(The book of forest)
(Rama and Lakshmana and Sita as per the advice of Sage Agasthya decide to shift to Panchavati. There they met an Asura called Viradha, whom the brothers kill. While they were staying there Soorpanakha the sister of Ravana is attracted by Rama , who refuses her. When Soorpanakha tries to carry away Sita , Lakshmana cuts off her nose , ears and breasts. Her Cousin Khara comes with a huge army to fight with Rama. Rama alone kills Khara and his huge army. Soorpanakha goes and tells Ravana that Sita was extremely pretty and when she was trying to bring her to Lanka, Lakshmana ,
Cuts her nose and ears. Ravana falls in love with Sita. He makes Mareecha his uncle to become a golden deer and tempt Sita. When Sita wants the golden deer to play , Rama goes behind it . The deer dies but calls Lakshmana for help. Sita compels Lakshmana to go to the help of Rama. Ravana coming in the garb of a sage kidnaps her. Jatayu , who tries to prevent it is killed. Rama and Ravana go in search of Sita. On the way a Rakshasi called Ayomukhi kidnaps Lakshmana who disfigures her and escapes. Later they meet with a Rakshasa called Kabandha . On killing him Kabandha gets rid of his curse and advises Rama to seek help of Sugreeva the monkey who is the son of Sun God and also meet a sage called Sabari .Rama meets Sabari and gives her salvation.)
Prayer to God
2516.Would I with my little wisdom understand that primeval God,
Who could not be understood by the four Vedas , which,
Never altered from its high view point , which did not,
Differ from the various forms originating from it and which gives ,
An understanding of the true feeling when it is read several times,
And by the Brahmins learned those Vedas , by Brahma and other devas.
The chapter on killing of Viradha.
(Rama and Lakshmana meet sage Athri and his wife Anasooya and then enter the Dandaka forest. There they are attacked by an ignorant Asura called Viradha. Viradha informs them that he cannot be killed and takes Sita away. Rama and Lakshmana attack Viradha, cut his hands off and bury him deep in to the earth. Viradha assumes his Gandharwa form amd praises Rama and goes to heavens
In Valmiki Ramayana Viradha tells Rama and Lakshmana to go and meet sage Sarabhanga)
2517. Those lads who carried those pretty bent bows along with Sita,
Who had teeth which resembled the arrangement of collected pearls ,
Reached the hermitage of a great saint Called Athri which was,
Having dense gardens full of trees with leaves as well fruits.
2518.Those Rama and Lakshmana who were like small eyed elephants,
Who were carrying the burden of earth on all directions and ,
Were having big pretty tusks, after entering the hermitage ,
Saluted that sage of great penance who had completely ,
Got rid of passion , anger and illusion and that saint with joy told them.
2519.That sage who became as happy as if his relatives have come ,
Said, with a melting mind “Sons of Dasaratha , is it easy for people like us to see you,
Who have come and visited us? It is like all the worlds and ,
All the devas have paid a visit . It looks like we have ,
Done more penance than everybody in the world.”
2520.After spending that day with that great saint , as per the order ,
Of his wife Anasuya who was a lady of great virtue , who presented,
Pretty ornaments and great dresses to the daughter of Janaka,
They left that place and entered the great Dandaka forest.
2521- 2532. Carrying in his powerful trident the bodies of sixteen elephants,
Thirty two lions and sixteen Yalis which had cruel round eyes,
Which were living in the forest which were densely placed ,
By his one powerful hand , Viradha who had red lustrous curly hair,
Looked like a mountain of poison walked speedily on the floor inside that forest,
Driving the clouds away like cotton by the movement of his legs ,
With fire sparks coming out of his eye like the twitching of wounds,
Making the sky with clouds shiver , making the mountains shiver ,
Making the sun who saw him loose his luster ,
Making the earth surrounded by water tremble ,
Making the very strong God of death depressed in mind,
With fire sparks entering the ears of great lions,
With the gem studded top of Meru mountain becoming cold ,
With the coating of blood from those fallen warriors who came against him,
Making him look like a reddish sky ,
Wearing several type of garlands which wave on his broad shoulders made of,
Well armed men , huge elephants in rut , chariots ,
Tigers whose job seemed to be killing people ,
And all other things that reached near him,
Who after putting large number of elephants in rut,
Stacked them one over another by using his huge hands
In his cave like mouth and munching them,
Who in spite of eating them was looking hungry and searching food,
Whose chest was decorated by garland of pythons with sound on which,
The gems from great serpents like Vasuki were taken out and studded,
And the nine planets of the sky and the planes used by the devas,
Were hung here and there , Who had red hairs like the broad red sky,
Who had shoulder rings made of the huge decorative shield hung ,
On the huge tusks of the huge Airavatha elephant of king Indra,
With the dark black colour shining on him, the great cruelty which rises,
Rising up , with the great sin that does very great harm,
And looking like the kali age which is a mixture of fire and poison ,
And which is drowned in dark night , with the hides of very powerful,
Cruel and huge tigers rolling on his very huge chest as upper cloth ,
With hides of many elephants tied around his hips,
With a shining belt of a huge python which has gems ,
From those eight guardians which stand around the world ,
With huge armlets made from the red eyed long serpents,
As well as invaluable gems worn round his cruel arms,
With the chalanchala conches which were produced with difficulty by other conches,
Decorating his conch bangles with his legs pushing ,
The silver mountain and the golden mountain like balls ,
Was walking and walking around the mountain path,
And though he was living on earth , he was,
Living in the minds as well as the eyes of devas.
