B6 Ramavijaya. erected a mandap * on the bank of the river, Sharayn, one yojan in length, and inrited all kings to that cere- mony including Yibhishan, Sugriva, Naia, Kila, Maruti, Sharab, G-oraksha, and all other monkeys. Rama, having performed toe necessary ceremony, brought the best horse called shamakarna f from his stable and made it stand in the mandap. Vashista tied up to its fore- head a golden Patrilca J and wrote on it the following words;—'* Rama, the king of Ayodya, son of Dasharatha, lias let the shamakarna loose. It is guarded by six billions of warriors under the command of Shatrughna, and any king, who is powerful and mighty, is required to capture the horse and fight with its owner, but if he is unable to do so, he must submit to Rama and pay tribute to him." Rama worshipped the shamakarna and appointed Shatnighna as eomrnandei-in-chief of the. six billions of the warriors who followed the horse. Rama performed the necessary yadnya § for many days in the mandap strongly guarded by Sugriva, Yibhishan, and Maruti. Lakghuman? Bharat, and Snmant supplied him with all the necessary things for the purpose. Shatrughna conquered fifty six kings of very large countries, who submitted to him and, having paid tribute to Rama, followed the prince. The sharnakarna of Rama began to gallop on the road on which the abode of Valmika a monarch would let a horse loose with a patrika or letter on its fore-head stating that any monarch whose dominion the animal entered, should either catch it and fight with its master or submit to him and give him tribute. Wherever this animal entered, it was accompanied by the monarch with large armies. Monarchs read the patrika and fought with the invading mon- arch, if they were powerful to do So ; and if not, thviy gave him tribute. After all the monarchs were jsubdued, the .horse was cither killed or let go alive, and hence it is called ashwarnedha or horse-sacrifice '*. A horse, f An open shade or hall, J A letter. § A sacrifice.