Yuddha Kandam

66. Monkeys Frightened on Seeing Kumbhakarna

[When Kumbhakarna marched in to the battle field, most of the monkeys started running away. Angadha and other monkey leaders try to dissuade them. Mostly they fail in their mission.]

After crossing the ramparts of Lanka, that great one who was similar to a mountain quickly marched out of the city. 66.1

He shouted loudly make the sea shiver. the mountains shake and making the thunder look small before his voice. 66.2

Seeing that Rakshasa with huge eyes, who could not be defeated by Indra, the lord of clouds or Yama the God of death and Varuna the God of ocean, all the monkeys ran away. 66.3

Seeing them running away Angadha, the son of Vali told like this to Nala, Nila Gavaksha and the mighty Kumuda as follows. 66.4

"Where are you going like common monkeys, forgetting your valour and nobility and trembling with fear." 66.5

"Oh gentle monkeys return and why are you protecting your lives? This Rakshasa is not a great expert in war but he is a mere toy of terror." 66.6

"Oh great monkeys by our valour we shall destroy this very great toy produced by the Rakshasas and so please come back." 66.7

With difficulty after convincing themselves, all of them assembled and holding trees in their hands, they proceeded towards the battle field. 66.8

Those monkeys who were like the elephants in rut, after coming back, with great anger hurriedly hit Kumbhakarna. 66.9

In spite of being hit by lofty mountain tops, rocks and flowering trees that very strong one did not shake. 66.10

The rocks that fell on his body broke in to hundreds of pieces and those flowering trees broke and fell on the ground. 66.11

He became greatly enraged and crushed the army of monkeys who were greatly lustrous like a raging fire wood consume a forest. 66.12

Many great monkey chiefs fell down on the earth bathed in blood, resembling huge trees with red flowers. 66.13

Without looking back those monkeys jumped and ran from there. While some of them fell in the ocean some went to the sky. 66.14

When some of the Rakshasas playfully killed some of the monkeys others ran away by the same path by which they had crossed the ocean. 66.15

Some of the monkeys became pale faced due to great fear, some ran away to mounds and low grounds. Some bears climbed on trees and some escaped running to the hill. 66.16

Some were drowned in the ocean. Some escaped into the caves. Some others escaped but some could not even stand stable on the ground and fell down. Some lied down, as though they were dead. 66.17

When he saw the monkeys retreating from there Angadha spoke these words, "Stay there. We will now fight the battle and so you can come back." 66.18

"I can not to find a place where you can live after retreating from here, even if you search all over the world. Why are you bothered to save your lives. Please come back." 66.19

"Oh monkeys who are freely running away, seeing you like this running away leaving your weapons here, your wives would make fun of you and so while living you would be equal to being dead." 66.20

"All of us are born in well-known greatly established clans and why are you getting scared like ordinary monkeys. It is ungentlemanly for you to run away leaving all your valour here." 66.21-66.22

"Where did all the boasting words that were told by you in front of other people when you departed for the battle fade away." 66.23

"The cowards who survive would have to hear berating from other people and so let us follow the path of good people and so please abandon this fear." 66.24

"If our fated life span is short then we shall be killed by enemies, fall down on this earth and reach the land of Brahma, which cannot be attained by bad warriors." 66.25

"Let us kill our enemies and attain glory and fame and if we are by chance killed we would attain the heaven of the valorous ones." 66.26

"If Kumbhakarna sees the sons of Kakustha clan, he would not go back alive, like the moths coming near a burning fire." 66.27

"Suppose we run away with intention of protecting our lives just from one person, our fame would be destroyed. 66.28

Those monkeys without valour who were fleeing away told the following words to the valorous Angadha who was wearing a golden armlet. 66.29

"The horrifying battle so far we fought with Kumbhakarna is sufficient for us. Since our life is dear to us, it is not time to stay back but flee from here." 66.30

Saying these words, those monkey warriors who saw the huge bodied Kumbhakarna with huge eyes scattered in different directions. 66.31

And those fleeing warrior monkeys after hearing the coaxing words of Angadha which convinced them returned back. 66.32

Having been thus cheered up by the son of Vali, those commanders of monkey army stood waiting for his command. 66.33

Rishabha, Sharabha, Mainda, Dhumra, Neela, Kumuda, Sushena, Gavaksha, Rambha, Tara and more particularly Dvipada, Panasa and Hanuman marched ahead very quickly, with their faces turned towards the battle. 66.34

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

67. Rama Kills Kumbhakarna

[A terrible battle takes place between all the monkey chiefs and Kumbhakarna. He inflicts great punishment on them. When he was trying to kill Sugreeva, he bites the ears and nose of Kumbhakarna. When Lakshmana tries to fight with him, he marches towards Rama who kills him.]

Those huge bodied ones who returned back hearing the words of Angadha, with a firm resolution were waiting for the battle. 67.1

All those monkeys encouraged by the mighty words of Angadha with greatly increased energy and confidence were extremely happy since they were determined to die and went with determination to abandon their lives and engaged themselves in a tumultuous battle. 67.2-67.3

The monkeys taking in their huge trees and the top of the mountains speedily ran towards Kumbhakarna. 67.4

The valorous Kumbhakarna with a huge body greatly angry lifted the mace and drove away all the monkeys after frightening them. 67.5

Seven hundred, eight hundred and thousands hit by Kumbhakarna lay sprawled and scattered on the ground. 67.6

The very angry Kumbhakarna caught sixteen or eight or ten or even twenty or thirty monkeys and started eating them like Garuda ate the serpents. 67.7

Those monkeys whose confidence was restored with lot of effort assembled together and stood on all sides of the battle field with trees and rocks in their hands. 67.8

The great monkey Dvividha uprooted a mountain similar to a hanging cloud ran towards Kumbhakarna who stood like a mountain peak. 67.9

That monkey sprang and hurled that mountain aimed at Kumbhakarna but it did not reach him but fell on his army. 67.10

That best of the mountains crushed horses, elephants and chariots and another mountain top crushed the Rakshasas. 67.11

The battle field of Rakshasas became wet with blood of the dead Rakshasas, horses and charioteers killed by the fall of that mountain. 67.12

The Rakshasas, who were riding the chariot, who resembled the god of death at deluge, made huge sound and at once cut off with arrows the heads of the chiefs of monkeys. 67.13

The great and strong monkeys also uprooted huge trees and started destroying the chariots, horses, camels as well as Rakshasas. 67.14

Hanuman who stayed on the sky started throwing mountains, rocks and various trees aimed at the head of Kumbhakarna. 67.15

That Kumbhakarna with his spear broke those mountain tops and shattered those trees which were being rained on him. 67.16

AT this holding the fierce spear, Kumbhakarna ran towards that fierce army but in front of him Hanuman stood holding a mountain peak in his hands. 67.17

Then with great anger he struck Kumbhakarna with great speed using the very huge mountain and Kumbhakarna stumbled a little with his succulent limbs bleeding slightly. 67.18

He who was looking like a lustrous mountain peak holding that lightning spear tightly hit Hanuman on the chest like Lord Subrahmanya hit the Krouncha Mountain with his great javelin. 67.19

Struck by that mighty spear on his wide chest in that battle, Hanuman became perturbed, vomited blood from his mouth and roared like thunderous clouds at the time of great deluge. 67.20

When the Rakshasas saw the very perturbed Hanuman they suddenly shouted with great joy and the monkeys felt restless and oppressed with fear and ran away from the battle with Kumbhakarna. 67.21

Then after cheering up the army and stopping them, the very strong Neela hurled a mountain top on the very great Kumbhakarna. 67.22

Seeing the mountain coming at him Kumbhakarna stuck it with his fist and that mountain top and it broke in to pieces and fell down on the ground with sparks of fire. 67.23

The five very heroic monkeys, viz. Rishabha, Sharabha, Neela, Gavaksha and Gandhamadana marched ahead quickly towards Kumbhakarna. 67.24

Those five monkeys struck the large bodied Kumbhakarna from all sides with stones, tress, palm of their hands and feet. 67.25

Kumbhakarna felt that those blows were merely touches and was not perturbed and he caught hold of the agitated Rishabha in his hands. 67.26

Hurt by the hands of Kumbhakarna that great monkey and fell down with blood coming out of his mouth. 67.27

Then, in that great fight, the very angry Kumbhakarna, the enemy of Indra, beat Sharabha with his fist and Neela with his knee, struck Gavaksha with the palm of his hand and struck Gandhamadana violently with his feet. 67.28-67.29

Greatly perturbed by the blows received by them being made wet by blood, the monkeys got scared and fell down like a chopped Kimsuka tree. 67.30

Seeing the great monkey chiefs falling on earth, thousands of monkeys ran towards Kumbhakarna. 67.31

