Yuddha Kandam

72. Ravana is Upset

[The slaying of Athikaya shook Ravana. He thinks over and finds that many of his great warriors have been killed. He also is not able to understand how Rama and Lakshmana broke the tie of Indrajit. He then goes back to his home.]

Hearing that Athikaya was slain by the great Lakshmana the king Ravana became very anxious and spoke these words. 72.1

"Dhoomraksha, who was greatly impatient Akampana who was excellent among in the use of all weapons as well as Prahasta and Kumbhakarna were all killed by Rama, who never gets tired in the in battle. These mighty and valorous Rakshasas longing for battle, who normally conquer their enemies and who were never defeated in battle by the enemies, along with their armies were killed. Many other mighty warriors with colossal body and great valour, skilled in use of weapons have also been slain." 72.2-72.4

"My son Indrajit who is very famous for his strength and valour tied those two brothers using very horrifying arrows due to boons received by him." 72.5

"That terrific tie by the arrow cannot be broken by devas, strong Asuras or horrifying Gandharwas, Yakshas and serpents. But those brothers Rama and Lakshmana got themselves released and I do not know whether they did it by their power, illusion and sorcery." 72.6-72.7

"All those very valorous Rakshasas who set out at my command have been killed by the very strong monkeys." 72.8

"Now I do not find any person capable of destroying the valorous Rama. Lakshmana, Sugreeva accompanied by their army in this battle." 72.9

"Alas, By the very strong Rama using his greatly strong weapons and his valour, all these Rakshasas have been killed." 72.10

"Some regiments of the army have to protect this city and also some have to guard the Asoka forest where Sita is there." 72.11

"We should know all the spots where our regiments are placed and also know about those who come in and go out of the city again and again." 72.12

"Oh Rakshasas, please stay on all sides of your own armies as the positioning of all those monkeys needs to be watched." 72.13

"Neglect should not be shown to monkeys in any way at any time, either at evening or at midnight or at dawn. You have to watch whether the army of our enemy is fervently active or advancing or staying where it was." 72.14-72.15

All those very strong Rakshasas who heard the words of the king of Lanka, followed those orders perfectly and precisely stood by what has been told." 72.16

Ravana the king of Rakshasas after instructing them like that, suffering great and terrible sorrow, went back inside his palace. 72.17

Burning with the fire of anger that very strong king of Rakshasas, then thought over the loss of his son and again and again sighed. 72.18

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

73. Indrajit at Battle Field

[Seeing Ravana as despondent, Indrajit enters the battle field. He performs a sacrifice to Brahma and gets good omens. He hits and troubles all monkey leaders as well as Rama and Lakshmana. Rama and Lakshmana pretend that they have been knocked off. But they actually fall senseless and Indrajit goes back to Lanka.]

Then those surviving Rakshasas hastily told Ravana that Devantaka, Trishira and Athikaya, the greatest among the Rakshasas have been killed. 73.1

Ravana the prosperous king of the Rakshasas hearing about their deaths, with eyes full of tears thought about the horrifying destruction of his son and the killing of his brothers and intensely thought as to what should be done. 73.2

Seeing the king in a pitiable state, drowned in the ocean of sorrow, Indrajit the son of the king of Rakshasas and a very good charioteer spoke to him as follows. 73.3

"Oh father you do not deserve to fall under this embarrassment, when me the Indrajit is alive for any one stuck by me, who is the enemy of Indra cannot remain alive." 73.4

"Today you would see Rama and Lakshmana dead with all their body split by my arrows and undistinguished lying on the earth." 73.5

"listen to the oath of this enemy of Indra which is firm, based on his valour and divine blessings. Rama along with Lakshmana with great many arrows struck on them would be defeated by me." 73.6

"Now itself, Indra, Yama, Vishnu, Rudra, Sadhyas, Fire God, Sun god and the moon can see my unlimited valour which is like that of Vishnu in the sacrificial ground of Bali, the king of Rakshasas." 73.7

After saying this, enemy of heaven whose mind was under his control asked permission of the king and got in to his chariot which moved with the speed of the wind and drawn by many excellent donkeys. 73.8

The greatly lustrous, destroyer of enemies after he climbed on the chariot which was like the chariot of the Sun God went to the place where the war was in progress. 73.9

Many strong Rakshasas with terrific power, with joy, holding excellent bows in their hands, carrying lances, sharp-edged spears, swords, axes and maces as also armed with Bhushundis [probably a kind of fire arms], mallets, cudgels, Shataghnis [cylindrical piece of wood studded with iron spikes] and iron rods, followed that great Indrajit. Some rode on the back of elephants, some ascended excellent horses, tigers, scorpions, cats, donkeys and camels. 73.10-73.13

That enemy of heaven along with blowing of conches and great sound from drums went to the battle field praised by the Rakshasas. 73.14

That tormenter of the enemies with imperial umbrella as white as a conch and a moon shined like the full moon on the sky. 73.15

Then that valorous one, the foremost among those who wield the bow, wearing several golden ornaments was fanned by hand held fans with gold handles. 73.16

Seeing him departing surrounded by a huge army that glorious Ravana, the king of Rakshasas spoke as follows. 73.17

"Oh son, no one can stand before your chariot and you have won over Lord Indra and so what to tell of a mere man and so go and kill that Raghava." When the king of Rakshasas spoke like this Indrajit accepted those great blessings. 73.18

With Indrajit whose splendour was equal to the Sun and with no warrior capable of facing him as a rival, the city of Lanka shined like the Sun. 73.19

That greatly lustrous destroyer of enemies after reaching the battle field, made several Rakshasas stand around his chariot. 73.20

Then, that foremost of Rakshasas, having a luster equal to that of fire, with excellent sacrificial chants, performed a sacrifice, as per rules, making an oblation to the fire. 73.21

That valorous leader of Rakshasas offered oblations to fire there, with garlands and pounded sandalwood, including clarified butter and parched grain. 73.22

That sacrificial rite was performed with weapons serving as Samiths, chips of Vibhishaka tree serving as fuel, then using red pieces of cloth and the sacrificial ladle made of iron. 73.23

Duly spreading fire with sacrificial sticks [in the form of other weapons] accompanied by lances there, Indrajit brought the neck of a live goat of dark hue. 73.24

From that sacrificial fire which was set ablaze in which that live offering was done, several signs appeared which indicated victory. 73.25

The fire which shined like molten gold rose up on its own and had flames rotating from left to eight and accepted that oblation. 73.26

Indrajit who was an expert in using sacred arrows invoked the arrow of Brahma and charged it on his bow, chariot and everything. 73.27

When that arrow was being invoked and the sacrificially propitiated, the atmosphere including the sun, the moon and the lunar mansions trembled. 73.28

Having satisfied the fire with oblations, Indrajit, who was shining like the fire, having a might similar to that of Indra, and possessing an unimaginable prowess, became himself invisible in the sky, with the bow, arrows, sword, chariot, horses, charioteer and all. 73.29

Then the Rakshasa army with huge number of horses and chariots and shining with flags and banners set out with interest in fighting and roared. 73.30

They killed the monkeys in the battle field using many wonderful ornamented arrows which had great speed as well as lances and goads. 73.31

Seeing those Rakshasas, the very angry Indrajit told them, "All of you fight with enthusiasm to kill all the monkeys." 73.32

Then all those Rakshasas with a great roar, thirsting for victory, rained showers of arrows on those monkeys. 73.33

Indrajit also along with other Rakshasas joined the battle and destroyed the monkeys with Nalika [broad] arrows, steel arrows, maces and clubs. 73.34

Those monkeys, who were holding trees and mountains, when they were hurt rained mountains and trees on Indrajit. 73.35

The greatly lustrous and strong Indrajit became angry and wounded the bodies of monkeys. 73.36

The very angry Indrajit made the Rakshasas extremely happy by killing Monkeys by nines, fives and sevens with a single arrow. 73.37

