|Ram and Laxman realised
that they had been tricked
They hurried back to the
mud hut only to find Sita had disappeared. They hunted high and low for Sita, calling out
her name till their voices were weak.
But there was only silence in the forest. Not a leaf moved
and the birds and animals were silent.
The princes needed help. Help
was on hand. The monkey people arrived led by their king Sugreeva.
|Ram and Laxman told Sugreeva all
The monkey king offered to help them.
The monkeys could climb to great heights and travel long
distances jumping from branch to branch of trees.
Sugreeva promised to reward the first monkey who found Sita.
So hundreds of these nimble little creatures scattered in
different directions to look for Sita.
|Now there was
one monkey called Hanuman.
Ram had a
feeling that it would be this monkey that would discover where Sita had been taken.
Ram took the ring that he wore off his finger and gave it to
He knew that Sita would trust the carrier of this ring as a
true friend of Ram.
A bird flying high, so high, saw Sita sitting crying in
Lanka. The bird whispered the news to Hanuman.
But Lanka was an island
many miles of water would need
to be crossed to reach the island.
Hanuman said he would leap across the
||He planted his feet firmly on the
ground, took a deep breath and grew to an enormous size.
He launched himself into the air with a mighty roar.
He flew high up into the air, across the ocean, till he
landed lightly on the sandy beach of Lankas shore.
Hanuman sneaked into the city. After searching everywhere
Hanuman found Sita.
He told Sita that he was a friend of Ram and gave her
Sita took a jewelled ornament from her hair and told Hanuman
to give it to Ram so that he would know that she was alive and well.
|Hanuman knew that he must return
to Ram. But being a monkey, Hanuman had mischief in his blood.
He uprooted trees and shook the house down.
Ravan ordered that the monkey be captured and brought to
Hanuman was taken to Ravans palace.
Knowing that his tail is a monkeys
pride, Ravan ordered that Hanumans tail be dipped in oil and set on fire.
Hanuman took a deep breath, and broke free. He charged
around the city setting fire to everything with his flaming tail. Hanuman took another
deep breath and disappeared into the sky with a thunderous roar.