Hanumaan took courage to approach her. Bowing low before her, he said:
"Salutations to you, Mother. May we know who you are? Thirsty and tired, we entered
the dark cave hoping for some water. And now that we see this unpeopled golden city with
trees and tanks, we are afraid, lest this be a vain vision arising from the madness of too
great sufferings. Explain all this to us and remove our fears."
She answered: "How did you find your
way into this cave? You will have plenty of fruits and drink here. This palace was built
by Maya, the architect of the Daanavas. He learnt the art from Sukraachaarya.
"Long and happily did Maya live here,
till he incurred the enmity of Indra, who slew him. Later Indra gave this golden palace to
Hema, my friend. These buildings and parks are hers. At present she has gone to the abode
of the gods. But what is your purpose in coming here? Why did you weary yourselves
wandering in the forests? First eat, drink and refresh yourselves and then tell me all