31a அநிஷ்டாநி ச பாபாநி பஸ்யாமி விவிதாநி ச ।
நிமித்தாந்யமநோஜ்ஞாநி தேந ஸீததி மே மந: ॥
aniṣṭāni ca pāpāni paṡyāmi vividhāni ca ।
nimittānyamanōjñāni tēna sīdati mē manaḥ ॥
I see so many unpleasant and evil sights and
disheartening portents, that my heart is sinking.
2.71.31b-32a ஸர்வதா குஸலம் ஸூத! துர்லபம் மம பந்துஷு ।
ததாஹ்யஸதி ஸம்மோஹே ஹ்ருதயம் ஸீததீவ மே ॥
sarvathā kuṡalaṃ sūta! durlabhaṃ mama banduṣu ।
tathāhyasati sammōhē hṛdayaṃ sīdatīva mē ॥
Nowhere, O charioteer, could I find
my people to be doing well.
My heart is sinking, though
I cannot find the reason for it!
2.71.32b-33a விஷண்ணஸ்ஸ்ராந்தஹ்ருதயஸ்த்ரஸ்தஸ்ஸுலுலிதேந்த்ரிய: ।
பரத: ப்ரவிவேஸாஸு புரீமிக்ஷ்வாகுபாலிதாம் ॥
viṣaṇṇaṡṡrāntahṛdayastrastassululitēndriyaḥ ।
bharataḥ pravivēṡāṡu purīmikṣvākupālitām ॥
Despondent, weary at heart, scared,
and his senses drooping, Bharata
quickly entered the city ruled by the Ikshwākus.
2.71.33b-34a த்வாரேண வைஜயந்தேந ப்ராவிஸச்ச்ராந்தவாஹந: ।
த்வாஸ்ஸ்தைருத்தாய விஜயம் ப்ருஷ்டஸ்தை ஸ்ஸஹிதோ யயௌ ॥
dvārēṇa vaijayantēna prāviṡacchrāntavāhanaḥ ।
dvāssthairutthāya vijayaṃ pṛṣṭastai ssahitō yayau ॥
He entered with his tired mounts by the Vaijayanta Gate.
People at the gate rose and greeted him
with cries of ‘ Victory!’ and followed him.
2.71.34b-35a ஸ த்வநேகாக்ரஹ்ருதயோ த்வாஸ்ஸ்தம் ப்ரத்யர்ச்ய தம் ஜநம் ।
ஸூதமஸ்வபதே: க்லாந்தமப்ரவீத்தத்ர ராகவ: ॥
sa tvanēkāgrahṛdayō dvāssthaṃ pratyarcya taṃ janam ।
sūtamaṡvapatēḥ klāntamabravīttatra rāghavaḥ ॥
Greeting the people at the gate with courtesy,
Rāghava, with his heart pulled in many directions,
said to the exhausted favorite charioteer of Aṡwapati:
2.71.35b-36a கிமஹம் த்வரயாऽநீத: காரணேந விநாநக ।
அஸுபாஸங்கி ஹ்ருதயம் ஸீலம் ச பததீவ மே ॥
kimahaṃ tvarayā'nītaḥ kāraṇēna vinānagha ।
aṡubhāṡaṅki hṛdayaṃ ṡīlaṃ ca patatīva mē ॥
Could I have been brought urgently
without a cause, O blameless one?
My heart suspects that something is wrong.
I am not my normal self today.
2.71.36b-37a ஸ்ருதா நோ யாத்ருஸா: பூர்வம் ந்ருபதீநாம் விநாஸநே ।
ஆகாராம்ஸ்தாநஹம் ஸர்வாநிஹபஸ்யாமி ஸாரதே! ॥
ṡrutā nō yādṛṡāḥ pūrvaṃ nṛpatīnāṃ vināṡanē ।
ākārāṃstānahaṃ sarvānihapaṡyāmi sārathē! ॥
All that we hear as signs of the passing away of Kings,
O charioteer, I see here.
2.71.37b-39 ஸம்மார்ஜநவிஹீநாநி பருஷாண்யுபலக்ஷயே ।
அஸம்யத கவாடாநி ஸ்ரீவிஹீநாநி ஸர்வஸ: ।
பலிகர்மவிஹீநாநி தூபஸம்மோதநேந ச ।
அநாஸிதகுடும்பாநி ப்ரபாஹீநஜநாநி ச ।
அலக்ஷ்மீகாநி பஸ்யாமி குடும்பிபவநாந்யஹம் ॥
sammārjanavihīnāni paruṣāṇyupalakṣayē ।
asaṃyata kavāṭāni ṡrīvihīnāni sarvaṡaḥ ।
balikarmavihīnāni dhūpasammōdanēna ca ।
anāṡitakuṭumbāni prabhāhīnajanāni ca ।
alakṣmīkāni paṡyāmi kuṭumbibhavanānyaham ॥
I see residential buildings unkempt and dirty,
with their windows left ajar.
None of the usual splendor can be seen anywhere.
There are no normal daily rites
with the smoke of incense rising.
I see families going without food,
people lacking luster of any sort and
the complete absence of the sense of wellbeing.
