When Rama and Lakshmana came back to the cottage they found Sita missing.
They started searching for Sita everywhere. But could not find her anywhere.
They were disgusted and did not know what to do.
They were wandering in the forest searching Sita. Rama kept on calling " Sita , Sita ".
Alas! No reply came.
As they were wandering in search of Sita they came across the wounded " Jatayu ".
Jatayu on his death bed , told Rama about Sita being kidnapped by Lanka king Ravana.
After conveying this message Jatayu breathed his last.
Now Rama and Lakshmana started towards Lanka.
On their way in Rishyamuka
mountains they saw Sugriva vanara (monkey) king and Hanuman(vanara) .
Rama offered help to Sugriva to regain his kingdom back from Vali.
Rama asked Hanuman's help in searchinng Sita .Hanuman readily agreed to this.
Hanuman saw godliness in Rama and became a great devotee of Rama.
Rama embraced Hanuman and gave him his ring to be shown to Sita.
Hanuman is known for his great strength and confidence . He flew over the ocean crossing many obatacles and reached Lanka.
On reaching Lanka he searched for Sita and found her , sitting sadly , in Ashoka Vana.
He sat upon the tree and started singing ' hymns ' in praise of Rama and jumped from the tree in front of Sita.
He then showed the ring given by Rama .
Sita was releived a little.
But when Hanuman offered to carry her back to Rama she refused, but said " Let Rama fight with Ravana and win .Then let him take me back." she also gave her ring to be given to Ram.
Hanuman then on his way back , destroyed many palaces, gardens, uprooted trees properties in Lanka .
But ultimately, he was captured by Ravana's soldiers and brought in front of Ravana.
There Hanuman asked Ravana to send back Sita to Rama and to beg forgiveness.
At this, Ravana was enraged and ordered that Hanuman's tail be set on fire.
Hanuman's tail was bundled , with oil dippped clothes
and set on fire .
Hanuman freed himself and started jumping ' from one place to another, from one building to another , gardens , palace ' with fire-lit-tail .
This burnt down so much of Lanka.
After doing , so much damage , he went and dipped his tail in the sea to put off the fire and started his way back to see Rama.
What happpened then?................
I shall tell you in the next post...................................
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