The verse is as follows,

etat ca anyat ca paruSam vaidehii raavaNa a.nka gaa |
bhaya shoka samaaviSTaa karuNam vilalaapa ha || 3-53-25

एतत् च अन्यत् च परुषम् वैदेही रावण अंक गा ।
भय शोक समाविष्टा करुणम् विललाप ह ॥ ३-५३-२५

The popular translation is as given here as,

On saying this much and other exacting words, Vaidehi who has gone onto the flank of Ravana, indeed lamented lamentably as her dismay is coalesced with her distress. [3-53-25b, c]

But a person here translates it as,

On saying this much and other exacting words, Vaidehi, who is on the lap of Ravana and is having sexual intercourse with him, indeed moaned (in love) as her dismay is coalesced with her coitus.

raavaNa anka gaa= on Ravana's,lap, having sexual intercourse; vaidehii= Vaidehi; bhaya shoka samaaviSTaa= dismay, coitus, coalesced with; etat ca anyat ca paruSam= this much, also, other, also, sharp [saying exacting words]; karuNam vilalaapa ha= [out of] love, moaned, indeed.

Can anyone shed some light on this alternate translation. Apparently, literally, either of them can be legitimate.

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    lol... the second is not worthy to be called translation... It's hallucination of evil mind..
    – Tezz
    Sep 14, 2016 at 11:57
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    @Tezz. I'm in no disagreement here, but I'm having a hard time arguing with the fool. Sep 14, 2016 at 12:05
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    शक्यो वारयितुं जलेन हुतभुक् छत्रेण सूर्यातपो । नागेन्द्रो निशिताङ्कुशेन समदो दण्डेन गोगर्दभौ । व्याधिर्भैषजसङ्ग्रहैश्च विविधैः मन्त्रप्रयोगैर्व्विषम्। सर्वस्यौषधमस्ति शास्त्रविहितं मूर्खस्य नास्त्यौषधी ।।
    – Tezz
    Sep 14, 2016 at 12:16
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    Which means "Fire can be extinguished with water. Intense sunlight can be avoided by using umbrella. An elephant in rut can be controlled applying sharp goad with sharp hook.The bull or the donkey can be kept in place by thorough beating with a stick. Disease also can be treated with the right combination of medicines. Poison ( by snakebite) can be nullified by various chants and spells. In this world, there is some medicine or some solutions for any problem or illness. But there is no medicine available to cure the foolishness of an idiot.. "
    – Tezz
    Sep 14, 2016 at 12:17
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    @VineetMenon On Quora some people interpret things according to their whims and fantasies. To satisfy their whims, they corrupt Sanatana Dharma.
    – The Destroyer
    Sep 14, 2016 at 12:25

1 Answer 1


There is a website developed and maintained by IIT Kanpur. It is Valmiki Ramayana project by Rashtriya Sanskrita Vidya Peetham, Tirupati. I am providing the translation from the same source.

एतच्चान्यच्च परुषं वैदेही रावणाङ्कगा।।3.53.25।।

भयशोकसमाविष्टा करुणं विललाप ह।

रावणाङ्कगा a lady under Ravana's grip, वैदेही Vaidehi (Sita), भयशोकसमाविष्टा full of fear and sorrow, एतत् च these words, अन्यच्च and other words, परुषम् harsh, करुणम् piteously, विललाप ह wept.

Sita, daughter of Videha, full of sorrow and fear under Ravana's grip uttered these partly harsh and partly piteous wordsweeping.

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