2.71.40 அபேதமால்யஸோபாநி ஹ்யஸம்ம்ருஷ்டாஜிராணி ச ।
தேவாகாராணி ஸூந்யாநி ந சாபாந்தி யதாபுரம் ॥
apētamālyaṡōbhāni hyasammṛṣṭājirāṇi ca ।
dēvāgārāṇi ṡūnyāni na cābhānti yathāpuram ॥
The temples are not adorned with bright garlands.
Their courtyards are left unmaintained.
They are desolate and lack the usual luster.
2.71.41 தேவதார்சா: ப்ரவித்தாஸ்ச யஜ்ஞகோஷ்ட்யஸ்ததாவிதா: ।
மால்யாபணேஷு ராஜந்தே நாத்ய பண்யாநி வா ததா ॥
dēvatārcāḥ praviddhāṡca yajñagōṣṭhyastathāvidhāḥ ।
mālyāpaṇēṣu rājantē nādya paṇyāni vā tathā ॥
Worship in the temples seems to have been interrupted,
as well as the assemblies for Yajñas.
Nothing is being offered for sale now,
in the shops where flowers used to be sold.
2.71.42 த்ருஸ்யந்தே வணிஜோऽப்யத்ய ந யதாபூர்வமத்ரவை ।
த்யாநஸம்விக்நஹ்ருதயா: நஷ்டவ்யாபாரயந்த்ரிதா: ॥
dṛṡyantē vaṇijō'pyadya na yathāpūrvamatravai ।
dhyānasaṃvignahṛdayāḥ naṣṭavyāpārayantritāḥ ॥
The traders too are not their usual selves,
their activities suspended for lack of business
and their minds deeply disturbed.
2.71.43-44 தேவாயதநசைத்யேஷு தீநா: பக்ஷிகணாஸ்ததா ।
மலிநம் சாஸ்ருபூர்ணாக்ஷம் தீநம் த்யாநபரம் க்ருஸம் ।
ஸஸ்த்ரீபும்ஸம் ச பஸ்யாமி ஜநமுத்கண்டிதம் புரே ॥
dēvāyatanacaityēṣu dīnāḥ pakṣigaṇāstathā ।
malinaṃ cāṡrupūrṇākṣaṃ dīnaṃ dhyānaparaṃ kṛṡam ।
sastrīpuṃsaṃ ca paṡyāmi janamutkaṇṭhitaṃ purē ॥
The flocks of birds in the temples and on
sacred trees in the squares look woebegone.
I see all people in the city, men and women alike,
their eyes full of tears, dejected, lost in thoughts,
bodies enervated and full of anxiety.
2.71.45 இத்யேவமுக்த்வா பரதஸ்ஸூதம் தம் தீநமாநஸ: ।
தாந்யநிஷ்டாந்யயோத்யாயாம் ப்ரேக்ஷ்ய ராஜக்ருஹம் யயௌ ॥
ityēvamuktvā bharatassūtaṃ taṃ dīnamānasaḥ ।
tānyaniṣṭānyayōdhyāyāṃ prēkṣya rājagṛhaṃ yayau ॥
Speaking thus to the charioteer,
Bharata, depressed by the sight of
those evil portents in Ayōdhyā,
proceeded to the king’s palace.
2.71.46 தாம் ஸூந்யஸ்ருங்காடகவேஸ்மரத்யாம்
ரஜோऽருணத்வாரகவாடயந்த்ராம் ।
த்ருஷ்ட்வா புரீமிந்த்ரபுரப்ரகாஸாம்
து:கேந ஸம்பூர்ணதரோ பபூவ ॥
tāṃ ṡūnyaṡṛṅgāṭakavēṡmarathyāṃ
rajō'ruṇadvārakavāṭayantrām ।
dṛṣṭvā purīmindrapuraprakāṡāṃ
duḥkhēna sampūrṇatarō babhūva ॥
Seeing the desolate squares, pathways and houses,
and bolts on the doors and windows turned tawny with dust,
in that city that used to shine like the city of Indra,
his cup of misery became full.
2.71.47 பஹூநி பஸ்யந்மநஸோऽப்ரியாணி
யாந்யந்யதா நாஸ்ய புரே பபூவு: ।
அவாக்சிரா தீநமநா நஹ்ருஷ்ட:
பிதுர்மஹாத்மா ப்ரவிவேஸ வேஸ்ம ॥
bahūni paṡyanmanasō'priyāṇi
yānyanyadā nāsya purē babhūvuḥ ।
avākchirā dīnamanā nahṛṣṭaḥ
piturmahātmā pravivēṡa vēṡma ॥
Seeing many unpleasant things which
he had never seen before in that city,
that Mahatma entered his father’s house,
his head hanging down,
feeling distressed and joyless.
இத்யார்ஷே ஸ்ரீமத்ராமாயணே வால்மீகீயே ஆதிகாவ்யே
அயோத்யாகாண்டே ஏகஸப்ததிதமஸ்ஸர்க: ॥
ityārṣē ṡrīmadrāmāyaṇē vālmīkīyē ādikāvyē
ayōdhyākāṇḍē ēkasaptatitamassargaḥ ॥
Thus concludes the seventy first Sarga
in Ayōdhyā Kāṇḍa of the glorious Rāmāyaṇa,
the first ever poem of humankind,
composed by Vālmeeki.
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Meaning, notes and commentary by: Krishna Sharma.