Yuddha Kandam

59. Ravana Enters Battle Field

[After Prahastha was killed, Ravana himself enters the battle field. He sent back his commanders, sons and brothers to guard the fort. He hurts or killed large number of monkey chiefs. Lakshmana who fought with him was greatly wounded by his spear. Rama fought and defeated him but spared his life at that time and send him back.]

When in the battle with the bull among monkeys seeing that many Rakshasas as well as their chief had died in the battle they who were having huge weapons, with a speed of the ocean ran away. 59.1

They all went to the king of Rakshasas and told him that their chief was killed by the son of fire God and hearing to their words, the Rakshasa chief became very angry. 59.2

After having heard that Prahastha was killed in the battle, The heart of Ravana was filled with grief as well as anger and then he told the chiefs of army, similar to Indra talking to Deva chiefs. 59.3

"This enemy should not be underestimated because they killed the commander of my army as well his army and elephants who had earlier defeated the army of Indra." 59.4

"So without any hesitation, I shall myself go to the wonderful battle field for killing the enemies and getting victory." 59.5

""I shall myself burn the monkey army along with Rama and Lakshmana by using several arrows like a forest is burned by setting it fire and then I shall satisfy the earth by performing oblations with monkey blood." 59.6

After saying this Ravana, the enemy of Indra mounted the chariot which was shining like flame of fire which is yoked to excellent horses which had excellent shining body." 59.7

Then the king of Rakshasas went along with sound of kettle drums, conches, cymbals, clapping of hands and line like roars after being honoured and worshipped and after auspicious praises were sung. 59.8

That chief king of Rakshasas along with mountain and cloud like meat eating Rakshasas who had sight like burning torch and also surrounded by ghosts and shined like Rudra surrounded by Devas. 59.9

He who had great luster and looked like mountain came out of the city saw the powerful army of monkeys who were as big as an ocean holding trees and mountains, ready for war and roaring like vast ocean and thunderous clouds. 59.10

Seeing that excessively furious Rakshasa army, Rama whose hand resembled great serpents and was accompanied by his own army, told to Vibheeshana who is an expert in knowledge of shastras. 59.11

"Who is the commander of this army, furnished with every kind of standard, banner and canopy and armed with javelins, swords, stakes and other weapons and missiles and composed of imperturbable soldiers and elephants as high as the Mahendra Mountain?" 59.12

Hearing the words of Rama, Vibheeshana who has valour similar to Indra told Rama facts about that great army who are lead by the foremost among the Rakshasas. 59.13

"Oh king, the great one who has the face of black colour and who resembles the rising sun and comes riding on an elephant and making it shake its head is Akampana." 59.14

"He who is standing on the chariot and holding a bow which is more lustrous than bow of Indra, who has lion inscribed on his flag, who shines like an elephant with curved tusks and who is famous for the boons that he received from Brahma is Indrajit." 59.15

"That mighty warrior who holds the bow of unequalled size similar to Vindhya, ashta and Mahendra mountains and who stands on a chariot, who has superior strength and has a very huge body is Athikaya." 59.16

"That great one who has tawny eyes resembling the dawn, riding on an elephant with its bells jingling, who is shouting aloud and who is a strong Rakshasa is called Mahodara." 59.17

"He who is climbing on a horse caparisoned in gold, who is raising high his spear, who is the speed of the thunderbolt and resembles a mountain of evening clouds is Pisacha." 59.18

"He who holds a sharp spear with the luster of lightning, which had the speed of thunderbolt and comes riding on an excellent bull shining like moon, is the well known Trisiras." 59.19

"The other one who resembles a thunderbolt, who has large well developed chest. who has a mind that understands, who has king of snakes on his flag and who is moving and twanging his bow, is Khumbha." 59.20

"He who is holding a diamond studded golden mace, who is lustrous as well as smoky, who is advancing as the flag bearer of the army is Nikhumbha who has done wonderful valorous exploits." 59.21

"He holds a bow and arrow as well as sword and has a flag and has a form of raging fire and who shines lustrously on the chariot is Naranthaka, who fights with the mountain peaks in the war." 59.22

"He who is surrounded by ghosts of dreadful form and has rolling eyes, with heads of tigers, buffalo mighty elephants, deer and horses, under an excellent white canopy with slender ribs and shining like a moon and is the one who humbles the gods themselves, shining like unto Rudra amidst the Bhoothas, is the great Lord of Rakshasas there." 59.23-59.24

"He wears swinging ear studs and crown and is similar to the mountain king Vindhya and has a huge body, has destroyed the pride of Lord Indra and Lord Yama themselves, is the king of Rakshasas and is the one shining like Sun God." 59.25

Rama then replied to Vibheeshana who was the destroyer of enemies "What a majesty and what glory has this king of Rakshasas has?" 59.26

"Ravana is difficult to be gazed similar to the Sun, and due o his clear form which is covered with lustrous radiance eyes cannot rest on him." 59.27

"The body of the heroes among Devas and Dhanavas are not similar to his and does not have a shine like the body of the king of Rakshasas." 59.28

"All the warriors who fight along with Ravana are mountain like and use mountain as weapons and also hold many lustrous weapons." 59.29

"Surrounded by the fiery ghost like Rakshasas, Ravana who is the king of Rakshasas shines like Lord of death, surrounded by his hideous assistants." 59.30

"By good luck, that sinner has fallen today on the orbit of my sight and I will release on him my anger born out of the abduction of Sita." 59.31

After saying the valorous one took out his great bow and followed by Lakshmana, drew out an excellent arrow. 59.32

After that, that powerful Ravana spoke to those exceedingly strong Rakshasas as follows: "Take up your positions unfalteringly and happily at the gates and principal exits, the outposts and fortifications." 59.33

"When the enemy knows that I am with you here, taking it as a weak point, the united monkeys may storm the desolate city and destroy it by surprise." 59.34

Thus the king of Rakshasas dismissed all his ministers and those Rakshasas went back to the city and Ravana entered the ocean of monkeys, just like a gigantic fish with the intention would split the entire ocean. 59.35

Seeing the king of Rakshasas holding a shining bow entering in the battle field and advancing in to it, the king of monkeys uprooting a huge mountain top ran towards him. 59.36

Holding that peak of mountain completely filled with trees, he threw it at the king of Rakshasas and he seeing it advancing towards him, Ravana using arrows with golden shafts broke it into pieces. 59.37

When that tall mountain peak with well developed trees fell down on the ground that Rakshasa who was the lord of the world, like the God of death sent an arrow resembling a serpent. 59.38

Taking that arrow which has the speed of thunderbolt and possessing the luster of fire and which had the swiftness of Indra's thunderbolt, Ravana sent it to kill Sugreeva. 59.39

That arrow when released from the hands of Ravana, it having the splendor of the thunderbolt of Indra speedily pierced the body of Sugreeva, similar to the spear of Lord Subrahmanya pierced the Krouncha mountain. 59.40

Wounded by that arrow, which made him unconscious, that warrior fell moaning on the earth. Seeing him falling on the ground, deprived of his senses in the battle-field, the Rakshasas raised a shout of triumph. 59.41

Then, monkeys Gavaksha, Gavya, Sushena, Rishabha, Jyotimukha and Nala who all had a very huge tearing up rocks, rushed towards Ravana. 59.42

That king of Rakshasas using very sharp arrows made their attacks with things to throw as useless and with several arrows well shafted with gold wounded all those chiefs of monkeys. 59.43

By the arrows of the king of Rakshasas who was enemy of devas, those monkey generals having a very huge form, were wounded and fell on the ground and afterwards, he started hurting the monkey army with very many arrows. 59.44

The wounded and fallen down warriors, were stuck with great arrow of fear and those monkeys pained by the arrows of Ravana went and sought protection of Rama, who protects all. 59.45

Then the great one who was a skilful archer, Rama, took his bow and set out at once but Lakshmana with folded hands approached him and spoke the following relevant words. 59.46