Using the sun like arrows decked in gold, that valorous one who was invincible destroyed the monkeys in battle. 73.38

Being hit by the arrows, the limbs of monkeys were severed and they fell down with their desires crushed, like Rakshasas fell in the battle with Devas. 73.39

Those great monkeys with great anger ran against Indrajit who was tormenting them like a sun with arrows similar to the rays of the Sun. 73.40

Then those monkeys with their limbs severed and losing consciousness became more perturbed by being dampened by blood and ran away. 73.41

Those monkeys with mountains as weapons roared in the battle without turning back sacrificed their lives with great courage for the sake of Rama. 73.42

Continuing to stay in the battle-field those monkeys rained trees, rocks and mountain peaks on Indrajit. 73.43

Those stones and trees which were rained and which could take life were prevented by the greatly lustrous son of Ravana who was a great conqueror. 73.44

After that the Lord [Indrajit] shot his arrows, which were like fire and looking like serpents, on the army of monkeys. 73.45

Indrajit struck Gandhamadana with eighteen sharp arrows and Nila who was standing far away with nine arrows. 73.46

That great hero with seven arrows which can tear asunder the vital parts struck Mainda and with five arrows he struck Gaja in that battle. 73.47

He then struck Jambavan with ten arrows and Nila with thirty arrows. He also struck Sugreeva, Rishabha, Angadha and Dvividha with sharp and terrific arrows endowed with boons and made them breathless. 73.48
That angry one, then looking like the fire of death, tormented other monkey chiefs with many arrows. 73.49

He discharged well those arrows shining like sun and which had great speed he harassed the monkey army. 73.50

That very enthusiastic one with great pleasure saw the extensive army of monkeys being drenched in blood after tormenting them with great many arrows. 73.51

Again that greatly lustrous strong Indrajit the son of the king of Rakshasas, generated a volley of arrows and destroyed the monkey army from all sides. 73.52-73.53

Leaving off his army from that great battle-field and becoming invisible, Indrajit advanced towards the monkeys and quickly rained terrific rain of arrows on those armies of monkeys just as the black cloud causes rain. 73.54

In that great battle the bodies of the mountain like monkeys just like magic were torn in to pieces and they roared in a pitiable voice and fell down on the earth, like the mountains struck by Indra's Vajrayudha. 73.55

As the Rakshasa Indrajit, the enemy of Indra remained concealed by his magical powers the monkeys in the war only saw arrows with pointed tips falling on their army. 73.56

That great Lord of the Rakshasas covered all the directions with hundreds of arrows having sharp point and luster of the sun and tore the bodies of the monkey chiefs. 73.57

He rained greatly, pikes, swords, axe which were shining like a flame of fire with sparks on the excellent army of monkeys. 73.58

Wounded by those arrows which were like flame of fire from Indrajit, the monkey chiefs resembled the Kimsuka trees with crimson flowers. 73.59

Those bull like monkeys with their body split by that Lord of Rakshasas, went near each other roared and fell down on the ground. 73.60

Hit on their eyes by those arrows some monkeys looked up at the sky, joined with each other and fell down on the floor. 73.61

With lances, spikes and sharp arrows, charged with powerful chants, Indrajit the excellent Rakshasa struck all those foremost of monkeys, namely Hanuman, Sugreeva, Angadha, Gandhamadana, Jambavan, Sushena, Vegadarshina, Mainda, Dvividha, Nila, Gavaksha, Gavaya, Kesari, Hariloma, Vidyuddamshtra, Suryanana, Jyothimukha, a monkey called Dadhimukha, Pavakaksha, Nala as also a monkey named Kumuda. 73.62-73.65

Tearing the important monkey warriors by his mace and arrows, which were golden in colour, Indrajit rained large many arrows which were equal to the rays of the sun on Rama and Lakshmana. 73.66

Not bothering much about that rain of arrows and treating them as just rain, the greatly lustrous Rama looked around and then spoke to Lakshmana as follows. 73.67

"Oh Lakshmana this enemy of the king of devas has been using great arrows and throwing down the army of monkeys and is also tormenting us without break by his sharp arrows." 73.68

"How can the very strong and well prepared Indrajit, who has got boons from Lord Brahma and who conceals his terrible form from us and who stands prepared to shower weapons be killed by us in the battle today?" 73.69

"I think that the God who was self born who is beyond thought presides over this arrow and oh wise one, with an un-distracted mind you bear with me these hail of arrows." 73.70

"Let that lord of Rakshasas who is better than all be covered by multitude of arrows and let the army of Sugreeva whose leaders have all fallen look drab." 73.71

"Finding both of us have fallen unconscious without displaying any joy or anger after having desisted from fighting, Indrajit will certainly return to Lanka, after having obtained laurels of battle in its beginning itself." 73.72

After that Rama and Lakshmana were struck by very many arrows of Indrajit and the lord of the Rakshasas after hurting both of them, roared with joy in the middle of the battle. 73.73

Thus causing the army of monkeys along with Rama and Lakshmana to become despondent in that battle, that Indrajit, getting praised by the Rakshasas and quickly reached the city of Lanka which was being protected by Ravana's army. Then, Indrajit cheerfully informed all that had happened, to his father. 73.74-73.75

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

74. Hanuman Brings Herbal Mountain

[Vibheeshana and Hanuman search for the wise Jambavan and find him out. Jambavan tells Hanuman to bring herbs form Rishabha Mountain in Himalayas to cure Rama and Lakshmana. Hanuman reaches Himalayas and since the herbs are not visible to him, Hanuman brings the mountain itself. Rama, Lakshmana and all wounded monkeys are cured. Hanuman takes back that mountain.]

Then in the battle front Rama and Lakshmana were knocked down senseless and all the leaders of monkey army fainted. Sugreeva, Nila, Angadha and Jambavan did not understand what needs to be done. 74.1

Seeing that the entire army looked worried, the most intelligent Vibheeshana told the king of monkey warriors and others these matchless consoling words. 74.2

"Those two gentle ones honouring the chant of Lord Brahma have submitted themselves to be knocked down by the arrows of Indrajit and have become dejected and greatly tired and there is no need for great worry among you." 74.3

"That greatly fast arrow of Brahma was given to Indrajit by Lord Brahma himself and honouring that the princes Rama and Lakshmana have fallen down in the battle and so this is not the time for sorrow." 74.4

Then Hanuman, the son of wind god honoring the arrow of Lord Brahma, after hearing these words of Vibheeshana spoke as follows. 74.5

"Let us console all those monkeys who are surviving among this army, after being struck by the arrow." 74.6

Then those two valorous Hanuman and Vibheeshana together roamed about the battle field with burning torches in their hands. 74.7

Hanuman and Vibheeshana saw that the battle-field was, covered on all sides, with mountain-sized monkeys fallen with their tails, arms, thighs, feet, fingers and heaps of heads fractured with blood oozing from their limbs and urine flowing out. The earth was also covered with flaming weapons fallen all around. 74.8-74.9

Vibheeshana and Hanuman saw Sugreeva, Angadha, Nila, Sharabha, Gandhamadana, Gavaksha, Sushena, Vegadarshi, Mainda, Nala, Jyotimukha and a monkey called Dvividha, who were struck down on the battle-field. 74.10-74.11

Sixty seven crores energetic moneys in the fifth and last subdivision of the day by the arrow of the Lord Brahma. 74.12

In the great ocean like great army of monkeys which had fallen down by the arrow, Hanuman along with Vibheeshana started searching for Jambavan. 74.13

Then Vibheeshana seeing that valorous son of Lord Brahma who was by nature old, looking conspicuous because he was struck by hundreds of arrows and who looked like fire which had been put out, spoke to him as follows. 74.14

"Oh revered one, perhaps by these great and sharp arrows, your life has not been destroyed" and hearing these words of Vibheeshana, that great bear Jambavan, with lots of difficulty spoke these words. 74.15-74.16