2533. He had a new form like a single great element made by all the five elements together,
He had a voice like thunder and had the power of exactly twenty five thousand ,
Elephants in rut , created by Lord Brahma with great love.
2534, That Viradha who had very scary eyes and had the job like very cruel thunder,
Was uprooting many trees and powdering many mountains by his speedy walk,
And came and stood before Rama and Lakshmana ,
Who had bows which had very huge size but had not participated in any war.
2535.Opening the big cave like mouth with the long white teeth
Huge protruding teeth which had eaten flesh he shouted,
“Stop, stop” and immediately lifted Sita who was like a swan,
Sitting on an open lotus flower ,by his hands and proceeded on the sky.
2536-2537.Those lads who were like young bulls got very angry ,
And holding the cruel bow which they had hung on their shoulders,
And the lustrous arrows in their right hand , followed that Virada .
And told him, “Hey silly one , this is cheating , turn ,
Where are you going? And then that Rakshasa said,
“By the boon given by Brahma to me , I cannot die,
Even if I do not have any weapon and even if ,
I am opposed by people of all the world .
Silly ones , I have given your souls as charity to you,
And so leave this girl with and proceed.”
2538-2540. Rama smiled like the silvery moon light understanding,
That Virada did not know war fare and that his strength ,
And joy would soon get faded and when he twanged his bow,
And that Rama who had the blue colour of rich cloud ,
Who held a very sharp spear ,twanged the long string his bow so that,
The earth surrounded by water of the sea with tides and mountains,
,The king heavens and the land of the serpents trembled and echoed
As if hit by a great thunder and then that Viradha leaving Sita,
Who was shouting like a suffering caged macaw
Caught by a cruel cheating huge cat and stood depressed,
And after thinking , came and stood with great anger in front of Rama .
2541-2553 .When he threw the trident which had a tip which was,
Dipped willingly in the blood of his enemies for the sake of quenching,
The thirst of ghosts, Which was very heavy and which had the form,
Of the burning mare which had the fire which wanted to drink ,
The water of the ocean of the northern side with its face and mouth,
And while it was coming like a lustrous poison shaking ,
The eight directions, the devas who were protecting those directions,
The eight elephants in those eight directions and the world ,
Rama from his bow which was stronger than the faultless ,
Seven mountains like Meru, sent an arrow at him, thinking,
That this crown of Rakshasas would be destroyed today ,
And cut in to two that trident which had the luster,
Of big stars with great luster falling from the empty sky in day time ,
And threw it to the end of the direction and then that giant ,
Seeing that his cruel trident was cut in to two pieces ,
Without getting any tiresomeness in the war ,
Assuming valorous behavior , using his huge hands,
Which could destroy the heaven , then he started picking ,
Up huge mountains one by one and throwing them at Rama,
And due to Rama sending huge lustrous arrows ,
Breaking those lustrous mountains thrown at him by Viradha,
And then they broke the mountains and went with great speed .
And hit all over the body of Viradha and when all the parts ,
Of the body thus hit became wounded , and then he uprooted ,
A huge maramara and was rushing to beat Rama . who is the form of “Om”.
Who had the name which could be understood by only great learned elders ,
Who had left his bed of Adhi Sesha and took an incarnation in this earth,
To establish Dharma , That Rama whose culture increased by days,
Using four arrows and cut in to many pieces those Maramaras ,
Which were coming against him and then he shot twelve ,
Cruel arrows with great speed and when he hit his chest ,
Then when that giant like a boar troubled with very many arrows,
On his body which is dejected and trying to get them out,
Shook his body , Rama sent on him more fire like arrows,
And without hitting anywhere else when all those arrows,
Pierced on his body, that giant who was greatly cruel but without wisdom,,
Looked like a mountain with several streams and like this,
When he lost his strength and wisdom,
Those Rama and Lakshmana who had great shoulders ,
Which helped them fight without getting tired ,
And knowing well that this Viradha who had got the boon of no destruction,
By hitting him with arrows , with great anger took their swords ,
And with the thought that they would cut off his arms with that ,
And when the climbed on his broad shoulders, that giant Viradha,
He who had fallen on the earth with great flow of blood and lost his senses,
Again got up , regained his sensations and lfted Rama and Lakshmana,
With his shoulders which were like Dhandayudha hugged them ,
And rose up and walked with ten more times more vigour than earlier,
And with that Rama and Lakshmana who were shining like sun and moon,
Which go round the Meru mountain hit him on the top of the sky with force ,
And when he was rotating like a top, , he who was having ,
On his shoulders Rama and Lakshmana and was walking,
Touching the sky looked like Garuda the personification of Dharma,
And the great king , flying round carrying Krishna and Balarama.
