Sundara Kanda, the fifth section/canto of Śrīmad Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa of Bhagavān Vālmīki, shines as a beacon of eternal light. Within its 2800 verses lies enshrined, many an invaluable lesson, personified in the one perfected soul – Hanumān. Hanumān, the protagonist of the Sundara-kāṇḍa, is a paradigmatic Bhakta (devotee), model emissary, warrior redoubtable, saviour supreme, preceptor peerless, and scourge paramount. Every endeavour Hanuman engaged in was profundity incarnate. Consequently, is this section of Śrīmad Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa named ‘Sundara-kāṇḍa;’ the term Sundara meaning beautiful/right. Hanumān of the Sundara-kāṇḍa exemplifies ‘Perfect Perfection.’
- The most aesthetically alluring canto in the greatest epic ever
The enchanting event of Hanuman’s voyage to the city of Lanka, the voyage full of hurdles and adventures, beautifully captured and presented with finest details. As the word ‘Sundara’ implies ‘beautiful’ in sanskrit, this canto in Valmiki’s ‘Ramayana’ is exalted as the most beautiful one, for everything in the canto is filled with nothing but beauty.
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