"Oh Noble one, my skills are sufficient to kill this very bad one and so permit me so that I can kill that Ravana." 59.47

The truly valorous Rama who was greatly lustrous told him, "Go Lakshmana and be successful in this fight." 59.48

"Ravana is endowed with great strength and possesses an outstanding prowess during a war. The Three Worlds themselves could not withstand his fury. There is no doubt about it." 59.49

"Hide your weaknesses while searching for his weaknesses and then protect yourselves properly with your eye as well as the bow." 59.50

Lakshmana after hearing the words of Raghava hugged him and worshipped him and after saluting him went for the battle. 59.51

Then he saw Ravana with elephant like hands with a huge bow which was greatly shining who with a great rain of arrows was attacking those monkeys whom he had wounded badly. 59.52

Seeing this the greatly lustrous Hanuman who was the son of wind God to put an end to that magic of arrows rushed towards Ravana. 59.53

After approaching the chariot, valorous Hanuman lifted his left arm and threateningly spoke the following words to Ravana. 59.54

"You have got a boon that devas, Dhanavas, Gandharwas, Yakshas and Rakshasas should not be able to kill you but not against monkeys and therefore they are dangerous to you." 59.55

"This raised right hand of mine which has five branches will rob you of your soul which has been residing in your body." 59.56

The greatly valorous Ravana after hearing these words of Hanuman, with anger inflaming his eyes told the following. 59.57

"Without any hesitation hit me monkey and get everlasting fame and after knowing your strength by that, I shall destroy you." 59.58

After hearing the words of Ravana, the son of wind God told" Please remember that I have killed your son Aksha earlier." 59.59

Once he told this, the greatly lustrous king of Rakshasas Struck with his palm the valorous son of Wind God. 59.60

Struck by the palm, Hanuman repeatedly reeled for a second but he secured his balance within another second, and greatly enraged he hit the enemy of the devas by his own palm 59.61

Struck by the palm of that great monkey, the ten necked was shaken like a mountain when the earth trembles. 59.62

Seeing that Ravana was beaten by a palm in the battle the sages, the monkeys, Sidhas, Asuras and devas cheered. 59.63

After getting his breath back that greatly lustrous Ravana told, "Well done, Oh Monkey hero. You are a proper adversary for me." 59.64

When Ravana told like this Hanuman replied back, "Cursed be your strength for in spite of my valour, you are still alive." 59.65

"Oh evil minded one, why this boasting? Now again strike me and then my fist will send you to the world of god of death." 59.66

Hearing the words of Hanuman, Ravana's anger was greatly inflamed and then with blood shot eyes, lifting his right fist with great zeal hit forcefully at that valorous monkey. 59.67-59.68

Hanuman who was stuck on his broad chest reeled again and again and seeing that might Hanuman was exhausted, Ravana turned his chariot towards Nila. 59.69

The ten necked king of Rakshasas With great serpent like arrows which can pierce greatly, wounded the vital parts of Nila, the commander of monkeys. 59.70-59.71

That Nila the commander of the monkey army tormented by the flood of those arrows, with one hand lifted a mountain top and threw it on the chief of Rakshasas. 59.72

Meanwhile, Hanuman of a great mind, burning with courage, regained his breath and in his battle rage cried out furiously towards Ravana, the Lord of Rakshasas who was occupied in fight with Nila as follows: "It is not proper to engage in a combat with another person when he is already doing a fight with another." 59.73-59.74

But that greatly lustrous Ravana using seven very sharp arrows struck that mountain and it fell down, broken in to pieces. 59.75

The commander of the monkey army observed that the mountain was broken in to pieces and that destroyer of the enemy due to his anger glowed like fire of death. 59.76

In that fight, Nila hurled Aswakarna trees, Sala trees with extensive flowering, Chuta trees and other various types of trees. 59.77

Ravana confronted all those trees and broke them to pieces and rained many horrendous arrows at the son of the fire God. 59.78

Showered by large number of arrows as if it was raining from the cloud, that very strong one assumed a very tiny form and jumped to the end of the flag of Ravana. 59.79

Seeing that the son of fire God was sitting on his flag post, Ravana burned with anger and then Nila shouted loudly. 59.80

Seeing that monkey occupying the tip of the flag, tip of the bow and tip of the crown, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Rama were greatly astonished. 59.81

That greatly lustrous Ravana seeing the agility of the monkey was astonished and then took a wonderful and greatly lustrous arrow called agneyastra [arrow of fire.] 59.82

Thereafter, those monkeys who felt happy to see Ravana disconcerted at the agility of Nila and having found an occasion for jubilation, shouted joyously. 59.83

Greatly provoked by the shouting of the monkeys was confused in his mind and did not know what has to be done. 59.84

Ravana using that arrow of fire god shot at Nila, the monkey who was sitting on the top of his flag. 59.85

That king of Rakshasas Ravana who was greatly lustrous told to Nila, "Oh monkey you are extremely agile and endowed with knowledge of magic." 59.86

"Oh monkey now, if you can try to save your life, though you are doing numerous acts of various kinds which are worthy of yourself." 59.87

"In spite of that, the great arrow that I am releasing charged with mystic strength, would take away your life, which you are trying to protect." 59.88

After saying like this the great king of Rakshasas Ravana, after placing the arrow on the bow, struck the commander of monkey army with it. 59.89

That arrow with mystic power, hit Nila on the chest and he was completely burnt down and fell on the floor. 59.90

Due to the powerful help from his father and his own innate luster Though he was brought to the knees on the floor, he did not lose his life. 59.91

The ten necked one interested in fighting war, after seeing the monkey lying unconscious rushed in his chariot towards Lakshmana. 59.92

Ravana, who was the greatly famous the king of Rakshasas, approached Lakshmana who was in the middle of battle field, halted Lakshmana and stood before him lifting his great bow. 59.93

Lakshmana, who had indomitable courage, spoke to Ravana who was raising his indomitable bow "Oh king of Rakshasas, you please fight with me as you should not fight against monkeys." 59.94

Hearing those words of Lakshmana resembling the twang of a bow in full pitch of that sound, Ravana approached Lakshmana, came near to him and spoke these furious words. 59.95

"Oh son of Raghu clan, due to good fortune, at last you have come within ambit of my sight, so that you will meet your death Immediately you would be going the land of death after you are killed by the hail of my arrows." 59.96

Then without expressing any surprise seeing Ravana who was roaring through his teeth "OH king of evil doers, you have been boasting about yourself and dignified people do not roar." 59.97

"Oh King of Rakshasas I know about your valour, strength, energy and courage. Come here as I now stand here, with my bow and arrows in hand. Of what use are vain boasts." 59.98

Riled like this the king became enraged and loosened seven of great arrows which were decorated by great feathers, which Lakshmana broke with gold ornamented arrows which had sharp edges. 59.99

Seeing that the arrows were broken like the hoods of great Cobra were shattered, Ravana got very angry and dispatched several sharp arrows. 59.100

The younger brother of Rama then showered large number of arrows called Kshura, Ardha Chandra, karni and Bhalla using his bow and broke arrows of Ravana without getting perturbed. 59.101

Seeing that his various sets of arrows are going in vain, the king who was enemy of devas was greatly astonished at the skill of Lakshmana and once more sent several arrows. 59.102

That Lakshmana who was equivalent to Devendra fixed on his bow sharp and lightning like swift arrows, which were greatly lustrous and sent them aimed at Ravana with an intention of killing him. 59.103

Then Ravana the King of Rakshasas shattered those pointed arrows and struck Lakshmana in the forehead with a shaft as bright as the Fire at deluge, which had been bestowed on him by Brahma the Lord of Creation. 59.104

Being hit by Ravana's arrow Lakshmana reeled a little and holding firmly his bow, he regained his consciousness and he with difficulty shattered the bow of the enemy of Indra and devas. 59.105

Then after breaking his bow, the son of Dasaratha stuck and pierced the king with three arrows, he swooned and later regained consciousness with great difficulty. 59.106