Those very strong monkey heroes, who were similar to mountains climbed on him who was himself looking like a huge mountain, jumped on him and also bit him. 67.32

Those bull like monkeys attacked Kumbhakarna with nails, teeth, fists and arms. 67.33
That mountain like Kumbhakarna, with thousands of monkeys climbing on him looked like a mountain full of overgrown trees. 67.34

That very strong one caught all of them by his hands and started eating them like Garuda starts eating the serpents. 67.35

Being thrown in his mouth which looked like a nether world, those monkeys came out of his ears and nostrils. 67.36

That great Rakshasa who was equal to a mountain became angry, broke the monkeys before he started eating them. 67.37

That Rakshasa made the earth wet with blood and flesh, like an excited fire at the time of deluge and

started walking here and there among the monkey armies. 67.38

Like Indra with his Vajrayudha and like the Yama, the god of death with his Goad, Kumbhakarna who was armed with the spear shined. 67.39

Like the fire burning the dried up forest in the autumn, Kumbhakarna was swiftly burning away the monkey army. 67.40

Those monkeys without a commander and having their warriors been killed with a great fear roared in rebellious voices. 67.41

When Kumbhakarna was killing large number of monkeys, the monkeys with distressed mind sought the protection of Rama. 67.42

Seeing those defeated monkeys Angadha, the grandson of Indra ran with great speed towards Kumbhakarna. 67.43

Holding a peak of mountain in his hand and roaring again and again, making the Rakshasas scared he followed Kumbhakarna and threw the peak of the mountain on the head of Kumbhakarna. 67.44

Struck on his head by the king of the mountain by the enemy, Kumbhakarna shined in great anger and Struck with great speed the very angry son of Vali. 67.45-67.46

Kumbhakarna with his very great roar scared all the monkeys and threw his spear on Angadha with great anger. 67.47

But that expert in warfare knowing that spear was going to fall on him, that great monkey chief who was very strong artfully avoided it. 67.48

Speedily jumping up Angadha stuck the chest of Kumbhakarna with his palm violently in anger and thus struck, the mountain like Kumbhakarna became giddy. 67.49

When he regained his consciousness, that strong Rakshasa threw down Angadha by hitting him with his fist and Angadha fell down unconsciousness. 67.50

When the tiger like great monkey fell on the earth, Kumbhakarna holding his spear ran towards Sugreeva, the king of Rakshasas. 67.51

Seeing the very strong Kumbhakarna rushing towards him, the valorous Sugreeva, the king of monkeys sprang up all at once. 67.52

He lifting a top of the mountain and tightly holding it Sugreeva ran towards the very strong Kumbhakarna with great speed. 67.53

Seeing that Sugreeva was dangerously coming towards him, Kumbhakarna braced all his limbs and stood facing the king of monkeys. 67.54

Seeing Kumbhakarna who had his body coated with monkey blood as he had several great monkeys, Sugreeva told him. 67.55

"You have done a very difficult job my making great monkeys fall and have earned much greater fame by eating them." 67.56

"Leave out those monkeys. What will you do with common beings? And now try to bear this mountain which is going to be hurled by me." 67.57

Hearing those words of strength as spoken by the king of monkeys, that tiger like Rakshasa Kumbhakarna told. 67.58

"Oh monkey, you are the grandson of Brahma, being the son Riksharaja and you are endowed with firmness and valour. Why are you roaring?" 67.59

After hearing the words of Kumbhakarna Sugreeva who was holding the mountain firmly hurled it and it struck Kumbhakarna on his chest and it was as strong as Vajrayudha of Indra. 67.60

As soon as it struck his broad chest that top of the mountain was destroyed in to pieces and the monkeys were greatly distressed and Rakshasas rejoiced and roared. 67.61

Struck on his chest by the mountain top, Kumbhakarna became very angry and shouted in a loud voice with mouth open due to anger and then he threw his shining spear for the sake of killing the king of the monkeys. 67.62

Then the son of wind god, jumped up and held that very sharp, ornamented with golden wreath which was thrown by hands of Kumbhakarna and broke it repeatedly. 67.63

Then that happy Hanuman placed his knee on the spear made of twenty thousand measures of iron and broke it. 67.64

The monkey army rejoiced at seeing Hanuman breaking that spear and roared loudly several times and came back from all directions. 67.65

Then the scared Rakshasa became listless and all the monkeys made the roar of a lion, seeing the broken condition of the spear and they respected Hanuman. 67.66

Seeing that his great spear being broken that way, that great leader of Rakshasas became angry and uprooted the peak of the Malaya Mountain which was near Lanka and going near Sugreeva beat him with it. 67.67

Hit by the mountain Sugreeva fell unconscious on the ground and seeing him lose his consciousness in the battle ground the monkeys became very sad. 67.68

That king of Rakshasas caught hold of Sugreeva who had a wonderful strength and Kumbhakarna took him away like a wind takes away a cloud. 67.69

Then Kumbhakarna who was shining like mount Meru having a formidable peak, lifted up Sugreeva who was lying like a huge cloud in the sky. 67.70

Then praised by the Rakshasas who were involved in the battle and hearing the sound of the devas wondering about the imprisonment of Sugreeva the valiant chief of Rakshasas further marched. 67.71

Having caught hold of Sugreeva who was looking like Indra, that Kumbhakarna who was the enemy of Indra and who had strength of Indra and thought, "If this Sugreeva is killed, all his army including Rama would be destroyed." 67.72

That very intelligent Hanuman who was the son of wind god, seeing his army of monkeys were running away and Sugreeva being taken away thought. 67.73

"What act can be done by me when Sugreeva has been caught? I shall definitely do an act of justice now. Growing in to a size of a mountain I shall kill this Kumbhakarna." 67.74-67.75

"Let all the monkeys become happy when I release the king of monkeys and the body of Kumbhakarna is crumbled by my blows of my fists and killed in the battle." 67.76

"Apart from this our king himself can get his freedom, even if he is caught by devas including Rakshasas and serpents." 67.77

"I have a feeling that that the king of monkeys is unconscious due to his being smashed by Kumbhakarna by a mountain." 67.78

"Within a moment Sugreeva would regain his consciousness in this great battle and do what is good for himself and monkeys." 67.79

"If I am able to give freedom to Sugreeva now there would be great painful dislike for Kumbhakarna and reduction in his fame." 67.80

"Because of that I would wait for a short time, so that the king can exhibit his prowess and till that time I would console the army of monkeys." 67.81

Thinking like this, that Hanuman who was the son of wind god again brought firm order in the large army of monkeys. 67.82

Taking the great monkey who was breathing, Kumbhakarna entered the city of Lanka, where he was greatly honoured by showers of best of flowers by those citizens who were residing in towers, streets, houses and spires. 67.83
Served by the showers in the royal avenues of popped rice and scented water which were cool, the very strong Sugreeva regained his consciousness slowly. 67.84

The great Sugreeva who was lying on the shoulders of the mighty Kumbhakarna. after he regained consciousness, observed the royal avenue and thought. 67.85

"After having been caught this way, what am I supposed to do? It would be better if I do a suitable action that would be beneficial to the monkeys." 67.86

Thinking that way that monkey chief tore the ears and nose of that enemy of Indra, by his teeth, ribs and feet. 67.87

Torn by the teeth and nails of Sugreeva, Kumbhakarna lost his ears as well as nose and his body was coated with blood and becoming greatly angry, he threw Sugreeva down on earth and crushed him. 67.88

Crushed on the floor by the very huge Kumbhakarna of great strength and struck by the other Rakshasas, Sugreeva moved with great speed like a ball towards the sky and went near Rama. 67.89

The strong Kumbhakarna without his nose and ears, with the blood pouring out of those wounds resembled a mountain with waterfalls. 67.90

Bathed in blood that very huge Rakshasa who was the brother of Ravana had a frightful look and vomited blood and looked like a mountain of black collyrium and shined like a cloud in the light of dusk. And turning his face towards the battle ground, that huge Rakshasas made up his mind to fight further in the battle. 67.91-67.92

After Sugreeva went away, that enemy of Indra with great anger marched towards the battle field and realizing that he does not have any weapon, he took a mace in his hand. 67.93

That great one who left the city with speed then started eating the huge army of monkeys like the blazing fire at the time of final deluge. 67.94

Going inside huge army of monkeys, Kumbhakarna who was very hungry ate flesh and blood, due to his deep illusion in the battle and ate away even the Rakshasas, monkeys and bears. He swallowed the monkey chiefs just as the death devours people at the time of the end of the world. 67.95

He caught hold of the monkeys as well as Rakshasas in ones, twos, threes and in many numbers and started hurling them inside his mouth. 67.96

