In the previous episode we had witnessed that all the Vaanaras make their way into Kishkinta and to the place of Sugriva, Lord Rama and Lakshmana. Eventually, Hanuman briefs Lord Rama that he has found Mother Sita, saw her and spoke with her. He also conveys that she is safe and secure and is an epitome of “Pathivratha” Dharma!
Upon hearing this initial news from Hanuman, Lord Rama’s happiness knows no bounds! He is thrilled to bits! So is Lakshmana and Sugriva! Lakshmana finally breathes a sigh of huge relief upon hearing that Mother Sita is safe and secure. As Hanuman goes on to narrate in much more detail, he conveys the important point that Sita would be alive for maximum 30 more days! Already 4 days have passed by for reaching Kishkinta from Lanka. Now there are 26 more days and quick action needs to be taken.
As Rama gets to hear this emotional description from Hanuman, his anger on Ravana knows no bounds! He takes a pledge in front of the Vaanaras thus, “Oh Sugriva and friends! Now that Hanuman has found out the whereabouts of Sita! This Rama would reduce the person who has abducted my beloved wife to ashes! This is a pledge that I’m taking this minute! After hearing about Sita, I shall not stay here even for one more minute! Oh Hanuman! Please take me to the place where you found Sita! Please let me see my Sita’s beautiful face again. I cannot live for one more minute without my beloved Sita! Thus, Hanuman, I request you.. Please help me unite with my beloved Sita!”
As Rama laments with anger and frustration, Hanuman rushes towards him and tries to calm him down. He says thus, “Oh my Lord! Please calm down! If you get angry like this, then what is the meaning of the word ‘Patience’? Let us think together and plan out a strategy! Let us first decide on an auspicious day to start from here. I shall narrate more about Ravana and Lanka as far as I’ve seen!”
Saying thus, Hanuman gives a detailed accord of Ravana – His strengths, weaknesses, Lanka’s city plan, how to go from Kishkinta to Lanka, etc. He gives each and every minute detail and as Hanuman talks, Rama couldn’t hold back his tears again!
As Rama’s eyes fill with tears, Hanuman thinks that this is the best opportunity to show Rama, the ring that Sita had given him. As Hanuman talks, he hands over the ring into Rama’s hands and says, “Oh Rama! This is what Mother Sita had given to me as a token of her love and affection for you! Please take this in your hands and bless it. Please do not worry! All of us are with you and Mother Sita. Both of you would unite very soon and it is just a matter of time!”
Upon seeing Sita’s ring, Rama’s happiness breaches all limits! He is overwhelmed with what Hanuman has done to him and Mother Sita! Rama acknowledges Hanuman’s selfless service and is in tears of joy! His heart is melting! His eyes cannot hold back his tears!
At this point, he says to Hanuman, “Oh my dearest Hanuman! By giving this ring in my hands, you’ve melted my heart with love and compassion! Lord Indra (Leader of the Celestial Beings) had once gifted King Janaka (Sita’s father) for his immense penance. When we were getting married, King Janaka placed this in Sita’s head. As he placed it, she looked even more divine and beautiful! This is a priceless gift that you have given me now! Oh Hanuman! Let me tell you one thing for sure: Today Sita and myself have regained the lost happiness because of you! I do not know how am I going to compensate and acknowledge your selfless service!”
Saying thus, Lord Rama looks around him, but since he is currently in the forest, he doesn’t have anything to give to Hanuman as a token of acknowledgment for his efforts. He continues to reply Hanuman, “Oh Hanuman! As of now this Rama has nothing to offer you, but a heart-felt hug! Please forgive me for the fact that I’ve not been able to give you a prize for whatever help you’ve done to me!”
Saying thus, Lord Rama comes in front of Hanuman and hugs him with all his love and grace! This is a huge emotional moment for Hanuman as he is extremely happy that he is able to get the grace of his Lord! For today, let us also enjoy this emotional moment of Rama hugging Hanuman with all his love and grace! Let’s wait till the next episode to find out what happens next!