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Srimad Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa | Sundara Kāṇḍa


Sundara Kanda (The Book of beauty) is the fourth book of the Valmiki Ramayana, which is one of the two great epic poems of India, the other being the Mahabharata. The book consists of 68 sargas (sometimes translated as chapters or cantos) of Sanskrit verse.

The sundara kanda forms the heart of Valmiki’s Ramayana and consists of a detailed, vivid account of Hanuman’s adventures. After learning about Sita, Hanuman assumes a gargantuan form and makes a colossal leap across the ocean to Lanka. Here, Hanuman explores the demon’s city and spies on Ravana. He locates Sita in ashoka grove, who is wooed and threatened by Ravana and his rakshasis to marry Ravana. He reassures her, giving Rama’s signet ring as a sign of good faith. He offers to carry Sita back to Rama, however she refuses, reluctant to allow herself to be touched by a male other than her husband. She says that Rama himself must come and avenge the insult of her abduction.

Hanuman then wreaks havoc in Lanka by destroying trees and buildings, and killing Ravana’s warriors. He allows himself to be captured and produced before Ravana. He gives a bold lecture to Ravana to release Sita. He is condemned and his tail is set on fire, but he escapes his bonds and, leaping from roof to roof, sets fire to Ravana’s citadel and makes the giant leap back from the island. The joyous search party returns to Kishkindha with the news.

S.NoChapters no of Slokas
1Chapter 1210
2Chapter 258
3Chapter 351
4Chapter 429
5Chapter 527
6Chapter 644
7Chapter 717
8Chapter 87
9Chapter 973
10Chapter 1054
11Chapter 1147
12Chapter 1225
13Chapter 1369
14Chapter 1452
15Chapter 1554
16Chapter 1632
17Chapter 1732
18Chapter 1832
19Chapter 1923
20Chapter 2036
21Chapter 2134
22Chapter 2246
23Chapter 2321
24Chapter 2448
25Chapter 2520
26Chapter 2651
27Chapter 2751
28Chapter 2820
29Chapter 298
30Chapter 3044
31Chapter 3119
32Chapter 3214
33Chapter 3331
34Chapter 3441
35Chapter 3589
36Chapter 3647
37Chapter 3766
38Chapter 3873
39Chapter 3954
40Chapter 4025
41Chapter 4121
42Chapter 4243
43Chapter 4325
44Chapter 4420
45Chapter 4517
46Chapter 4639
47Chapter 4738
48Chapter 4861
49Chapter 4920
50Chapter 5019
51Chapter 5146
52Chapter 5227
53Chapter 5344
54Chapter 5450
55Chapter 5534
56Chapter 5634
57Chapter 5751
58Chapter 58166
59Chapter 5936
60Chapter 606
61Chapter 6123
62Chapter 6240
63Chapter 6329
64Chapter 6439
65Chapter 6527
66Chapter 6615
67Chapter 6737
68Chapter 6829


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