Being beaten by huge mountains by those monkeys that very strong one gushed out blood and flesh but continued to eat the monkeys. 67.97

Those monkeys who were being eaten away went and sought the protection of Rama and the hugely angry Kumbhakarna continued eating the monkeys and marched ahead. 67.98

Catching hold of hundred, a seven, an eight, a twenty and a thirty monkeys with his hands, that Kumbhakarna was swallowing the monkeys and running about in the battle field. 67.99

With his entire body covered with blood, flesh and marrow and with wreaths of viscera hanging over his ears, that Rakshasa with sharp teeth rained spears at those monkeys and looked like the God of death rising up at the time of final deluge. 67.100

At that time Lakshmana the son of Sumithra who was the killer of his enemy armies with great anger started to fight with him. 67.101

That valorous one pierced the body of Kumbhakarna with seven arrows and took many more arrows and shot at him. 67.102

Troubled by those arrows of Lakshmana, that Rakshasa completely destroyed them and then the very strong Lakshmana flew in to further rage. 67.103

Then Lakshmana covered Kumbhakarna's golden shining armour with his arrows, like a gale completely making a cloud disappear. 67.104

Then that Rakshasa who resembled a mountain of collyrium who was greatly troubled by those arrows shined in his golden ornaments like a sun hidden by the clouds. 67.105

Then that huge Rakshasas spoke to the one who increased the happiness of Sumithra in a disrespectful manner in a voice resembling the sound of multiple clouds. 67.106

"You have announced your valour in this battle by fearlessly attacking me, who has even conquered the god of death." 67.107

"Anyone who can stand before me who is like a god of death holding a weapon in this battle deserves to be honoured and what to say of one who wages a fight against me." 67.108

"Indra, the lord of devas riding on his Iravatha elephant was not able to sand before me in a battle." 67.109

"Oh son of Sumithra, I greatly appreciate your strength as well as valour but taking leave from you, I would like to fight with Rama." 67.110

"Though I am extremely happy with your valour, strength and exuberance in this battle, I would like to fight alone with Rama and kill him so that this army would be also killed." 67.111

"As soon as I kill Rama in this battle, I would make my army fight with those who remain here and get all of them killed." 67.112

Addressing that Rakshasa who spoke to him words of praise, Lakshmana laughingly told these terrifying words. 67.113

"Oh Valorous one, you told me about your unbearable valour when you faced Lord Indra and I also saw your valour and saw that it is true,. See That Rama who is standing there like a stable mountain." 67.114

Hearing it, the strong Rakshasas Kumbhakarna ignored Lakshmana, crossed past him and ran towards Rama, making the earth shake like an earth quake. 67.115-67.116

Then Rama the son of Dasaratha sent the sharp Roudhra arrow, aimed at the chest of Kumbhakarna. 67.117

While the angry Kumbhakarna was running towards Rama, he was stuck by this arrow and flames of fire mixed with charcoal came out from his face. 67.118

That great Rakshasa who was struck by the arrow of Rama Roared terribly in great anger and driving away the monkeys in the battle, ran himself towards Rama. 67.119

Those arrows decorated with the plumes of peacock went in to his chest and his mace fell off from his hand and he fell on the ground. 67.120

Then all his weapons fell down and got scattered on the floor and the very strong one without any weapons, thought himself as a weapon and fought fiercely with his fists and arms. 67.121

Kumbhakarna whose body was pierced by arrows which struck fiercely, due to profuse bleeding looked like mountain pouring forth cascades. 67.122

Due to extreme anger and numbed by the blood flow he went on wandering swallowing the monkeys Rakshasas and bears. 67.123

Then that huge bodied one of great valour uprooted a mountain and threw that fearful mountain peak on Rama. 67.124

Before that peak of the mountain reached Rama, he using his well-known bow and seven arrows which travel straight broke the mountain in the middle. 67.125

Then Rama the elder brother of Bharata who observed Dharma split that large mountain peak using his variegated arrows of gold. 67.126

That Meru like mountain peak which was shining with splendor while falling down caused two hundred monkeys to fall down. 67.127

At that time Lakshmana the follower of Dharma after thinking about various strategies to kill Kumbhakarna spoke to Rama. 67.128

"Oh king, he is not able to differentiate between monkeys and Rakshasas and possibly by the intoxication caused by the smell of blood, he is not able to recognize his persons and others." 67.129

"Let the monkey chiefs climb on him from all sides and let the monkey soldiers follow their leaders stand round him." 67.130

"When we do that due the very heavy weight resting on him, that evil minded Rakshasas could be made to crawl on the ground and then he cannot kill other monkeys. 67.131

Hearing those words of the prince who was intelligent the monkeys climbed on the body of Kumbhakarna and rested there. 67.132

When the monkeys climbed up on Kumbhakarna, he became greatly anger and violently shook off all of them like a violent elephant shakes off its mahout. 67.133

Rama seeing the monkeys, understanding that Kumbhakarna was angry, being shaken off jumped up and went towards that Rakshasa armed with an excellent bow. 67.134

The valorous Rama with eyes red due to anger and appearing capable of burning everything walked with great speed marched towards that Rakshasa called Kumbhakarna causing joy to the monkey leaders. 67.135-67.136

Holding that excellent a variegated gold ornamented bow which looked like a serpent and having a firmly fastened cord to it and with a quiver full of excellent arrows tied on his back Rama quickly marched forward. 67.137

The strong and valorous Rama who was very difficult to be defeated accompanied by Lakshmana marched ahead surrounded by the army of monkeys. 67.138

Then he saw the great Kumbhakarna who was a terror to his enemies and who was wearing a crown, with eyes red with great anger. 67.139

Rama saw him angry, searching and chasing away the monkeys like the elephants guarding directions and surrounded by the very angry Rakshasas. 67.140

Rama saw that Kumbhakarna, looking like Vindhya and Mandara mountains, adorned with armlets of gold, emitting blood from his mouth and appearing alike a rising rainy cloud. 67.141

Rama saw him licking his blood drenched corners of his mouth and trampling on the army of monkeys and looking like Yama the God of death. 67.142

Seeing that chief of Rakshasas who was looking like a burning flame, that excellent man stretched his bow. 67.143

That great Rakshasa not able to tolerate the twang sound of the bow ran towards Raghava. 67.144

Then Rama spoke the dashing Kumbhakarna, looking similar to a cloud driven by the wind and whose arms were looking like the coiled serpent Vasuki. 67.145

"Oh leader of Rakshasas, please come and do not be sad. I am standing here holding the bow in my hand. Please know me as the destroyer of Rakshasa clan; I would be killing you within a second." 67.146

Knowing that he is Rama, he laughed in a rebellious tone and being enraged towards the monkeys he drove them away. 67.147

As if he wanted to break the heart of all the monkeys, he laughed loudly and unnaturally, resembling the thunder of a cloud and spoke the following words to Rama. 67.148

"I am not Viradha nor Kabandha nor Khara nor Vali nor Mareecha. I am Kumbhakarna has who arrived here." 67.149

"Please see this great and huge mace which is completely made of iron and I have conquered devas and Dhanavas with it." 67.150

"You should not treat me with contempt for not having nose and ears as I do not have even a little agony for losing my ears and nose." 67.151

"Oh tiger of the Ikshuvaku clan show your prowess on my limbs and after seeing your valour and heroism I would eat you up." 67.152

After hearing these words of Kumbhakarna Rama, released arrows with plumes and though they struck with the speed of the thunderbolt, The Rakshasa was not shaken nor affected. 67.153

Those arrows which pierced the Sala trees and also killed the monkey chief Vali could not hurt the diamond like body of Kumbhakarna. 67.154

His body took in those arrows like a mountain takes in water and that Kumbhakarna using his hammer with terrible speed and stopped arrows of Rama coming with terrible speed. 67.155

Then using with great speed that hammer smeared with blood, which is capable of frightening the army of devas, he scared away the army of monkeys. 67.156

Rama hurled a divine arrow called Vayavya at the Rakshasa and chopped off his hand along with the hammer and with his arm chopped off he roared greatly. 67.157

His hand which resembled the peak of a mountain chopped off by the arrows of Rama along with I the hammer fell on the monkey army and killed that army of monkeys. 67.158

Those monkeys who had escaped being broken or killed, though unhappy with their tormenting limbs changing their sides saw the horrifying battle between the king and the lord of the Rakshasas. 67.159

Having one of his arm being cut off by an arrow, that Kumbhakarna uprooted a sala tree with his other hand and ran towards the lord of men, in that battle. 67.160

Rama using the Indra arrow which was decorated by peculiar gold pattern cut off that hand which held the Sala tree which resembled a coiled serpent. 67.161