"Oh king of Rakshasas, oh great hero, I am able to recognize your voice only as I am not able to see, because my eyes and limbs have been struck by sharp arrows." 74.17

"Oh Rakshasa of good manners, Is Hanuman, the monkey chief, who is the son of Anjana and the wind God, who is living only for his sake, alive?" 74.18

Hearing these words of Jambavan, Vibheeshana asked him, "Leaving out the gentle Rama and Lakshmana, why are you enquiring about Hanuman?" 74.19

"Oh gentle one, You are not showing the same love that you show towards Hanuman towards the king Sugreeva, Angadha as well a the princes of Raghu clan." 74.20

Hearing these words of Vibheeshana, Jambavan told "Oh tiger among Rakshasas, please hear, why I am enquiring about Hanuman." 74.21

"If that valorous one is alive, then if the entire army has been killed are unhurt but if Hanuman has given up his life, we are all dead, even if we are alive." 74.22

"Oh dear lad, only if valorous Hanuman who is equal to wind as well as equal to fire is holding to his life, there is a hope for all of us." 74.23

Then Hanuman the son of wind God approached that very old Jambavan, did salutations as per rules and then with modesty held his feet. 74.24

Hearing Hanuman, That Jambavan, the greatest among monkeys whose sense was perturbed, considered himself to be born once more. 74.25

Then the greatly lustrous Jambavan spoke to Hanuman, "Please come, oh tiger among monkeys, it is your duty to protect all monkeys." 74.26

"You are a great friend of all these monkeys possessing great valour and there is no other person like you. Since I do not see any other person to do the job, it is the correct time for you to show your valour." 74.27

"You please make the army of monkeys and bears happy and heal the wounds of arrow on Rama and Lakshmana." 74.28

"Oh hanuman you need to travel to the greatest mountain Himalayas by travelling, higher and higher over the ocean." 74.29

"Oh destroyer of enemies, there you would see the best of the mountains Rishabha and the very powerful peak Kailasa, which is of golden colour." 74.30

"Oh valorous one, in the middle of those two peaks, you will see a shining, matchlessly brilliant mountain of herbs containing all medicinal herbs." 74.31

"Oh tiger among monkeys growing on the top of that mountain are for shining herbs and you would see them making all the ten directions shine." 74.32

"You can see there, Mrita Sanjivani [capable of restoring the dead to life], Vishalyakarani [capable of extracting weapons and healing all wounds inflicted by weapons], Suvarnakarani [restoring the body to its original complexion] and Sandhani, the great herb [capable of joining severed limbs or fractured bone]." 74.33

"Oh Hanuman you should quickly collect all of them and oh son of the carrier of scents, then you would bring relief to these monkeys by giving them soul." 74.34

The great monkey Hanuman after hearing these words of Jambavan was infused with happiness and strength, just like ocean gets momentum by the wind. 74.35

Standing on the Trikuta Mountain and pressing that great mountain by his legs, Hanuman looked like a second mountain. 74.36

When he kept on increasing the pressure by his feet, that mountain was not able to bear it and sank. 74.37

The trees on the mountain fell down, pressed by Hanuman and due the speed of the monkey, the ground got fire and the peaks got broken. 74.38

The other monkeys were unable to stand on that great mountain which started to reel while it was being pressed and trees and the stones on it got broken. 74.39

The city of Lanka was confused by panic when its principal gates were broken and the city appeared to dance at night. 74.40

Hanuman became equal to the mountain and pressed the mountain by his feet and the earth along with the ocean began to shake. 74.41

From that mountain, Hanuman then ascended to the Mount Malaya, appearing like Mounts Meru and Mandara, filled with several kinds of waterfalls, full of many trees and creepers, having Kamala and Utpala lotuses blooming, visited by devas and Gandharwas, having a height of sixty Yojanas, frequented by Vidyadharas, a number of sages and Apsaras, filled with various kinds of animal-troupes and illuminated by many caves and then Hanuman grew his body, appearing like a cloud, bewildering Yakshas, Gandharvas and Kinnaras. 74.42-74.45

Pressing that mountain with his feet and opening his mouth which shined like forest fire and frightening the Rakshasas, Hanuman roared loudly. 74.46

Hearing that loud sound of the clamouring roar, the great Rakshasas residing in Lanka were not able to stir anywhere. 74.47

That very valorous Hanuman who was the destroyer of enemies offered salutation to the ocean and made up his mind to carry out that prime job for the sake of Rama. 74.48

Raising his tail which resembled a serpent, bending his back, contracting his ears and opening his mouth which shined like terrific forest-fire, Hanuman jumped into sky, with head long speed. 74.49

By his great speed, he carried away large number of trees, mountains and some ordinary monkeys. Driven up and away by the speed generated from his arms and thighs, they fell down in water when their speed diminished. 74.50

Stretching his both arms which looked like coiled serpents that Hanuman with a strength similar that of Garuda proceeded towards the great Himalaya Mountains with the energy which he drew from all the four directions. 74.51

Noticing the sea, whose waves along with its water were made to agitate and all whose creatures were caused to whirl round, Hanuman quickly speeded up, like the wheel loosed by the fingers of Lord Vishnu. 74.52

Seeing the mountains. flocks of birds, lakes, rivers, ponds and great towns which were full of people Hanuman proceeded towards the Himalaya mountains with the speed equal to his father the wind God. 74.53

That valorous Hanuman with valour equal to his father lost his tiredness and speedily travelled through the orbit of the Sun. 74.54

Travelling with great speed, which was equal to that of wind, shaking all the four directions with echo, that Hanuman who was a tiger among monkeys rushed towards Himalaya mountains. 74.55

That great monkey Hanuman who possessed great valour remembering the words of Jambavan suddenly saw the Himalaya Mountains. 74.56

Going to Himalayas he saw that greatest among mountains which was shining with various types of waterfalls, different type of caves and streams and summits which looked like white clouds as well as huge number of trees. 74.57

Approaching that very great king of mountains, with excellent peaks, he saw great hermitages, inhabited by very many great sages. 74.58

He saw the abode of Brahma, Kailasa the abode of Shiva, the abode of Indra the lord, the arrow-discharging place of Rudra, the place of Hayagriva, the shining place at which Brahma's head fell down, the sun-god and Kinkaras. 74.59

He saw the home of Agni, the home of Khubera which was shining like the sun, the spot where Viswakarma tied the Sun, the seat of Brahma, the place where Shiva's weapons are kept and then also the navel of earth. 74.60

He saw the tip of Kailasa, the great stone of Himalaya. The Rishabha Mountain, the tall mountain of gold which shines due to its rare medicinal herbs and which is the lord of mountains on which all herbs grew. 74.61

Seeing that mountain shining like a huge place of fire, Hanuman, the son of the emissary of Indra [Wind], was surprised to see the mountain of herbs and started searching for the required herbs. 74.62

That great monkey, who was the son of wind god having travelled several thousands of Yojanas, walked around the mountain in search of the herbs. 74.63

All those great medicinal herbs which were on the great mountain, knowing that somebody was searching for them vanished to their sight. 74.64

When that great soul was not able to see them with a very great anger he roared and not able to bear it, with eyes as red as fire told this to that king of mountains. 74.65

"Oh king of mountains, it is clear that you have not shown any pity towards Rama and please see yourself crushed to pieces by the great strength of my arms." 74.66

Then catching hold of the summit of the mountain which had thousands of minerals, elephants and gold. he shattered the crest of the mountain and with the shining crest he speedily jumped up from there. 74.67

Having uprooted the mountain and frightening all the worlds including leaders of devas and Dhanavas and being praised by many devas, Hanuman sprang up on the sky and proceeded back with the speed of an eagle. 74.68

Holding that peak, as lustrous as the Sun that Hanuman, who resembled the Sun, reached the orbit of the Sun and shined like second Sun in the nearby place of the sun. 74.69

When the son of the carrier of the scents who resembled a mountain, with that mountain travelled in the sky he appeared like Lord Vishnu with his shining wheel with thousand edges in his hand.74.70