That Ravana who was the enemy of devas, whose bow was broken and limbs shattered and greatly wounded letting out blood, with formidable energy seized a spear gifted to him by Lord Brahma for continuing the battle. 59.107

Then Ravana, the lord of the country of Rakshasas hurled on Lakshmana with all his strength that spear which was shining and burning like fire, emitting smoke and frightening the monkeys in the battle field. 59.108

The younger brother of Bharatha with several arrows and darts stuck that spear as if it is a sacrificial fire but that spear entered the broad chest of Lakshmana. 59.109

The mighty son of Raghu clan fell hit by the very mighty spear on earth and was breathing hot breath and the king suddenly rushed there and brutally seized him in his two hands. 59.110

Though he could earlier lift Himalayas, Mandhara and Meru mountain along with the Gods there, he could not lift the younger brother of Bharatha. 59.111

The son of Sumithra though he was wounded on his chest by the weapon given by Lord Brahma, he recollected that he was a minute part of Lord Vishnu himself. 59.112

Ravana the thorn on the body of devas who had removed the pride of devas and dhanavas, though he could hit Lakshmana, he was not able to carry him with his hands. 59.113

At that time the very angry son of wind God rushed towards Ravana and struck him angrily by his fist which resembled the thunderbolt. 59.114

By the hit of his fist, Ravana the king of Rakshasas reeled and fell on the earth on his knees. 59.115

A lot of blood flowed from his face, eyes as well as his ears and he reeled and fell motionless and sat in the middle of the chariot. 59.116

Seeing Ravana despite his very great strength lying swooned on the battle-field, sages and monkeys began to shout in that victory as also did the devas and the Dhanavas. 59.117

Then the very lustrous Hanuman carrying Lakshmana who was wounded by Ravana on his shoulders and brought him nearer to Lord Rama. 59.118

It was due to the friendship and devotion that Hanuman had towards Lakshmana, that made him fight for him though he could not be moved by his enemies. 59.119

That spear leaving Lakshmana who was made not conscious in the battle went back to its place in the chariot of Ravana. 59.120

The greatly lustrous Ravana who regained consciousness in the great battle field, got hold of his sharp arrows and his great bow. 59.121

Freed of the lance and healed of his wounds, Lakshmana the destroyer of his enemies recollected that he was a part of the Lord Vishnu, who was beyond thought. 59.122

Seeing the dead monkey warriors of that great army in the battle field, Rama rushed towards Ravana. 59.123

And then Hanuman approached Rama and told him the following words, "You should punish that Rakshasa riding on my back in the fight with this enemy of Gods, like Lord Vishnu rides on Garuda." 59.124-59.125

Hearing those words spoken by Hanuman the son of Wind-God, Rama mounted on the great monkey, Hanuman. Rama the Lord of men then saw Ravana standing in his chariot in the battle-field. 59.126

When the greatly lustrous one saw him, he rushed to him like Lord Vishnu rushed towards Virochana with uplifted mace. 59.127

After making a twang sound in his bow, Rama spoke in a deep voice resembling the roll of thunder to Ravana. 59.128

"Oh tiger among Rakshasas, Stay, stay there, after creating an act of such displeasure against me, where can you go?" 59.129

" After you have come near me, even if you go and hide in the world of Indra, Yama the god of death or Sun God or go away in any of those ten directions, you will not escape from me." 59.130

"The one whom you fell by using your spear went in sorrow but has regained his consciousness and he assuming the form of death will kill you with your sons and grandsons." 59.131

"He is the one who killed fourteen thousand great Rakshasas in Janasthana, who were horrifying to look at and who were well equipped with all great weapons." 59.132

When the very strong king of Rakshasas heard these words of Rama who was being carried by the very speedy Hanuman in the battle, with great anger recollected his former enmity with him, stuck him with the flaming arrows resembling the flame of death at deluge." 59.133-59.134

Though that Rakshasa hit him with his arrows, the luster around Hanuman who by innate nature was lustrous, further increased. 59.135

Then the greatly lustrous Rama seeing the wound made by Ravana on the tiger among monkeys, flew in to extreme rage. 59.136

Going near Ravana's chariot with his sharp and pointed arrows, Rama shattered it along with its wheels, horses, banner, canopy, great standard, charioteer, darts, spears and swords. 59.137

Then he struck the broad and pretty chest of the enemy of Indra with arrows which were similar to the great Indra striking the Meru mountain with his thunderbolts. 59.138

That king of Rakshasas whom neither the fall of thunder or lightning can disturb, nor cause any trembling, stumbled though he was greatly valorous hero and the bow that he was holding fell due to the great arrow of Rama, which also injured him. 59.139

Rama seeing that Ravana was fainting took up a lustrous arrow with a crescent tip and broke his crown which was shining like Sun God of that king of Rakshasas. 59.140

Rama then told that king of Rakshasas whose splendour had reduced because of his broken crown, who resembled a venomous snake and who was bereft of luster like a Sun who has lost his luster. 59.141

"You have accomplished a huge and great job as my brave soldiers have succumbed to your blows. I have made you weak in mind and weary in the body for that reason and because of that I will not put you under the clutch of death now." 59.142

"Oh Rakshasa king, I know that you have been tormented in this battle and so return to your city of Lanka. After you have regained your breath come again riding on a chariot with your bow and then you will witness my fighting strength." 59.143

When he heard these words, with his pride and joy destroyed, with his shattered bow, with his horses and charioteer being slain, with body pierced by arrows and with his crown broken, he immediately returned to Lanka. 59.144

While that mighty Ravana the Lord of Rakshasa who was the enemy of devas and Dhanavas returned to Lanka, Rama arranged for drawing out arrows from monkeys and from Lakshmana too, in the forefront of that vast battle-field. 59.145

When that enemy of the king of devas was defeated, devas, asuras, all beings from all the directions, all beings of the sea and all great serpents and all beings in earth and water rejoiced. 59.146

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

60. Kumbhakarna Woken Up

[When Ravana sees there is no other go, he orders people to wake up Kumbhakarna. With lot of difficulty he is woken up. After satiating his great hunger and thirst he comes to meet Ravana. Seeing him from outside the city, the monkey army is greatly scared.]

That king entered the city of Lanka after with great fear for arrows of Rama, with his pride destroyed and was greatly troubled in his senses. 60.1

The king was overcome by the great Rama like, the elephant fears the lion and the serpent fears the Garuda. 60.2

The king of Rakshasas became mad when he remembered the arrows of Rama which were like the staff of Brahma and had great splendour. 60.3

Resting on the auspicious great seat made of Gold, he looked at the other Rakshasas and spoke the following words. 60.4

"All the great penance that I did has become useless for I who am like Indra has been defeated by a mere human being." 60.5

"The terrible words of Brahma which were told to me that "Please be afraid of human beings" seems to have come true." 60.6

"I sought from him immunity from death by Devas, Dhanavas, Gandharwas, Rakshasas, serpents but I did not mention about the human being." 60.7

"Rama the son of Dasaratha is the man I think of whom Anaranya who was born in the Ikshuvaku dynasty formerly spoke, saying:'O, the worst of Rakshasas, the worst of your race and the wretched one, In my race will be born a man who will slay you in battle with your sons, ministers, army, horses and charioteer." 60.8-60.9

"Long ago I was cursed by Vedavathi when I humiliated her. I think that Vedavathi in now born as the greatly fortunate Sita to the king Janaka. 60.10

"What was predicted by Parvathi the consort of Shiva, Nandikeshvara the attendant of Shiva, Rambha the wife of Nalakubara and Punjikasthala the daughter of Varunda has now become true for the words of the sages never prove false." 60.11

"Because of all these you must all put in very great effort for my sake. Let all the Rakshasas go to the top of the charya mountain." 60.12

"Awaken that Kumbhakarna who is matchless in his great prowess and who is capable of humbling the pride of all devas and Rakshasas and who has been cursed by Lord Brahma. 60.13

