Yuddha Kandam

91. Rama Appreciates Lakshmana

[Lakshmana reaches Rama leaning on Hanuman and Vibheeshana. Rama hugs him and greatly appreciates him. Sushena, the monkey doctor, cures him quickly. That monkey doctor also cures other monkeys who were wounded.]

The auspicious Lakshmana whose body was drenched in blood became happy having killed him who won over Indra. 91.1

Having offered salutation to Jambavan, Hanuman and all other monkeys, that valorous Lakshmana of great brilliance then quickly came from there to the place where Sugreeva and Rama were there, by leaning himself upon Vibheeshana and Hanuman. 91.2-91.3

After approaching and saluting Rama, Lakshmana stood near him which was like Lord Vamana standing by the side of Indra. 91.4

Then that valorous Lakshmana arriving near the great soul Rama told him in a murmuring tone about the horrifying destruction of Indrajit. 91.5

Then the very happy Vibheeshana Informed Rama about the chopping of the head of Indrajit by the great soul Lakshmana. 91.6

After hearing about the killing of Indrajit Lakshmana, the greatly valorous Rama got extremely matchless joy and spoke the following words. 91.7

"Oh Lakshmana, great, I am satisfied by that act that was done well by you, for by destroying the son of Ravana, you have earned a victory for us." 91.8

Smelling the head of that Lakshmana, who had increased his fame and yet who was feeling shy Rama forcibly drew him to his lap and placing that Lakshmana his younger brother in his lap with affection, wounded as he was, that valiant Rama embraced him, tenderly gazed upon him affectionately again and again. 91.9-91.10

Once again smelling the head of that Lakshmana, who was feeling tormented by the arrows which had penetrated into his body, who had been grievously wounded, who was breathing hard, who was endowed with auspicious characteristics, who was afflicted with agony and who was feeling pain at the time of breathing, and hurriedly stroking him as well as restoring confidence in him, Rama the foremost among men spoke the following words. 91.11-91.12

"You have done a very auspicious act which is very difficult to do. I feel that since Ravana's son has been killed, Ravana also has been killed in the battle." 91.13

"Since you have killed an enemy with the bad soul, I think that I have already won. Oh Valorous one, fortunately for us the right hand of the cruel Ravana Indrajit, who is his great support, has been cut off by you. In this battle a great role has been played by Vibheeshana and Hanuman also." 91.14-91.15

"Somehow after fighting continuously for three night and days, Oh valorous one you have killed the valorous Indrajit, making me free of any enemies and hearing that his son has been struck down, that Rakshasa would come out a powerful army formation." 91.16

"When the king of Rakshasas who would be sad because of his son has died and who is difficult to be defeated comes out encircled by a great army I shall kill him." 91.17

"Oh Lakshmana who is my protector [master], by your killing that enemy of Indra, neither Sita nor earth is difficult to attain for me." 91.18

Consoling his brother like this and then after embracing him Rama summoned Sushena and told these words. 91.19

"Oh very intelligent one, you pleases attend on this wounded son of Sumithra, who is very fond of his friends so that he will become perfectly healthy." 91.20

"Let Lakshmana along with Vibheeshana be quickly made free from pain caused by the arrows that have penetrated into their body. Let all others too among the gallant bear and monkey-warriors fighting with trees and who have fought on the battle-field here and stand pierced with arrows and wounded, be healed in the same way with great care." 91.21-91.22

When the monkey chief Sushena was told like this by Rama, he gave a great medicine to Lakshmana through his nose. 91.23

Inhaling the scent of that herb Lakshmana became cured of his arrow wounds and free from pains and all his other wounds also vanished. 91.24

As per the order of Rama he healed his friends as well as Vibheeshana and all the other monkey chiefs. 91.25

With arrow wounds healed, tiredness vanished, with feverishness Gone, within a very short time Lakshmana was restored to his original form and felt joyful. 91.26

Rama, the king of monkeys, Vibheeshana and the bear king Jambavan seeing the son of Sumithra becoming healthy again greatly rejoiced for a long time. 91.27

The son of Dasaratha who was a great soul praised the very difficult accomplishment of Lakshmana and Sugreeva also became happy to know that Indrajit had been killed." 91.28

This is the end of Ninety First Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

92. Ravana Wails for Indrajit

[Ravana becomes extremely sad and decides to fight and kill Rama and Lakshmana. Before that he wants to kill Sita. One of his ministers consoles him and tells him not to kill Sita. He agrees and starts preparing for the battle.]

The ministers of the son of Pulasthya after hearing about the killing of Indrajit, ascertained about it and informed the ten necked one. 92.1

"Oh great king, your greatly lustrous son has been killed by Lakshmana with the help of Vibheeshana, while we were seeing the battle field." 92.2

"Your valorous son who can never be defeated, that valorous one who conquered Indra in war, after having fought with the valorous Lakshmana, has been killed after he tormented Lakshmana with his arrows and Indrajit departed to the heavens." 92.3

Hearing that formidable, harsh and horrifying death of his son Indrajit in war Ravana lost his consciousness. 92.4

Regaining his consciousness after a long time that great king of Rakshasas wailed pitiably due to sorrow caused by the death of his son and his mind was greatly confused. 92.5

"Alas my child, who is the chief of army of Rakshasas, oh strong one, how did you who had conquered Indra, now been subjected to the power of Lakshmana now?" 92.6

"It is definite that when you are angry you would be able to pierce arrows even on the god of death at time of deluge and Mandhara Mountain. What to say of Lakshmana?" 92.7

"Oh long armed one, the king of hell who is the son of sun God who has taken you today due to the Dharma of time is one greatly respected by me." 92.8

"Even among devas this is the path taken by great warriors that the male offspring who is killed for the cause of his father reaches heaven." 92.9

"Now all Devas, all guardians of the world, and all sages knowing that Indrajit is slain can without fear sleep soundly." 92.10

"Without Indrajit, the entire earth with its forest and what to say even the three worlds would become one of loneliness to me." 92.11

"Now in the private apartments of your ladies I would hear the Rakshasa maidens crying and wailing like the roar of female elephants in a mountain cave." 92.12

"Oh destroyer of enemies, where did you go leaving the position of Yuvaraja of Lanka, your mother, myself and your wives and the Rakshasas?" 92.13

"Oh valorous one, Consequent upon my death, you are suppose to honour me by performing death rites in future but now you are following the reverse path." 92.14

"You have deserted us without taking away Sugreeva, Lakshmana, Rama who are my tormentors and where have you gone?" 92.15

A great anger covered Ravana, the king of Rakshasas due to the death of his son while he was wailing with sorrow like this. 92.16

He who was usually short tempered, flared up further again due the death of his son, like the shining sun flares up further in summer. 92.17

When he was yawning with anger, fire and smoke came out of his mouth, like it did in olden days from mouth of Vruthra. 92.19

That valorous Ravana, who was sorrowing to the killing of his son, became greatly angry and pondered in his mind and desired to kill Sita. 92.20

Ravana whose eyes are normally red due to the fire of anger became even more red, became horribly glittering. 92.21

His normally horrifying form due to the fire of his anger, looked like that of Lord Rudra at the time of final deluge. 92.22

The drops of tears that fell from his very angry eyes looked like drop of burning oil that fall from lighted burning lamp. 92.23

The great sound that was heard when he ground one teeth on another was heard like that produced when the Rakshasas dragged a huge machine. 92.24

Seeing him who was angry like the death fire at time of deluge, on whichever direction he turned his gaze from that direction, Rakshasas trembled and hid themselves. 92.25

Rakshasas could not go towards Ravana, who was looking at all the four directions, like the enraged Yama the god of Death, who wants to devour both the mobile and the immobile creatures. 92.26

That very angry Ravana, the king of the Rakshasas desirous of posting soldiers spoke like this in the middle of Rakshasas. 92.27

"When I did strict penance for thousands of years, Lord Brahma was pleased with me at the end of the penance." 92.28

"As a consequence of the penance Lord Brahma was pleased with me and told that I need not have any fear from either Devas or Asuras." 92.29

"The armour given to me by Lord Brahma which shines like Sun was not broken by either devas or Asuras, in spite of using the Vajrayudha." 92.30

