~ 108. Hanuman Heads South ~


Fulfilling his promise to help Rama, Sugriva assembled the monkeys and sent them in the four directions to search for Sita. To the south, he sent Hanuman and Angada, together with Jambavan, king of the bears.
"I give you one month's time to return with news!" commanded Sugriva.
Rama then spoke with Hanuman. "Take this ring, engraved with my name," Rama said. "Sita gave it to me. Now give it as a remembrance to Sita so that she will know you are my messenger."
Hanuman took the ring and bowed, and then he flew away with his companions, heading south.


Inspired byValmiki's Ramayana
Notes: This is from Book 4: Kishkindha Kanda, sarga 41 and 44. This ring must be important to Rama as he kept it even though he set aside all his other fine clothing and royal insignia, wearing only clothes made of bark during his exile. Perhaps this is the ring that Sita gave him at their wedding ceremony!



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