Episode 208 – Hanuman encounters the fourth obstacle – Lankini!!!


So far we’ve seen that Hanuman has landed at Lanka, undefeated by any obstacle till now. He strategizes his search mission in Lanka, sitting on top of the Lamba Mountain. He decides that the search operation should be executed without being noticed by anybody. Thus Hanuman comes to the conclusion that he would enter the city during the wee hours of the night when the visibility would be less. Moreover, he has a “Plan B” too – If at all someone spots him and tries to catch him red-handed, the only methodology to employ with them is “Dhandam”, that is, to attack them back and kill them on the spot!

Thinking thus, Hanuman slowly makes his way towards the city as darkness sets in. He nears the compound walls that adorn the city. To enable the search operation, Hanuman reduces his size to that of a small kitten so as to go unnoticed! As Hanuman nears the city, he is able to hear more sounds emanating from there. He was surprised and taken aback by the vibrance of the city. Seeing all this around him, Hanuman nears the compound wall, which seemed so high for him! It should be remembered that he has shrunk his form to that of a small cat! Hanuman lifts his head up and takes a look at the wall, thinking how to cross over!

“Raavanasya pureem raathrou pravishya suduraasadhaan!

Vrishakamshaka maathroda babhoova adbhudha darshanaha!!”

Thus, Valmiki Maharishi gives an accord of Hanuman taking a small form and trying to enter into Lanka. As Hanuman was taking a step forward to cross over the wall, there was somebody who noticed this intruder! She was none other than “Lankini” – the deity which presided over the city of Lanka and protected it from all four sides!

Pradosha kaale hanuman poornamuthpathya veeryavaan!

Pravivesha pureem ramyaam pravibhaktha mahaadatham!!”

At that moment when Hanuman was about to cross over, Lankini spots him and comes in front of him. She was having a huge sword in her hand and looked so fearful. Hanuman has a look at this huge demoness and was surprised as to how he was noticed so keenly! As Hanuman tries to escape away from her looks, Lankini caught him red-handed! She says in her fearful tone, “Stop! Who are you? Where are you going?” Upon hearing this from Lankini, Hanuman replies back, “Who are you to stop me like this?” Now the demoness replies back, “I’m Lankini! The presiding deity of Lanka city! Nobody can cross over into the city without my knowledge! Now I’m going to kill you for trying to intrude into Lanka!”

“Vismayaa vishta hridayaha pureemaalokya sarvathaha!

Jaambooraka maythvaaraihi vaidoorya kritha vedikaihi!!

“Saadham harivaram drushtvaa lankaa raavana paalithaam!

Svayameva ucchithaa thathra vikruthaanana darshanaa!!”

Thus, Valmiki Maharishi describes the significance of this Lankini. She again asks Hanuman with an angry tone, “Oh monkey! Rather than being in the forest, what are you doing in a city?”

“Kathayasayeha yath thathvam vyaabaghraana vyapanthithe!

Nashakyma kalviyam lankaam praveshtum vaanarathvayaa!!”

Lankini continues in her angry tone: “Oh monkey! You cannot enter into Lanka as easily as you think! I demand you to tell me the reason of your entry!” Upon hearing this from Lankini, Hanuman thinks for a moment and decides that he should never tell her the real reason of his visit. Thus he smartly lies to her:

“Kaarthvam viroopa nayanaa purathvaare avathistase!

Kimarthvamthaasi maam krodhaam vibharthayasi thaarune!!”

Hanuman replies, “Oh demoness with crooked eyes! (Viroopa Nayanaa!) Why are you seeing at me like that?” Upon hearing this “compliment” called “Viroopa Nayane” from Hanuman, Lankini gets even more furious! (Perhaps she was thinking within herself that she was a beautiful woman standing in front of him!) 🙂 And Hanuman was continuing further without stopping too! This irritated her even more!

“Hanumad vachanam shruthvaa lankaam thaam kaama roopini!

Uvaacha vachanam kruddhaa parusham pavanaathmajam!!”

Hanuman continues, “Oh Viroopa Nayanaa! I’ve never even known you till yesterday! We don’t have any kind of enemity within us! I’ve just come here as a traveller and as a tourister to enjoy the beauty of this city! If you let me go inside, I shall visit this beautiful city within a few minutes and come out! Is this the way how you treat a tourist who comes to your city?” 🙂 

However, Lankini is not ready to listen to all these stories that Hanuman is telling her! She is determined to punish Hanuman for trying to intrude inside! Hence she musters up all her courage and hits Hanuman with her sword! Upon hitting Hanuman, Lankini replies him, “Oh monkey! Upon King Ravana’s instruction, I’m protecting the city from all sides! Even air or germs cannot enter the city getting unnoticed by me! I’m going to now kill you for the offence that you’ve committed!”

Upon hearing this, Hanuman gets angry finally and decides to teach her a lesson! How did he react to Lankini? Did he kill her or did he defeat her? What happened next? The action continues in the next episode! 🙂

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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