"Who would dare to attack me seated on the chariot and wearing that armour in the battle field for not even Indra himself can do it." 92.31

"Let that large bow of mine, which was given at that time to me along with arrows by the gracious Brahma the lord of creation, on the occasion of my combat between gods and Asuras, be taken out today to the accompaniment of a band of musical instruments, for the purpose of killing Rama and Lakshmana in this great battle." 92.32-92.33

That Ravana who was sorrowing due to the death of his son became greatly angry and after deeply thinking decided to kill Sita. 92.34

That red eyed Ravana staring fixedly who was horrifying and fearful to look at, spoke to the pitiable Rakshasa who were making miserable sounds. 92.35

"In order to deceive the monkeys by magical tricks my son killed something and it was shown as Sita to them." 92.36

"But I shall make that hoax a realty today, which would please my mind. I shall kill Sita, who is devoted to Rama, the bad warrior." After saying this to his ministers he immediately drew out his sword. 92.37-92.38

The very angry Ravana, who was very much agitated in his mind because of the grief for his son's death, springing up suddenly and taking his excellent sword, having the dazzle of a clear sky, went forth from the assembly hall along with his ministers swiftly and quickly to the place where Sita was. 92.39-92.40

When they saw Ravana was going there, they roared like lions and seeing Ravana greatly angry, they hugged each other and spoke as follows. 92.41

"Those two brothers would get worried if they see him now. Even the four guardians of the world would also get frightened, like many enemies were frightened on seeing him in battles." 92.42

"Ravana brings precious gems from all the three worlds and enjoys them, for there is no one in the world who has equal strength and valour like him." 92.43

When they were prattling like this Ravana who was numbed with anger rushed to see Vaidehi who was in the Asoka forest. 92.44

Though his friends who were interested in his welfare tried to prevent him The very angry one ran, like the angry planet mars running towards Rohini star. 92.45

The faultless Maithili who was being guarded by Rakshasa women saw the very angry Ravana who was holding an excellent sword. 92.46

The daughter of Janaka was worried on seeing him bearing a sword who was not going back in spite of his friends try to keep him back. 92.47

Sita who was greatly sorrowful wailed and told, "This evil minded one with great anger is rushing towards me. I think he is going to kill me and make me who has a lord without a Lord." 92.48-92.49

"Though I am greatly devoted to my husband, he has incited me very many times saying, "You become my wife" and I had sternly refused him. He must have been very sad at my refusing him and must be filled with great anger as well as infatuation." 92.50-92.51

"Otherwise fir my sake, he might have killed those two tiger like brothers Rama and Lakshmana in the battle." 92.52

"I am now hearing a terrific and great sound of many Rakshasas, who seem to be happy and roaring about some thing pleasant." 92.53

"Alas, what a misfortune, if the death of those two princes has been brought about because of me. It is also possible that this terrific Rakshasa of sinful intention, having not been able to kill Rama and Lakshmana is going to kill me due to the death of his son." 92.54

"Having a very low intellect I did not listen to the words of Hanuman then. Had I gone back riding on his back, maybe I might have not been won back by my husband, but I would be resting on the lap of my husband." 92.55-92.56

"I think that heart of Kausalya, who has only one son would break if she hears about the death of her son in the battle." 92.57

"While lamenting, Kausalya will vividly recall about the birth, childhood, youth, the righteous acts and the handsome form of the great-soul Rama." 92.58

"When her son is killed, Kausalya with great disappointment would become unconscious, after observing the obsequies of her dead son and will enter a burning flame or water." 92.59

"Curse to that unfaithful hunch-back who wanted to do sin and whose actions have lead to the grief of Kausalya." 92.60

Seeing Sita miserably weeping in that manner like Rohini the wife of the moon, who had fallen under the sway of the planet Mars, when moon was away, a minister called Suparshva, a good-natured, upright and highly intelligent Rakshasa, even though restrained by other ministers, spoke the following words Ravana, the foremost of Rakshasas. 92.61-92.62

"Oh Ravana, the real younger brother of Khubera himself, why do you wish to kill Vaidehi abandoning your Dharma in a bout of anger?" 92.63

"Oh valorous king of Rakshasa, Having completed the study of Vedic lore and vow of celibacy you were only devoted to your duty. Why are you now thinking of killing that lady?" 92.64

"Oh king, please spare Sita who is endowed with great beauty and then along with us get rid of your anger in the battle field by killing Rama." 92.65

"After getting ready today itself, on the fourteenth day of the dark half of moon's cycle. Start along with your armies on the moonless day and achieve victory." 92.66

"As a valorous and shrewd chariot bound warrior, fighting with a sword, in the foremost of your chariots, you can fetch Sita by killing Rama, the son of Dasaratha." 92.67

After accepting that advice which was endowed with Dharma and which was given to him by a friend, that evil minded Ravana went to his Palace and after that, the valorous Ravana along with his friends along went to the assembly hall. 92.68

This is the end of Ninety Second Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

93. Rama Exterminates Rakshasa Army

[Ravana requests his army to go and make Rama weak. He tells them this will help him to kill Rama the next day. A huge war takes place. Many monkeys and Rakshasas are killed. Rama uses Gandharwasthra (Gandharwa arrow) and kills most of the Rakshasas.]

The king was dejected and very sad when he entered the council hall and sat on the chief seat like a lion. 93.1

That strong Ravana, who was emaciated due to his son's death, told all the chiefs of his army with folded hands in salutation. 93.2

"All of you together along with all horses and elephants, along with shining columns of chariots and foot soldiers, please march forward." 93.3

"There you have to surround Rama alone and kill him by raining streams of arrows, similar to the clouds during rainy season." 93.4

"If you tear him with your very sharp arrows in the great battle, I shall kill him tomorrow when the entire world witnesses it." 93.5

When the king of Rakshasas told him like this, those Rakshasas marched forth along with various kind of armies and in speedy chariots. 93.6

All those Rakshasas hurled iron clubs, sharp-edged spikes, arrows, swords and axes capable of destroying the life. The monkeys too hurled trees and mountains towards the Rakshasas. 93.7

A very great tumultuous war broke out when the sun rose next day between Rakshasas and monkeys. 93.8

Then those monkeys and Rakshasas started striking each other with multi coloured maces, axes and swords in that battle. 93.9

When the battle was going on like this surprisingly enormous amount of dust got settled down by the blood which oozed out of the Rakshasas and monkeys. 93.10

The rivers of blood flowed carrying the bodies which resembled the wooden logs, With elephants and chariots as river banks, horses as fish and trees as flag staffs. 93.11

Then all the monkeys who were drenched in the streams of blood leapt and bounced while the monkey chiefs broke the flag staffs, armours, chariots and different type of weapons of the Rakshasas. 93.12-93.13

Those monkeys with their sharp teeth and even nails tore off the hair, ears, eye brows and noses of those Rakshasas. 93.14

Against one Rakshasa hundred monkeys rushed for fighting, similar to birds rushing towards a fully fruit laden tree. 93.15

The horrible Rakshasas who were like mountains then struck down the monkeys using maces, darts, swords and axes. 93.16

The huge army of monkeys which were being killed by the Rakshasas then sought refuge from Rama, the son of Dasaratha, who protects all. 93.17

Then the greatly lustrous and valorous Rama, holding his bow entered in to the army of monkeys and rained a bevy of arrows on them. 93.18

The greatly horrible Rakshasas were scared to approach Rama was scorching them with the flame of his arrows similar to clouds not going near the scorching sun. 93.19

The Rakshasas saw only the deeds of Rama which lead to their terrible destruction in the battle field, which was difficult for others to imitate. 93.20

Rama who was shaking that great army and blowing away great chariots was not visible to the Rakshasas like a gale of wind blowing trees cannot be seen in the forest. 93.21

They saw their army being torn, pierced with arrows, scorched and broken down they could not see Rama who was doing all this. 93.22

The Rakshasas were not able to see Rama who was hitting them, similar to ordinary people cannot see the souls resting on the object of their sense organs. 93.23

