He assembled the leading members of the army and posed a single question: who among them could fly hundred yo:janas, locate Mother Si:tha and return flying across the ocean.Angada amplified further that it was a do or die situation.They can’t go back to King Sugri:va with vague information. They would be surely punished severely. The time allotted for their search mission was over. They must act swiftly and precisely and obtain result. Standing on the shore Angada wondered who the ‘one’ was!
It was a tough call. None dared to take it. Angada continued to remind them of their deeds of strength and valour. Some of them came up with honest self-appraisals. Gaja said he could cross ten yo:janas. Gava:ksha assured twenty. Gavaya knew that he could cross thirty yo:janas. Sarabha said forty, Gandhama:dana was capable of crossing fifty yo:janas. Maindana said sixty, Dvivida said seventy, Sushe:na would make it up-to eighty. The veteran Ja:mbavan said that he could stretch himself to ninety yo:janas but no further. He said that his days
of youthful strength were over and his abilities had reduced. Earlier he could easily accomplish the task but now age was telling on him. Prince Angada said that he could fly across the ocean covering the entire 100 yo:jans but was doubtful if he could come back.
Since there was none capable but him, Angada planned to fly across the ocean and accomplish the mission by himself. Ja:mbavan prevented him by saying that the leader of the group must not become an emissary. Angada questions, “Who else would go? Don’t you know that punishment awaits us from King Sugri:va if we do not accomplish the mission? It is better we fast unto our own extermination rather than undergo a punishment. Find out a way, elderly Ja:mbavan!”
Ja:mbavan turns his experience into action. Hanuma:n was sitting a little away from the group. Ja:mbavan turned to Hanuma:n and encouraged him. He reminded Hanuma:n of his valour and strength. Did he not, as a child, leap towards sun considering it to be a red fruit? Who else was capable of crossing ocean and return? Who else would accomplish the task if not him!? How could he remain silent when there was a crisis looming over them?
Thus encouraged, Hanuma:n expanded his body. He appeared like a blazing mountain. His words were full of self-assertion. He took Ja:mbavan’s blessings and leapt into air. Beholding the spectacle, the va:naras leapt in joy.