Sampati's Gaze

Sampati turned his gaze towards the ocean, scanning the horizon. "I see an island!" he said to the monkeys. "It must be Lanka. I see the golden city, and in that golden city, I see many beautiful women. They are happy and smiling. But there is one woman who is not smiling. That must be Sita. She sits under an ashoka tree, and she looks very sad."
As Sampati spoke, his wings grew back. He was able to fly again! "I wish you success in your quest," he said to the monkeys, and then he soared away into the sky.



Inspired by: Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik
Notes: This story is on p. 188 of the book. In Valmiki's Ramayana, this is the Kishkindha Kanda (Book 4), sarga 63. Pattanaik notes that there is a Gosani festival in Odisha in which Sampati is shown carrying monkeys on his wings.

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