In the previous episode we had witnessed that Ravana is finally killed, and Lord Rama asks Vibhishana to perform his last rites. Meanwhile, Ravana’s wife Mandodhari runs in search of her husband and mourns his untimely death! She regrets the fact that Ravana had ignored her advice to go ahead and fight Rama. But now it’s all too late! Ravana cannot be derived back! Mandodhari could not digest the fact that Ravana is no more! Eventually when Rama asks Vibhishana denies to perform the last rites for his brother, Lord Rama decides to do it by himself! Such is the magnanimity of Lord Rama that even he offered respect even to his deadliest enemies!
However, Vibhishana accepted Lord Rama’s instruction and prepares for the last rites. The pyre is prepared and all the last rites are done according to the required procedure. The entire Lanka city is in deep distress. They’ve lost a great king and an administrator in Ravana! However because of his uncontrollable and unwanted desires, Ravana had to give up his life! Nevertheless, Vibhishana performs all the procedures as Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Sugriva are looking on.
After all of this is over, now Lord Rama calls Hanuman and requests him to convey the news of victory to Mother Sita. Accordingly Hanuman prepares himself to go to the Ashoka-Vana and reaches there within the wink of an eye to convey the victorious news of Lord Rama! Hanuman goes in front of Mother Sita, pays his respects to her and conveys, “Oh Mother Sita! Rama has managed to win over Ravana finally, as per your prayers and wishes! He is on his way to take you back to Ayodhya!”
Upon hearing this, Mother Sita is completely overwhelmed with joy and tears start strickling down her beautiful eyes! She replies back to Hanuman, “Oh dear Hanuman!! I really do not know how to explain my happiness! I don’t have words to thank you for all the help and support you’ve given to Rama to achieve the mission. I don’t have the power in this human birth of mine to compensate and reward your contributions to our happiness! You have been the sole cause of Lord Rama’s victory! Hats off to you!”
However, Mother Sita is not satisfied with her own words. She continues, “Oh Hanuman! Although I’m all alone at this moment and I’m in a forest, you may ask me for anything whatever you please!” Upon which, Hanuman replies, “Oh Mother Sita! I just want one permission from you!” Sita asks back, “Okay! What is that permission?” Hanuman replies back, “Mother! Allow me to take a huge form and kill all those seven hundred Raakshasis who were troubling and torturing you day and night for all these ten months! Please give me this permission!”
Upon hearing this from Hanuman, Sita’s heart starts to melt with compassion. How can a mother allow her children to be killed? She immediately negates Hanuman’s request. She replies to Hanuman, “Oh Hanuman! I understand your frustration. However, you should understand that these Raakshasis (Demons) are innocent people. They had just executed the orders given by their master and hence, they had just done their duty. They did not threaten and torture me on purpose! Hence it is not right to punish these innocent people. Hence, Oh Hanuman! My love and compassion is always with these innocent people and you should not touch them and do any harm to them!”
Hearing this from Mother Sita, Hanuman realizes her compassion and love towards all beings in this world – Even if they are demons, Mother Sita is always a person who would protect and make sure that they are safe and happy! For today, let us also realize the compassion of Mother Sita and worship Her to save us from our sins and wrongdoings! The action continues in the next episode! 🙂