Q1. Did Sita take or wear any Jewellery when she departed to the forest? What did she take?
Sita had Jewellery while leaving Ayodhya. Later she got more Jewellery from great female ascetic(also wife of great Sage Atri) Anansuya to Sita. She gave it to Sita when Shree Raama did visit Ashram of Rishi Atri (during vanvas).
idam divyam varam maalyam vastram ...
You are right in saying Vanaras do not have weapons and maces are for glorification. Using boulders and trees is their choice. There is no rule that they should not use any physical weapon.
As Vanara means a forest ranger, they are highly likely to use trees, boulders as weapons. They are skilled with weaponry but they chose to use trees and mountains. I ...
Vanaras used weapons. For example, see the below verse from Yudha Kanda: Sarga 97 of Valmiki Ramayana:
Lifting that steel club, Sugreeva hurled it. Mahodara too hurled another mace on him. Those two weapons, clashing each other, broke and fell on the floor.
In Ramayana, almost all Vanaras are the incarnation or Ansha of some deity and so was the Nala. Nala was the son of Vishvakarma (the divine architect) and he had a boon of his father. It is described in Yuddha Kand, Chapter 22 as:
अयम् सौम्य नलो नाम तनुजो विश्व कर्मणः |
पित्रा दत्त वरः श्रीमान् प्रतिमो विश्व कर्मणः || २-२२-४४
O, excellent man! This ...
As I discuss in this question, during the time of Sita's Agni Pariksha, the Devas came down to the battlefield of Lanka. During that time, Indra offered Rama a boon, and Rama asked that the Vanaras who died in battle be brought back to life, as described in this chapter of the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana:
When Dasaratha returned, the Lord Indra, the ...
I am answering the title of your question only.
Why don't the Vanaras use weapons?
Vanaras used weapons in the war though not their own. As described in Valmiki Ramayana, Yuddha Kanda, Sarga 70, Lord Hanuman killed Trisiras with the sword of Trisiras himself.
स तस्य पततःखड्गम् समाच्चिद्य महा कपिः |
ननाद गिरि सम्काशस् त्रासयन् सर्व नैरृतान् || ६-७०-४४
Vanara although popularly translated as monkey can not possibly be monkey.
When the vimana touched down, Bharata, for whom truth was his valour,
happily approached Rama and greeted him again. Kakustha had seen him
after a long time. Full of joy, he made Bharata rise, embraced him and
placed him on his lap. The scorcher of enemies, Bharata, then happily
But what does Valmiki Ramayana say about Hanuman? Is he a vanara or a human being?
Valmiki Ramayana says that he is a Monkey - The most powerful divine monkey. Following are 3 verses which address Hanuman as kapi and vAnara - meaning a monkey.
Here in Ramayana, Baalkaand, Sarga 1, Verse 77. Narada gives a summary of the Ramayana to Valmiki and addresses ...
As per Yuddha Kaanda when the Devas came down after Sita's Agni Pariksha, Indra asked Sri Rama to ask for a boon. Sri Rama asked Indra to sprinkle Amrita on the Vanaras and Bears killed during the war with Raavana. Indra did so and all the Vanaras and Bears of Sri Rama killed in the war were revived and brought back to life. [Valmiki Ramayana - Yuddha ...
In Sarga 47 of Kishkinda Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana,the search of vanaras who went to north,west and east is described.
Those monkeys have thoroughly searched at lakes, in the pens of creepers on riverbanks, in vacant lands and in crowded cities and at impassable places with rivers and mountains. [4-47-2]
All the monkey commanders explicitly commanded by ...