That arm of Kumbhakarna which resembled a hill when chopped off fell down on the ground and moving here and there it dashed against trees, rocks, monkeys and Rakshasas 67.162

Seeing that Kumbhakarna with his arms chopped off was, coming abruptly upon him, Rama taking two sharp arrows with a shape of a half-moon each, chopped off the feet of the Rakshasa in that battle. 67.163

Those feet fell down creating a very huge sound everywhere and in all directions and even in caves, in the great ocean, in the city of Lanka and also in the army of monkeys and Rakshasas. 67.164

Widely opening his mouth like fire of the digestion and roaring Kumbhakarna whose arms and feet were cut off, ran on thighs quickly towards Rama, like Rahu towards the moon. 67.165

Rama filled up the mouth of the Rakshasa with sharp arrows having gold covering and with mouth full of arrows Kumbhakarna was not able to speak and fainted. 67.166

Then Rama got hold of Indra arrow [Indrasthra], shining like sun and resembled the staff of Lord Brahma and also like the weapon of the God of death, which was sharp and had the speed of wind. 67.167

That arrow decorated with gold and inlaid with diamond was shining like the dazzling sun as well as fire and competed in speed with the Vajrayudha of Indra. 67.168

That arrow shot by Rama was resembling the smokeless fire and had the energy of Indra's Vajrayudha illuminated all the ten directions and proceeded forward. 67.169

That Rama cut off the head of Kumbhakarna which was like a huge mountain peak, which had well rounded protruding teeth and was wearing quivering silver ear rings, similar the chopping off of the head of Vrithra by lord Indra. 67.170

The great head of Kumbhakarna which was adorned by ear studs shined like the moon when the Punarvasu star has risen up at night.. 67.171 That head which fell after it was hit by the arrow of Rama broke the buildings on the royal avenue, the gates of Royal Avenue and also broke a high rampart. 67.172

Then the huge body of the Rakshasa which had great splendor fell in to the sea and it crushed alligators, pretty fishes and snakes and entered the bowels of the earth. 67.173

When the strong Kumbhakarna who was the enemy of Brahmins and devas was killed, the entire earth shook along with the mountains and Devas roared with joy. 67.174

Then the Deva sages, great sages, serpents, devas, bhoothas, Suparna birds, Guhyakas, troops of Yakshas and Gandharwas who were standing in the sky rejoiced. 67.175

By mere sight of Rama, the relations of Ravana were greatly perturbed at his killing of Kumbhakarna who was intelligent and roared like elephants that happened to see a lion. 67.176

Like the Sun shines in the world of devas after getting out of the mouth of Rahu, Rama shined in the midst of monkey army after killing Kumbhakarna in a battle. 67.177

Several monkeys were overjoyed with their faces looking like a fully open lots flower and honoured Rama, who was difficult to be attacked and is a beloved young man possessing terrible strength. 67.178

After killing Kumbhakarna who had earlier tormented the army of devas and who never faced defeat at any time in great battles, the elder brother of Bharatha became happy like Indra became happy after killing Vruthrasura. 67.179

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

68. Ravana Wails for Kumbhakarna's Death

[Ravana is greatly sorrowing and greatly disturbed. He does not want to live without Khumbakarna. He feels that he should first take revenge on Rama and then die.]

Seeing that Kumbhakarna was killed by the great soul Raghava, the Rakshasas went and reported to Ravana the king of Rakshasas. 68.1

"Oh king When Kumbhakarna looking like a god of death was driving away the army of monkeys and eating some monkeys, he met with his death." 68.2

"Showing his prowess for a moment, Kumbhakarna your brother, was extinguished by the burning energy of Rama. Injured by Rama's arrows, Kumbhakarna who was looking like a mountain became an ugly mass, with his body discharging blood, as his nose and ears were cut off and resembled a tree scorched by a forest-fire, with his trunk half-submerged in a terribly looking sea and obstructing the main gate of Lanka." 68.3-68.5

Hearing that the very strong one was slain in the battle, Ravana became extremely sad, fainted and fell down. 68.6

Hearing that their paternal uncle was killed Devantaka, Naranthaka, Trishira and Athikaya started sorrowing and wept. 68.7

Hearing that their step brother Kumbhakarna was killed by Rama who was stable in his actions, Mahodhara and Mahaparswa were overcome with great grief. 68.8

Then after regaining his consciousness with great suffering, that Rakshasa chief Ravana became in a pitiable condition due to the death of Kumbhakarna and wailed. 68.9

"Oh valorous one who used to destroy the pride of enemies, Oh very strong Kumbhakarna, going alone in to the enemy army, how have you left me and gone away forever?" 68.10

"Oh very strong one, after having tormented the enemies, how did you go away from me, without taking away the thorn of sorrow from me and our relatives?" 68.11

"Now, I shall no more live, because my right hand on which I used to take refuge and never was afraid of devas and Asuras, has fallen down." 68.12

"How is it that such a valorous one who used to destroy the pride of Devas and Dhanavas, who was like the fire at the time of deluge was killed by Rama today?" 68.13

"How is it that you, to whom sorrow was never caused by the falling of even Vajrayudha on you, could fall down insensibly on surface of earth by Rama's arrows?" 68.14

"Seeing you fall in the battle, all those devas and sages who are standing on the sky are shouting with very great joy." 68.15

"It is certain that with great joy after having achieved their aim, all those monkeys would climb on the inaccessible door ways of Lanka from all sides." 68.16

"Now I am not bothered about this kingdom and I do not know what to do with Sita as I am not interested to continue to live without Kumbhakarna." 68.17

"If I am not able to kill in battle the Raghava who is the killer of my brother, death would be preferred by me as living would be a great waste." 68.18

"I would now itself go to the place where my younger brother has gone as I am not interested in living even for a moment without my brother." 68.19

"Seeing me who had troubled them earlier, those devas would laugh at me and oh Kumbhakarna, how can I win over Indra without you?" 68.20

"Due to ignorance I did not accept the auspicious advice of the great soul Vibheeshana, which have now come true." 68.21

"When as per the words of Vibheeshana, Kumbhakarna and Prahastha have died, these happenings are creating shame in me." 68.22

"After my brother Vibheeshana who was a follower of Dharma was banished by me, these sorrowful happening which are bitter has come to me." 68.23

Like this after wailing piteously in various ways, after he came to know the enemy of Indra, the great Kumbhakarna has been killed, the ten headed Ravana, whose inner soul was agitated sank down extremely disturbed. 68.24

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

69. Angadha Kills Narantaka

[The sons and half-brothers of Ravana assure him that they would be able to kill Ravana. A great fight ensued between Rakshasas and monkeys. Seeing the Rakshasas suffering, Naranthaka, one of the sons of Ravana, attacks the monkey army and kills them, As ordered by Sugreeva, Angadha kills Naranthka in a matchless battle.]

Seeing the evil soul Ravana lamenting due to great sorrow Trisira [one of his sons] told as follows: 69.1

"That greatly valorous one who is in the middle in the order of our fathers has been killed but oh king good persons like you should not wail like this." 69.2

"Oh lord, you yourself fighting alone can conquer the three worlds and why are you wailing like a very common person." 69.3

"You posses the Javelin, armour, arrows and bow given by Brahma and a chariot drawn by thousand donkeys emitting the sound resembling thunder." 69.4

"Several times you who are endowed with various weapons have destroyed Devas and Dhanavas and so you can easily punish Rama with these weapons." 69.5

"Oh great king, wait for some time for I shall set out and destroy your enemies, just like the Garuda destroys all serpents." 69.6

"Just like Indra killed Sambara and Lord Vishnu killed Naraka, today Rama would be laid down after he is killed by me." 69.7

When the king of Rakshasas heard the words spoken by Trisiras, he felt as if he was born again after death. 69.8

When Naranthaka, Devanthaka and the energetic Athikaya heard the words of Trisiras they became happy with the impending war. 69, 9

Then those bull among Rakshasas who were the sons of Ravana who were equal in valour to Indra roared, "I will go", "I will go". 69.10

They all could travel through the sky and were experts in creating illusion and all of them had destroyed the pride of devas and were greatly fierce in battle. 69.11

They were all experts in use of all weapons and were famous all over. It was never heard at any time that they were conquered any time by either devas or Gandharwas or KInnaras or serpents. 69.12

All those Rakshasas were experts and very, very valorous and were greatly skilled in war. They were all very knowledgeable and had obtained several boons. 69.13

Ravana surrounded by his sons who all shined like Sun God and who were destroyer of enemies looked like Indra surrounded by devas who have killed gigantic Rakshasas, 69.14

After hugging all his sons and presenting to them various ornaments and blessing them profusely, Ravana send them to the battle. 69.15

