Sri Vedanta Desika, an important Acharya in Sri Vaishnava sampradaya composed this poem in which Lord Rama sends a message via a swan to his beloved wife, Sita, who has been abducted by the demon king Ravana. In the first half, of 60 stanzas, describes how Rama sights and engages the swan as his messenger, and then describes to the swan the route he should take and the many places – primarily holy spots - he ought to stop on the way. The second part begins in Lanka where the author introduces us to the ashoka grove where Sita Devi is being held, the śiṃṣūpa tree beneath which she sits, and finally Sita Devi herself in a string of verses. The actual message to Sita Devi consists of only 16 verses, after which Lord Rama dismisses the swan and the narrator completes the story of the Ramayana.
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