"Here is Rama, killing the army of elephants. Here is Rama, destroying great chariot-warriors. Here is Rama, killing foot-soldiers along with horses with his sharp arrows". Saying so, all those Rakshasas struck one another with anger in the battle-field thinking that they had similarity of appearance to Rama. 93.24-93.25

Due to the Gandharwa arrow sent by that great soul which created confusion among them, those Rakshasas were not able to see Rama, even when he was scorching away their army. 93.26

Those Rakshasas saw thousands of Ramas in that battle field but on again seeing they saw only one great soul who was the son of Kakustha clan. 93.27

That great soul made them hallucinated by the golden decorated arrow and all of them saw everywhere only Rama. 93.28

All the beings saw the holy heel of Rama which was killing the Rakshasas on the battle-field and the "wheel of time" had his navel as its body, his strength as its flame. his arrows as its spokes, his bow as its rim, the twanging of the bow and clanging of the gauntlets as its sound, his energy, intelligence and virtues as its luster, and his divine power as its edge. 93, 29-93.30

Within a matter of three hours [eighth part of a day], with his arrows looking like tongues of flames, Rama killed the whole army of Rakshasas who were capable of changing their form at will, and ten thousands chariots possessing the swiftness of the wind, eighteen thousand strong elephants, fourteen thousand horses with their riders and a full two hundred thousands of Rakshasas fighting on foot. 93.31-93.33

Those surviving Rakshasas, with their horses killed, with their chariots destroyed, with their flag-staffs broken and with broken spirits, rushed back towards the City of Lanka. 93.34

That battle field with dead elephants, foot soldiers and horses looked more like a great grave of sports of the powerful and angered Rudra, the lord of destruction. 93.35

Then Devas, Gandharwas, Sidhas and great saints said "Well done. Well done" and appreciated that great act of Rama. 93.36

Then, the virtuous Rama spoke also to Sugreeva, Vibheeshana, Hanuman the monkey, Jambavan, Mainda the foremost of monkeys and even Dvividha, who were in close proximity to him as follows "Such an arrow of wonderful power exists only with me or with the three-eyed Rudra the lord of destruction." 93.37-93.38

"Rama who was similar to Indra after killing the great army of Rakshasas by the un-wearied use of arrows and weapons was applauded by the rejoiced army of devas." 93.39

This is the end of Ninety Third Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

94. Rakshasis Wail

[The Rakshasis of Lanka who had lost their husbands, sons and brothers start crying. They recollect how it was due to the bad behavior of the old hag Soorpanakha all these started. Then they recollect the mistakes done by Ravana, one by one. They are sure that Ravana would be killed in the battle.]

Rama, who never got tired by action, with his shining arrows adorned with pure gold, killed those thousands of elephants sent by Ravana, thousands of horses, valiant Rakshasas who can change their form at will mounted on thousands of chariots with their flag-staffs, having the colour of fire, fighting with maces and iron rods and conspicuous with their golden banners. 94.1-94.3

After hearing and seeing about the killing of Rakshasas, other surviving ones who were greatly scared, were pitiable and greatly anxious and their wives wailed. The Rakshasis who lost their husbands, their sons and their relations met together and were stricken with great sorrow and wailed as follows. 94.4-94.5

"How did the old black hag with a sunken belly approach in the forest Rama who is as pretty as the God of love?" 94.6

"How did the killer of people who has an ugly look fell in love with the pretty, extraordinarily strong and one who is kind to all beings?" 94.7

"How did that Rakshasi who does not have any good qualities, who has an ugly face started loving Rama who has all the good qualities, who is very strong and who has a very pretty face?" 94.8

"Because of our bad luck that grey haired and disgusting lady tried to be arrogant with Rama, which was worth ridiculing by the whole world and this lead to the destruction of Rakshasas like Khara and Dhooshana." 94.9-94.10

"It is due to her that Ravana built b a huge enmity and for his own destruction that Ravana brought that Sita." 94.11

"That ten necked one can never attain Sita, the daughter of Janaka and in spite of that a great enmity was built by him against that mighty Rama." 94.12

"When that Rakshasa called Viradha yearned for Sita, Rama killed him single-handedly and this incident is sufficient to prove his strength." 94.13

"Using arrows, which looked like flames of fire, that Rama killed fourteen thousand Rakshasas who had done terrific feats in Janasthana." 94.14

"Khara, Dhooshana and Trishira were also killed there in the battle by use of arrows which shined like Sun and this is more than sufficient, to make Ravana realize." 94.15

"Further, that Kabandha having arms with a length of eight miles each, with blood as his food and roaring with anger was killed. That instance should have been sufficient." 94.16

"Rama killed the very strong Vali who was the son of the thousand eyed one and who was like a black cloud. This would have been sufficient." 94.17

"He then made the very pitiable Sugreeva who was living on the Rishyamooka mountain with a broken desires as the king and this would have been sufficient." 94.18

"The words of advice which were according to Dharma and which was for the benefit of all Rakshasas tendered by Vibheeshana were not to his liking due to his confused mind." 94.19

"If the brother of Khubera had accepted the advice of Vibheeshana, then this city of Lanka would not have been turned in to a burial ground." 94.20

"Ravana is not able to learn a lesson, even after hearing that the mighty Kumbhakarna was killed by Rama and that unconquerable colossal-bodied Indrajit, his beloved son was killed by Lakshmana." 94.21

In each and every clan of Rakshasas we hear the wails, "Oh my son, Oh my brother, Oh my husband, you are no more." 94.22

"That valorous Rama has killed in the war thousands of chariots, horses, elephants and foot soldiers of the Rakshasas." 94.23

"It is either Rudra or Vishnu or Indra who performed one hundred sacrifices or Yama himself taking the form of Rama who is killing us." 94.24

"Due to our great warriors being killed by Rama, we have lost hope in this life and we are not able to see any end our prayer and have become helpless." 94.25

"Though the valorous ten necked one has got great boons, he is not able to realize, this great calamity which has come from the hands of Rama." 94.26

"Neither Devas nor the Gandharwas, nor the ghosts nor the Rakshasas would be able to protect Ravana, who is about to attack Rama in this battle." 94.27

"In every war and the war of Ravana we see bad omens and they are indicating the prospective destruction of Ravana by Rama." 94.28

Lord Brahma being pleased has given protection to Ravana from Devas, Dhanavas and Rakshasas but Ravana did not request for protection from men." 94.29

"Now great fear has come to all Rakshasas as well as Ravana from a man is dreadfully causing the end of their lives and there is no doubt about this." 94.30

"Being tormented by Rakshasa, who has become strong due to the boons, devas worshipped lord Brahma accompanied by glorious austerities." 94.31

That great Lord Brahma, who was greatly satisfied, for the sake of good of the Devas spoke the following words to them. 94.32

"From today onwards all the Dhanavas and Rakshasas, constantly being scared would wander over all the three worlds." 94.33

"All Devas together accompanied by Indra worshipped Mahadeva who had a flag with the bull ensign and who destroyed Tripura and he was pleased." 94.34

The Mahadeva who was greatly pleased told to Devas. "For the sake of good of all of you a lady would be born, who would lead to the destruction of the Rakshasas." 94.35

"This Sita who is the destroyer of all Rakshasas has been deputed by Devas would consume all of us Rakshasas including Ravana." 94.36

"Due to the bad behavior of Ravana, who is a wicked Rakshasa with an evil brain, this horrible havoc of sorrow has occurred." 94.37

"We are now occupied by Rama just like the God of death is there at the final deluge. We do not find any one who can give us protection in this world." 94.38

"We do not have any refuge from that great fear that is among us, just like there is no shelter for female elephants who are enveloped in the forest fire." 94.39

"That great soul Vibheeshana, at the very correct time perceiving very great fear sought refuge to him alone." 94.40

Then all the Rakshasis hugged each other and because they were in the throes of great sorrow and since they were greatly scared lamented like this and wept loudly. 94.41

This is the end of Ninety Fourth Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

95. Ravana Enters Battle Field

[The angry Ravana along with his ministers and their army enters the battle filed. All round only bad omens are seen. Ravana starts killing the monkey army recklessly.]