Already knowing that Prahastha has been defeated and killed in the battle, Ravana gave a great order to the Rakshasa army. 60.14

"Guard all the gates with great care and climb and man the Ramparts and also please awaken Kumbhakarna who is sleeping soundly". 60.15

"Now Kumbhakarna is sleeping happily with his mind not disturbed by time and that Rakshasa sleeps either nine or seven or ten or eight months." 60.16

"Nine days he participated in discussion with me and has then fallen asleep. Quickly awaken that mighty Kumbhakarna." 60.17

"The very strong Kumbhakarna, the greatest among all Rakshasas will soon kill all the monkeys and the two princes in the battle." 60.18

"This Kumbhakarna, the chief among all Rakshasas performs greatly in battle but being fond of rustic comforts always stupidly sleeps." 60.19

"If Kumbhakarna is awakened there is no worry for me, who has been defeated in the battle by Rama." 60.20

"What is the use of Indra like strength to me in this time of great sorrow, if he is not able to help me." 60.21

Those Rakshasas as soon as they heard these words of the king of Rakshasas, very briskly with alertness went to the house of Kumbhakarna." 60.22

Entering the beautiful cave of Kumbhakarna, with a large door, having an area of a Yojana on all sides and bearing a floral perfume, the mighty Rakshasa, though shaken off by Kumbhakarna's breaths, remained stable forcefully with difficulty in that cave. 60.23-60.24

Entering that pretty cave inlaid with gold and precious stones those tigers among Rakshasas saw the greatly valorous one sleeping. 60.25

They together tried to awaken Kumbhakarna who was sleeping in an irregular manner like a spread-out mountain in a great slumber. 60.26

His limbs were covered with hairy blanket which stood to the end and he was breathing like a serpent,. Kumbhakarna of irresistible valour emitted dreadful snores through his horrible nostrils, and his mouth was like a gaping hell. Stretched to his full length on the earth, he gave forth an odour of marrow and blood, and his limbs were adorned with golden armlets and he also wore a crown as bright as the sun. Like this that lion among Rakshasas, Kumbhakarna, the slayer of his enemies slept. 60.27-60.29

Then those great Rakshasas in order to satisfy Kumbhakarna when he wakes up kept in front of him a heap of properly cooked meat of hunted animals as high as mount Meru. 60.30

Those excellent Rakshasas piled up a great mass of wonderful food with the meat of deer, buffaloes and pigs. 60.31

Also the Rakshasas placed pots of blood and various kinds of meat in front of Kumbhakarna. 60.32

Then they rubbed the destroyer of the enemies with, the most rare sandalwood paste so that he would be refreshed as also kept divine flowers garlands and sweet smelling scents near him. 60.33

Then those Rakshasas burnt various types of scented incenses and sang hymns of praises about him who was killer of his enemies and shouted and made loud noises all around him. 60.34

They blew conches which resembled the full moon in colour and without patience, created tumultuous sound all together. 60.35

Those Rakshasas created sounds by clapping their hands, in order to awaken Kumbhakarna and also shook him and created a great clamour. 60.36

The birds passing through the sky ran helter-shelter and fell down as soon as they heard the sounds of the conches, drums, gongs, clapping of hands and lion like roars. 60.37

When the great soul Kumbhakarna was not waking up in spite of this great sound, the Rakshasa took hold of pestles, iron rods and maces and ran towards him. 60.38

Then, those cruel demons struck that sleeping Kumbhakarna on his chest with mountain-tops, pestles, maces, hammers and their fists. 60.39

In spite of all their strength, the Rakshasas could not stand upright before the breathing of that Kumbhakarna Rakshasa. 60.40

Then those greatly valorous Rakshasas sat firmly among Kumbhakarna and began to beat drums, cymbals, Kettle drums and play on different type of conches and trumpets. 60.41

Ten thousand Rakshasas surrounded him and all at once started beating that giant who was like a heap of collyrium and tried to wake him up but in spite of that he did not wake up. 60.42

Since they were not able to wake him up they started adopting more energetic and horrifying methods. 60.43

They starting beating horses, camels, donkeys and elephants with sticks, thongs and whips so that they trample upon him and made al beings blast conches and drums kettle drums. 60.44

They lifted with all their strength and crushed his limbs under very heavy logs and pillars. 60.45

Due to that great sound the huge city of Lanka along with its mountains and groves was filled with sound but yet he did not wake up. 60.46

Then they started playing one thousand huge drums all around him with sticks of refined gold. 60.47

In spite of all this he did not wake up from his profound sleep as he was under the spell of a curse and because of this all the Rakshasas became angry. 60.48

All those very greatly valorous ones were greatly enraged and those Rakshasas joined together all their strength. 60.49

Some beat huge drums, some made great sound and some of them tore their hair and some others bit his ears. 60.50

Some of them poured hundreds of pitchers of water in his ears and that Kumbhakarna who was very deep sleep did not even stir. 60.51

Some strong ones, armed with rocks and hammers, struck the rocks and hammers on his head, chest and other limbs. 60.52

Though wounded by fire missiles on all sides or tied by several ropes on all sides, that huge bodied Rakshasa did not wake up. 60.53

When a thousand elephants ran up and down on his body then Kumbhakarna lightly woke up and became aware of the pressure. 60.54

Being insensible to those violent blows of huge stones and trees which were hurled upon him, but under the prompting of extreme hunger, Kumbhakarna suddenly sprang up from sleep, yawning due to loss of sleep. 60.55

Waving his arms which were like serpent's coils or the peaks of mountains and which were hard as cut diamonds, that Rakshasa opened his monstrous mouth like the face of a submarine fire and yawned. 60.56

When he yawned horribly, his mouth was something like the nether world and appeared like the sun raising up under the peak of Meru mountain. 60.57

After yawning greatly that Rakshasa woke up and heaved a sigh which was like a storm from the mountain. 60.58

When Kumbhakarna woke up and stood up, his form resembled the world at deluge when it is prepared to swallow all beings. 60.59

His huge greatly fire like flaming eyes had a glitter similar to lightning and appeared like the lustrous great planets. 60.60

Then, the Rakshasas showed to him various kinds of eatables, boar and buffalo. The mighty Kumbhakarna devoured all of them. 60.61

The very hungry enemy of devas ate all the meat and being thirsty drank all the blood and gulped several pitchers of fat and wine. 60.62

Understanding that he is satiated of his hunger the Rakshasas saluted him with a bent head and surrounded him from all sides. 60.63

With a sleep tied eyes which was completely confused and blurred, he directed his glance on everyone of those Rakshasas and told them. 60.64

That great Rakshasa then soothingly spoke to all other Rakshasas, as he was surprised to be woken up and said. 60.65

"Why have I been woken up by you so suddenly? Is the king all right? Is there any danger we are facing?" 60.66

"Or there must be some great danger from an external source, because you have woken me up so suddenly." 60.67

"I would now drive away the great fear of the king of Rakshasa even if I have to cut Indra in to pieces or freeze the fire." 60.68

"Like this for some silly reason I am not normally woken up and so tell me the true reason for waking me up." 60.69

When Kumbhakarna, the destroyer of his enemies spoke like this excitedly, Yupaksha the minister of Ravana with hands folded in salutation told. 60.70

"There is not even a little fear created by Gods at any time but there is tumultuous fear created by a man who is driving us back." 60.71

"Oh king, It is not indeed the devas or Rakshasas who have put us in such a peril as it comes to us from a man." 60.72

"Mountain like monkeys have surrounded the city of Lanka and there is great danger to us from Rama who is greatly angry due to abduction of Sita," 60.73

"Earlier a single monkey burned our city and also killed our prince Aksha along with his attendants as well as elephants." 60.74

The King of Rakshasas, who is the son of sage Paulasthya and who is the killer of devas was told "You go now." By Rama who is equal in luster to the Sun God. 60.75

