The Sunder Kanda is 5th chapter in Ram Charit Manas and forms the heart of Ramayana and consists of a detailed, vivid account of Hanuman’s adventures. After learning about Sita, Hanuman assumes a very large form and makes a long jump across the ocean to Lanka by defeating Surasa, the Mother of the Nagas who is sent by the Suras and the asura Sinhika who is sent by the Asuras. Here, Hanuman explores the demon’s city and spies on Ravana. He locates Sita in Ashoka grove, who is wooed and threatened by Ravana and his rakshasis to marry Ravana. He reassures her, giving Rama’s signet ring as a sign of good faith. He offers to carry Sita back to Rama, however she refuses, reluctant to allow herself to be touched by a male other than her husband. She says that Rama himself must come and avenge the insult of her abduction.
Hanuman then wreaks havoc in Lanka by destroying trees and buildings, and killing Ravana’s warriors. He allows himself to be captured and produced before Ravana. He gives a bold lecture to Ravana to release Sita. He is condemned and his tail is set on fire, but he escapes his bonds and, leaping from roof to roof, sets fire to Ravana’s citadel and makes the giant leap back from the island. The joyous search party returns to Kishkindha with the news.
This chapter is recited by religious Hindus, preferably on Tuesdays or Saturdays, these days having been earmarked for special prayers to Hanuman. It happens to be for nullification of the malefic effects of the crow mounted, the son of Surya and Chhaya (Shadow), Lord Shani. Ramayana reveals that Shani Dev, who was captive at Ravana’s palace, was rescued by Lord Hanuman. As a token of thanks, Shani Dev offered reprieve to all devotees of Lord Hanuman. Alternately once Shani Dev was caught between Hanuman’s shoulders and the ceiling when attempting to mount the latter to influence his stars. Unable to bear the pain, Shani Dev offered gratitude in return to an immediate release.
The religious faith suggests that its recital brings harmony to the household. Many Hindus believe that if you do not have time to read the whole Ramayana, you should read the Sunder Kanda.
7 Dohas of Sunder Kanda
There are 7 dohas in Sunder Kanda of Ramcharitmanas which contain the word sunder. It is said that a person who recites these earns the credit of a full Sunder Kanda recital.
1.Sindhu Tir Ik bhudhara sunder, Kautuka Kudo charheu ta upara.2.Syama Saroja dama Sama sunder, Prabhu bhuja Kari kara Sam dasakamdhara.
3.Tahan Dekhi mudrika Manohara, Rama nama Ankita Ati sunder.
4.sunahu matu mohi atishaya bhukha, Lagun Dekhi sunder phala rukha.
5.savadhana Mana Kari puni Sankara, Lage kahana katha ATI sunder.
6.Harasi rama taba kinha payana, Saguna bhy sunder Shubha nana.
7.sath Sana binaya kutil Sana priti, Sahsa kipana Sana sunder niti.