themselves with joy at the sight of Hanumaan I the Vaanaras assembled on the Mahendra
peak; and the veteran
Jammbavaan welcoming the son of Vaayu with great affection, spoke on behalf of all.
"We are eager to hear a full account of your journey and its triumphant conclusion.
More particularly, we are anxious to know how you discovered Seeta. How is she now? What
is the state of her mind and body? And dear son of Anjana, tell us about Raavana's state
and behaviour. After knowing everything we shall be in a position to consider and decide
what needs to be done next. "
Hanumaan tendered mental salutations to Seeta and began his story.
"You know how I sprang into the sky from this peak. As I was flying over the sea, a
golden mountain rose suddenly above the
surface of the water. I thought it was something rising up to obstruct me and I gave it a
flick with my tail. Meekly receiving the blow, the mountain said in a sweet voice ' 'My
son, I am no enemy.