"That which the king has never suffered with devas, Rakshasas and Dhanavas, he had to suffer from Rama, who released him from the danger of his life." 60.76

Hearing about the humiliation suffered by his brother from Yupaksha, Kumbhakarna replied Yupaksha, rolling his eyes. 60.77

"Oh Yupaksha, only after winning over the monkey army and Lakshmana and Rama on the battle field, would I see Ravana." 60.78

"I would satisfy the Rakshasas with the meat and blood of the monkeys and I myself would drink the blood of Rama and Lakshmana." 60.79

Hearing these words told by him with haughtiness and anger increased by his ferocity, a Rakshasa chief called Mahodhara saluted him and told him. 60.80

"Even after hearing the words of Ravana and after analyzing the pros and cons, oh great one, you can claim victory from the enemy." 60.81

Hearing the words of Mahodhara, the greatly lustrous ad very strong Kumbhakarna surrounded by other Rakshasas, prepared himself to depart. 60.82

After waking up from sleep that Rakshasa with a huge eyes, who has great body and great valour, the Rakshasas went to the palace of ten necked one speedily. 60.83

When all of them went the ten necked one was seated on the throne and all the Rakshasas together told him with hands held in salutation. 60.84

"Oh, Lord of Rakshasas, Kumbhakarna, your brother, has woke up Is it your will that he should enter the battle field from there itself or do you desire him to come here and see you?" 60.85

Ravana to all those Rakshasas who were standing before him told with a glad heart," I would like to see him here and so let him be honourably received in a befitting manner." 60.86

As commanded by Ravana all the Rakshasas told him, "So be it", returned back to Kumbhakarna and told him. 60.87

"The king of all the Rakshasas wants to see you and so go and tell him what is in your mind and make him happy." 60.88

Kumbhakarna who is difficult to be defeated, obeying the orders of his brother saying "So be it", got from his seat to depart. 60.89

Washing his face and bathing, refreshed and delighted, adorning himself well and feeling thirsty, he hastened them to bring him a drink which can boost up his strength. 60.90

Then, those Rakshasas brought him quickly the wine and various kinds of eatables there, in their hurry to take Kumbhakarna with them as per Ravana's commands. 60.91

After having drunk two thousand pots, he started on his strip slightly dizzy and flushed but full of energy. 60.92

The angry Kumbhakarna, who was going to his brother's house along with other Rakshasas, appeared like Yama, the God of Death at the end of time and he caused the earth to tremble with his footsteps. 60.93

He illuminated the royal avenue by the shine of his body which resembled the thousand rayed sun illuminates the earth, surrounded by a circle of Rakshasas who were saluting him and he resembled Indra, the lord of devas approaching the abode of Lord of Brahma. 60.94

Seeing that destroyer of enemies walking in the royal avenue, all the monkeys who were standing outside the town along with their leaders were frightened suddenly. 60.95

Some of them sought protection from Rama, who protects others, some of them tottered and fell down; some ran away scared and some of them were lying down on earth in great fear. 60.96

Seeing that huge giant appearing like a great peak, having a crown and who seemed to touch the sun with his brilliance, the monkeys were seized with great fear and had grown immensely in size or fled hither and thither. 60.97

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

61. Vibheeshana Tells About Kumbhakarna

[When Rama asks about him, Vibheeshana tells that Kumbhakarna is his elder brother. Right from childhood due to his great hunger he used to eat large number of animals and men. Indra fought with him and was defeated. Then Brahma cursed him that he would forever sleep. When Ravana requested he modified the curse saying he would sleep for six months and then keep awake for a day. Rama makes his monkey army ready to battle with him.]

Then the very lustrous Rama who was a valorous one and took his bow and saw the huge bodied Kumbhakarna who was wearing a crown. 61.1

Seeing that Rakshasa chief who was similar to a mountain, taking strides across like Lord Narayana, Rama became vigilant. 61.2

Again seeing him who was like appearing like water rich black cloud, wearing a golden bracelet on his arm the army of monkeys started running away. 61.3

Seeing the monkeys running away and Kumbhakarna progressively growing in size, with a great surprise Rama asked Vibheeshana. 61.4

"A valorous Rakshasa who is like a mountain wearing a crown with tawny coloured eyes and looking like a cloud is seen within Lanka. Who is he?" 61.5

'He is the only one with such a huge body and is looking like a comet. Seeing whom all monkeys are running here and there." 61.6

"I am able to see him with a huge size. Is he a Rakshasa or asura and I have not seen such a being any time earlier." 61.7

Asked like this by the prince Rama who never got tired of his actions, the very wise Vibheeshana told the son of Kakustha clan like this. 61.8

"He is the very famous Kumbhakarna the son of Visravas who had defeated the God of death as well as Indra in a battle and there is no other Rakshasa who has his size of the body." 61.9

"Oh Rama, He had conquered thousands of devas, Rakshasas, serpents, asuras, Gandharwas, Vidhyadharas and Kinnaras in battle." 61.10

"The very strong Kumbhakarna has slanted eyes, armed with a spear and the devas were not able to kill him and thought that he was God of death personified." 61.11

"The very strong Kumbhakarna by his nature is energetic and mighty and unlike other Rakshasas these are not attributable to boons." 61.12

"That great one as soon as he was born was affected by very great hunger and ate several thousands of living creatures." 61.13

"While he was eating these living beings, greatly scared others went to Indra and sought his refuge and also told him the reason." 61.14

"The Indra was greatly angry with him and struck him with his Vajrayudha but the great soul Kumbhakarna struck by the weapon of Indra, became greatly agitated and roared loudly due to anger." 61.15

"Hearing further the great roar of the Rakshasa Kumbhakarna, the people were frightened further." 61.16

"The very strong Kumbhakarna became very angry with Indra and pulled out the tusk of Iravatha and struck it on the chest of Indra. 61.17

"Due to the hit of Kumbhakarna, Indra was further enraged and Devas, Brahmin sages and Dhanavas were further aggrieved and went to Lord Brahma." 61.18

"They informed him of the evil acts of Kumbhakarna and told him how he ate living creatures, how he punished the devas, how he destroyed hermitages and how he took away wives of others." 61.19-61.20

They told him, "If he continues to eat all living creatures daily, in a time not far away the world would become empty." 61.21

After hearing the words of Indra, the grandfather of all the world called all Rakshasas and Kumbhakarna was also among them." 61.22

Loird Brahma himself was frightened on seeing Kumbhakarna and for consoling others he cursed Kumbhakarna like this. 61.23

"It is definite that sage Paulasthya created you for the sake of destruction of the world and from now onwards you would sleep looking like dead." 61.24

"Due to the effect of the curse of Brahma, he fell down in front of them and Ravana who was greatly agitated spoke as follows." 61.25

"Oh Lord Brahma, you are trying to cut a golden tree when it is about to bear fruits and it is not proper for you to curse your great grandson like this." 61.26

"There is no doubt that your words would not go in vain. Let him sleep but let there be some gap between his waking up and sleeping." 61.27

Hearing the words of Ravana, Lord Brahma told like this, "Let him sleep for six months and let him keep awake for one day." 61.28

"On a single day this valorous Rakshasa, having starved for six months, he would wander all over the earth and eat the human race with his mouth wide open, like an augmented fire." 61.29

"That Ravana, who got in to sorrowful plight and is frightened by your might, has awakened Kumbhakarna." 61.30

"This greatly valorous Rakshasa has started out of his home and that very angry one is running towards us devouring monkeys on his way." 61.31

"Even by just seeing him, the monkeys have run away and how can they try to stop him in this great battle." 61.32

"Let all monkeys be told that it is a machine which is coming forward and by knowing this they may become fearless." 61.33

Hearing the words of Vibheeshana with the good intention of monkeys to fight, Rama told the following words to commander-in-chief Nila. 61.34

"O Nila the son of fire-god. Go, and arrange the entire army. So that they Occupy the door-ways, high-ways and bridges of Lanka, and stand ready for the battle." 61.35

"Please collect mountain tops, huge trees and stones and let the monkeys armed with these weapons be ready." 61.36

As instructed by Rama, Nila the commander of the monkey army passed orders to the army of monkeys accordingly. 61.37

Then, Gavaksha, Sarabha, Hanuman and Angadha looking like mountains, reached the gate, taking the mountain-tops. 61.38

Hearing the words of Rama those fearless monkeys and took up huge trees and started tormenting those Rakshasas. 61.39

That terrific army of monkeys, with uplifted rocks and trees in their hands, shined like a huge collection of gigantic clouds, hanging close to a mountain. 61.40

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

62. Ravana's Request to Kumbhakarna

[Ravana explains the difficult situation created by the arrival of Rama and the monkey army. He requests Khumbakarna to help him.]

