Namosthu Ramaya sa lakshmanaaya
Devyaicha thasyai janakaatmajayai
Namosthu rudrendra yamaani lebhyo
Namosthu chandraarka marudgunebhayah!
Sri Ram who is with Lakshmana - Namaskaram
To Mata Janakee Devi - Namaskaaram
To Rudra, Indra, Yama, and Vayu - Namaskaaram
Chandra and Surya and other Devata Gana
I give my respectable Namaskaarams
Off all the other chapters ( Kanda) in the epic Sri Ramayana,
the Sundarakanda is one which has earned its special place and being treated as
most beautifully narrated and unquestionably have proven discoveries by which
the devotees can gain unlimited bliss as well as they will be taken and guided
to the other side of the sea. As we are well aware each Chapter's name is
defined by that chapter's main subject - like the birth and the days of the
infant stage of Sri Rama is called Baala Kaanda; Right from the idea of Sri
Dasarath and its planning on Sri Rama Pattaabhishekam, the immediate aftermath,
consequently Sri Rama's exile to forests and then the Paaduka Pattabhishekam -
all these incidents are clubbed in the Ayodhya Kanda; The life in the forests,
killing of cruel demons and then abducting of Sri Sita and the death of Jatayu
- brings the Aranyakanda. Then comes the friendship of Sugreeva, killing of
Vaali, keeping Sugreeva as the head of kingdom Kishkinda - is called Kishkinda
kaanda. Entire episode explaining the war between Ravana and Sri Rama, ultimate
killing of the Raavana and making Vibhishana as the King of Lanka - is called
Youddha Kanda. Though all these chapters were named based on the
situation and theme of the episodes, the fifth one "Sundarakanda" name is
something extra ordinary and do have possible inner meanings in naming that
chapter as SUNDARA ( beautiful) Kaanda ( Chapter).
Many scholars are of the opinion that this chapter has proved
beyond doubt about its power of benefiting the devotees in different ways. And
that was the reason, why this chapter is named as Sundara Kaanda.
As there are many beautiful incidents and those are beautifully
narrated and so the name has been attached like that - is one school of
dravyasya laabho ha, Sundra ha Parikeerthi Thaha!"
As Sita was actually
located after searching many areas
it was named as
Sundara Kaanada - is another analysis.
"Sundaro Vaanaro kapi hi "
sentence informs that the word Sundara is synonym for Vaanara word, and as the
entire chapter is devoted to Sri Hanumaan - the epic creator Sri Vaalmeeki has
not crossed or diluted his path of naming the each chapter with relevant
eposide incidents - is one analysis.
In this Chapter only the both Sita and Rama were able to come out of the
depression and mental agony which was erupted immediately after Sri Sita was
abducted. And the entire population of Vaanara - were in doldrums - as she was
not found and time was running out. That was the reason - as this chapter
has brought most beautiful memories and news to all - it was called as Sundara
Here is another analysis: The word Sundara - most auspicious word.
Sri Sita Devi is none another than most auspicious deity Sri Mahalkshmi - and
it was here the writer has dwelled most about Sri Sita's righteous characters
vividly and beautifully. And that was the reason the chapter was named
In this same chapter in 35th Swarga -
patraksh.ha Purna Chandra Nibhaanana-ha
Rupa daakshniya sampanna ha
Raamo Bhaamini Lokasya
karthaakaarayithaa cha sa ha:
Other than this - there will be no other purified explanation on the beauty.