Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 23 Aug 2011 11:58 and updated at 23 Aug 2011 11:58
BOOK 7: UTTARA KANDA
On the same night Satrughna housed himself in a thatched cottage Sita gave birth to twin sons. In the midnight the Muni boys came to Valmiki and communicated unto him this auspicious intelligence, saying "O illustrious Sir, the beloved spouse of Rama hath given birth to two sons ;do thou so protect them that evil spirits might not injure them." Hearing those words the highly effulgent Valmiki went there and attained to great delight on beholding those two highly effulgent sons, resembling the newly risen sun and the celestials.
Thereupon he made arrangements against the oppression of ghosts and goblins. Thereupon taking Kusa (the upper part of the grass) and Lava (the lower part) the great ascetic Valmiki made those arrangements. And giving Kusa sanctified by Mantras unto the hands of elderly women he said, "do ye rub the person of the elder boy with these and giving them Lava he said "do ye rub the person of the younger brother with this.
And according to this I shall name the first Son Kusa and the second Lava ;and by those names they shall be celebrated on earth." Thereupon reverentially taking from the hands of Valmiki and Kusa Lava, the means of protection, the elderly ladies engaged in guarding them. Hearing that Sita without any trouble had given bith to two sons and elderly female ascetics had been engaged is protecting them and heaing the chanting of Rama s glories in the midnight, Satrughna thought within himself.
"Blessed it is that Sita hath given bith to two sons." And with this joy the live long night of Sravana passed away in no time. Having performed the morning rites after the expiration of the night and taken farewell from the ascetic Valmiki, Satrughna proceeded towards the west.
And having spent seven nights he at last arived at the hermitage of the Rishis living on the banks of the Yamuna. Taking shelter there he engaged in pleasant conversation with Chavanya and other ascetics. Having remained there for the night and talked with those ascetics the high souled, heroic Raghu prince Satrughna was greatly delighted.