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Preface

 

The Sundarakanda (The Beautiful Story) is a section of the Srimad Ramayana, considered to be the first great epic poem in Sanskrit. Authored by Sri Valmiki, the Sundarakanda provides an outstanding characterization of Hanuman who, with his valor, dedication and other divine qualities, overcame many obstacles to cross the ocean in his search of Sita Devi (Goddess Sita), Hanuman's mission was to locate Sita Devi and bring back information regarding her condition to Sri Rama.

 

The narrative includes how Hanuman planned the task of searching for Sita Devi, crossed hurdles as they arose, solved insurmountable problems using his own ingenuity, located her in Lanka, and finally returned to report the details to Sri Rama, His character exemplifies the noble qualities of focus, persistence, dedication and problem solving. These traits are essential to achieve success in every project one undertakes.

 

This book is a revised version of the Sundarakanda that was published on Sri Ramanavami, April 13, 2002. Recently, I was narrating the story of Hanuman from the earlier version to my grandson who was five years old at the time. He enjoyed the episodes of Hanuman's adventures, and asked, "Grandma, why don't you keep this book in the public library so that everyone can read it?" The current version of the book emerged from that conversation.

 

The purpose of this book is to share the beautiful descriptions and the exemplary character of Hanuman as given in the magnificent epic of the Ramayana. I chose to write the book in English so that children not familiar with Indian Languages can enjoy and learn from the story. The purpose is to provide a role model in Hanuman, to encourage growing children to emulate his qualities. It is not a verbatim translation of the Sundarakanda, Some lengthy descriptions and repetitions were summarized to be more appropriate and comprehensible to children.

 

My heartfelt thanks go to my husband, Dr. Sastri Kota for his constant support and encouragement. I kindly thank Dr. Srinivasacharyulu Garu for contributing the foreward. I sincerely appreciate Sri Sivaji Tumbali for providing excellent illustrations. I thank Smt. Prashanti and Sri Vinay Mamidi for the preparation of the first edition of this book. My appreciation also goes to Dr. Aparna Kota, Dr. Jean Herbert, and Smt. Padmaja Iyer for their reviews and valuable feedback and to Smt. Ranjana Gobburu for her supportive role in the first edition. I would like to appreciate Sri Malladi Vidyaranyulu for publishing the first edition. My thanks are also due to Sri Harbir Singh and Sri Prashant Padala for their valuable support of this edition. ,

May Sri Hanuman and Sri Rama bless everyone who reads this book with peace and happiness.

 

Foreword

 

Valmiki's Ramayana, the first poem in Sanskrit beautifully describes the story of Sri Rama the encamation of Sri Mahavishnu in six Kandas. Sundara Kanda the fifth chapter in the poem is really sundaram. It describes the most exemplary qualities of Hanuman engaged in search of Sita Devi taken away by Ravana to Lanka. Sundarakanda is believed as most sacred book and people do parayanam of this for the fulfilment of their desires. The following sloka describes the excellent effect of Hanumatsmaranam.

 

Buddhir balam yaso dhairyam

Nirbhayatvamarogata

Ajadyam vakpatutvam cha

Hanumatsmaranat bhavet.

 

By meditation on Hanuman one gets wisdom, strength, fame, courage, fearlessness, good health, alertness and eloquence.

 

I am very happy that the Sundarakanda translated in to simple and lucid English is published by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams for the benefit of the english readers especially young boys and girls.

I thank Smt. Krishna Kota (U.S.A.) for translating this book into English.

 

I hope the youngesters will read this book and emulate the excellent qualities of Hanuman.

