In the previous episode we had witnessed the important event wherein Hanuman is preparing himself to start his journey towards Lanka by leaping across the southern ocean. He climbs up the “Mahendra-Giri” Mountain and gets his acts together to jump across. He grows into an enormous size and frightens the wild animals and reptiles that were living in that mountain. Why does Hanuman grow in size? Hanuman grows in size because his hero Lord Rama’s happiness should grow!
“Salalam samprasrussaava madhamakthamidathdhvipaha!
Reethir nivakthayaamaasa kaanchanaanjana raajathihi!!
Guhaa vishtaani sathvaani vinethur vikruthaisswaraihi!”
Thus from the above slokas, Valmiki Maharishi beautifully describes the gradual growth of Hanuman’s size and the impact that it had on the living beings around the Mahendra Giri. He says that as Hanuman grows, all the wild animals were terrified and ran here and there not knowing where to escape to! As Hanuman grows, he presses his foot strongly with the ground and for a moment it is as if there is a huge earthquake happening! All the snakes and reptiles residing in the mountain were horrified to see such a huge figure standing in front of them! There were beautiful trees with eye-catching flowers. As Hanuman creates the jerk amidst the ground, all those beautiful flowers fall all over Hanuman’s body and it looks like as if he is garlanded beautifully with those flowers! Even the small streams of water and the waterfalls amidst the mountain felt the pressure of Hanuman’s enormous feet and were flooding the entire area around the mountain.
Thus with all this beauty, Hanuman commences his journey by leaping forward into the water!
“Guhaa vishtaani sathvaani vinethur vikruthaisswaraihi!
Vidhyadheyam girir bhoothaihi ithi makthvaa tapasvinaha!!
Krasthaa vidhyaadharaath tasmaath pushpethuhu sthreeganaissaha!”
From the above slokas, Vaalmiki Maharishi explains that as Hanuman was leaping forward, the entire mountain shook violently for a moment, thus feeling as if the entire mountain is going to break away into pieces! Even the “Tapasvis” (People who sit amdist mountains and do penance) and great saints who were residing in that vicinity were shaken up and couldn’t figure out what was happening around!
“Haara noopura keyura bhaarihaarya dharaasthryaha!
Vismithaaha svasthithaasthakshuhu aakashe ramanaissaha!!”
Upon seeing Hanuman leaping forward, even the “Devas” (Celestial beings) are stunned and looking at him with eyes wide open! It was so miraculous that they were in complete awe! “Samudra-Raaja” (The king of the oceans) was thinking within himself, “Oh! Is this Hanuman really going to succeed in crossing this ocean? Looking at all his efforts, it seems that he is not going to give up till he accomplishes his mission! So far, nobody has ever seen someone crossing an ocean like this! Is Hanuman going to change it and create history? Should I stop him from doing this?” Then later he again consoles himself by thinking, “Oh yes! So far, nobody has taken such a huge step forward to help Lord Rama! Hanuman is taking this initiative! As a responsible king, I should also contribute to Hanuman’s efforts rather than stopping him from proceeding further!”
Thus, everybody was looking at Hanuman with utter amazement as Hanuman commences his journey towards Lanka! As Hanuman rises up in the air, there were many tree branches, leaves, flowers, etc. that he dragged along with him for a small distance! It is a known fact that if an object that has immense strength rises up in the air, there would always be lot of other small objects that would also equally rise up along with that object. For instance, we see today when some powerful rockets are being launched from NASA and Sreeharikota. When the rocket launches up from the ground, we would normally be able to see many other particles like dust, some stones, etc. also going up for a certain distance. After some distance of course, all these small objects would fall down back on the ground. Similarly as Hanuman rises up, all these tree branches, leaves, etc. rise up along with him and after a certain distance, all these small objects fall in the ocean waters one by one!
Thus Hanuman rises up and commences his journey to accomplish the complex mission! We shall also wait till the next episode to find out if his journey was smooth and happy, or if he had to face obstacles all along his path! Stay tuned! 🙂