For protections of his sons in the battle Ravana sent along with them, his brothers Yudhonmatha and Matha to the battle. 69.16

Those great bodied ones, saluted Ravana, who made his enemies cry and also went round him and then departed. 69.17

Those strong Rakshasas anointed their body with all types of medicinal herbs and perfumes and went away eager to fight. 69.18

Trishira, Atikaya, Devantaka, Narantaka, Mahodhara and Mahaparshva, under the orders of God of death set out for the battle. 69.19

Mahodhara rode on an elephant called Sudarasana which was blue like a dark cloud and which was born in the clan of Iravatha. 69.20

Equipped with all sort of weapons as also decorated by quivers and riding on an elephant, Mahodhara shined like the Sun on the Peak of Ashtachala Mountains. 69.21

Trishira, the son of Ravana climbed in to a great chariot drawn by the best of the horses along with all kinds of weapons. 69.22

Trishira shined armed with a bow on the chariot like a cloud with glittering meteors and illuminated like a rainbow. 69.23

That Trishira with three crowns on an exquisite chariot stood like Himalaya mountain with its three golden hills. 69.24

Athikaya the lustrous Rakshasa who was the son of the king of Rakshasas, who was the best among those who shoot the bow climbed on the best of chariots. 69.25

That chariot had the best of wheel axils and was well yoked, had a very good carriage bottom and a good wooden pole and filled with quivers and bows and shining missiles, swords and maces. 69.26

He was shining in a peculiar golden crown and with his other ornaments caused a shine like Meru.69.27

That son of that king surrounded by great Rakshasas in that chariot shined like Indra surrounded by devas. 69.28

Narantaka mounted a white gigantic horse, similar to Uchchaishrava [the mount of Indra], decorated with gold ornaments and which was as swift as thought. 69.29

Narantaka holding a javelin which was shining like a meteor looked like Lord Subramanya holding a spear and riding on a peacock. 69.30

Devantaka who was armed with an iron bar marched and looked like Lord Vishnu holding a Mandhara mountain in his hands. 69.31

The greatly valorous and shining Mahaparswa held a mace in the battle and looked like Kubhera, the god of wealth. 69.32

Those great ones set out from city of Lanka surrounded by a matchless army, elephants, horses chariots making sound like the rumbling clouds along with great Rakshasas and it appeared like devas leaving the city of Amaravathi. 69.33

Those great princes shined with the brilliance of Sun, wearing crowns and possessing prosperity and shined like glowing planets in the sky. 69.34

The row of auspicious attire worn by them shined like a cloud in autumn or the flock of cranes in the sky. 69.35

Determined to die or destroy the enemies, those valiant Rakshasas went making this courageous resolution. 69.36

Those mighty Rakshasas set out with a mad resolution of war, roared with reverberating sound and took up many arrows and sent them. 69.37

By their battle cries and clapping of arms, the earth trembled and the sky appeared torn by the lion like roars of those Rakshasas. 69.38

The great army of the king of Rakshasas who happily set out of the city saw the monkeys waiting with uplifted stones and trees. 69.39

The mighty monkeys too saw that army of Rakshasas, which appeared like a black cloud but blazing like fire and sun on all sides, abounding with elephants, horses and chariots, and making sound with hundreds of small bells and wielding well-raised great weapons. 69.40-69.41

The monkeys felt that their aim was fulfilled when they saw that army coming out and lifting great mountains they roared again and again not able to tolerate the Rakshasas who were standing opposite to them. 69.42-69.43

Hearing the very loud noise made by the leaders of the monkey army, the army of Rakshasas, who were greatly stronger, not tolerating the joy of their enemies made more terrible noise. 69.44

Entering in to the mighty Rakshasa army, the leaders of monkeys carrying mountains appeared like mountains with peaks. 69.45

Some monkeys went up the sky and some other monkeys stayed on the earth and holding trees and rocks as weapons roamed within the army of Rakshasas. 69.46

The monkey chiefs holding trees with extensive branches roamed in the battle field which was filled with Rakshasas and monkeys looked horrifying. 69.47

The very valorous monkeys, though stopped by the rain of arrows initiated a war with a matchless rain of trees and mountains. 69.48

In that battle the monkeys and Rakshasas roared like lions and the monkeys powdered the Rakshasas with their rocks. 69.49
The enraged monkeys killed Rakshasas wearing armour and ornaments. Some killed valorous Rakshasas, sitting or standing in chariots and also those Rakshasas mounted on elephants and horses. 69.50

The valiant monkeys beat the Rakshasas with great force and the Rakshasa chiefs trembled as they were hit by mountain peaks and by fists and their eyes came out and they roared in pain. 69.51

The elephant like monkeys were wounded by the Rakshasas with sharp arrows and they struck them with spears, mallets, swords, javelins and lances. 69.52

The monkeys and Rakshasas with their limbs coated with blood of their enemies, made each other fall with a desire to conquer each other. 69.53

After that, within a very short time, the battle field became drenched with blood due the raining of blows using mountains and swords by the monkeys and Rakshasas. 69.54

Due to the beating by the monkeys, those Rakshasas who were like mountains and who had great passion for war were scattered all over the earth. 69.55

The Rakshasas who were already been thrown down and who were being thrown down, having broken their spears carried out a wonderful fight with arms, limbs and legs. 69.56

Those great Rakshasas struck the monkeys with the corpse of other Rakshasas and those monkeys struck the Rakshasas with dead bodies of other monkeys. 69.57

Then those Rakshasas taking away the mountains and trees from the monkeys struck them and the monkeys snatched the weapons of Rakshasas and struck them with it. 69.58

The monkeys and Rakshasas broke the bones of each other by using the hills and made sound like the roar of a lion. 69.59

After their armour was broken the Rakshasas who were struck by the monkeys bled at that spot, like trees oozing out sap. 69.60

Some monkeys destroyed chariot using a chariot, elephant by another elephant, and horses by other horses. 69.61

The Rakshasas broke the trees and rocks of the monkey chiefs with their sharp arrows with crescent shape head and spear like heads. 69.62

That earth became very difficult to cross as it was filled with those mountains, broken trees and bodies of monkeys and Rakshasas killed in battle. 69.63

Reaching the place of the battle, all the monkeys abandoned their fear and became filled with pride by their fighting prowess and with various types of weapons continued the battle with the Rakshasas. 69.64

Seeing the monkeys rejoicing in the tumultuous battle and seeing the Rakshasas falling down, the great sages and devas made shouts of triumph. 69.65

Riding on a horse which had the speed of the wind and holding a barbed javelin, Naranthaka entered the terrific army of monkeys, just as a fish enters the ocean. 69.66

That greatly valorous and strong Naranthaka, all alone with an instant killed seven hundred monkeys with his shining javelin and killed that army of great monkeys. 69.67

The Vidhyadharas and the great sages saw the very strong Naranthaka seated on the back of a horse wandering amidst the monkey army. 69.68

The path by which he travelled was filled with blood and flesh along the dead fallen monkeys almost as huge as hills. 69.69

Wherever the chiefs of monkeys wanted to exhibit their valour, mostly Naranthaka reached there and cut them. 69.70

He burnt the army of monkeys like fire burns a forest and even before the monkeys thought of lifting trees and mountains, they were struck by his javelin and they fell down like mountains broken by lightning. 69.71

The very strong Naranthaka, who was destroyer of men roamed round in all directions in the battle field holding his shining javelin and roamed round the battle field, like the wind in the rainy season. 69.72-69.73

The valiant monkeys were neither able to stand or talk, nor in any manner move struck by the javelin with splendor of the sun and fell down on earth. 69.74

He who fought alone looked like many and struck the army of monkeys and having struck by the javelin which had the splendor of the sun, the monkeys fell down on earth. 69.75

Those monkeys who were unable to withstand, the javelin which fell on them like the throwing of Vajrayudha, shouted with great noise. 69.76

The forms of the valorous monkeys who fell looked like the falling of mountains with their peaks shattered by Vajrayudha. 69.77

Those great ones who had earlier been knocked down by Kumbhakarna became disturbed and approached Sugreeva. 69.78

Thus requested Sugreeva saw that monkey army was running here and there afraid of Naranthaka. 69.79

Naranthaka appeared in front of Sugreeva riding on a horse, holding a javelin in his hand, when he was seeing the monkeys who were running away. 69. 80

After seeing him that greatly shining Sugreeva who was the king of Rakshasas, told the valorous lad Angadha who was equal in valour to Indra. 69.81

"Go quickly and kill quickly that valorous Rakshasa mounted on a horse who is consuming the army of monkeys." 69.82

Hearing those words of his lord [king], the valorous Angadha jumped and came away from his army, just like a sun coming out of a cloud. 69.83

