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Ramavijaya.                       35

sc One day while Brarnhadev was performing a pen-
ance, a drop of his  tears fell  on his  hand ; and it hore.a
king, called Raksharaj.    He was  a monkey.    While  he
was going from forest to forest, he came to a river in Ka-
yalasa, the kingdom of Siva.    He bathed in the river; bu$
immediately after, he became a very  beautiful female.    It-
was  appointed by  Parwati y wife  of Siva,  that any man,,
who would bathe in the river, would be a female.    Indra
and the  sun were enamoured of the woman.    By Indra
she got  Vali, and  Sugriva by the sun.    Having heard
that Raksharaj  became a female,  Brahmadev came to the
river, and prayed  to  Parwati to restore his son to his
former  form.    Parwati listened to his  prayer  and made
Raksharaj a man again.    The god then created a country
called  Kiskinda  and gave it to  him.    Raksharaj  ruled
in the country for some time and, having placed his eldest
son, Vali, on the throne, proceeded to heaven.    Vali and
Sugriva lived together  and loved   each other.    Vali was
very powerful and  invincible,  as  he was presented by
Indra with Vigayamala.*    After some time both the bro-
thers became  mortal enemies,  and  Vali carried  off his
beautiful  wife, Ramma.    For fear of his brother, Sugriva
made his  abode  on the hills  called Rishimukha Parvat.
They both fought together every six months.*'    Rama
bade Maruti tell Sugriva that he would kill Vali and re-
fctore his wife to him.    Maruti immediately went to   Su-
griva and said to him,   " You are in grief for your wife,
so also Rama for his wife, Sita.    Rama has promised to
help you in recovering your wife and   you will have to
help him also in recovering his wife, Sita/    Sugriva was
glad at what Maruti had told him and set out with hiss
army f monkeys to see Rama.    On his arrival the prince
cordially received Sugriva and told him all about Sita.

* A garland which, if put round the neck of a warrior, al-
ways gives him success .in a war.