Seeing him the monkeys made great noise and seeing them Hanuman also produced a sound and with this great noise, Lanka roared more terribly. 74.71

Then he descended on the king of mountains in the middle of army of monkeys and having offered salutations to the monkeys holding his head bent and low, he embraced Vibheeshana. 74.72

Inhaling the scent of that great medicinal herbs, both the sons of the human king, immediately got healed of their wounds and all other monkey warriors also got up. 74.73

By the fragrance of those most powerful medicinal herbs, all those monkey-warriors who were earlier dead were healed within a moment of their wounds, relieved of their pain, even like those who are asleep getting up at the close of night. 74.74

From the day that war began between monkeys and Rakshasas, under the orders of Ravana all those Rakshasas who were killed by the monkey chiefs were being thrown away in the ocean for the sake of their honour. 74.75-74.76

Then that monkey who was the son of the carrier of scent, took back that powerful mountain full of medicinal herbs to its place and returned quickly and joined Rama. 74.77

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

75. War Intensifies

[As per suggestion of Sugreeva, the monkey army starts burning the town of Lanka and Lakshmana gives arrow support. The sons of Kumbhakarna, along with the big army of Rakshasas, come out. A huge and intense war takes place and both sides loose lot of soldiers.]

Then greatly lustrous king of Monkeys Sugreeva spoke these meaningful words Hanuman for the sake of informing him as to what needs to be done. 75.1

"Because Kumbhakarna and his sons have been destroyed, Ravana is not in a position to further destruction." 75.2

"Whichever monkeys have great strength which is equal to lions, let those great monkeys with dexterity, taking burning torches rush towards the city of Lanka with an aim to burn the house of Ravana." 75.3

That awful evening after the sun has set, those excellent monkeys with burning torches went towards the city of Lanka. 75.4

When those groups of monkeys with torch in hands attacked Lanka from all directions, the Rakshasa guards having slanted eyes suddenly ran away from there. 75.5

Those monkeys who were extremely happy threw fire on those towering gates, attics, streets and various by lanes and the mansions. 75.6

Then that fire consumed thousands of houses of those Rakshasas and mansions which are like mountain fell on the ground. 75.7

Agaru, excellent very costly sandalwood, pearls, glossy gems and corals were burnt by that fire. 75.8

Linen, pretty silk, blankets made of sheep's wool, various kinds of ram's wool lot of ornaments and weapons were also burnt there. 75.9

The ornaments, saddle etc of horses which were of peculiar pattern, the chains won on the neck by elephants and polished ornaments meant for the chariots also were burnt. 75.10

Coats of mail of the warriors, the armour of the elephants and horses, swords, bows, bow-strings, arrows, lances, goads and javelins were burnt there. 75.11

The fire burning on all sides burnt blankets and rugs made of the hair of animals, whisks made of the hair of the tails, the skins of tigers, many birds, palaces inlaid with pearls and gems and various kinds of stores of arms. 75.12-75.13

Then, the fire burnt away many kinds of bright coloured houses of all the Rakshasas, who were greedily fond of their homes. The fire there burnt away hundreds and thousands of inhabitants of Lanka, who were protected by gold coloured armory and decked with garlands, ornaments and garments, with quivering eyes due to inebriation, moving with lustful walking, who were seized with fury against their enemy, who carried maces, pikes and swords in their hands, who were eating and drinking or lay fast asleep on splendid beds with their loved ones and who were decamping quickly to all sides, taking their sons with them, frightened and fearing up again and again. 75.14-75.18

The fire there burnt away the houses, which were strong, very valuable, with profound qualities, decked in gold with moon shapes and crescent shapes, which rose high with their top rooms, provided all round with beautiful windows, furnished with seats coaches etc., decorated with gems and corals, as though touching the sky, rendered noisy with notes of herons, peacocks, veena and the jingling of ornaments as also appearing like mountains. 75.19-75.21

Surrounded by that great fire the arch doors shined like a huge assembly of clouds along with lightning at the end of summer season. 75.22

The houses surrounded by burning flames of fire appeared like peaks of great mountains surrounded by forest fire. 75.23

Blessed women sleeping on the tower like mansions get scorched by fire, threw away all their ornaments and screamed loudly "Ha, Ha." 75.24

The houses also were surrounded by fire and fell like burning peaks of mountains struck by Vajrayudha of Lord Indra. 75.25

From a distance those houses which were burning appeared like the peaks of Himalaya mountains which are surrounded by fire and gave out light. 75.26

Those mansions which were being burnt set ablaze by flames appeared like Kimsukha trees full of red flowers. 75.27

With elephants let loose by their chief guards and horses being set free that city of Lanka appeared like the like ocean at time of deluge when crocodiles freely roam. 75.28

Seeing the horse set free the elephants got frightened and went back and seeing the elephants set free the horses were frightened. 75.29

When the city of Lanka was burning, due to its reflection the auspicious ocean looked filled with red coloured water. 75.30

The city that was burnt by the monkeys within a very short time appeared like the earth burning at the time of the horrifying deluge. 75.31

The great loud sound raised by the ladies who were completely covered by the smoke was heard for a distance of one hundred Yojanas. 75.32

Then the monkeys thirsting to fight jumped suddenly on the other Rakshasas, whose body had been severely burnt and they rushed out to save themselves. 75.33

The loud noise created by the monkeys and the wailing of the Rakshasas went on echoing and were heard on all the ten directions of earth and the ocean. 75.34

Having been healed of their wounds those two princes without any confusion seized two of their great bows. 75.35

Then Rama made a sound of twang with his excellent bow and by that tumultuous sound all Rakshasas were scared. 75.36
Rama who was drawing his great bow shined like Lord Shiva stretching his bow of Vedas at the time of final deluge. 75.37

The twang of the bow of Rama was heard much above the loud shouting of the monkeys and the wailing sound of the Rakshasas. 75.38

The three sounds of raised loud shout of monkeys, the wail of the Rakshasas, and twang sound of Rama's bow completely was heard in all the ten directions. 75.39

By the arrows that went from the bow of Rama made the main tower gate of the city look like the Kailasa mountain, shattered and fallen to the ground. 75.40

Seeing arrows of Rama falling on the towered mansions, the battle preparedness of the Rakshasa chief got affected. 75.41

To those lords of Rakshasas who were preparing for battle making the roars of lions, it appeared that deluge presided by Rudra has come. 75.42

The great Sugreeva commanded the leader of monkeys, "Oh monkeys, reach the gates and wage the war with the Rakshasas and if any of the monkeys who are present there and tries to escape there, by royal command he should be killed." 75.43-75.44

Seeing those monkey chiefs standing at his gate holding the flaming torches Ravana got extremely angry. 75.45

When Ravana moved his body in a disorderly fashion, due to yawning, he looked like the angry Rudra, who has assumed his form. 75.46

Greatly angry he sent both Kumbha and Nikhumbha, the sons of Kumbhakarna along with multitude of Rakshasas. 75.47

By the orders of Ravana, Yupaksha, Sonitaksha, Prajangha and Kampana along with the those sons of Kumbhakarna set out for the battle. 75.48

Ravana gave the following order to those very strong Rakshasas, "Oh Rakshasas, please go now itself roaring like lions." 75.49

Encouraged by Ravana those valorous Rakshasas shining weapons, roared again and again and started out form Lanka. 75.50

By the glitter of ornaments worn by those Rakshasas and the flaming torches held by the monkeys, the sky was made to shine from all directions. 75.51

With the shine of moon and stars in the sky and splendour of ornaments worn by both armies, the sky was made brilliant. 75.52

The moon and lustrous planets on the sky made the armies of monkeys and Rakshasas shine from all sides. 75.53

With the flames coming from half burnt houses and the lustrous agitated waves of the ocean mingled with water shined in a great manner. 75.54