Angadha the excellent monkey who resembled a rocky mass, wearing bracelets on his upper arms, looked brilliant like a mountain with its metallic streaks. 69.84

Without any weapons except his nails and teeth, Angadha who had great luster approached Narantaka and spoke the following. 69.85

"Please stop. What are you doing with these ordinary monkeys? Throw your javelin which can touch like Vajrayudha at my chest." 69.86

Hearing the words of Angadha, Narantaka became greatly angry and that angry Narantaka, tightly biting his lip with his teeth, hissing like a serpent, approaching Angadha and firmly holding that highly radiant javelin, quickly released it towards Angadha. That javelin broke against Angadha's chest, which was as hard as a diamond and fell to the earth. 69.87-69.88

Seeing his javelin braking in to pieces, which had similar power like the snakes which were being cut off by Garuda, Angadha the son of Vali stretched out his palm and struck on the head of the horse. 69.89

The head of the mountain like horse of Naranthka broke by the blow of Angadha's palm, its eyes and pupils came out and it fell down on earth. 69.90

Naranthka became greatly angry seeing his horse dead and falling down and with his very powerful fist, he struck on the head of the son of Vali. 69.91

By that blow Angadha's head was shattered and blood started oozing out of his head and he fainted with burning sensation on the head and when he regained consciousness, he was greatly surprised. 69.92

Then that great soul Angadha, who was like a peak of mountain, with the speed of Vajrayudha clenched his fist and force equal to that of God of death hit at the chest of Naranthka. 69.93

When that fist hit him, Narantaka's chest sank deeply and with blood coated limbs, he fell down like a mountain hit by Vajrayudha. 69.94

When the very strong Naranthka was killed by Angadha in the battle, the great devas in the sky as well as monkeys in the battle field roared the approval of victory. 69.95

When Angadha showed his heroism and did a job which was difficult to do, Rama rejoiced greatly and then Angadha who was also surprised again started the battle with great enthusiasm. 69.96

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

70. Ravana's Sons and Brothers Killed

[A great battle took place. Hanuman first killed Devanthaka, Nila killed Mahodhara, Hanuman killed Trishira and Rishabha killed Mahhaparswa.]

When Devantaka, Trisira and Mahodhara the son of sage Pulasthya saw the death of Naranthka, they all wept. 70.1

Riding on a cloud like elephant king, Mahodara attacked the son of Vali who was greatly valorous. 70.2.

The strong Devanthaka sorrowing due to his brother's death took a huge iron rod and ran towards Angadha. 70.3

Then the very valorous Trishira riding on a chariot which was shining like a sun drawn by excellent horses went towards Angadha. 70.4

Seeing him being attacked by three Rakshasa kings who had destroyed the pride of the devas, Angadha lifted a huge tree with lot of branches. 70.5

With great speed Angadha hurled that tree with large branches on Devanthaka similar to Indra throwing the shining Vajrayudha. 70.6

Using arrows which looked like poisonous snakes Trishira chopped off the tree and seeing it chopped off jumped up. 70.7

And that elephant like monkey rained on him trees and rocks, which were also chopped off by harp arrows by the enraged Trishira. 70.8

Trishira the killer of devas with a tip of the mace broke those trees and then with arrows he attacked Angadha. 70.9

Then the very angry Mahodhara speedily approaching the son of Vali, riding on an elephant struck on him with javelins which looked like Vajrayudha. 70.10

Carrying a huge iron rod Devanthaka approached Angadha and struck him, with a club and went away to some distance. 70.11

Though he was attacked by three powerful Rakshasa chiefs Angadha the lustrous son of Vali did not get nervous. 70.12

That monkey who cannot be defeated easily who was by nature speedy, with great speed with his palm struck the elephant of Devanthaka. 70.13

Just by the hit of Angadha, eye of that king of elephants came out; it fell down and died. 70.14

The strong son of Vali pulled out the tusk of the great elephant ran quickly near the Devanthaka and struck him with it 70.15

The lustrous Devanthaka rocked here and there like a tree tossed up by a great friend and vomited large quantity of blood of the colour of lacquer. 70.16

With difficulty that strong Devanthaka recovered himself and struck Angadha heavily, holding firmly that iron rod. 70.17

Hit by that iron rod the son of the king of monkeys fell on his knees but jumped up and stood. 70.18

When Angadha the son of Vali jumped and stood up, Trishira with three straight going arrows which were like poison and hit him on his forehead. 70.19

Noting that Angadha was surrounded by three Rakshasa chiefs, Hanuman and Nila went there speedily. 70.20

Then Nila hurled a peak of a mountain on Trishira and that intelligent son of Ravana broke it with sharp arrows. 70.21

Hit by those very many arrows that mountain peak broke in to many pieces and the split up rocks fell down emitting sparks of fire. 70.22

Seeing Hanuman rushing with joy to the battle field, the strong Devanthaka ran towards him with an iron rod. 70.23

Seeing him rushing towards him that Hanuman who was an elephant like monkey jumped up and hit Devanthaka with his fist which was like a thunderbolt. 70.24

When the strong son of wind god struck him on his head, that great monkey made the Rakshasas shake with that sound. 70.25

That Devanthaka, son of Ravana, with his head crushed and broken by the blow of fist, with his teeth and eyes coming out and with his tongue hanging down, swiftly fell down dead on the earth. 70.26

Seeing the dead great hero of Rakshasas who was very strong and an enemy of devas, that Trishira got very angry and rained lot of sharp pointed arrows on Nila's chest. 70.27

At that time the very angry Mahodhara mounting on an elephant resembling a mountain, similar to the Sun God climbing on Mandhara mountain made a rain of arrows fall on Nila like a rumbling cloud with a circle of lightning showers rain on the mountain. 70.28-70.29

Then due to the large number of arrows showered on him, the body of Nila split in various places and also made his loosened limbs paralyzed. 70.30

When Nila regained his consciousness, he uprooted a mountain with lot of trees growing on it, jumping at great speed struck the head of Mahodhara. 70.31

Shattered by the fall of the great mountain and crushed by the very large elephant Mahodhara lost his life and fell down on earth like a mountain struck by Vajrayudha. 70.32

Seeing his father's brother dying, Trishiras got angry and hit Hanuman with many sharp arrows. 70.33
That son of wind God became enraged at that and threw a top of the mountain on him but Trishiras broke it in to several pieces using his sharp arrows. 70.34

Seeing the top of the mountain going waste Hanuman rained large number of trees of Trishiras in that battle field. 70.35
The valorous Trishiras using sharp arrows cut all those trees which were coming against him and roared. 70.36

Then the angry Hanuman bouncing up tore in to pieces the horse of Trishira, similar to a lion tearing an elephant. 70.37

Then Trishiras took hold of a javelin and similar to God of death getting hold of the all destroying time hurled it on Hanuman. 70.38

Moving with speed and catching hold of that Javelin which was coming towards him like a shining meteor that great monkey broke it even before it descended and roared. 70.39

Seeing that Javelin of great form being broken up by Hanuman the monkey soldiers were greatly delighted and roared aloud like the rumbling clouds. 70.40

Then Trishira, the great Rakshasa took up a sword dug the breast of the chief of monkeys Hanuman with it. 70.41

Hurt by the thrust of that sword, the valorous Hanuman, who was the son of wind God struck on the breast of Trishira by his palm. 70.42

Hit by the palm that greatly lustrous Trishira fell down unconscious on earth with all weapons slipping from his hand. 70.43

That monkey took the sword that fell from his hand and roared loudly frightening all the Rakshasas who were there. 70.44

Greatly hurt and unable to bear the roar the Rakshasa jumped up and hit Hanuman on his chest with his fist. 70.45

That great monkey got very angry by that hit by the fist and because of that caught hold of that great Rakshasa by his crowned heads. 70.46

That angry Hanuman, the son of wind God using that sharp sword chopped off the three heads of Trishira along with crowns and ear studs, like Indra chopped off the head of Viswaroopa, the son of Twashta. 70.47

Those mountain like heads of the enemy of Indra having long sense organs and having eyes emitting fire fell on the earth like planets and stars fall from the path of the sun. 70.48

When that Trishira, the enemy of devas, having valour equal to that of Indra was killed, the monkeys made a loud noise. The earth trembled. Then, the Rakshasas ran away everywhere. Seeing Trishira, Mahodara and the invincible Devantaka killed, Matta [Mahaparswa] was enraged with indignation. 70.49-70.50

Then, Matta held a large mace, which was resplendent, completely made of iron, was tied round with golden wires, filled with a froth of flesh and blood, satiated with the blood enemies, the upper most part of which was blazing with splendour, decked with red coloured garlands and which frightened the elephants supporting the different directions like Airavata, Mahapadma and Sarvabhauma. 70.51-70.53