 

 


Contents

 

Foreword

vii

Preface

xi

About the Enclosed CD

xiii

Guide for Pronunciation and Transliteration System

xiv

Beginning Prayers

2

Importance of Sundarakanda for Children

10

Highlights of Srimad Valimiki Ramayana

13

Introduction to the Ramayana

13

Srimad Ramayana Story (in brief)

14

Chapter 1: Hanuman Crossing the Ocean

27

Chapter 2: Hanuman's Strategy: How to Enter Lanka

38

Chapter 3: Hanuman Defeats Lankhini - Protector of Lanka

40

Chapter 4: Hanuman Enters Lanka City

43

Chapter 5: Description of Ravana's Palace

44

Chapter 6, 7: Hanuman's Description of His Findings

44

Chapter 8: Description of the Puspaka Vimana, the Special Airplane

45

Chapter 9: Hanuman Searches Ravana's Inner Palace

47

Chapter 10: Hanuman Mistakes Mandodari for Sita

48

Chapter 11: Hanuman Realizes His Mistake

49

Chapter 12: Hanuman Laments His Inability to Find Sita Devi

50

Chapter 13: Hanuman's Deep Despair and Search for Sita Continues

51

Chapter 14: Hanuman Describes the Asoka Gardens

55

Chapter 15: Hanuman Finds Sita

55

Chapter 16: Hanuman confirms she is Sita Devi without a Mistake

57

Chapter 17: The Demons Surrounding Sita Devi in the Asoka Garden

59

Chapter 18: Ravana Comes To the Asoka Garden

60

Chapter 19: Ravana Approaches Sita

61

Chapter 20: Ravana Expresses His Love for Sita

62

Chapter 21: Sita Devi's Courageous Reply to Ravana

65

Chapter 22: Ravana Threatens Sita Devi

67

Chapters 23,24: Demons Threaten Sita Devi

69

Chapters 25, 26: Sita's Sorrow

71

Chapters 27,28: Trijata's Dream

73

Chapter 29: Sita Devi's Good Omen

75

Chapter 30: Hanuman Plans To Speak To Sita Devi...

76

Chapter 31: Hanuman Chants Sri Rama's Story

79

Chapter 32: Sita Devi's Confused State

80

Chapter 33: Sita Devi Explains What Happened

81

Chapter 34: Hanuman Reassures Sita Devi..

83

Chapter 35: Hanuman Earns Sita Devi's Trust

85

Chapter 36: Hanuman Presents Sri Rama's Ring to Sita Devi

87

Chapter 37: Hanuman Considers Taking Sita Devi with Him

90

Chapter 38: Sita Devi Gives Hanuman the ChudamalJi

93

Chapter 39: Hanuman Prepares To Leave Sita Devi..

96

Chapter 40: Hanuman Leaves Sita Devi

99

Chapter 41: Hanuman Spoils the ASoka Gardens

99

Chapter 42: Ravana Learns Of the Destroyed Asoka Garden

102

Chapter 43: Hanuman Destroys the Caitya Prasada

105

Chapter 44: Hanuman Fights with Jambumalini

106

Chapter 45: Hanuman Fights With the Minister's Seven Sons

107

Chapter 46: Hanuman Fights with Five Commanders

109

Chapter 47: Hanuman Kills Aka Kumara

112

Chapter 48: Hanuman Fights with Indrajit

113'

Chapter 49: The Description of Ravana's Court

116

Chapter 50: Hanuman in Ravana's Royal Gathering

117

Chapter 51: Hanuman's Speech in Ravana's Royal Court

119

Chapter 52: Vibhisana's Advice to Ravana

122

Chapter 53: Demons Burn Hanuman's Tail

123

Chapter 54: Hanuman Burns Lanka

126

Chapter 55: Hanuman realizes his wrongdoing

127

Chapter 56: Hanuman's Return Journey

131

Chapter 57: Hanuman Returns to the Mahendra Mountain

132

Chapter 58: Hanuman Narrates His Journey

136

Chapter 59: Hanuman Is Still Excited

137

Chapter 60: Jambavan's Advice

139

Chapter 61: Monkeys in Madhuvan

139

Chapter 62: Drunken Vanaras

140

Chapter 63: Rama and Laksmana Learn of Hanuman's Return

141

Chapter 64: The Vanaras Return to Sugriva

 

Chapter 65: Hanuman Tells Sri Rama about Sita Devi

142

Chapter 66: Rama Receives the Chudamani

143

Chapter 67: Hanuman Relates the Personal Story of Sri Rama and Sita Devi

145

Chapter 68: Hanuman Concludes the Task

147

Sri Rama Pattabhisekam

148

Rama Pattabhi~kam

152

Glossary

153

References

163

 

Sample Pages









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Preface

 

The Sundarakanda (The Beautiful Story) is a section of the Srimad Ramayana, considered to be the first great epic poem in Sanskrit. Authored by Sri Valmiki, the Sundarakanda provides an outstanding characterization of Hanuman who, with his valor, dedication and other divine qualities, overcame many obstacles to cross the ocean in his search of Sita Devi (Goddess Sita), Hanuman's mission was to locate Sita Devi and bring back information regarding her condition to Sri Rama.

