Shatrughana, the Younger Brother of Lakshmana
jayati jaya shatru-kari-kesree shatruhan,
dev mahidev-mahi-dhenu-sevak sujan-
jayati savaargsundar sumitraa-suvan,
jayati lavannaambunidhi-kumbhsambhav mahaa-
jayati shrutikeerti-vallabh sudurlabh sulabh
daastulsee charann-sharann seedat vibho,
Shri Shatrughan Bravely Triumphs Over Enemies
Glory be to Shri Shatrughana who is like a brave lion in utterly defeating the elephants of enemies. Glory be to the one who is the veritable sun in destroying the darkness and mist of foes, the one who attends to the needs of gods, brahmans, earth and cows, and the one who brings about the well-being of virtuous people, siddhas (perfected or sanctified as by penance) and sages or ascetics ||1||
Shatrughana, the Son of Sumitra ji
I make obeisance to that Shatrughan ji, all of whose limbs are beautiful, who is the son of Sumitra ji, the one following the command of world-renowned Bharat ji; the one who is wearing an armour, sword-shield, bow-arrow and quiver, and gets rid of the sufferings which are given to us by opponents ||2||
Sage Agastya Drinking the Ocean
Glory be to Shatrughan ji who is equivalent to Agastya in crossing the ocean of *Lavanyasura, killing several powerful devious demons and expiating our sins.
He is the younger brother of Lakshman ji and applies the splendid tilak (sectarian mark) of the dust of the lotus feet of Bharat ji, Shri Ram & Sita ji, on his forehead ||3||
Shri Shatrughan Marries Shrutikirti ji
Glory be to such a Shatrughana who is the husband of Shrutikirti ji, difficult to attain by the wicked and easily attainable by those who serve him, grants us joys, bhoga or worldly pleasure and mukti or salvation, the instant we bow to him. O God!
This Tulsidas is bearing sorrow even after having sought the refuge of Your feet. O Alleviator of the suffering of the needy and distressed! Protect him (that is Tulsidas)||4||
*Lavanasura: In the Hindu epic Ramayana, Lavanasura was a demon who was killed by Shatrughana, the youngest brother of Lord Rama. Whereas the story about Agastya goes that once the Kalakeyas (a clan of Asuras) had taken refuge in the Cosmic Ocean, so that it was difficult for the Devas to vanquish them, due to which they went to Sage Agastya for help. After hearing the Devas, the sage drank the entire ocean water and held it within him, until the demons were destroyed.