Sundarkand Part - 1
Sunderkand is the story of Lord Hanuman’s journey and his quest to find Mata Sita.
According to Hindu mythology, mountains used to fly earlier from one place to another. It is during this period Mainak the mountain was hiding in the ocean. When the ocean realized that Hanuman is passing through, he advised Mainak to come out of the ocean so that Shri Hanuman could rest on the mountain. Though Hanuman accepted Mainak’s request, he didn’t rest as he thought it was an obstacle in his journey. Then the demi-gods, the sages, and the Gandharvas wanted to test the monkey god’s power. They requested Sursa – the mother of the serpents to take the form of a terrible rakshasi to test Hanuman’s knowledge, wisdom, and skill.
She met him on his way and said anybody who has to pass through has to pass through her mouth. Hanuman enlarges himself. Seeing Hanuman, Sursa too enlarges herself. Immediately, Hanuman reduces himself to his tiny avatar, enters her mouth and comes out of her nose. Impressed, Mata Sursa blesses him for his mission. After facing two hurdles in the sky and the ocean, Lord Hanuman meets his third hurdle on the land. However, this time, it wasn’t the Gods but a demon Sinhika who caught his shadow. She even managed to swallow Hanuman but he killed her and proceeded further.
Sundara Kanda is the only chapter of the Ramayana in which the hero is not Rama, but rather Hanuman. Hanuman's selfle...