Righteousness of the people of Ayodhya

ஆசு அலம் புரி ஐம்பொறி வாளியும்
காசு அலம்பு முலையவர் கண் எனும்
பூசல் அம்பும் நெறியின் புறம் செலாக்
கோசலம் புனை ஆற்று அணி கூறுவாம்

Tempestuous five senses of men,

Sharp eyes of the bejeweled women

do not waver from the path of righteousness

in Kosala, let’s praise the bounty of the river (Sarayu) around that land .

The tradition was to first praise the river, then the land and finally the king before setting out to tell their story. Kamban follows this tradition and starts his epic with praise of the river Sarayu.

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