Ravana heard that pitiable sound of wailing of all Rakshasis who were greatly pained from every house of Lanka. 95.1

For a moment he breathed deeply and was engrossed in great thought and then that very huge Ravana became very angry. 95.2

Biting his lips with his teeth, with blood red eyes due to great anger, making his appearance scared even for the Rakshasas, Ravana looked like the fanned fire of destruction at deluge. 95.3

He then told the Rakshasas Mahodhara, Mahaparswa and Virupaksha who was standing near him, in words which were not clear due to his great anger, looking at them as if he wanted to consume them" tell the armies to start immediately as per my command." 95.4-95.5

Hearing his order those Rakshasas were fear struck and ordered those Rakshasas who did not feel nervous to act according to the orders of the king. 95.6

Those Rakshasas of terrifying looks saying "so be it" praying the God for their good, marched with their faces towards the battle field. 95.7

Those great experts on chariot fight after paying reverence to Ravana as per rule, stood saluting him with folded arms wishing their lord victory. 95.8

That angry benumbed Ravana with a sarcastic laugh spoke to the Rakshasas Mahodhara, Mahaparswa and Viroopaksha as follows. 95.9

"Today by sending from my bow arrows which are similar to the Sun at the time of final deluge, I would lead Rama and Lakshmana to the abode of Yama." 95.10

"By killing those enemies I would avenge the deaths of Khara, Kumbhakarna, Prahastha and Indrajit today." 95.11

"When I send the net work of arrows, which will spread like clouds in the sky, neither the directions, nor the heavens, nor the river and nor the oceans would be visible. 95.12

"Today I would kill all the monkey chiefs along with their army in turns by using very large number of plumed arrows." 95.13

"Today by mounting on a chariot which runs with the speed of wind I will crush the monkey army

with waves of arrows sent from my ocean like bow. 95.14

"Today like an elephant I would destroy ponds of monkey armies shining like the filament of lotus flowers, whose faces are like fully opened lotus flowers." 95.15

"With arrow struck in their faces, the leaders of the monkeys would be lying in the battle field will decorate the earth just like lotus flowers decorate their stalks." 95.16

"Today in the very great battle, I shall be killing hundred after hundreds of monkeys who are going to fight with trees." 95.17

"Today I shall wipe away the tears of those crying for their lost brothers and lost sons, by killing the enemy." 95.18

"Today with my arrows I will pierce the monkeys and make their bodies scattered and covering all over the earth, that it would be very difficult to see the surface of the earth. 95.19

"Today I will feed the crows, vultures and all other beings which eat flesh, with the flesh of my enemies killed by my arrows." 95.20

"Arrange immediately for my chariot and let my bow be brought swiftly and let all the surviving Rakshasas follow me to this battle." 95.21

Hearing these words, Mahaparswa told the commanders of army units "Let the army under your control be quickly made ready." 95.22

The commanders of army units with great speed joined hands and hastened those Rakshasas in every home to join in the battle. 95.23

The horrifying Rakshasas having awful faces, then started roaring, with their arms equipped with various weapons viz. swords, sharp-edged darts, pikes, maces, clubs, plough-like weapons, sharp-edged javelins, huge Kutas and Mudgara, staffs, discuses of every kind, sharpened axes, slings for throwing stones, stones or cylindrical wooden pieces with iron pikes and other excellent weapons and rushed out within a moment. 95.34-95.26

Then following the orders of Ravana, the commander of the army with great haste brought a chariot along with a charioteer, which was yoked with eight horses and Ravana who was shining with his own luster got in to it." 95.27

Then Ravana quickly started out completely surrounded by great number Rakshasas, as though he was cracking the earth with his great strength. 95.28

Thereupon, a great noise emanated on all sides from tambours, drums, Kettle-drums and conches along with the clamour of the Rakshasas. 95.29

A great sound was heard saying "There comes the ruler of Rakshasas, the abductor of Sita, the destroyer of Brahmins, the enemy of gods, notorious for his bad conduct, accompanied by his canopy and pair of fans, to fight with Rama, the foremost among the Raghu clan." 95.30-95.31

Due to the terrible sound, the earth trembled and hearing that sound some monkeys ran away in fear. 95.32

The long armed and greatly lustrous Ravana who was surrounded by his ministers turned up there in quest of victory. 95.33

With the permission of Ravana Mahaparswa, Mahodhara and Viroopaksha who was difficult to be defeated also climbed up their respective chariots. 95.34

They with great joy, greatly roaring as though they were trying to break the earth they also started proceeding, longing for victory. 95.35

Then Ravana resembling the god of death at deluge who was lustrous along with the army of Rakshasas, started to the war with a raised bow. 95.36

That great expert in chariot battle with chariot drawn by shining horses came out of the gate, where Rama and Lakshmana were present. 95.37

At that time the sun lost its brilliance, all the directions were covered with darkness, birds gave rise to fearful sounds and earth trembled a little. 95.38

The Devas rained blood, horses stumbled, vultures descended and sat on flags and jackals started howling piteously. 95.39

The left eye of Ravana throbbed along with his left arm and he became pale faced and the tone of his voice dropped. 95.40

When that Rakshasa with ten necks entered the battle field there appeared an omen in the battle field indicating his death. 95.41

A meteor with a sound similar to thunder fell down from the sky and disturbed vultures along with crows started crying aloud. 95.42

Ravana ignored these ill omens due to his ignorance and marched forward, for the purpose of his being killed driven by fate. 95.43

Hearing the sound of the coming of the chariots of those great Rakshasas, the army of monkeys returned back to fight. 95.44

Then a tumultuous battle started between the monkeys and Rakshasas, who were both desirous of their own victory. 95.45

Then the angry ten necked one using arrows decked with gold and waged a great war on that army of monkeys. 95.46

Ravana chopped off the heads of some monkeys, and pieced the heart of some and cut off the ears of some others. 95.47

Some were killed because of breathlessness, some had the portion near the ribs torn off and some of them lost their eyes. 95.48

Whichever side Ravana was seen coming in his chariot on the battle-field, his eyes were rolling in anger and those monkey-warriors, on that side, could not with stand the rapidity of his arrows. 95.49

This is the end of Ninety Fifth Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

96. Sugreeva Kills Viroopaksha

[When Viroopaksha the powerful minister of Ravana starts attacking the monkeys, Sugreeva with his monkey chiefs fights with him and after a horrific battle kills him.]

There the earth became strewn with the bodies of monkeys killed by the arrows of the ten necked one. 96.1

The monkeys could not tolerate the shower of arrows that were sent by Ravana just like moths cannot bear the burning fire. 96.2

They who were hit by those sharp arrows started running away just as the elephants would run away if enveloped by fire in the forest. 96.3

Ravana was marching ahead in the battle field blowing away the monkeys, similar to wind blowing away large clouds. 96.4

After destroying monkeys by his great strength in the battle, Ravana speedily approached Rama in the battle field. 96.5

Noticing that the monkeys were running away, after putting his army in charge of Sushena, Sugreeva started taking interest in the fight. 96.6

Keeping Sushena the valorous monkey who was equal to himself, in charge of his army, taking a tree as his weapon Sugreeva marched towards his enemy. 96.7

Taking hold of huge mountains and various kinds of trees those monkey chiefs followed Sugreeva by his side and also behind him. 96.8

That Sugreeva roared in the battle field creating a huge sound, striking blows, he crushed various chief of Rakshasas. 96.9

The huge bodied Sugreeva smashed several Rakshasas similar to grown up trees are smashed by wind at time of deluge. 96.10

Sugreeva rained stones on the army of Rakshasas similar to clouds showering hail stones on the birds in the forest. 96.11

While those Rakshasas who were defeated by Sugreeva, fell on the floor and then roared and got diminished in number from all sides, the indomitable Viroopaksha the Rakshasa, holding a bow, pronouncing his name by himself, descended from his chariot and mounted the on back of an elephant. 96.12-96.14

Viroopaksha who was a great hero ascended on an elephant and roared with huge sound and then rushed towards the monkeys. 96.15

He then attacked Sugreeva who was in the front with various horrible arrows and established himself as one encouraging the Rakshasas. 96.16

When Sugreeva was struck severely with sharp arrows of that Rakshasa, he roared loudly and with great anger decided to kill that Rakshasa. 96.17