That army of Rakshasas was looking awful with flags and banners, with excellent axes shaped swords, consisting of great horses, chariots and elephants, crowded with foot-soldiers of every description, distinguished by shining pikes, maces, swords, spears, lances and bows which they held. They were noted for their redoubtable valour and prowess, with shining lances and rendered noisy by hundreds of tiny bells [tied around chariots, elephants etc] and the arms of the warriors were adorned with sets of gold ornaments, their axes being brandished, mighty weapons being waved about, arrows fitted to the bows and the whole atmosphere rendered fragrant by the abundance of sandal paste, garlands and wine. 75.55-75.58

After seeing the army of Rakshasas which came full of horrifying warriors, who thundered like huge clouds and who were difficult to be defeated the army of monkeys marched against them. 75.59

The great army of Rakshasas marched jumping forward towards the army who were their enemies just like moths flying towards the flame. 75.60

The better army of that Rakshasas who were holding iron clubs and tips of arrows in their hands waved those and shined brightly. 75.61

Then the monkeys who were enthusiastic to fight the war hit those Rakshasas with trees, rocks and fists and jumped in great frenzy. 75.62

Similarly those Rakshasas with very great strength and valour, jumped on the monkeys immediately tore off with arrows the heads of those monkeys. 75.63

Some of those Rakshasas wandered in the streets with ears bitten, skulls smashed by the fists of monkeys and their limbs broken with stones. 75.64

But some monkeys with horrible look struck those chiefs of monkeys with sharp swords and drove them all over the battle field. 75.65

One warrior killed one monkey who was killing another Rakshasa, a second one threw down one monkey who was throwing down another Rakshasa; a third Rakshasa scolded another monkey who was scolding the other Rakshasa; while a fourth one chewed a monkey who was chewing another. 75.66

One of them requested for blows, another replied that yet another one is giving and another replied that he himself is giving and another said, "Why are you taking pains?" 75.67

In the very great war between Rakshasas and monkeys, some weapons were made useless, some were dug in to armours of others, long lances were lifted up and fists, pikes swords and spears were used in the war. 75.68-75.69

In the war Rakshasas killed the monkeys in tens and sevens and Monkeys made ten and seven Rakshasas fall. 75.70

The monkeys caught hold of the Rakshasas whose hair and cloth were in disarray whose spears and armours were thrown away and surrounded them from all sides. 75.71

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

76. Monkey Chiefs Exterminate Rakshasa Heroes

[In a great war, Angadha kills Kampana and Prajangha, Dvividha kills Sonithaksha, Maindha kills Yupaksha and Sugreeva kills Kumbha.]

When that horrifying war in which very many valorous warriors were killed was continuing, Angadha who was eager to fight in a war attacked the valorous Kampana. 76.1

Kampana invited Angadha for a war with him and hit him with speed with a mace with great anger before he was ready for a battle and Angadha reeled. 76.2

Getting back his consciousness the lustrous Angadha hurled a mountain peak and receiving that hit Kampana fell down on the ground. 76.3

After noticing that Kampana was killed in the battle, the fearless Sonitaksha rushed riding a chariot towards Angadha. 76.4

He then speedily struck Angadha with sharp pointed arrows which can tear up the limbs and with fire-like forms which can destroy the world. He struck with many sharp arrows by the names of Kshura, Kshurapra, Naaraacha, Vatsatanta, Shilimukha, Karni, Shalya and Vipatha. 76.5-76.6

The famous Angadha who was the son of Vali who was wounded in his limbs with his great strength crushed his terrific bow, chariot and arrows. 76.7

Then the very angry Sonitaksha holding a sword and a shield jumped from the chariot without hesitation. 76.8

When he with great speed jumped towards him, the strong Angadha held him by his hand, snatched his sword and made a roar like lion. 76.9

Then that Angadha cut the shoulders of that Rakshasa with that sword from left to right. 76.10

Angadha holding that large sword in his hand again and again roared and rushed towards other surviving enemies. 76.11

Then the greatly angry Yupaksha along with Prajangha attacked Angadha riding on a chariot. 76.12

Meanwhile that greatly valorous Sonitaksha who was wearing golden armlets regained his consciousness and holding an iron mace rushed towards Angadha. 76.13

The great hero Prajangha, along with the strong Yupaksa, with great anger rushed towards Angadha with a mace. 76.14

In the middle of Sonitaksha and Prajangha, that great monkey shined like the full moon in between the two constellations of Vishaka. 76.15

Then Mainda and Dvividha stood near Angadha to protect him and also to show their skill in war. 76.16

The strong Rakshasas with their colossal bodies retaliated and rushed in anger, wielding swords, arrows and maces, towards the monkeys. 76.17

Those three great monkey chiefs met the three Rakshasa lords and engaged in a great war which made the hairs to stand erect. 76.18

The monkeys collected huge trees and hurled them towards the Rakshasas but Prajangha cut all of them with his sword. 76.19

The monkeys hurled trees and rocks on the chariots and horses towards the Rakshasas but Yupaksha chopped all of them with his flood of arrows. 76.20

The famous and valorous Sonitaksha cut off the trees hurled at him by Dvividha and Mainda by his sword in the midway itself. 76.21

Holding a huge sword capable of cutting away the vital parts of the enemy Prajangha rushed towards the son of Vali. 76.22

Then that very strong lord of monkeys seeing him coming nearby struck him with a very strong Aswakarna tree. 76.23

Angadha hit that hand that was holding the sword with his fist and by that blow of the son of Vali that sword fell down. 76.24

Seeing that sword fell on the ground like a pebble, the very strong Prajangha tightened his thunderbolt like fist. 76.25

When he struck the very valorous monkey chief Angadha on his forehead. Angadha rocked there itself for a moment. 76.26

That lustrous and famous son of Vali, after he regained consciousness using his fist made the head of Prajangha fall from his trunk. 76.27

Then Yupaksha seeing that his father's brother has been killed, with tearful eyes got down from the chariot with a sword as his arrows were exhausted. 76.28

Seeing Yupaksha rushing towards him Dvividha quickly struck him on his chest with great anger and strong one also caught hold of him. 76.29

Sonithaksha seeing that his strong brother has been caught struck the very lustrous Dvividha on his chest. 76.30

That very strong Dvividha tottered when struck but pulled off the mace of Sonithaksha and lifted him. 76.31

When this was going on the powerful Maidha came nearer to Dvividha struck Sonithaksha with his palm on his chest. 76.32

Then those violent Rakshasas Sonithaksha and Yupaksha carried on a keen contest with those two monkeys in the battle field by pulling and over throwing them in a severe manner. 76.33

Using his nails Dvividha scratched the face of Sonithaksha and threw him on the flow with all his strength and crushed him. 76.34

Mainda the monkey chief was greatly enraged and crushed Yupaksha with his arms and Yupaksha fell down on the ground. 76.35

The army of the king of Rakshasas was greatly perturbed when their great warriors were killed and they then turned their faces towards the son of Kumbhakarna. 76.36

Kumbha restored the confidence of his army which came speedily towards him and seeing the great monkeys who could succeed in their aim had thrown the chief warriors of the Rakshasas, Kumbha did a feat which was difficult to do in the battle. 76.37-76.38

Then Kumbha who the best among archers taking his bow released several well composed serpentine arrows which can split opens the bodies. 76.39

His exceedingly great bow fitted with those arrows shined like a second bow of Indra with the illumination and splendour of Iravatha. 76.40

Drawing that arrow up to the ears he released those arrows with the golden shaft and feathers and struck Dvividha. 76.41

When Dvividha the great monkey chief having the splendour of Trikuta Mountain, was suddenly struck by that arrow, with feet swaying here and there he fell down throbbing. 76.42

Seeing that his brother was defeated in that great battle Mainda took a very large stone and rushed with speed to attack that Rakshasa. 76.43

When that stone was thrown at him by the strong one, that Rakshasa Kumbha broke it in to pieces by five shining arrows. 76.44