Then that great Rakshasa along with drowsiness of sleep marched through the royal avenue full of royal dignity. 62.1

That one who is extremely difficult to be defeated surrounded by thousands of Rakshasas started going with rain of flowers from the surrounding homes. 62.2

Then he saw the spacious home of the king of Rakshasas, covered with golden grilled windows looking like the shining sun. 62.3

Entering in to Ravana's palace like the sun entering the cloud, he saw his elder brother sitting on a throne like Indra seeing Lord Brahma seated on his seat. 62.4

When he was going to his elder brother's home surrounded by Rakshasas, Kumbhakarna made the earth to shiver with his footsteps. 62.5

When he went to his brother's home and entered the inner apartments, he saw his worried elder one sitting on the Pushpaka Vimana. 62.6

Seeing that Khumbakarna has arrived the ten necked one got up from his seat immediately and with joy brought him near him. 62.7

After sitting on a comfortable seat, the very strong Kumbhakarna saluted his brother and asked him, "what needs to be done?" 62.8

Ravana got up from his seat and embraced Kumbhakarna and when embraced Kumbhakarna became happy by his brother and occupied an auspicious and charming seat. 62.9

Then that very strong Kumbhakarna resting on his seat, with blood shot eyes due to anger said the following. 62.10

"oh king, for what purpose have I been woken up by you with great effort? Tell me from whom do you expect danger for you here and he would be a dead person." 62.11

Brother Ravana, rolling his eyes in annoyance told the following to the very angry Kumbhakarna. 62.12

"Oh strong one, you have been sleeping for a very long time and as you were sleeping you did not know about the great fear that I have from Rama. 62.13

"This strong Rama who is the son of Dasaratha along with Sugreeva after crossing the ocean is cutting short our clan." 62.14

"Alas, Lanka, coming by a bridge the ocean of monkeys have covered the entire Lanka with its forests and gardens." 62.15

"In the battle the monkeys have killed many of the Rakshasa chiefs but I am not able to see reduction in the numbers of the monkeys and the monkeys have also not been defeated in this war so far. 62.16-62.17

"Oh strong one, a very grave danger has arisen and I need your help in destroying them and that is why, you have been woken up." 62.18

"You protect this Lanka whose treasury has become empty and where only children and senior citizens are left over and also rescue me." 62.19

"Oh very strong one, do this difficult to perform act for the sake of your brother and Oh destroyer of enemies, I have never requested like this to any one before this." 62.20

"I have a great respect and affection towards you. Oh the foremost of Rakshasas, several times, in battles between gods and Rakshasas, you conquered Devas and Rakshasas after attacking them in the battle." 62.21

"Oh person of very great valour, since there is no one equal to you in strength in this world, show your complete strength." 62.22

"Oh person who loves war, Oh Rakshasa who loves your relations. , perform this excellent job which is very dear and useful to me as per your liking. By your own luster blow away all these enemies, like a speedy wind blows away all the clouds." 62.23

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

63. Kumbhakarna's Advice to Ravana

[Kumbhakarna tells Ravana that he should have taken heed to advice of Vibheeshana. Ravana gets angry. Kumbhakarna promises to kill Rama as well as the monkey army.]

Hearing to that lamentations of the king of Rakshasas, Kumbhakarna laughed loudly and then told him. 63.1

"In the ministerial advisory meeting, the same bad result was foreseen by some of us and what consequence you are facing is due to utter disregard of the advice of well wishers." 63.2

"Like a doer of wicked deeds falls in to the hell speedily, the punishment for your sinful act has reached you fast." 63.3

"Firstly you did not properly think about this course of action and did not think of its consequence due to sheer arrogance of your valour." 63.4

"He who does duties which ought to have been done earlier later and does duties which ought to be done later, earlier, cannot differentiate between the right and wrong course of action." 63.5

"Action not done at proper time and place gives unexpected results like offering oblations in fire not properly lit gets spoiled." 63.6

"He, who acts according to an agreement reached along with his counsellors after considering three types of duties,* by harnessing five types of means,** moves along a right course." 63.7
* [1] Conclusion of peace through conciliation [2] Acceptance of allegiance through gift [3] Invasion as a method of coercion.
** [1] The method of initiating an actions [2] Personality and material to be worked upon [3] Time and place of action [4] Provision against mischance and [5] Chances of success.

"A king who wants to take action as per Sastras, understands it through his intellect and counsellors as well as friends and takes the right decision." 63.8

"Oh lord of the Rakshasas a man takes action intending to achieve Dharma, Artha and Kama or combinations of any two of them based on a suitable time." 63.9

"If any king or crown prince, having heard about what is the best among these three types of action and does not bother about it, all his learning would be waste." 63.10

"Oh best among the Rakshasas, any intelligent one who discusses with his ministers and decides on giving away, entering in to peace or forging enmity at a particular time as the suitable course or exhibits his valour or resorts to all the three together with or without show of valour or takes proper action or takes improper action at the right time and practices Dharma, Artha or Kama at the appropriate time never faces misfortunes in this world." 63.11-63, 12

"A king should do an act aiming at his welfare in consultation with his ministers who are innately intelligent and who understand the true state of a situation." 63.13

"Men like animal intelligence initiate consultations and want the advisers to tell them advice without knowing about the proposal or without knowing Sastras." 63.14
"The advice given by people who do not know Sastras, who do not know recommendations of books dealing with practical life and who are desirous for great wealth should not be accepted." 63.15

"Those men who talk with audacity, some inimical things in a friendly way, are to be kept out of deliberations, as they certainly spoil the work to be done." 63.16

"Some advisors collude with our intelligent enemies and for bringing down the destruction of their lord, make them do wrong things." 63.17

"The king should investigate and find out his ministers who try to help his enemies who are really enemies though they seem to be friends through their conduct and avoid them in the final consultations." 63.18

"Outsiders quickly find out the fickle decisions made by the king, who is lead away by false appearances, like the birds find out about the hole made in Krouncha mountain." 63.19

"Anyone who does not bother about the enemy and is not bothered to protect himself would face disappointing occurrences and would be removed from his position." 63.20

"The advice given to you earlier by our younger brother is a proper advice to you and his words were beneficial. Please do whatever you want." 63.21

When the ten necked one heard these words of Kumbhakarna, he twisted his eye brows in anger and spoke the following words. 63.22

"You are advising me like a most respectful teacher. What is the use of this speech which makes you tired. Please do at the proper time the proper action." 63.23

"It is a waste of time to mull about wrong actions done earlier either by error or due to illusion of the mind or by taking shelter on valour." 63.24

"Please think about what is the most suitable action now, without thinking about the past, for past has already gone." 63.25

"if you have real affection to me, if you have faith in your valour and if you think that you are fit and if you think that my job indeed has to be done, solve with your strength the problems due to my wrong conduct." 63.26

"He who rescues a suffering soul, whose fortune is ruined is his real friend. He who is ready at hand to help those who have deviated from the right course, is his real relation." 63.27

Kumbhakarna hearing those very harsh words spoken by Ravana with great anger spoke to him in a slow and smooth manner. 63.28

Observing that his brother is angry and perturbed, Kumbhakarna talked gently trying to console him. 63.29