That valorous monkey who was great fighter, uprooted a huge tree and going near to the Rakshasa and hit that huge elephant with it on its face. 96.18

When Sugreeva hit that huge elephant it receded to a distance of the length of a bow, sank down and also roared. 96.19

That valorous Rakshasa, got down quickly from that wounded elephant and advanced speedily towards that monkey Sugreeva who was his enemy holding a sword and a shield made of hide of a bull but Sugreeva in spite of being threatened stood firm. 96.20-96.21

He who became greatly enraged and took a very huge rock which was as big as a cloud and threw it on Viroopaksha. 96.22

Seeing that rock was falling on him that great and valorous Rakshasa receded away and struck Sugreeva with his sword. 96.23

When that angry Sugreeva was wounded by that sword in the battle, he fell down unconscious for a moment in that battle field. 96.24

Then getting up suddenly that Sugreeva tightened his fist and with great speed brought it down on that Rakshasa in that great battle. 96.25

When that Rakshasa Viroopaksha was struck by the fist, he became angry and using his sword and the armour made Sugreeva fall in the battle field. Sugreeva then fell down. 96.26

Getting up after he has fallen down that monkey gave a huge slap to the Rakshasa which gave a sound like thunder. 96.27

Freed of the effects of that great slap of Sugreeva, that Rakshasa with great skill Struck him on the chest with his fist. 96.28

That king of the monkeys Sugreeva became greatly angry seeing that Rakshasa had escaped the effect of his slap. 96.29

That monkey then found out an opportunity to hit Viroopaksha and then gave another great slap on his temple-bone. 96.30

Stuck down by the slap which was similar to thunder of Lord Indra, Viroopaksha fell on the ground with blood oozing out of all his nine apertures, just like water rushes out of a spring. 96.31-96.32

The monkeys saw that very angry Viroopaksha, completely coated with blood and transformed in to one with very ugly eyes. 96.33

The monkeys saw their enemy drenched in blood and turning to and fro and throbbing on his sides. He was also roaring pitiably. 96.34

Confronting together in that battle-field in that way, those two violent and terrific armies which were as broad as oceans, of monkeys and Rakshasas and both roared like two large oceans which had burst their bounds. 96.35

Seeing that Rakshasa with ugly eyes killed by the very strong king of monkeys, the army of monkeys and Rakshasas together looked like the river Ganga which is agitated. 96.36

This is the end of Ninety Sixth Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

97. Sugreeva Kills Mahodhara

[Ravana requests Mahodhara to fight on his behalf. After a great fight Sugreeva kills Mahodhara. He is greatly honoured for this.]

Those two armies which were killed in that great battle by each other, quickly diminished in size just likes waters of lakes diminish in summer. 97.1

By the destruction of his army as well as the death of Viroopaksha, Ravana, the king of Rakshasas became doubly enraged. 97.2

By seeing the strength of army being diminished due to the killing by monkeys, Ravana saw that reversal of fate has come to him. 97.3

He then told Mahodhara, the destroyer of his enemies who was standing near him. "Oh long armed one, at this time my desire for victory rests with you." 97.4

"Oh valorous one, now kill the army of our enemies and show your great heroism for this is the time to repay your debt to your master." 97.5

When the king of Rakshasas told like to Mahodhara, he said "So be it" and went inside the army of the enemy like a moth entering a flame. 97.6

"By the valour got because of encouragement, that mighty Rakshasa who had great luster destroyed the monkeys by using his own valour." 97.7

Those huge monkeys taking hold of big stones, entered the huge army of Rakshasas and killed all Rakshasas. 97.8

In that Great War, the angry Mahodhara with his gold decked arrows cut off the hands and thighs of the monkeys. 97.9

Those monkeys who were troubled by that Rakshasa speedily ran off to the ten directions but some went and approached Sugreeva. 97.10

Seeing that the large armies of monkeys are being defeated, Sugreeva speedily rushed near Mahodhara and reached close to him. 97.11

Getting hold of of a horrific mountain like stone, the king of monkeys who was greatly lustrous threw it on the Rakshasa to kill him. 97.12

Mahodhara seeing that huge rock falling on him, immediately without any nervousness with his arrows broke it, though it was difficult to do. 97.13

That stone, which was broken in to thousands of pieces, fell on the earth like a flock of scared vultures. 97.14

Seeing that the rock was broken, Sugreeva getting very angry, uprooted a Sala tree and threw it but the Rakshasa broke it in to pieces in the war. 97.15

The heroic Mahodhara who was tormentor of enemy armies wounded Sugreeva with his arrows and then the very angry Sugreeva saw an iron rod fallen on the ground. 97.16

Swinging that shining iron rod and showing it to the Rakshasa, hitting with it killed the excellent horses of Mahodhara. 97.17

When the horses were killed that valorous Rakshasa Mahodhara jumped down from his huge chariot and seized hold of a mace with great anger. 97.18

Holding the mace and iron rod in their hands, those Valorous ones, resembling clouds neared each other roaring like two bulls. 97.19

That Rakshasa Mahodhara threw his shining mace, which shined like a Sun with great anger, on Sugreeva. 97.20

Seeing that highly terrible mace, falling on him in that great battle, the mighty Sugreeva, the King of monkeys got angry with a red blood shot eyes and struck that mace, by lifting up the iron rod but that iron rod broke off and fell on the ground. 97.21-97.22

Then that Sugreeva took from the surface of the earth a shining pestle which was decked with gold. 97.23

Then Sugreeva lifted the iron pestle and threw it on Mahodhara who threw two maces at him and clashed with each other and broke in to pieces. 97.24

With all their weapons broken those warriors endowed with strength and valour who were shining like fire started fighting with fists. 97.25

Those two warriors again and again roared, banged each other with their palms and rolled on surface of the earth. 97.26

They rose up quickly and began to hit each other and both not getting defeated, pushed each other by holding the shoulders. 97.27

Those two heroes who were both destroyers of their enemies fell exhausted by wrestling with each other and the very agile Mahodhara took a sword and a shield lying on the ground. 97.28

The Monkey chief Sugreeva in the same way took hold of a huge sword and shield which was lying on the battle ground. 97.29

Then those experts in use of weapons in war, whose limbs were seized with anger ran forward with joy with swords held high. 97.30

Concentrating their minds on victory, those two very angry ones performed perambulations from left to right of each other with great speed. 97.31

That evil minded valorous Mahodhara who praised valour with great speed hit with his sword with great force on the heavy shield of Sugreeva. 97.32

When the Rakshasa was extracting his sword from Sugreeva's shield, that elephant like monkey with his sword cut off the head of Mahodhara adorned with ear globes and a helmet. 97.33

Seeing the cut head of Mahodhara falling on the ground, the army of the king of Rakshasas could not be seen in the battle field. 97.34

Then after killing Mahodhara that monkey along with his monkey warriors made a joyful roar of victory which made Ravana greatly angry and Rama very happy. 97.35

All the Rakshasas with downcast faces and dejected minds were greatly scared and ran away from the battle field. 97.36

After throwing Mahodhara on the earth, who looked like a huge mountain lying shattered, the son of Sun God who cannot be defeated shined in glory in that battle field, like a Sun shining with his rays. 97.37

That king of monkeys after attaining victory was being looked at in the battle field, by devas, groups of Yakshas, Sidhas as well as by all type of beings standing on the surface of earth who were all extremely happy. 97.38

This is the end of Ninety Seventh Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

98. Angadha Kills Mahapaswa

[There was a great fight between Mahaparswa and Angadha. In the end Angadha killed Mahaparswa.]