Then Kumbha selected another arrow resembling a serpent and having a good tip and struck the chest of the brother of Dvividha. 76.45

When that monkey chief was hit by that arrow on his vital parts, he fainted and fell on the ground unconscious. 76.46

Angadha seeing that both his very strong uncles have fallen down rushed with speed towards Kumbha who lifted his bow. 76.47

Using five steel arrows and with three other sharp arrows Kumbha pierced Angadha who was coming towards him, like a elephant is pierced by the goad. 76.48

Then again that valorous Kumbha pierced Angadha with many more sharp arrows decked in gold with sharp and harsh tips. 76.49

That Angadha the son of Vali though he was wounded with sharp arrows did not bother much and rained rocks and trees aimed at head of Kumbha. 76.50

The glorious son of Kumbhakarna then cut off all those trees thrown by the son of Vali and broke the stones. 76.51

Noticing that Angadha was rushing towards him, Kumbha pierced his brows with his arrows, just like an elephant is attacked by flaming torches. 76.52

Since blood which was flowing covered one of his eyes, he covered his eyes dampened with blood and caught hold of a great sala tree which was nearby with another hand. 76.53

In the battle field he bend a little uprooted that huge tree along with his branches and held it with his hand. 76.54

While all the Rakshasas were staring at it Angadha with great speed hurled that tree which was like Mandara mountain and was as tall as flag of Indra. 76.55

With seven sharp arrows which were capable of splitting the body Kumbha chopped of that tree and greatly perturbed Angadha fell down unconscious. 76.56

Seeing that Angadha had fallen down and sunk in the ocean of depression the monkey chiefs in formed the matter to Rama. 76.57

Hearing that Angadha was in great pain in that great battle, Rama sent out monkeys under leadership of Jambavan. 76.58

Those valorous monkeys hearing the order of Rama rushed towards Kumbha who was holding a bow in his hand. 76.59

Holding trees and stones in their hand and with blood red eyes due to great anger desirous of defending of Angadha they rushed. 76.60

The enraged Jambavan, Sushena and Vegadarshi, the monkey ran up towards Kumbha the son of Kumbhakarna to attack him. 76.61

Seeing those very strong monkeys nearer to him Kumbha flooded and covered them with very sharp arrows similar to one stops the stream by use of a rock. 76.62

When the great monkeys reached within the ambit of his arrows, they were not able to even see him, just like a ocean cannot overstep its shore. 76.63

Seeing those troops of monkeys being tormented by a flood of arrows, Sugreeva the king of monkeys, keeping Angadha his brother's son in the rear, rushed headlong towards Kumbha in the battle, as a swift as a lion would pounce upon an elephant walking along the slopes of a mountain. 76.64-76.65

Uprooting many large trees including an Aswakarna tree that king of monkeys hurled them on Kumbha. 76.66

That Kumbha the son of Kumbhakarna cut off all those which were raining from the sky which was very difficult job using very sharp arrows. 76.67

Kumbha, who was skilled in hitting the target, with his sharp arrows like the like the horrifying Shatagunis [pieces of iron spikes]. 76.68

The very strong and famous Sugreeva who saw that Kumbha had chopped off the rain of trees was not bothered. 76.69

Tolerating those arrows which hit him Sugreeva took away Kumba's bow which was shining like a rain bow and broke it all once. 76.70

Then bouncing after doing this difficult job, the very angry Sugreeva spoke to Kumbha who was looking like an elephant whose tusk is broken. 76.71

"Oh valorous elder brother of Nikumbha, your valour and speed with which you send the arrow are astounding. Both Ravana and you are equal in subjugating the Rakshasa force and in majesty." 76.72

"Oh Kumbha who is similar to Prahladha, Mahabali, Indra, Khubera and Varuna, you alone were born as strong as your father." 76.73

"Even Devas cannot win over you even when you are alone and holding a spear, Oh destroyer of enemies with long arms. Since worries cannot upset a person who has subdued his senses, exhibit your valour and see my actions in return." 76.74-76.75

"Ravana the brother of your father due to boons received by him, used to attack devas and Dhanavas but Kumbhakarna on his part used to tolerate devas and Asuras." 76.76

"In use of bow you are equal to Indrajit and in fame equal to Ravana and so in the world of Rakshasas you are the best in strength and valour." 76.77

"Let all the beings witness the great and wonderful fight between you and me, which would be like the fight which took place between Indra and the Rakshasa called Shambhara. 76.78

"You have already done a matchless act and due to your mastery in arrows great monkey heroes who had terrific valour have fallen down." 76.79

"Oh valorous Rakshasa, due to your being tired after your engagement in war, you were not killed by me, due to the fear that the world would find fault with me. So after taking rest find out about my strength." 76.80

Recognizing those insulting words of Sugreeva Kumbha's luster increased like the luster of the sacrificial fire increases when Ghee is offered to it. 76.81

Then Kumbha caught hold of the arms of Sugreeva and breathing heavily again and again like elephants in rut, they fastened their body with each other and releases flame and smoke from their faces due to their tiresomeness. 76.82-76.83

By the trampling of their feet, the earth sank down and due to their whirling movements the ocean became turbulent. 76.84

Then Sugreeva tossed Kumbha in to the salty ocean and by the swift fall there Kumbha was able to see the bottom of the sea. 76.85

Due to the falling of Kumbha in it the waters in the ocean rose equal to the height of Vindhya mountains spreading on all sides. 76.86

The very irritated Kumbha jumped up from there, threw down Sugreeva and struck him on his chest with his fist which was like a thunder bolt. 76.87

Sugreeva's armour was broken and even some blood oozed out and his cage of bones gave a counter strike to that awfully forceful fist. 76.88

The hit by the force of the fist, the pain resembled the fire bursts on the top of Mount Meru born out of burst of lightning. 76.89

Then the very strong Sugreeva, who was the foremost of all monkeys who was struck by Kumbha tightened his fist which was like a thunderbolt. 76.90

Then that valorous Sugreeva brought down his clenched fist, which shined like Sun surrounded by thousand rays on the chest of Kumbha. 76.91

Due to the forceful hit by the fist that Rakshasa fell down exhausted, like a fire whose flame was exhausted. 76.92

That Rakshasa who was hit by the fist of Sugreeva dropped down like the planet Mars with splendid rays falling from the sky accidentally. 76.93

When Kumbha was killed by the king of all monkeys who had very great valour, the earth, mountains and the forests trembled and Rakshasas were greatly fear struck. 76.94

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

77. Hanuman Kills Nikumbha

[Nikumbha, brother of Kumbha, attacks Hanuman to revenge his brother's death but he is killed by Hanuman.]

Seeing his brother was killed by Sugreeva Nikumbha with anger capable of burning to ashes looked at Sugreeva. 77.1

Then the courageous Nikumbha took an iron club which was as big as the tip of the Mandhara Mountain which was bright and was decorated by flower wreaths and which was provided with iron plates measuring five digits. 77. 2

It was enclosed in gold with diamonds and rubies studded on it and looked like the death dealing staff of Lord Yama and monkeys were dismayed on seeing it and Rakshasas regained their courage. 77.3

Wielding that weapon, which in size resembled the flag staff of Indra, the very valorous Nikumbha roared, opening his mouth wide open. 77.4

His chest was decorated by a medal of Gold and he had decorated his hands with pretty bracelets, his ears were decorated by pendants, his neck by splendid garlands and with these ornaments and his club, Nikumbha shined like a clouds with its thunder and lightning along with a rain bow. 77.5-77.6

The great Nikumbha holding that club in his hand, hurled that club with the luster of the sun on the breast of the mighty Hanuman. 77.7

The sky appeared whirling round when Nikumbha swung the iron club and appeared as if the city of Alaka along with palaces of Gandharwas went round with great speed around and moon, stars and planets joined this race. 77.8

The fire like Nikumbha, with the shine generated by his club and ornaments, who was greatly angry, was difficult to be approached like the fire at final deluge. 77.9