 

The narrative includes how Hanuman planned the task of searching for Sita Devi, crossed hurdles as they arose, solved insurmountable problems using his own ingenuity, located her in Lanka, and finally returned to report the details to Sri Rama, His character exemplifies the noble qualities of focus, persistence, dedication and problem solving. These traits are essential to achieve success in every project one undertakes.

 

This book is a revised version of the Sundarakanda that was published on Sri Ramanavami, April 13, 2002. Recently, I was narrating the story of Hanuman from the earlier version to my grandson who was five years old at the time. He enjoyed the episodes of Hanuman's adventures, and asked, "Grandma, why don't you keep this book in the public library so that everyone can read it?" The current version of the book emerged from that conversation.

 

The purpose of this book is to share the beautiful descriptions and the exemplary character of Hanuman as given in the magnificent epic of the Ramayana. I chose to write the book in English so that children not familiar with Indian Languages can enjoy and learn from the story. The purpose is to provide a role model in Hanuman, to encourage growing children to emulate his qualities. It is not a verbatim translation of the Sundarakanda, Some lengthy descriptions and repetitions were summarized to be more appropriate and comprehensible to children.

 

My heartfelt thanks go to my husband, Dr. Sastri Kota for his constant support and encouragement. I kindly thank Dr. Srinivasacharyulu Garu for contributing the foreward. I sincerely appreciate Sri Sivaji Tumbali for providing excellent illustrations. I thank Smt. Prashanti and Sri Vinay Mamidi for the preparation of the first edition of this book. My appreciation also goes to Dr. Aparna Kota, Dr. Jean Herbert, and Smt. Padmaja Iyer for their reviews and valuable feedback and to Smt. Ranjana Gobburu for her supportive role in the first edition. I would like to appreciate Sri Malladi Vidyaranyulu for publishing the first edition. My thanks are also due to Sri Harbir Singh and Sri Prashant Padala for their valuable support of this edition. ,

May Sri Hanuman and Sri Rama bless everyone who reads this book with peace and happiness.

 

Foreword

 

Valmiki's Ramayana, the first poem in Sanskrit beautifully describes the story of Sri Rama the encamation of Sri Mahavishnu in six Kandas. Sundara Kanda the fifth chapter in the poem is really sundaram. It describes the most exemplary qualities of Hanuman engaged in search of Sita Devi taken away by Ravana to Lanka. Sundarakanda is believed as most sacred book and people do parayanam of this for the fulfilment of their desires. The following sloka describes the excellent effect of Hanumatsmaranam.

 

Buddhir balam yaso dhairyam

Nirbhayatvamarogata

Ajadyam vakpatutvam cha

Hanumatsmaranat bhavet.

 

By meditation on Hanuman one gets wisdom, strength, fame, courage, fearlessness, good health, alertness and eloquence.

 

I am very happy that the Sundarakanda translated in to simple and lucid English is published by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams for the benefit of the english readers especially young boys and girls.

I thank Smt. Krishna Kota (U.S.A.) for translating this book into English.

 

I hope the youngesters will read this book and emulate the excellent qualities of Hanuman.