When Mahodhara was killed by Sugreeva then the very strong Mahaparswa with eyes red due to great anger stirred up the great army of Angadha with his arrows. 98.1

That Rakshasa removed the head of many monkeys from their trunk like a speedy wind which removes fruits from their stock. 98.2

Then that Rakshasa with great speed chopped off the hands of some monkeys with his arrows and also struck down the rib cage of some of them. 98.3

Due to pain caused by that rain of arrows of Mahaparswa, those monkeys had a sad face and were looking greatly dull. 98.4

Seeing that his army is being depressed by that Rakshasa, Angadha who is very fast, exhibited his valour which was like the ocean on full moon days. 98.5

He then held a huge steel rod which was shining like the rays of the Sun and hurled it on Mahaparswa who was fighting the war. 98.6

Due to that smashing Mahaparswa became unconscious and along with his charioteer fell from his chariot. 98.7

Then the lustrous king of bears who was like a heap of collyrium and who was extremely powerful became very angry and rushed forward from his battalion which was like a huge cloud, carrying a huge rock which was like mountain peak, killed his horses and with his great strength broke his chariot too. 98.8-98.9

Within a short time the very strong Mahaparswa regained his consciousness and struck Angadha with very many arrows. 98.10

Then he struck Jambavan, the king of bears with three arrows on his chest and Gavaksha with very many arrows. 98.11

Seeing that Jambavan and Gavaksha were troubled by his arrows, Angadha became very angry and took hold of a horrifying iron rod. 98.12

Firmly holding that iron rod, which shined like the rays of the sun, with both hands and turning it around with force, Angadha son of Vali, with eyes reddened due to anger, hurled it on that Mahaparswa the Rakshasa, who stood at a distance, with an intention to kill him. 98.13-98.14

That rod hurled by the very strong Angadha knocked off the bow as well as the arrows from the hand of that Rakshasa and also knocked off his helmet. 98.15

Then approaching him with very great speed, the famous Angadha the son of Vali, with open palms slapped him on his root of the ear which was shining with an ear ring. 98.16

The lustrous Mahaparswa, who is greatly swift and very angry, by one hand lifted a huge axe. 98.17

That very angry Rakshasa threw that stainless strong axe made of steel and seasoned in oil at the son of Vali. 98.18

Angadha who was filled with anger escaped from that axe which had been aimed at his left shoulder bone. 98.19

That valorous Angadha, who was as valorous as his father, was greatly angry and firmly tightened his fist which was like a thunder bolt. 98.20

That master of the vital parts, whose fist hit like Indra's thunderbolt hit that Rakshasa on the chest, near his breasts. 98.21

In the great battle that fleshy part of that Rakshasa due to that blow was blasted and he fell dead on the ground. 98.22

When that Rakshasa Mahaparswa fell dead on the ground his army was greatly confused and a great anger arose in Ravana. 98.23

The very profound lion like roar of the joyful monkeys, like a blast shook the city of Lanka along with its attics and gate of the city and was like the sound of Devas along with Indra. 98.24-98.25

Hearing in that battle field the very great sound raised by the monkeys and that of the beings of heaven, Ravana who was the enemy of Indra then stood prepared for another war. 98.26

This is the end of Ninety Eighth Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

99. Ravana and Rama Commence Battle

[Bereft of all assistants, Rakshasa chief Ravana enters the battle field. Fierce fighting takes place between those great warriors. Both of them were injured by each other and continued to fight.]

Seeing the Rakshasas Mahodhara and Mahaparswa being killed and also the valorous and strong Viroopaksha killed in that great battle Ravana got in to great anger and addressed his charioteer using the following words. 99.1-99.2

For having killed my ministers for having laid a siege on my city, I would remove my sorrow by killing Rama and Lakshmana. 99.3

"In that battle I will cut off the tree of Rama which is going to give a flower called Sita, whose principal branches are Sugreeva, Jambavan, Kumuda, Nala Dvividha, Mainda, Angadha, Gandhamadana, Hanuman and Sushena and all other monkey chiefs. 99.4-99.5

Filling all ten directions with noise, Ravana rushed in that chariot towards Rama. 99.6

Filled with that sound, the entire earth, making its rivers, mountains and forests, tremble and, throwing lions, antelopes and birds, into fright. Ravana marched. 99.7

Then he used a very horrific and fearful arrow called Thamasa [darkness] which began to attack all the monkeys who fell on all sides. 99.8

When the greatly frightened monkeys, not able to bear that arrow built by Lord Brahma himself, started running away dust began to rise from the earth 99.9

Seeing that hundreds of monkeys of his army were shattered by those excellent arrows of Ravana, Rama stood ready for fighting. 99.10

Having driven away the army of monkeys, Ravana the foremost among the demons then saw Rama, the destroyer of his enemies, who was endowed with long arms and wide eyes resembling lotus petals standing unconquered with his brother Lakshmana-like Indra the lord of devas is seen with Vishnu, the supreme lord of preservation-holding up his great bow as though scraping the sky. 99.11-99.12

That greatly lustrous Rama who was born in the clan of Raghu along with the strong Lakshmana, seeing the disappointed monkeys and the advancing Ravana, happily held his bow by its middle. 99.13-99.14

After that Rama began to stretch his excellent bow, with great speed and with great sound as if he wanted to break the earth. 99.15

Due the arrows which were rained by Ravana and sound of stretching of the bow of Rama, the Rakshasas started falling in their hundreds. 99.16

Ravana coming within the ranges of arrows shot by those sons of a king looked like Rahu standing near the Sun and the moon. 99.17

Wishing to fight early Lakshmana readied his sharp arrows which were like flames of fire and stretched his bow. 99.18

The greatly lustrous Ravana prevented in the sky itself the arrows released by the great archer Lakshmana, the moment they were released. 99.19

Ravana who was greatly dexterous in use of arrows, split one arrow of Lakshmana by one arrow, three arrows by three arrows and ten arrows by ten arrows. 99.20

After crossing over Lakshmana, the son of Sumithra who as victorious in that battle approached Rama who stood in the battle field like a mountain. 99.21

That king of Rakshasas Ravana with blood red eyes due to anger approached Rama and rained arrows on him. 99.22

Seeing the streams of arrows that emerged from the bow of Ravana, Rama quickly took hold of Bhalla arrows in great haste, 99.23

Then Raghava broke those large number of lustrous arrows which were looking horrific and coming like snakes by his sharp Bhalla arrows. 99.24

With great speed Ravana on Rama and Rama on Ravana showered sharp arrows of various kinds on each other. 99.25

Pushing each other by their speed of their arrows, they were both fighting without getting defeated and went round in circles of different kinds from left to right, for a long time. 99.26

All beings were scared when both of them who looked angry were releasing arrows at each other, looking like, god of death and god of destruction respectively. 99.27

The sky at that time became dense with arrows of various kinds and looked like the sky filled with clouds at the end of monsoon along with frequent lightning. 99.28

By that rain of sharp arrows with great speed decorated by wings of vultures there were eye like holes on the sky. 99.29

They made the sky dark initially with their wars and after the sun set their cloud like forms made it even darker. 99.30

There occurred a huge war between both of them, each of whom wanted to kill the other. That was beyond thought and difficult to approach like the war that took place between Vruthra and Lord Indra. 99.31

Both of them who were greats in archery, who were experts in war and who were skilled in the use of arrows moved without any hindrance in the battle field. 99.32

In whichever direction that they went the waves of arrows went like waves in that direction like two oceans moved by the same wind. 99.33

Ravana who had skilful hands and one who made the world cry using series of steel arrows aimed at the forehead of Rama. 99.34

Rama tolerated the hit of those arrows on his forehead and took them as lotus petals discharged from a great bow and did not get upset. 99.35

Then after chanting proper chants, the valorous Rama of great splendour, who was filled with great anger, took and discharged the arrow of Rudra after stretching his bow. 99.36

When those arrows fell on the huge cloud like unbreakable armour of Rama, those arrows fell down and did not cause him any pain. 99.37

Then Rama who was expert in all type of arrows, though he was pierced by arrows on his forehead yet again sent a great arrow aimed at Ravana seated on a chariot. 99.38

Those arrows of Rama after piercing arrows sent by Ravana penetrated like five headed snakes in to the earth when Ravana opposed them. 99.39

Ravana who was benumbed with anger after destroying that arrow of Rama sent another horrifying Asura arrow. 99.40

He released sharp arrows, having the heads of lions and tigers, those of buzzards and crows, even of vultures and falcons, as well as those of jackals and wolves, arrows with their mouths wide open, having the heads of venomous snakes with five heads, causing great fear. 99.41-99.42

Hissing like a serpent, due to his very anger Ravana who was endowed with extraordinary energy and conjuring tricks, released towards Rama these and other arrows, having the heads of donkeys, those of boars, dogs and cocks as also of alligators and venomous snakes. 99.43-99.44