Due to fear neither Rakshasas nor monkeys were even able to move but the very strong Hanuman stood before Nikumbha baring his chest. 77.10

The strong Nikumbha with hands which were similar to a club hurled his club which was shining like the Sun on the chest of the strong Hanuman. 77.11

That club which fell on the rock like broad chest of Hanuman, immediately broke in to hundreds of pieces and fell like meteors from the sky. 77.12

That great monkey was not moved by that hit of the club and stood like a mountain at the time of earth quake. 77.13

That great monkey who was extremely strong after being struck by the club, clenched his fist with very great force. 77.14

The greatly lustrous, valorous, swift Hanuman who was as powerful as the wind God lifted his fist and hit the chest of Nikumbha with very great force. 77.15

By his hit, the vital parts of the Rakshasa broke up and blood started flowing from him and then he resembled a black cloud with lightning. 77.16

But Nikumbha was unmoved by that great blow and recovered quickly and caught hold of that mighty monkey Hanuman. 77.17

Seeing the strong Hanuman was lifted off the ground by Nikumbha in the battle ground, the residents of Lanka gave rise to a huge roar of joy. 77.18

Though he was being carried away Hanuman, the son of wind God struck that Rakshasa with his fist which was like a thunderbolt. 77.19

Freeing himself from the hold Hanuman, the son of wind God threw that Nikumbha down on earth and showered blows on him. 77.20

Throwing down Nikumbha with great force on the earth with supreme effort, Hanuman descended on him, leapt on his chest and pounded him with great speed. 77.21

Then he caught hold of his head, twisted his neck and tore off his huge head when he was greatly roaring. 77.22

While Nikumbha who was roaring was killed by the son of wind god there ensued a huge fight between Rama and the very angry Makaraksha who was son of Khara. 77.23

When Nikumbha had expired, the monkeys shouted with joy and all directions echoed with satisfaction and the heavens appeared to crumble and the Rakshasas were fear struck. 77.24

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

78. Makaraksha Goes to War

[Makaraksha, who is the son of Khara, goes to the battle. He sees many bad omens; but continues to the battle field.]

Hearing the death of Nikumbha and the fall of Kumbha, Ravana was greatly enraged and burnt like fire. 78.1

Completely filled with both anger and sorrow, the Rakshasa king ordered Makaraksha, the son of Khara as follows. 78.2

"Obey my command and go with an army, Oh son and kill Rama as well as Lakshmana along with their monkey army." 78.3

Hearing the order of Ravana, that Rakshasa called Makaraksha, the son of Khara who considered himself as valorous said, "I will do". 78.4

Then after saluting the ten necked one, he went round him and that strong one obeying the orders of Ravana left that shining palace. 78.5

That son of Khara commanded an army chief who was nearby to speedily bring him a chariot as well as the army. 78.6

Hearing his words, that Rakshasa who was an army chief brought a chariot as well as army to his proximity. 78.7

Going round the chariot that Rakshasa summoned the charioteer to speedily drive the chariot to the battle field. 78.8

Then Makaraksha addressed all Rakshasas and told them, "Oh Rakshasas, all of you start fighting in front of me." 78.9

"The great king of Rakshasas Ravana has ordered me to kill Rama and Lakshmana in this battle." 78.10

"Oh Rakshasas, with excellent arrows, I would kill Rama, Lakshmana, Sugreeva and all other monkeys." 78.11

"Today by use of the spear, I would completely destroy the huge army of monkeys who have arrived here, like a fire destroys the dried wood." 78.12

Those strong Rakshasas who have assembled there, heard the words of Makaraksha, using various weapons started to fight. 78.13

All those cruel Rakshasas who can assume any form they want, who had protruding large teeth, tawny coloured eyes and disheveled hair, created fear due to their huge bodies and marched like elephants shaking the earth and surrounded Makaraksha who had a huge body. 78.14-78.15

Then there arose great noise from all directions due to playing of thousands of conches and drums, lion like roars and clapping of arms. 78.16

At that time the long whip slipped from the hands of Charioteer of Makaraksha and his flag staff broke due to the will of fate. 78.17

The horses which were drawing his chariot lost their valorous walk and they started walking listlessly and timidly with tears in their eyes. 78.18

When that angry and evil minded Makaraksha marched ahead a harsh wind carrying dust flew against him. 78.19

Though those greatly valorous Rakshasas saw all these evil omens they ignored them and marched to the place where Rama and Lakshmana were situated. 78.20

Shouting loudly that "I will, I will", those Rakshasas who were having the colour like black clouds, elephants and buffaloes and who have been wounded more than once and were skilled in martial art moved here and there. 78.21

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

79. Rama Kills Makaraksha

[A great battle takes place between Rama and Makaraksha and in the end Makaraksha is killed by Rama.]

Seeing Makaraksha coming out, the monkey chiefs jumped at once and readied themselves to fight with him. 79.1

After that a huge battle took place between the monkeys and Rakshasas, which made the hairs to bristle and which resembled the war between Devas and Asuras. 79.2

The monkeys and Rakshasas then started hurling trees, spears, maces and clubs at each other and began to crush each other. 79.3

Those Rakshasas, who were night wanderers, made a slaughter of the lions among the monkeys, by means of their javelins, swords, maces, spears, lances, sharp edged spears, slings for throwing stones, nooses, mallets, staffs, missiles and other weapons and by throwing arrows on all sides. 79.4-79.5

When Makaraksha troubled them with large number of arrows the monkeys were scared in their mind and greatly fear struck ran away. 79.6

Seeing all those monkeys running away, the Rakshasas who were arrogant like lions roared sensing victory. 79.7

Seeing the monkeys fleeing in different directions Rama stopped those Rakshasas with shower of arrows. 79.8

Seeing that Rakshasas were being stopped, the Rakshasa called Makaraksha burning with great anger spoke the following words. 79.9

"Oh Rama, stop, There would be a one to one fight between us and you would lose your soul by sharp arrows sent by me." 79.10

"From the time you killed my father in Dandakaranya which was a nefarious act done by you, my anger keeps on becoming violent." 79.11

"Oh evil soul Raghava. since I have not been able to see you from that time in the great forest my limbs were burning with fury." 79.12

"Oh Rama by great good fortune I have been able to see you here as like a hungry lion searching for animals to eat, I have been searching for you." 79.13

"Due to the fast arrows which I would be sending you would start residing in the world of death and will live there along with warriors killed by you earlier." 79.14

"What is the use of telling many words? Please, hear my words. The entire world would be watching me and you fighting here in this battle field." 79.15

"In this battle field, the fight between us would proceed either by arrows, mace or by hands, as per what you have learnt earlier." 79.16

Hearing the words of Makaraksha, Rama the son of Dasaratha laughingly started speaking because Makaraksha would keep on talking. 79.17

"Oh Rakshasa, why are you telling about yourself unnecessarily with so many useless words? How is it possible to win over me with the strength of mere speech?" 79.18

"In the Dandaka forest I killed fourteen thousand Rakshasas and also your father as well as Trishira and Dhooshana." 79.19

"Oh sinner, today vultures, jackals and crows with their sharp beaks and goad like claws would become contented by eating your flesh." 79.20

When Rama told like this, the very strong Makaraksha sent very many arrows aimed at Rama in the battle field. 79.21

With a rain of other arrows Rama broke those arrows which were provided with golden shaft fell on the ground. 79.22

When Makaraksha, the son of Khara met Rama the son of Dasaratha in battle, the battle raged furiously. 79.23

The sound that arose from their bows with great resonance was heard on the battle field like a rumbling sound of clouds in the sky. 79.24

With the desire to watch that wonderful battle, all Devas, Rakshasas, Gandharwas, Kinnaras and great serpents reached the sky. 79.25

Though each of them pierced the limbs of the other, their respective strength only doubled and they continued to fight by inflicting blows on each other. 79.26