Taking up the mace, that very angry and very strong Maha Parswa, went quickly towards the monkeys like a burning fire at the time of deluge. 70.54

Then a monkey called Rishabha jumped up and stood in front of the strong Mahaparswa who was the brother of Ravana. 70.55

Seeing Rishabha, a mountain like monkey standing before him, Mahaparswa struck him with a mace which was equal to Vajrayudha on his chest. 70.56

When that bull like monkey Rishabha was hit on his chest by that mace, his breast was broken and he bled profusely and trembled. 70.57

After a long time Rishabha, the bull among monkeys regained consciousness and due to great anger his lips quivered when he looked at Mahaparswa. 70.58

Rishabha, who was swift and who was a monkey chief having a mountain like form, speedily approached with a tightened fist and struck that Rakshasa on his chest. 70.59

With his entire body drenched in blood that Mahaparswa fell down unconscious on the ground like a tree whose root has been cut off and Rishabha took his mace which was similar to the rod of Yama and roared loudly. 70.60

For a short while Mahaparswa who had the colour of the evening cloud, remained unconscious looking as though he was dead but jumped up suddenly after regaining consciousness and struck, Rishabha the son of Varuna the lord of the ocean. 70.61

Rishabha fell unconscious and remained like that on the ground and gaining consciousness and holding tightly the mace of Mahaparswa which was looking like a mountain peak banged it on Mahaparswa. 70.62

That horrifying mace reached up to the body of Mahaparswa, the horrible enemy of devas and he started exuding blood, like a great mountain exudes water full of minerals. 70.63

That great Risabha quickly ran towards the mace of Mahaparswa and seizing that dreadful mace struck repeatedly on the earth and then on Mahaparswa in the battle front. 70.64

Struck by his own mace Mahaparswa fell down like a mountain hit by Vajrayudha with his eyes and teeth coming out. 70.65

When that Rakshasa with depleted strength, had his eyes burst out, his life went away and he fell on the ground and the army of Rakshasas ran away. 70.66

When that Mahaparswa was killed, that army of Rakshasas, which was as wide as an ocean, abandoning their weapons in the battle-field, fled for their lives, like a sea which had burst its shores. 70.67

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

71. Lakshmana Kills Athikaya

[Dhanyamala and Athikaya, the son of Ravana, comes to war. After a terrific war, Lakshmana is told by the wind God that he can only be killed by arrow of Brahma. Lakshmana kills him using the arrow of Brahma.]

Seeing that his army was making sound of anguish with great fear, seeing that his brothers having the valour of Indra the lord of devas have been killed, and also seeing that his paternal uncles, brothers and several Rakshasas have been killed, the greatly lustrous Athikaya who had got boons from Lord Brahma, who had the appearance of a mountain and who had destroyed the pride of devas and Rakshasas in battle got very angry, 71.1-71, 3

That Athikaya who is the enemy of Indra climbed on a chariot which had luster of one thousand suns, went towards the monkeys. 71.4

Wearing a crown and great looking ear globes and drawing his bow and making his name heard he loudly roared in a big tone. 71.5

His lion like roar and his announcement of his name and terrifying sound made by his bow created terror among the monkeys. 71.6

Seeing the great size of his body, the monkeys thought that he was Kumbhakarna woken up again and started taking refuge with each other out of great fear. 71.7

Seeing his form which appeared like Vishnu who measured the worlds in three steps, those famous monkey soldiers started running helter-skelter. 71.8

When the need for attacking Athikaya arose, scared in mind those monkeys requested protection of Rama. 71.9

Then Rama from a distance saw that Rakshasa who resembled a mountain riding a chariot like a fatal cloud appearing at time of deluge, 71.10

Seeing that Athikaya has very huge body, Rama was greatly surprised and after consoling the monkeys spoke to Vibheeshana.. 71.11

"Who is he, resembling a mountain in size, armed with a bow, brown-eyed and seated in a spacious chariot yoked with a thousand horses?" 71.12

"He is shining like Lord Shiva surrounded by the Bhoothas with shining and sharp spikes with shapely barbed javelins and lances." 71.13

"He is shining like a lightning of cloud and moving round with staff that support the war flags, appearing like the tongue of the God of death." 71.14

"Bows with golden back are shining all round in his great chariot like the rainbows in the sky." 71.15

"This tiger like soldier of Rakshasas is making the battle field shine and coming in a chariot with the luster of Sun and his arrows are shining like rays of sun, making all the ten directions shine and he has Rahu etched on his flag." 71.16-71.17
"His bow with three curves, golden back and decorated is producing a rumbling sound of the cloud and is shining like a rain-bow." 71.18

"His great chariot with a flag and an emblem has an axle tree at the bottom and produces sound similar to the lightning of the clouds and has four charioteers." 71.19

"Twenty quivers, ten very great bows and eight bow-strings, golden and reddish brown in colour, are set in his chariot." 71.20

"On that chariot there are hanging two swords, clearly measuring ten cubits in length and provided with handle measuring four cubits, casting their splendour on his two sides." 71.21

"That brave one, with red garland around his neck resembles a black coloured large mountain, having a huge mouth of death, looks like a sun covered by clouds." 71.22

"With his arms decorated by gold armlets he shines like the very great Himalaya mountain with its two lofty peaks." 71.23

"His face causing fear with the two ear rings is looking like the full moon between two stars of the Punarvasu constellation in the sky." 71.24

"Oh great one, tell me who this great Rakshasa is, as all the monkeys greatly scared are running away helter-skelter on seeing him." 71.25

Thus asked by the son of a king Rama who had extreme luster, the greatly lustrous Vibheeshana replied like this to him. 71.26

"The greatly lustrous ten necked one is the younger brother of Khubera and does gross deeds with great enthusiasm and is known as Ravana, the king of Rakshasas." 71.27

"His valorous son who is equal to Ravana in war, serves elders, remembers what he hears and is skilled in use of all weapons." 71.28

"He whose advice is respected rides on the backs of horses and elephants uses the sword and the bow and is well known for creating dissensions, winning over the other side and for leading his army." 71.29

"He on whose arm on which the city of Lanka rests fearlessly is known as Athikaya and is the son of Dhanyamala." 71.30

"He worshipped Lord Brahma by doing penance and purified his soul and obtained from him several weapons to defeat his enemies." 71.31

"Lord Brahma, granted him a boon, exempting him from death at the hands of devas and Rakshasas as also this wonderful armour and the chariot shining like the sun." 71.32

"He has defeated devas and Rakshasas hundreds of times and has destroyed the Yakshas and protected the Rakshasas." 71.33

"He paralyzed the Vajrayudha of the valorous Indra by his arrows, struck down the noose of the king of the ocean in a battle. He is the very strong Athikaya who destroys pride of Rakshasas, son of Ravana, great warrior who destroyed the pride of Devas and Dhanavas." 71.34-71.35

"Oh great man Rama, so efforts to kill him should be made very quickly, before he destroys the monkey army by his great arrows." 71.36

The very strong Athikaya entered the army of monkeys, twanged with his bow and roared again and again. 71.37

Seeing the very huge form of that great charioteer riding on a chariot, the powerful monkey chiefs rushed towards him. 71.38

Taking trees and mountain peaks, Kumuda, Dvividha, Mainda, Nila and Sharabha marched forwards quickly to attack him immediately. 71.39

The greatly lustrous Athikaya who was an expert in arrows, cut off all their trees and stones, with arrows decorated with gold. 71.40

The greatly skilled Athikaya with a very strong body struck all those monkeys who were standing in front of him in the battle field with arrows fully made of iron. 71.41

Due to their bodies breaking and greatly injured those monkeys could not retaliate to Athikaya in that great battle. 71.42

That Rakshasa who was proud of his youth, greatly scared the army of monkey warriors like an angry lion scares a herd of deer. 71.43

That great Rakshasa who was in the middle of the monkey army did not strike with arrows those who were not able to fight with him and with his bow and quiver went to Rama and spoke these haughty words. 71.44

"I am sitting on this chariot armed with bows and arrows and I am not willing to fight with common warriors, those who have ability and energy to fight, can fight with me quickly." 71.45

Unable to tolerate these words of his, the son of Sumithra who was the killer of his enemies became angry and with a smile rose up quickly and took up his bow. 71.46

The angry son of Sumithra came forward, took a great arrow from his quiver and pulled his great bow in front of Athikaya. 71.47

The sound of the twang of the bow of Lakshmana filled the entire earth, sky, ocean and was filled with rage and scared all the Rakshasas. 71.48

Hearing the terrible sound produced from the bow of that son of Sumithra, the very strong Athikaya who was greatly lustrous was greatly surprised. 71.49

