THE Vaanara army descended from mount Suvela and entered the forest adjoining the
city of Lanka. As the army burst in like a flood the frightened beasts and birds in the
forest fled in all directions.
Vaalmeeki describes the scene and the event
in his characteristic style. Gazing now from below at the mountain fortress and the
divinely beautiful city constructed by Viswakarma, Raama was again filled with wonder and
"Oh what beauty! What wealth."
The Vaanaras, for their part, noted the
Raakshasa warriors' strength and readiness for battle, the thick walls and mighty engines
From Lanka, all ready for war, the sounds
of drums and trumpets issuing from the city increased the eagerness of the Vaanaras for
battle. The army stood in ordered divisions as instructed by Raama.
Looking at Lanka he said, "Lakshmana!
Look at the beauty of the city."
His mind turned to Seeta. She would have
known by now, he thought, of his arrival with the army and her depressed heart must have
revived. But he spoke nothing of this and engaged himself in the arrangements for the