When the arrow of the Asuras was sent against him, Rama with great enthusiasm sent the arrow of God of fire. 99.45

Rama then used, various kinds of arrows, with heads as bright as fire, others with heads shining like the sun, the moon, the crescent, a comet, others shining like planets, lunar mansions and a huge meteor and some arrows resembling flashes of lightning. 99.46-99.47

The horrifying arrows sent by Ravana was destroyed by the arrows of Rama, broke in to thousand pieces and fell on the ground. 99.48

Seeing that arrow of Rama, who never gets tired performing his job, had destroyed the arrows of Ravana all the monkeys who can assume any form that they desire surrounded lead by Sugreeva and congratulated him. 99.49-99.50

The great soul Rama who had destroyed the arrows sent by the hand of Ravana was filled with joy and the monkey chiefs full of joy roared loudly. 99.51

This is the end of Ninety Ninth Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

100. Ravana Wounds Lakshmana

[The great one to one war between Rama and Ravana continues. In between Lakshmana and Vibheeshana interfere and destroy the chariot of Ravana. When Ravana tries to kill Vibheeshana, Lakshmana saves him. Then Ravana wounds Lakshmana with a great spear. Rama is upset and fights vigorously.]

When Ravana the king of Rakshasas saw that his arrow was destroyed, his anger became two fold and in that great anger he sent another arrow. 100.1

That greatly lustrous Ravana started to release another horrifying arrow of anger built by Maya on Rama. 100.2

Then from that bow came out spears, maces, blazing tridents and cubs which were as hard as Vajrayudha from all directions. 100.3

Various types of sharp and terrible hammers, deceptive nooses and shining thunderbolts came out similar to the storm at the time of final deluge. 100.4

That very auspicious Raghava who was an expert in great divine arrows, who has a very great luster struck down that arrow by an arrow of Gandharwas. 100.5

When the great Raghava destroyed that arrow of his, Ravana with eyes red due to anger sent the arrow of Sun God. 100.6

From that lustrous bow of the intelligent Ravana came shining large discuses with terrific speed. 100.7

When they came out falling from all sides the entire sky was shining and all the directions were well lit as by sun, moon and other planets. 100.8

Then Raghava who was standing in front of Ravana's army split all those discuses and other strange weapons by using large number of arrows. 100.9

Seeing his arrow being destroyed by Rama, Ravana, the king of Rakshasas pierced Rama in all his vital parts by ten arrows. 100.10

Even though that Ravana struck Rama with those ten arrows released from his great bow, Rama of extraordinary energy was not shaken. 100.11

Thus struck Rama who was victorious in all battles became very angry and struck Ravana on all his organs with large number of arrows. 100.12

In the mean time, Lakshmana the very strong younger brother of Rama who was a destroyer of his enemies took hold of seven arrows. 100.13

Those very fast arrows cut off the greatly shining flag of Ravana which had the picture of man's head. 100.14

Then that great Lakshmana with one single arrow tore off the head of the charioteer of Ravana which was adorned with shining ear rings. 100.15

Then with five very sharp arrows Lakshmana cut off the bow of the king of Rakshasas which looked like the trunk of an elephant. 100.16

Bouncing forward, Vibheeshana killed, with his mace, the excellent horses of Ravana, which looked like black clouds and were as tall as mountains. 100.17

Ravana jumped out of his very large chariot whose horses have been killed and showed a severe anger towards his brother. 100.18

Then that king of Rakshasas who had great strength hurled a spear which was shining like lightning on Vibheeshana. 100.19

Even before the spear could reach Vibheeshana, Lakshmana broke it with three of his arrows and all the monkeys loudly cheered him in the battle field. 100.20

That spear which was crowned with gold was torn in to three pieces and fell like a large meteor with sparks of fire from the sky. 100.21

Then that Ravana took a much larger spear which was the best with great luster with its own splendour and was difficult to approach even by Kala, the God of death. 100.22

That bad soul Ravana with great strength and speed and which was shining like a thunderbolt hurled it swiftly. 100.23

At that time the valorous Lakshmana quickly rushed towards Vibheeshana who was in danger to his life. 100.24

To rescue him, the valorous Lakshmana went on showering arrows at Ravana who was holding the spear in his hand. 100.25

Made helpless by that shower of arrows by that great one, could not make up his mind to attack Vibheeshana. 100.26

Ravana who saw that his brother was rescued by Lakshmana stood before him and spoke the following words. 100.27

"Oh Lakshmana whose strength is great, you have now rescued Vibheeshana in this way, and now I am leaving out Vibheeshana and am sending weapons against you." 100.28

"This spear which would be hurled by my steel like arms, will make a mark of blood on you, pierce your heart and go away only after taking your life." 100.29

After seeing this that greatly enraged Ravana roared and hurled the unfailing spear towards Lakshmana, that which was adorned with eight loudly clamouring bells, which had been designed by Maya the demon by dint of his conjuring trick, capable of destroying adversaries and blazing as it was with splendour. 100.30-100.31

That which was hurled came with great speed like Indra's thunderbolt and fell on Lakshmana in the battle field. 100.32

Rama kept on repeating as the spear was rushing towards Lakshmana, "Let Lakshmana be safe. May the spear be useless. May this effort become useless." 100.33

That spear, which was looking like a poisonous serpent, released by the angry Ravana in the battle, quickly entered the chest of Lakshmana, who stood fearless. 100.34

That spear which was shining like the king of serpents shined with great luster and fell on the broad chest of Lakshmana with great speed. 100.35

Due to speed by which Ravana has sent it, that spear went deep in to the chest of Lakshmana and he fell to the ground with his heart being broken. 100.36

Rama with great luster who was stationed near by Lakshmana saw this and due to the love towards his brother became extremely sad. 100.37

With tear filled sorrowful eyes, Rama thought for a moment became as angry as the fire at the time of final deluge. 100.38

Becoming aware that it was not the time for feeling sorrowful and looking at Lakshmana, Rama resumed that highly tumultuous battle with a great and whole-hearted endeavor, determined as he was to destroy Ravana. 100.39

Rama saw Lakshmana who was wounded by the spear in that great war, bathed in blood looking like a mountain with a snake in the middle. 100.40

In spite of great efforts, the monkeys were not able to pull out the spear [from Lakshmana] hurled by the strong Ravana, as they were being continuously tormented with the foremost among the Rakshasas with large number of arrows. 100.41-100.42

That spear had passed through the body of Lakshmana and penetrated the earth; the mighty Rama using his hands pulled it out and getting greatly angry broke it during the battle. 100.43

When Rama was drawing out the spear the strong Ravana struck several arrows on his body which split the vital parts of Rama. 100.44

Without any other thought about those arrows, Rama embraced Lakshmana and then Rama told Hanuman and Sugreeva. 100.45

"Oh great monkeys remain with Lakshmana and properly nurse him. Let this malicious Rakshasa called Ravana be killed by me. The time for which I have desired for a long time has now come like the Chataka bird waiting for rain is seeing the clouds at the end of hot season." 100-46-100.47

"In this auspicious time, I am binding myself by a great oath. Oh monkeys, without much delay you will see a world either devoid of Ravana or Rama." 100.48

"Incidents like loss of the kingdom, life in forest, wandering about in Dandaka forest and troubling of Sita by the Rakshasas have been encountered by me." 100.49

"But now, I have encountered a horrific sorrow and pain which is like the agony in hell. By killing Ravana in this battle, I shall relieve myself of all these agonies." 100.50

"The reason for which I had brought the monkey army here, the reason for killing of Vali and crowning of Sugreeva, the reason for crossing the ocean by building a bridge has now come before my eye sight in this battle field." 100.51-100.52

"This Ravana who has come within the range of my vision cannot survive any more than the one who has come within the range of vision of a snake injecting deadly poison with its very glance or the serpent who has come within the range of vision of Garuda, the king of birds and the enemy of serpents can survive." 100.53-100.54

"Oh great monkeys, sit with comfort on the mountain peaks and watch this great battle between me and Ravana." 100.55

"Let all the three worlds, Gandharwas, Devas and the Charanas see during this war, the nature of Rama today." 100.56

"I am going to do such an act today that all mobile and immobile beings of this world along with the Devas together will keep on narrating as long as this world is there and tell about how this battle went on." 100.57

The well composed Rama after saying this, with sharp arrows decked with gold attacked that ten necked one. 100.58

Then Ravana rained shining steel arrows and maces, just like a cloud would give out rains. 100.59

When those excellent arrows sent by Rama and Ravana met each other, a huge tumultuous sound emanated from there. 100.60

Both the arrows of Rama as well as Ravana split and broke producing light and fell from the sky on to earth. 100.61

The loud sound produced by the bow string, pulled by the hands of those greatly valorous Rama and Ravana, made all beings scared and was a great sight. 100.62

Torn badly by the rain of that net work of arrows, by the great Rama, who was armed with a shining bow, that Ravana ran away just like cloud is pushed away by the tempest. 100.63

This is the end of Hundredth Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

101. Sushena Cures Lakshmana

[Rama is terribly upset and does not want to live. Sushena says he is not dead and sends Hanuman to get herbs from Oushadhi Mountain. Hanuman not able to recognize the herb brings the mountain itself. Lakshmana is cured. He requests Rama not to get upset but kill Ravana.]