"Oh king, who is the destroyer of your enemies, please listen to me with attention. Enough of giving way to sorrow like this, Oh king of Rakshasas. Give up your anger and become your normal self." 63.30-63.31

"Oh king, as long as I live you should not worry. I would destroy all of them because you are greatly sorrowing." 63.32

Whatever may be your situation, I have to tell you what is good for you, I gave that advice because of our relationship and my brotherly affection to you." 63.33

"Now see what is going to happen in the battle field. I will do the due to your brother as well as relation, and do the destruction of your enemies." 63.34

"Oh great hero, please see my killing Rama and Lakshmana in the battle field and the running away of the monkey army." 63.35

"Oh great hero, I am sure you would be happy on seeing Rama's head brought by me from the war and Sita would be sad." 63.36

"Let all the relatives of Rakshasas of Lanka who have lost their near relatives in battle, see the death of the most beloved Rama today." 63.37

"Today, I shall wipe off tears of the Rakshasas, who have been afflicted with grief and lamenting because of the destruction of their relatives in combat by the enemies." 63.38

"See in today's battle Sugreeva the king of the monkeys who is like a mountain being dissipated like a huge cloud being dissipated by the light of the sun." 63.39

"Oh faultless one, why are you looking agitated when you are being consoled by me and the Rakshasas who are desirous of killing Rama." 63.40

"Oh king of Rakshasas, Rama will kill you only after killing me and I do not have any regrets because of that." 63.41

"Oh very valorous destroyer of enemies, even now you can order me to do anything that you desire and there is no need to send any one else to the battle." 63.42

"I can destroy your enemies, who have a great strength. I can engage in combat with all those persons, whether he is Indra or Yama or the fire-god to the wind-god or even Varuna." 63.43

"Since I have a mountain like huge body and hold a very sharp spear and have very sharp teeth, even Gods gets scared of me." 63.44

"Even when I am not armed with any weapon, no one can stand alive before me as I can smash the enemies by my strength alone." 63.45

"Even when I am not armed with Javelin or mace or sharp arrows, If I get excited, I can even kill Indra with bare hands." 63.46

"If Rama is able to tolerate the speedy blows of my fist, then my flood of arrows would drink the blood of Rama." 63.47

"Oh king, when I am alive why do you suffer because of anxiety? I am now ready to march in to the battle field for the destruction of all your enemies." 63.48

"Please leave out the great fear of Rama, for I am going to kill Raghava, the strong Lakshmana. Sugreeva also Hanuman who destroyed our city of Lanka." 63.49-63.50

"I am going to eat all those monkeys who are near me and I want add extraordinary reputation to you." 63.51

"Oh king even if you fear of Indra or Lord Brahma himself, I would destroy them like the sun removing the darkness for when I get angry, even devas will lay down on the floor." 63.52

"I shall extinguish even Yama the god of death. I shall devour the fire-god. I shall cause the sun along with the stars to fall asunder on the floor." 63.53

"I shall kill Indra, I shall drink the ocean, I shall crush the mountains and I shall tear up the earth." 63.54

"Let all the beings of the world see the valour of Kumbhakarna who has been sleeping for a very long time for I am going to eat all of them and not even the heaven would be sufficient food for me." 63.55-63.56

"I am going to bring you happiness and make you happy by the destruction of Rama. Having killed Rama along with Lakshmana, I shall devour all the chiefs of army of monkeys." 63.57

"Oh king, enjoy yourself, drink as much wine as you like and throw away all your sorrow and do your normal jobs for I am going to send Rama to the world of Yama. Afterwards Sita would start obeying your words." 63.58

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

64. Mahodhara's Advice to Ravana

[Mahodhara tells Kumbhakarna that what he told Ravana was impolite. He also tells him that he should not go to the nettle alone. He then tells a plan to deceive Sita and make her believe that Rama has been killed.]

Hearing those words of the very strong Kumbhakarna with a huge body, Mahodhara told. 64.1

"Though you are born in a great clan you look like one who is a rustic, Being arrogant you do not seem to know what is the right thing to do." 64.2

"It is not correct to say that our king does not know what is prudent and not prudent but you like a child wants to simply talk." 64.3

"That great Rakshasa knows about time and place to do things, knows when to support and when to attack and knows about him as well as others." 64.4

"A wise man would not attempt to disobey and not to serve the elders like one who has rustic brain." 64.5

"You are talking as if Dharma, Artha and Kama have a separate existence but there are no properties known about them to define them." 64.6

"Action is the reason and cause for attaining anything and fruit of prosperity is also obtained by sinful acts." 64.7

"Apart from Dharma and Artha other acts which are unjust but aimed at prosperity also leads one to prosperity." 64.8

"All beings get fruit of good actions in this world and in other worlds but he constantly does actions aimed at carnal pleasures also gets joy in this world." 64.9

"Because of that, the king liked to do such acts aimed at pleasure and it has been approved by us also and what is wrong in doing such acts against the enemy?" 64.10

"As regards your reason for marching alone, it appears to me to be irrelevant and not so good." 64.11

"How will you conquer that Rama single-handed, who all alone killed several Rakshasas in Janasthana." 64.12

"Are you not seeing very many frightened powerful Rakshasas who were conquered by him in Janasthana living in the city." 64.13

"That Rama the son of Dasaratha is like a very angry lion and you wish to awaken that serpent who is now sleeping." 64.14

"Who would be able to approach that Rama, who is forever shining with a splendor, dangerous to catch-up and as unbearable as death?" 64.15

"To me it is doubtful whether you would be able to stand facing him and I do like the idea of your going alone there." 64.16

"When one loses advantage to an enemy, one will not feel like to surrender to the enemy, but when you have an advantage, why should you lay down your life like an uncivilized person?" 64.17

"Oh great Rakshasa how are you proposing to fight with Rama who is greater than all other human beings and who is equal to Indra and the Sun God." 64.18

After speaking like this to the very angry Kumbhakarna, Mahodhara in the middle of Rakshasas told Ravana who makes other people cry. 64.19

"Having already captured the daughter of Videha, why this delay on your part, because if you desire her, she would be submissive to you." 64.20

"I have found out a trick by using which would make Sita obey you and if it is agreeable to your intellect, then please listen to it." 64.21

"Make a public announcement with best of drums that myself, Dvijihva, Samhraadi, Kumbhakarna and Vitardana are the five Rakshasas are setting out for the battle to kill Rama." 64.22

"Then we all would go to the battle-field with effort and offer fight to the enemy and if we conquer the enemies then there is no need for any strategy." 64.23

"But if the enemy is able to survive, we who have fought shall implement the strategy we thought of in our mind." 64.24

"Moistened with blood on having our bodies torn with arrows marked with the name of Rama engraved on them, we shall come back here from the battle." 64.25

We will come and clasp your feet saying "We have already eaten Rama and Lakshmana" and you will fulfill our request. 64.26

"Oh king, then as per our request beating trumpets kept on the back of the elephant, you will get announced that Rama, Lakshmana and their army has been killed." 64.27

"Then being pleased with all of us you arrange to give us who are your servants objects of enjoyment, other objects of desire, slaves and gold." 64.28

"Then, you will present garlands, garments and cosmetics to the great heroes as well as abundant gifts to other warriors and enjoy yourself by drinking." 64.29

"When this thick rumour spreads everywhere that Rama along with his friends have been eaten by the Rakshasas, you approach Sita in private and after restoring her confidence and even conciliating her, tempt her with gold and grain, as well as luxuries and precious stones." 64.30-64.31

"Because of this false news, the fear and sorrow will increase and when she realizes that she has lost her husband, without willingness she will become yours." 64.32

"Convinced that her pretty husband has been lost, due to hopelessness and due to flexible feminineness, she will come under your control." 64.33

"She who has brought up with lot of comforts, who deserves happiness but is sorrowing realizing pleasure depends on you will come under your control." 64.34

"After deep thought, I have conveyed this to you. As soon as you see Rama, a calamity will happen to you. While you stay here itself without fighting, you will obtain a great benefit of happiness. Do not become restless." 64.35

"Oh king, An emperor who conquers his enemies without losing his army, without meeting with danger and without a combat will obtain for long, a great fame, merit, prosperity and glory." 64.36

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

65. Kumbhakarna at Battle Field

[Ravana makes fun of Mahodhara and permits Kumbhakarna to march ahead along with protective army. Kumbhakarna assumes a huge form marches ahead terrifying all the monkeys.]

