In the previous episode we witnessed an interesting event wherein Hanuman tries to enter into the city of Lanka. He precautiously enters during the wee hours of the night, thinking that he can go unnoticed! However, Hanuman was proved wrong! As he tries to enter inside through a gap in the compound wall, Lankini, the deity that protects the city of Lanka as per the instruction of King Ravana, quickly noticed him. She is protecting the city in all four sides, preventing any intruders to get in! As Lankini stops Hanuman with a huge form of a demoness, Hanuman thinks of how to cheat her and enter inside! 🙂
Lankini asks Hanuman of his whereabouts but Hanuman is careful not to reveal any! There is a big argument that is brewing on between Lankini and Hanuman. As Hanuman says that he is just a wayside traveller and a tourist who likes to visit many places, Lankini was not convinced with Hanuman’s answer! She demands that he defeats her if he can, so as to enter Lanka! Hanuman still tries to convince her calmly and says,
“Drakshyaami nagareem lankaam shaatah praakaara thoranam!
Vanaam yupa vanaanneeha lankaayaah kaananaanicha!!”
Hanuman thus says to Lankini, “Oh woman! I’ve heard that this city has beautiful forts, buildings and forests! I’ve heard that this Lanka is full of natural scenic beauty! I’m so eager to enjoy all this and hence I’ve come here. Moreover, if someone appreciates that your city is very good, you need to acknowledge it, rather than fighting with that person!”
“Tasya tath vachanam shruthvaa lankaa saa kaama roopini!
Bhooya yeva punar vaakyam prabhaashe parushaaksharam!!”
As Hanuman keeps talking on and on, Lankini is losing her patience! Hanuman exactly wants that to happen – He’s trying to make her angrier by the moment! The strategy here is that, if the opponent gets way too angry, he/she loses composure and hence it becomes very easy to defeat them! This is a very important lesson for modern day leaders – Here is an illustration to prove that if we lose our cool, it would be extremely easy for the opposition to capture our weakness! This is exactly happening in this Hanuman-Lankini episode as well! Hanuman never loses his calm, but the opponent does! Hanuman captures the right moment. Let us see how he does.
Getting furious, Lankini replies back, “Oh monkey! Don’t you understand what I’m saying? You cannot enter this city without defeating me!” Hanuman still keeps himself calm and replies, “Oh is it? If that is the case, then I’ve to defeat you and enter inside! What else can I do? Anyways, I’ve come so long and I can’t go back without entering Lanka! So if you are an obstacle to my entry, I shall very well defeat you and proceed!” Hanuman says the above words softly and calmly! This irritated Lankini even more! 🙂
“Tathah krithvaa mahaa naadham saavai lankaa bhayankaraam!
Drishtvaa pureem imam bhadre punarvyasye yathaa gatham!!”
As Lankini reiterates her stand with more fury, Hanuman makes her even more furious! 🙂 He says further, “Oh Lankini! You stay here only! I’ll go inside, have a glance and come out within minutes! I assure you of it! Please give me one chance!” Lankini is now on top of her fury! She replies, “I’m not giving you even one chance! Get out of this place immcdiately!”
Saying thus, she comes towards Hanuman and gives him a blow with her fists! Now both of them realize that there is no use arguing further. Hanuman now wants to teach Lankini a lesson. He grows in size quickly and gives her one strong blow on her face with his ultra-strong fist!
“Tathhah samvarthayaamaasa vaamahasyascha somgulihi!”
As Hanuman is a saintly person, he knows the Dharma that hitting women with the right fist is not allowed, he hits her with his left fist. Unable to bear the pain of Hanuman’s blow, Lankini falls on the ground! She was stunned that she stood defeated with just one blow from a monkey! She coulnd’t believe what was happening!
“Mushtinaa vijakaanenaam hanuman krodha moorchithaa!
Sthreechethi manyamaanena naabhih krodhaha svayam kruthaha!!”
Hanuman says to Lankini now, “Oh woman! I’ll leave you with this one blow! I do not want to hurt you further!” Lankini is now in fear of Hanuman’s strength and asks back, “Why? Don’t you want to kill me? I stand defeated!” Hanuman replies back, “You are a woman! My Dharma is not to kill women, how bad they are! Hence I’m leaving you! With this one blow itself you would have experienced hell, isn’t it?” Lankini now replies, “Oh Hanuman! I’ve already experienced hell with just one blow! You needn’t kill me further! Now I’m never going to stop you from entering Lanka! You are free to go and do whatever you want!”
Lankini continues further, “Oh Hanuman! Now I remember Lord Brahma’s boon, which he had given me long back! He has said that when a monkey comes and defeats me, from that day onwards there is going to be a huge threat to Lanka and the Raakshasaas! Oh Hanuman! I know for what reason you’ve come here! Please go inside Lanka and search for Sita! I can foresee that Ravana is going to die because of his unwanted desire on Sita! Please go and re-establish the Dharma in this world!”
“Praseedhasu mahaabaaho dhraayasya hari sapthama!
Samaye soumya thisthanthi sathvavantho mahaabalaaha!!”
Saying thus, Lankini blesses Hanuman with success! As Hanuman wins over Lankini, the fourth obstacle, he is all set to enter Lanka now! How did he enter? What did he see inside the city? Did he find Sita straightaway? Let’s wait to find out in the next episode! 🙂