Seeing Lakshmana fallen down and completely coated with blood after giving a tumultuous battle in which he showered very many arrows, due to the spear of the strong and evil minded Ravana, Rama spoke as follows to Sushena. 101.1-101.2

"This Lakshmana who has fallen on earth due to the speedy arrows of Ravana and who is wiggling like a serpent and increasing my sorrow." 101.3

"My energy to fight is failing, even as I am looking at this valiant Lakshmana, who is dearer to me than life, bathed in blood and my mind being greatly disturbed." 101.4

"What is the use of this life or happiness to me, if my brother who has all auspicious marks, is interested in war and is famous were to meet his death." 101.5

"My heroism is feeling shy, my bow is falling down, my arrows are dropping down, and my vision is blurred by tears." 101.6

"My body is sinking down like those men who are asleep and tension is growing inside making me wish to die." 101.7

"I am seeing my brother has fallen down, wounded in his vital parts by that evil soul Ravana groaning with agony." 101.8

Seeing his brother whom he loved who was like his soul with losing his life breath, Rama became greatly sorrowful and full of anxiety and grief. 101.9

Seeing Lakshmana his brother lying wounded in the dust of the battle-field, he got into extreme worry and lamented with a confused in mind. 101.10

"Oh valorous one, even if I win this war, I will not be happy, like a man without sight cannot see in spite of bright moon." 101.11

"What is the use of this war, what is the use of this soul to me with my brother being killed in this battle here and so I do not have any desire to fight." 101.12

"Like that greatly lustrous one followed me to the forest, I am also going to follow him for his journey to the place of God of death." 101.13

"Lakshmana who was loved by all his relations is forever ardently devoted to me and has reached this stage due to treacherous battle of the Rakshasas." 101.14

"We can obtain wives from places and places, we can obtain relations in places and places but I do not see any place where I can get a brother who loves me this much." 101.15

They all saw Rama wailing like this with mind reeling with distress and sighing and breathing deeply again and again. 101.16

"What is the use of the kingdom to me without Lakshmana who is difficult to defeat? What would I be able to Sumithra, the mother who is very fond of her son?" 101.17

"I shall not be able to bear the reproaches which are bound to be told by Sumithra and what shall I say to my mother Kausalya and my mother Kaikeyi." 101.18

"What shall I tell Bharata or to the very strong Shatrughna, when they ask me why I have come back without Lakshmana who came along with me to the forest?" 101.19

"Death now would be preferable rather than the reproaches from relatives. I might have done some sinful act in my previous births, for my younger brother to die before me." 101.20

"Alas oh brother, Oh best of men, best among valorous men, Oh Lord, why did you go to the other world deserting me?" 101.21

"Oh brother though I am wailing, why are you not talking to me? Oh brother, arise and see this miserable man with your eyes." 101.22

"Oh great one, you have always comforting and consoling me, whenever I feel sad and pained and listless among the mountains and forests." 101.23

When Rama was saying like this full of sorrow in his mind, Sushena addressed him with the following excellent words. 101.24

"Oh tiger among men, give up this thought that causes you depression, for this sorrow which gives to grief is like piercing arrows in the battle." 101.25

"Lakshmana, who increases auspiciousness, has not still died as his looks have not changed and his skin colour has not turned dark." 101.26

"His face looks bright and has a pleasing look. The palms of his hands are as soft as lotus petals and are very bright." 101.27

"Oh king of the earth, the looks of dead ones are not like this. Oh valorous one who destroys his enemies. He is alive, so please do not worry." 101.28

"The repeated palpitation of his heart with him breathing, though he is lying on earth indicates that he is fast asleep with relaxation of the limbs, Oh valorous one." 101.29

After having addressed these words to Rama, the very learned Sushena spoke the following words to the great monkey Hanuman who was standing nearby." 101.30

"Proceeding from this place with full speed, Oh gentle one, go to the mountain called Oushadhi, which was already described to you previously by Jambavan, Oh brave one! Bring here for restoring the great-souled and heroic Lakshmana to consciousness, the precious herb Vishalyakarani by name which h as sprung up on its southern peak, Savarnakarnani, Samjivakarani and the precious herb, Samdhanakarani." 101.31-101.33

As soon as Hanuman heard these words, he went to the Oushadhi Mountain and since he was not able to identify that herb he became very thoughtful. 101.34

Then in the brain of son of wind god who had exceedingly great luster a thought arose, "I will take back the peak of the mountain itself." 101.35

"Since Sushena himself told me so, the herb must have sprouted on this mountain peak definitely." 101.36

"Suppose I do not take Vishalyakarani herb with me, over passage of time great problems may arise." 101.37

Thinking like this the very strong Hanuman approached that great mountain, shook it violently three times with his arms, uprooted the mountain peak which was having very many flowering plants, and lifted it up as he was very strong. 101.38-101.39

Carrying that great mountain peak which looked like a dark rainy cloud, Hanuman jumped up in to the sky. 101.40

Returning back with very great speed, after putting down that mountain peak and after relaxing a little, he spoke to Sushena the following words. 101.41

"Oh Great monkey, since I could not identify the required herb, I have brought along with me the entire mountain." 101.42

After appreciating the son of wind God who spoke thus, that excellent monkey pulled out the needed herbs and took hold of them. 101.43

All the great monkey chiefs as well all Devas were greatly surprised to see the most difficult job done by Hanuman. 101.44

Then after crushing the herb, that great monkey who was greatly lustrous, administered it in the nose of Lakshmana. 101.45

After inhaling that herb Lakshmana, the destroyer of enemy armies, having the spear lodged in his body, got rid of it, became painless and got up from the earth with great speed. 101.46

Seeing that Lakshmana has got up from the earth the monkeys said, "great, great" and applauded Sushena. 101.47

Rama the destroyer of enemies, after seeing Lakshmana said "come, come" and embraced him with great affection, with eyes covered by tears. 101.48

After that Raghava embraced the son of Sumithra he said, "Oh valorous one, I am seeing you returned after death." 101.49

"There is no meaning in my living or victory or getting back Sita, if you had attained death. Please tell me what is there for me after your death." 101.50

When the great Raghava spoke like this, in a feeble voice Lakshmana spoke the following words. 101.51

"Oh brother who is valorous in truth, true to your promise of killing Ravana, you should not speak like a weak and cowardly man." 101.52

"Those who speak the truth do not make their oath futile for fulfilling the oath is the sign of greatness." 101.53

"Oh faultless one, your getting hopeless for the sake of me is not befitting you. Please fulfill your promise of killing Ravana." 101.54

"When you shower your arrows the enemy cannot continue to live, like a great elephant with mighty tusks cannot live if it crosses the path of a lion." 101.55

"I want to see that bad soul killed immediately, before the sun sets after finishing his task." 101.56

"Oh venerable hero, If you wish to kill Ravana in battle, if you wish to fulfill your promise and if you feel affectionate towards Sita, do as I tell you soon and now." 101.57

This is the end of One Hundred and First Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

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