Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman’s Odyssey PDF

Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman’s Odyssey PDF

Download Sundara Kãnda: Hanuman’s Odyssey PDF book free online – While Mahabharata’s Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Ramayana’s Sundara Kãnda is sought for spiritual solace; many believe that reading it or hearing it recited would remove all hurdles and usher in good tidings! Miracles apart, it’s in the nature of this great epic to inculcate fortitude and generate hope in man for it’s a depiction of how Hanuman goes about his errand against all odds.


Besides, it portrays how Seetha, on the verge of self-immolation, overcomes despair to see life in a new light? With rhythm of its verse and the flow of the narrative this sloka to sloka transcreation of the canto beautiful of Valmiki’s adi kavya – the foremost poetical composition in the world, Hanuman’s Odyssey that paves the way for Rama to rescue his kidnapped wife is bound to charm the readers and listeners alike.
Interestingly, as the following verse illustrates, it was the forerunner of the magic realism of our times – “Gripped she then him by shadow / Cast which Hanuman coast to coast, Recalled he in dismay then / What Sugreev said at outset / That one fiend had aptitude / To grip its prey by mere shadow.”
On a personal note, my paternal grandfather, Bulusu Thimmaiah-garu, like many in his time, was a life-long practitioner of Sundara Kãnda parayana (the epic’s daily recital in part or full) whose spirituality could have providentially guided me in this, rather an effortless, trans-creative endeavour.


Cantos of the Kanda 1 – Hurdles in Skies 2 – City in Clouds 3 – Prelude to Entry 4 – Foray into Fort 5 – Life in Lanka 6 – Precincts to Beat 7 – Palace in the Plane 8 – Pushpak’s Prowess 9 – Harem at Night 10 – Women in Want 11 – Qualms of Celibate 12 – At Wits End 13 – Errand in the Bend 14 – Garden of Grief 15 – Withered Flower 16 – She is Seetha 17 – Guards all Hideous 18 – Ravan on Heat 19 – Dame in Despair 20 – Womanizer at Work 21 – Steadfast in Love 22 – Deadline to Death 23 – Guards that Pander 24 – Carrot and Stick 25 – Hapless Soul 26 – Wandering Thoughts 27 – Dream of a Nightmare 28 – On the Verge 29 – Good Tidings 30 – Hanuman’s Dilemma 31 – Rama’s Ballad 32 – Is it True? 33 – Genesis of Exile 34 – Swings in Mood 35 – Winning the Trust 36 – More of the Same 37 – Aborted Move 38 – Story to Tell 39 – Doubts to the Fore 40 – Repeats the Dose 41 – Rampage in the Park 42 – Panic in the Town 43 -Itching for Fight 44 -Takes on Prahastha’s Son 45 – Marshals in the Mire 46 – Generals in the Dumps 47 – Akshay’s Life on Line 48 – It takes Indrajit 49 – Ravan’s Darbar 50 – Cause of Loss 51 – Advice to Deliver 52 -Placates the Sibling 53 – Tail on Fire 54 – Arson to Hurt 55 – What of Seetha? 56 – Havoc of a Take-off 57 – Flight sans Hassles 58 – Odyssey in a Nutshell 59 – Pep Talk to Peers 60 – Angad on Rebound 61 – Eying the Madhuvan 62 – Orgy in the Garden 63 – Sugreev’s Reading 64 – Return of the Platoon 65 – News in Brief 66 – Tears in Torrents 67 – Hanuman’s Replay 68 – Times of Hope Yuddha Kanda (War on Ravan) 1. Embrace of a Gift 2. Coronation and After

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