That Rakshasa broke all the arrows sent by Rama and Rama broke in many ways the arrows sent by that Rakshasa. 79.27

All the four directions as well as intermediate points were covered by those large numbers of arrows and due to the earth being covered by them, it was not even visible. 79.28

Then Rama with long arms, greatly infuriated because of the fight broke the bow of that Rakshasa and killed his charioteer by using eight arrows. 79.29

Then Rama broke his chariot with arrows and killed his horses and made them fall dead on the ground and then Makaraksha without a chariot stood on the ground. 79.30

Then that Rakshasa who was standing on the ground took in his hand a trident which made by its luster equal to fire at deluge, all the people greatly scared. 79.31

The great trident which was difficult to obtain was presented to him by Rudra and generated great fear and that trident shined in the sky like a great weapon of destruction. 79.32

Whirling that great trident which was shining like fire, that Rakshasa in great rage threw it on Rama who was a great soul. 79.33

Rama using four arrows hit that shining trident which was hurled by the son of Khara in the sky itself. 79.34

That trident ornamented with gold broke in to pieces in many ways and fell scattered on earth like a big meteor. 79.35

Seeing that trident was broken by Rama who never gets tired doing his duties, those beings standing on the sky said, "Excellent, Excellent." 79.36

When that Rakshasa Makaraksha saw that his trident was destroyed, he lifted his fist and called out to Rama, saying "Wait, wait." 79.37

When the son of Raghu clan saw him rushing towards him, he smiled fitted in to his bow, the arrow of fire. 79.38

When that Rakshasa was hit by that arrow of Rama, his heart was split open, and he fell dead then and there in the battle field. 79.39

All the Rakshasas seeing the fall of Makaraksha, greatly scared by the arrows of Rama, ran away immediately to Lanka. 79.40

Seeing that by the speed of arrows of the son of the king Dasaratha, that Rakshasa who was the son of Khara was killed those devas seeing it from the sky became happy and felt that a mountain was broke by lightning. 79.41

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

80. Indrajit Comes Again to Battle Field

[When ordered by Ravana, Indrajit again came to the battle field. The Uagba that he performed gave good omens. He fought becoming invisible with Rama and Lakshmana. When Lakshmana wants to kill all Rakshasas by one arrow of Brahma, Rama prevents him. The Great War continues.]

Ravana hearing about the slaying of Makaraksha, who has won several battles, due to great rage grinned his teeth together and made "Kata-Kata" sound and with anger thought about what should be done and instructed his son Indrajit to go the battle. 80.1-80.2

"Oh valorous one being either invisible or visible kill the brothers Rama and Lakshmana who have very great strength." 80.3

"You have won victory over Indra of incomparable deeds in war. Can you kill these human beings when you see them in a battle?" 80.4

Hearing these words of the king of Rakshasas, he bowed to the commands of his father, poured oblations in the sacrificial fire with proper rituals in the land of Yagna. 80.5

While he was pouring oblations in the sacred fire, Rakshasa women carrying red turbans hastily arrived at the place where Indrajit was. 80.6

Besides using blade weapons as Shara grass [to be spread] and using chips of Vibhhitaka as wooden chips to feed the fire, he also used red robes and used iron ladles for cleaning and pouring ghee in to the sacrificial fire. 80.7

Having spread on the ground around all the sides of the sacrificial fire, with other weapons along with lances, that Rakshasa seized hold of the neck of a live goat, entirely black and consigned it to the fire. 80.8

Omens indicating victory appeared in the smokeless fire with great flames when it was aroused by the first single offering. 80.9

The God of fire himself became a visible person who was spreading the fire towards the right and who was of golden colour and received the offering. 80.10

After offering scared oblations in fire and gratifying Devas, Dhanavas and Rakshasas he ascended the chariot with power to disappear from sight. 80.11

The excellent chariot was drawn by four horses and had in it sharp arrows and a mighty bow and looked pretty. 80.12

That chariot decorated with gold shined because of his body and was decorated with carved images of deer, full moon and crescent. 80.13

The flag post of Indrajit shined like the flame of a fire with its large rings of gold and studded with cats eye gems. 80.14

Indrajit, the son of Ravana who was protected by Brahma arrow which was as lustrous as the sun had extremely great strength and was difficult to be attacked. 80.15

Indrajit who came from the city had obtained the power of vanishing from sight by uttering chants sacred to the Rakshasas and offering oblations in the fire, spoke as follows. 80.16

"I would kill both the princes who left their home to become mendicants and were unnecessarily roaming and give victory to my father Ravana as present today." 80.17

"Making the world bereft of monkeys and killing Rama and Lakshmana, it would great pleasure to me" and saying this he vanished from sight. 80.18

Egged by Ravana, that sharp Indrajit along with his sharp arrows and bow made of steel swiftly came to that battle field. 80.19

He then saw those great heroes who looked like three headed serpents shower very many arrows standing in the middle of the monkeys. 80.20

Concluding that they were the two princes, after stringing his bow he covered them both with rains of arrows just like a rich rainy cloud. 80.21

He then reached the sky with his chariot and remaining invisible there, he struck Rama and Lakshmana with sharp arrows. 80.22

Those Rama and Lakshmana when surrounded by the speed of those arrows, placed arrows in their bows and sent several divine arrows. 80.23

In spite of their covering the sky with network of arrows those very strong ones could not hit him in spite of using divine arrows. 80.24

After covering the sky, the great Indrajit created a dark smoke and hid all directions by enclosing them with a mist like smoke. 80.25

While Indrajit was moving about, neither the sound produced by the impact of his palm on the bow string was heard, nor the sound of his wheels or the clattering of hoofs of his horses could be heard, nor did his form come to the view. 80.26

In that pitch darkness where visibility is poor, Indrajit rained his steel arrows on them which was like a rain of stones. 80.27

The very angry Indrajit pierced greatly the limbs of Rama with his sharp arrows which were as shining as the sun and got by him as boons. 80.28

The foremost among men Rama and Lakshmana who were being struck by steel arrows, just like two mountains hit by torrents of rain, released golden shafted arrows against Indrajit. 80.29

Those arrows decorated by the plumes of heron reached Indrajit in the sky, pierced him and fell on the ground stained by blood. 80.30

Greatly shining those two men began to cut and destroy the arrows which were falling on them with weapons called Bhallas. 80.31

Both Rama and Lakshmana sent their great arrows towards the place from which the sharp arrows were falling on them. 80.32

The son of Ravana who was an expert in chariot based war travelled all over the different directions and with his sharp arrows and pierced Rama and Lakshmana. 80.33

Those valorous sons of Dasaratha who were wounded by well-made arrows with golden shaft appeared like Kimsuka trees in flowering. 80.34

Like the position of sun cannot be guessed when sky is thickly overcast by clouds, no one could guess his position, nor form, nor his bows and nor anything about him. 80.35

Struck down by him the monkeys were killed. Those hundreds of dead monkeys covered the surface of earth there. 80.36

Lakshmana who was greatly enraged told his elder brother, "I shall employ the arrow of Brahma to kill all the Rakshasas." 80.37

Rama who had all auspicious signs then told Lakshmana, "You should not kill all Rakshasas for the sake of a single Rakshasa." 80.38

"You are not supposed to kill one who is not fighting, one who is hiding, one who seeks refuge with folded palms, one who is fleeing and one who is intoxicated." 80.39

"Oh very strong Lakshmana with long arms we shall make efforts to kill only Indrajit and we will employ arrows which have great speed and which are like poisonous snakes." 80.40

"The leaders of the monkey army if they are able to see this Rakshasas would forcibly kill this harmful one who does magical tricks and remains invisible." 80.41

"Burnt by my arrows, he will fall dead on the ground, even if he enters the earth or heaven, or world below or the sky and remains there completely hidden." 80.42

Speaking these greatly meaningful words like this the great Rama surrounded by the great monkeys started to think of a speedy method of killing the Rakshasa who did cruel deeds." 80.43

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

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