That Athikaya seeing Lakshmana standing before him, took a sharp arrow and spoke these words. 71.50

"Oh son of Sumithra, you are a mere boy and do not know what is valour. Why do you want to fight with me who is like the God of death. Go away." 71.51

"Even Himalaya mountains nor the earth nor the sky would not be able to withstand the speed of arrows released by me." 71.52

"You want to raise the fire at the time of deluge when it is sleeping happily. So please place your bow here and go back without losing your life." 71.53

"If you do not desire to go back obstinately, then you please stay back and after losing your soul you will then go back to the land of Yama." 71.54

"Please see these sharp arrows of mine ornamented with gold, which remove the pride of my enemies like the weapons of Lord Shiva." 71.55

"This arrow looking like a serpent will drink your blood like a lion drinks the blood of an elephant. "Thus speaking, Athikaya was enraged and fixed an arrow on his bow. 71.56

The prince Lakshmana hearing the angry and arrogant words of Athikaya in the battle field became enraged and he who was wise, strong and glorious spoke as follows. 71.57

"Just because of your words, you cannot become great, people cannot become good by boasting about themselves. If possible show your strength to me, who is standing here with a bow and an arrow." 71.58

"There is no need for you to boast about yourselves but please show yourself to me by your deeds. A man is called valorous only based on his valour." 71.59

"You are sitting on a chariot endowed with all sort of weapons and now show me your valour either by your weapons or your arrows." 71.60

"After that with sharp arrows I shall cut off your head and it will fall like a palm fruit when the fast wind makes it fall from its stalk." 71.61

"Today my arrows bedecked with gold will drink your blood coming out through the holed created in your body by my sharp arrows." 71.62

"Thinking that I am only a boy, you should not disregard me. Whether I am a boy or old man, you should know me as a god of death in the battle field for do you not know that Vishnu as a boy measured the world using three steps." 71.63

After hearing the logical and truthful words of Lakshmana, Athikaya got wild with anger and took out an excellent arrow. 71.64

That battle was watched by Vidhyadharas, Bhoothas, devas, Asuras, great sages, Guhyakas and many other great souls. 71.65

Then Athikaya stringing an arrow on his bow, sent it towards Lakshmana, as though he intends to shrink the atmosphere. 71.66

Then Lakshmana who is a destroyer of his enemy army cut that serpent like sharp arrow which was coming towards him by a crescent tipped arrow. 71.67

Seeing that his arrow was cut off and its snake head broken in to pieces Athikaya was greatly enraged, and prepared to send another five arrows. 71.68

The Rakshasa sent those five arrows towards Lakshmana but before they reached him Lakshmana cut them off with his sharp arrows. 71.69

After cutting off those arrows with his sharp arrows, Lakshmana, the destroyer of enemy army, selected a sharp arrow which shined like fire. 71.70

Taking that great arrow Lakshmana kept it in his great bow and stretched it to the maximum and released it. 71.71

That valorous Lakshmana using that flat jointed arrow, stretched fully and released it and it hit the forehead of that great Rakshasa. 71.72

That arrow which pierced the forehead of that very large Rakshasa and he was coated with blood and he appeared like the king of serpents of the mountain. 71.73

That Rakshasa troubled by the arrow of Lakshmana shook violently like the gates of city of Tripura shook hit by the arrow of Shiva. 71.74

That very strong one recovered his breath logically reflected "Good, by sending that arrow, you have become my great enemy." 71.75

Reasoning like that Athikaya opened his mouth widely, bent down with his huge soldiers and climbed up that chariot and roamed here and there on the chariot. 71.76

The bull among the Rakshasas took out and got hold one, three, five and seven arrows, fixed them on his bow and released those arrows. 71.77

Those arrows released from the Rakshasa leader looked like death, had golden shafts and shining like sun, brightened the sky. 71.78

Then the younger brother of Rama without any nervousness cut off those series of arrows, released by the great Rakshasa, by using many of his sharp arrows. 71.79

Seeing that his arrows were being cut off in the war, that son of Ravana who was the enemy of Indra took out a very sharp arrow. 71.80

That Rakshasa who was having great luster fixed that arrow to his bow, released it instantly and hit the approaching Lakshmana on his chest. 71.81

That son of Sumithra hit by Athikaya in the battle on his chest oozed out blood and it looked like a fluid oozing out of an elephant in rut. 71.82

That Lord then quickly made himself free from that arrow and took another sharp arrow and fixed it on his bow. 71.83
Then he fixed that arrow of fire on his bow and, the arrow of the great one as well as his bow gave out a great flame. 71.84

Athikaya then took a very lustrous Sun arrow and that arrow with a golden shaft looked like a serpent. 71.85

Then Lakshmana sent a blazing horrible arrow against Athikaya which was the staff of death of the God of death. 71.86

That Rakshasa seeing that arrow which was coming along with fire, sent another awful arrow of the Sun God against it. 71.87

Those great arrows having a burning tip struck each other in the sky and looked like two angry serpents. 71.88

Those two great arrows, even though they had a burning tip, hit one another and fell on the ground and they were reduced to ash, without flame and without luster. 71.89-71.90

Then the very enraged Athikaya, released an arrow of cane of Twashta and the valorous Lakshmana cut it off that arrow by an Indra's arrow. 71.91

Seeing that his arrow of Thwashta was struck down that lad Athikaya became enraged and fixed Yama's arrow on his bow. 71.92

Then Athikaya sent that arrow on Lakshmana and Lakshmana destroyed that arrow by sending the arrow of wind god. 71.93

Then the very angry Lakshmana rained hails of arrows on that Athikaya, which looked like a rainy cloud showering water. 71.94

When those reached Athikaya and hit his armour, their points adorned with diamonds were shattered and immediately fell on the surface. 71.95

Seeing that those arrows of his have failed, the great Lakshmana, the destroyer of enemy army, showered thousands of arrows. 71.96

That very strong Athikaya was not bothered about that rain of arrows, because his armour could never be pierced. 71.97

Then he sent a serpent like sharp arrow which hit Lakshmana on his vital parts and that Lakshmana who was a tormentor of his enemies fell unconscious for a moment. 71.98

After he regained his consciousness using four excellent sharp arrows, that Lakshmana who was a destroyer of his enemies, threw down his flag staff, killed his horses and also killed the Charioteer. 71.99-71.100

Without getting flustered that son of Sumithra Lakshmana went on sending arrows exactly aiming at the Rakshasa for getting that Rakshasa killed. 71.101

That best among men was not able to cause any injury on him in that battle and then the wind god came to him and spoke as follows. 71.102

"He is protected by a boon of Brahma and has armour which cannot be split and he can be killed only by the arrow of Brahma and not by any other means. That very strong Athikaya cannot be killed by any other arrow." 71.103

Hearing the words of the wind God, Lakshmana who had valor equivalent to Indra, took the arrow of Brahma and fixed that arrow quickly and with terrific force. 71.104

When that arrow of boon which was extremely great was fixed by Lakshmana on his bow, all the directions, the sun and moon, the great planets and the sky were frightened and earth also made an uproar. 71.105

After having fixed that arrow of Brahma with feathers on his bow which was similar to the messenger of God of death, Lakshmana released that arrow which was like a thunderbolt on the son of the enemy of Indra. 71.106

Athikaya saw that arrow, released with great force by Lakshmana, speedily moving similar to wind, having pretty wings and variegated feathers, burning with light like a flame looking like a thunderbolt, approaching him. 71.107

That valorous Athikaya, with great speed, struck it with very many sharp arrows but that arrow released by Lakshmana reached very near him. 71.108

Seeing that blazing arrow, looking like Yama the lord of Death and black in colour, approaching him, Athikaya then struck it with spike, spear, mace, axe and arrows 71.109

But that arrow burning like fire made all those weapons as waste cut off Athikaya's head wearing a crown and carried it away. 71.110

That head with its crown, destroyed by Lakshmana fell down on the earth like a peak of Himalaya mountain. 71.111

Noticing that Athikaya had fallen to the ground with his cloths and ornaments scattered everywhere, al the surviving Rakshasas became greatly upset. 71.112

Many of those depressed Rakshasas, dejected as they were, showing fatigue born out of fighting in their faces, suddenly began to shout loudly, with their voices in discordant notes. 71.113

After their leader was killed, all other Rakshasas were frightened and not interested to fight ran away with their faces towards the city of Lanka. 71.114

The very many monkeys greatly overjoyed, with their faces like fully opened lotus flowers, honoured Lakshmana whose desire was fulfilled, when that dangerous Rakshasa was killed by him. 71.115

Lakshmana becoming greatly happy after that very strong Athikaya was killed and after being honoured by other monkeys, speedily went to the proximity of Rama. 71.116

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