Hearing the words of Mahodhara, Kumbhakarna rebuked him and told his brother Ravana who was the king of Rakshasas. 65.1

"Leave out the horrible fear that you have towards the bad soul Rama because I am going to wipe him off. Be happy without enmity. 65.2

"Valorous heroes do not roar like a waterless cloud and see me roaring on completion of my task." 65.3

"Heroes do not indulge in self-praise and without advertising they would complete very difficult tasks." 65.4

"Oh Mahodhara your words are suitable to the kings who are confused or those who are stupid but consider themselves as learned." 65.5

"You are all cowards and tell the king what is pleasing him and you do things according to wishes of the king leading to destruction of jobs undertaken." 65.6

"Gaining control of the king, pretending to be friendly with him, you have depleted the treasury, got his army destroyed and made him alone in the town of Lanka." 65.7

"With the only aim in conquering the enemy, I shall go the battle today, to set right the wrong policies advised by you." 65.8

When the king of Rakshasas heard these words of great prowess from Kumbhakarna, he burst out laughing and told. 65.9

"Oh brother who is an expert in warfare, there is no doubt that Mahodhara is scared of Rama and that he is not inclined to a war. 65.10

"Oh Kumbhakarna there is no one who loves me like you or any one of your strength and so go and kill the enemy and return after victory." 65.11

"Oh destroyer of enemies, You who were sleeping was summoned by me towards the destruction of the enemy and this period is indeed great." 65.12

"So go armed with your spear like God of death with his noose and eat away all the monkeys and those princes ho shine like Sun." 65.13

"Just by looking at your form, all the monkeys would run away and the hearts of Rama and Lakshmana would be broken down." 65.14

The chief of the Rakshasas after talking like this to the greatly lustrous and very strong Kumbhakarna felt as if he has taken another birth. 65.15

Knowing about the great strength of Kumbhakarna and also his great prowess, the king was greatly delighted and looked as bright as the moon. 65.16

The very strong Kumbhakarna who was spoken to in this manner by the king, being ready to fight marched from there. 65.17

That destroyer of enemies speedily took a splendidly lustrous sharp spear made of iron, which was decorated by Gold. 65.18

Taking hold of that large spear tainted with the blood of enemies which was shining like Indra's thunderbolt and equally heavy, capable of tormenting Devas, Rakshasas, Gandharwas, Yakshas and Nagas, wreathed in garlands of crimson flowers with excessive splendor and emitting flames by itself naturally, Kumbhakarna of great brilliance spoke to Ravana the following words. 65.19-65.20

"I am going alone there angry with great hunger, leaving the army here and I will eat Monkeys who are there." 65.21

When Ravana heard the words of Kumbhakarna he told, "Go surrounded by the army armed with spears and maces." 65.22

"The great monkey, who get speedily ready for anything, will destroy any one who is alone or not careful." 65.23

"So go surrounded by an army of Rakshasas very difficult to defeat, go and kill all our enemies." 65.24

Rising up swiftly from his throne, Ravana endowed with a great energy, then placed around the neck of Kumbhakarna, a necklace studded with Manikhya gems. 65.25

Ravana placed on the person of Kumbhakarna, armlets, rings, excellent jewels and a handsome necklace. 65.26

Ravana made him wear auspicious sweet smelling garlands on all his limbs and gave him ear studs for his ear. 65.27

Kumbhakarna who had very large ears wearing armlet and bracelets on his upper arms along with ornaments for his breast, shined like fire fed with oblations. 65.28

With a large, black and shining string worn round his loins, he was looking like Mandara mountain encircled by a serpent at the time of churning for Amrutham [nectar]. 65.29

Wearing a very heavy golden armour which cannot be pierced by weapons and shining like lightning, that king shined like the king of mountains, covered by clouds at sunset. 65.30

Decorated by ornaments in all his limbs and holding a spear that Rakshasa shined like Lord Vishnu in the incarnation of Trivikrama who was enthusiastic. 65.31

After hugging his brother and also after going around him and saluting him with a bent head that very strong man departed. 65.32

Along with the departing of the huge bodied and strong one, he also made huge sound and blessings. 65.33

He who was a great charioteer was also accompanied by elephants, horses, chariots driven by expert charioteers making great sound and also loud sound created by conches and drums. 65.34

The very strong Kumbhakarna who was terrifying was also followed by Rakshasas riding on serpents, camels, donkeys, lions, elephants, wild beasts and birds. 65.35

When he who was the enemy of Devas and Dhanavas armed with a sharp spear departed, a parasol covered with showers of flowers was held over his head and he was intoxicated by the smell of bird and drinks. 65.36

Many Rakshasas, possessing a great energy and great strength, with terrific forms and fearful eyes, as also wielding weapons in their hands, accompanied him as foot-soldiers. 65.37

The Rakshasas who were difficult to be defeated followed, with their red hot eyes, large colossal bodies resembling a mass of collyrium in colour, lifting up spears, swords, sharp axes, javelins, iron rods, maces, mallets and enormous trunks of Palmyra trees. 65.38-65.39

Then, that Kumbhakarna, of a great luster and a great strength, assuming another body of a formidable and terrific form, with a breadth of a hundred bows and six hundred bows in height, with his eyes resembling the wheels of a cart, looking like a huge mountain and terrible to look at, departed. 65.40-65.41

That huge Kumbhakarna who resembled a huge scorched mountain and who had a very huge mouth laughing loudly told the Rakshasas. 65.42

"Now with great anger I would burn that army of monkey chiefs in lots like a flame of fire would burn the moths." 65.43

"Of their own accord those monkeys who wander in the forest have not offended me and those monkeys are used in gardens of city like us for entertainment. 65.44

"The primary cause for attacking of our city is Rama accompanied by Lakshmana and suppose we kill them all others are killed and so I will kill Rama today." 65.45

When Kumbhakarna was speaking this way to the Rakshasas all of them gave rise to a loud noise which is likely to agitate the ocean. 65, 46

When the greatly powerful Kumbhakarna was departing, from all sides many omens of several evil forms appeared. 65.47

Ash coloured clouds resembling donkeys combined with meteors and streaks of lightning appeared and the earth trembled along with forests and oceans. 65.48

Terrifying looking foxes howled with burning morsels in their mouth and birds flew in circles from right to left. 65.49

A vulture came and sat on the spear of Kumbhakarna as he was marching on the road and his left eye twitched and his left arm throbbed. 65.50

A burning meteor fell down with huge sound, the sun became lusterless and wind was not blowing comfortably. 65.51

Not bothering about these evil omens which caused his hair to stand erect, Kumbhakarna marched on, driven by fate. 65.52

After crossing the ramparts by feet, that mountain like Kumbhakarna saw the wonderful army of monkeys who looked like a thick spread of clouds. 65.53

Then those monkeys who saw the Rakshasa chief looking like a mountain, like the cloud dispersed by wind ran away from there. 65.54

Noticing that highly fierce army of monkeys, running away to different directions, similar to a net-work of broken clouds, that Kumbhakarna with the hue of a black cloud, highly rejoiced and repeatedly gave out a roar-like thunder. 65.55

Hearing his terrific roar, similar to the rumbling of the cloud in the sky, many of those monkeys fell down on the ground, like Sala trees cut-up by the roots. 65.56

That great Kumbhakarna carrying a huge iron rod and marching for the destruction of his enemies looked like Lord Yama with his punishing rod at the time of deluge and caused great fear among the monkeys. 65.57

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