 

 


Contents

 

Foreword

vii

Preface

xi

About the Enclosed CD

xiii

Guide for Pronunciation and Transliteration System

xiv

Beginning Prayers

2

Importance of Sundarakanda for Children

10

Highlights of Srimad Valimiki Ramayana

13

Introduction to the Ramayana

13

Srimad Ramayana Story (in brief)

14

Chapter 1: Hanuman Crossing the Ocean

27

Chapter 2: Hanuman's Strategy: How to Enter Lanka

38

Chapter 3: Hanuman Defeats Lankhini - Protector of Lanka

40

Chapter 4: Hanuman Enters Lanka City

43

Chapter 5: Description of Ravana's Palace

44

Chapter 6, 7: Hanuman's Description of His Findings

44

Chapter 8: Description of the Puspaka Vimana, the Special Airplane

45

Chapter 9: Hanuman Searches Ravana's Inner Palace

47

Chapter 10: Hanuman Mistakes Mandodari for Sita

48

Chapter 11: Hanuman Realizes His Mistake

49

Chapter 12: Hanuman Laments His Inability to Find Sita Devi

50

Chapter 13: Hanuman's Deep Despair and Search for Sita Continues

51

Chapter 14: Hanuman Describes the Asoka Gardens

55

Chapter 15: Hanuman Finds Sita

55

Chapter 16: Hanuman confirms she is Sita Devi without a Mistake

57

Chapter 17: The Demons Surrounding Sita Devi in the Asoka Garden

59

Chapter 18: Ravana Comes To the Asoka Garden

60

Chapter 19: Ravana Approaches Sita

61

Chapter 20: Ravana Expresses His Love for Sita

62

Chapter 21: Sita Devi's Courageous Reply to Ravana

65

Chapter 22: Ravana Threatens Sita Devi

67

Chapters 23,24: Demons Threaten Sita Devi

69

Chapters 25, 26: Sita's Sorrow

71

Chapters 27,28: Trijata's Dream

73

Chapter 29: Sita Devi's Good Omen

75

Chapter 30: Hanuman Plans To Speak To Sita Devi...

76

Chapter 31: Hanuman Chants Sri Rama's Story

79

Chapter 32: Sita Devi's Confused State

80

Chapter 33: Sita Devi Explains What Happened

81

Chapter 34: Hanuman Reassures Sita Devi..

83

Chapter 35: Hanuman Earns Sita Devi's Trust

85

Chapter 36: Hanuman Presents Sri Rama's Ring to Sita Devi

87

Chapter 37: Hanuman Considers Taking Sita Devi with Him

90

Chapter 38: Sita Devi Gives Hanuman the ChudamalJi

93

Chapter 39: Hanuman Prepares To Leave Sita Devi..

96

Chapter 40: Hanuman Leaves Sita Devi

99

Chapter 41: Hanuman Spoils the ASoka Gardens

99

Chapter 42: Ravana Learns Of the Destroyed Asoka Garden

102

Chapter 43: Hanuman Destroys the Caitya Prasada

105

Chapter 44: Hanuman Fights with Jambumalini

106

Chapter 45: Hanuman Fights With the Minister's Seven Sons

107

Chapter 46: Hanuman Fights with Five Commanders

109

Chapter 47: Hanuman Kills Aka Kumara

112

Chapter 48: Hanuman Fights with Indrajit

113'

Chapter 49: The Description of Ravana's Court

116

Chapter 50: Hanuman in Ravana's Royal Gathering

117

Chapter 51: Hanuman's Speech in Ravana's Royal Court

119

Chapter 52: Vibhisana's Advice to Ravana

122

Chapter 53: Demons Burn Hanuman's Tail

123

Chapter 54: Hanuman Burns Lanka

126

Chapter 55: Hanuman realizes his wrongdoing

127

Chapter 56: Hanuman's Return Journey

131

Chapter 57: Hanuman Returns to the Mahendra Mountain

132

Chapter 58: Hanuman Narrates His Journey

136

Chapter 59: Hanuman Is Still Excited

137

Chapter 60: Jambavan's Advice

139

Chapter 61: Monkeys in Madhuvan

139

Chapter 62: Drunken Vanaras

140

Chapter 63: Rama and Laksmana Learn of Hanuman's Return

141

Chapter 64: The Vanaras Return to Sugriva

 

Chapter 65: Hanuman Tells Sri Rama about Sita Devi

142

Chapter 66: Rama Receives the Chudamani

143

Chapter 67: Hanuman Relates the Personal Story of Sri Rama and Sita Devi

145

Chapter 68: Hanuman Concludes the Task

147

Sri Rama Pattabhisekam

148

Rama Pattabhi~kam

152

Glossary

153

References

163

 

Sample Pages









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