Rama and Lakshmana proceeded in
search of Sita. Wandering all around, they arrived at Rishyamooka hill. Sighting them from
atop the hill, Sugriva, a king of the monkeys, sent his minister Anjaneya (Hanuman) to
meet them and bring them to him.
His elder brother Vali, who also kept Sugrivas wife for himself, had deported
Sugriva from his land. Sugriva narrated his woes to Rama and sought his help. In turn,
Rama told him about his own sorrow. Both pledged to help each other. They declared their
friendship in front of God Agni (sacredfire).
Rama killed Vali and installed Sugriva on the throne.
Sugriva sent his soldiers to all- corners of the country to search for Sita. Rama
called Anjaneya and told him: "Dear son of Vayu wind, I feel that you will succeed in
your mission. You are the only one able to reach Lanka. Go forth and meet Sita. Tell her
about our welfare. As a sign of recognition, give her this ring." He blessed and sent
The armies of vanaras' (monkeys) reached the seashore.
How to cross the vast sea? One has only to fly. Who is capable of it They all agreed
that only Hanuman possessed the prowess to undertake the task. Thus, Anjaneya embarked on
his voyage of a distance of 100 yojanas with the speed of wind and reached Lanka he
went to Ravana's palace, searched around and found Sita at Ashokavana.