ಓ ರವಿಯೆ, ನಮ್ಮ ಕುಲಪತಿಯೆ,
ನಿನ್ನರಕ್ಷೆಯೊಳುಗೀಕೆಯನು ಬಿಡುವೆ —
ಬಾನರಸೆ, ಮಾರುತನೆ, ಸರ್ವಭೂತಂಗಳೇ
ಶಿವಸತ್ವಗಳೆ, ನಿಮ್ಮ ಹೊರೆಯೊಳಗಿವಳನಿಡುವೆ
|Lakshmana's Appeal. (Photo: Mani Varadarajan).|
In this one piece where Lakshmana is forced to leave Sita alone in the woods because of Sita's forcing him to do so, his utter unhappiness is being portrayed. He is unhappy because he is doing it against his brother's wishes that he should always be at Sita's side as her protection. As he leaves, it is as if he is telling his dynastic ancestor, ರವಿ, that he can only expect Sita to be protected by no one other than the five mahabhoothas — Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, Air (ether) — and the shivasattvas, the essential components of nature. In other words, there is no mortal at Sita's side to protect her.
A very tumultous situation for Lakshmana, beautifully visualized by the poet, and the emotional content resoundingly expounded by the music in Revati raga. Singer: Manudath Gurudatha.
I recommend to you, the reader, that you try to listen to the audio clip ...