2554.Then Sita who was born in a great clan seeing that the very merciful,
Rama was being put under his strength and being carried by that cheat
Was greatly disturbed and faded and was like a female swan,
Which saw her mate being imprisoned and being carried out by others.
Fell on the dust with her hair like a flowering branch.
2555.Again Sita not getting help from any where and no one to console her,
Followed Viradha with her streak of lightning like waist getting tired,
Telling him that “Please leave those followers of Dharma , who love ,
Others like mother , and take and eat me “ and fell before him.
2356.Seeing her with a stammering mouth crying , becoming extremely sad,
And understanding the sorrowful state of her who was like a picture ,
Lakshmana , after saluting Rama and asked him , “should you watch ,
The Goddess, sorrowing and keep quite playfully .It is not proper?” and ,
Rama who created the world after final deluge replied.
2557-2561.”Oh matchless one, I thought it is better to sweetly cross this forest ,
In comfort riding on this person’s shoulders though it is not at all,
Difficult to kill him “ . Saying this in jest , Rama ,
Kicked that Giant by his leg wearing heroic anklet,
And Rama and Lakshmana , who had huge shoulders , getting very angry,
With a sharp sword cut both the shoulders of that giant ,
And like Rahu the serpent planet neared the shining sun and moon ,
And both of them saw that in spite of the large amount of blood that flowed from his body ,
That there was no change in him and still he was going along ,
That Rama who was great in thought said ,” Oh brother ,
I think except burying him swiftly in the earth ,
There seems to be no alternative” and that pure Rama with his reddish feet ,
Which has eaten the sweet smelling pure ghee poured in the pit made by a plough,
Made of Athi wood and which fulfills the desires of all the devotees ,
Kicked and made that Asura fall on earth and then,
Buried him in a pit made by Lakshmana, near the west flowing river,
And that giant realizing that he has been buried deep in the earth,
Remembered the earlier curse of Khubera which turned him,
In to a cruel Asura , And after getting out of the cruel hateful body,
Like Lord Brahma , the primeval god coming out of the egg called HIranya Garbha,
Appeared before them in his former form of a Gandharwa.
2562.Having got imprisoned by the net of five senses , with the soul ,
Wandering in the materialistic view outside But by his remembering,
That he was involved earlier in holy acts which were beyond thought,
And also due to his having great devotion leading him to unification with God earlier,
He started praying Rama due to the help of the realized true wisdom.
2563.”If these are your holy feet that is spread in all the worlds chanting Vedas ,
How would your other parts of body other than the feet look like?
Apart from living in the sea with water , if you are also ,
Living in all the contradictory beings that pervade ,
How are they able to bear you within them?”
2564,”When the very angry crocodile caught hold of the legs,
Of the elephant and when that elephant lifting its trunks upward,
And getting exhausted shouted making all directions hear him,
“Oh great God who lives in all beings , oh great god”,
Are you not the one who asked him “Why?” and removed his sorrow.
2565.”Oh lord with lotus like eyes having sight of grace without any bias,
For protecting Dharma , you are spread inside and outside of everything ,
Though there is no one to help you in your divine endeavor.
And are you the only one to rotate like a fan for doing this duty?”
2566,”Oh Lord who is well involved with joy in the sports that are called birth and death,
Even if the wise ones who have cut off all attachments, by chance are born in this world,
Would they forget their nature and if it is not possible would they take birth,
And even for those , the great luck they get is some thing very rare.”
2567.When all the people of all other religion say that their God,
Is the only one who is a boat that helps one cross the fearsome sea of birth,
Because you are the form of that matchless form of real truth,
What would those Gods who come from now onwards try to do?
2568.”Oh Rama who is the matchless form of Dharma to the,
Lord Brahma who is sitting on that restless lotus flower,
To the devas who do not have death and to all the beings,
Who are not the devas , you are the primeval , father and ,
You are also their mother who gave them birth as per law.
2569.”You are the primeval God and all the worlds belong to you ,
And even other religions who are not able to think and understand you ,
Attain you and no one else and in spite of that ,
Why are you hiding like a cheat , Why are appealing publicly?,
And is there any necessity for this great sport of illusion of yours?”
2570.”Oh God who can appear before your devotees as one who is weak,
There is no calf that cannot recognize its mother and so also there is no cow,
That cannot recognize its calf and since you are mother of all,
You know about every being and those beings are not able ,
To recognize you and I am not able to understand this wheel of illusion?
2571.The people of the world for praying would consider very many Gods,
And thinking that there is a God superior to you is not the nature of very wise people,
Is it not true that the Brahmins who originate from Lord Brahma ,
Who rides on a swan think of you as greatest God and no one else?”
Would this not be thought out by people following many religions?
2572.”Oh Lord who has a chest lived by Goddess Lakshmi ,
Those Gods specially mentioned by the matchless other religions ,
Are like the ignorant people who think about bad and good action,
And perform matchless penance? Where is the need of penance for you?
Oh Lord who does not sleep and is always awake,
You are always sleeping as if there is no other work for you.”
2573. “You bore the lady earth as the serpent called Adhisesha ,
You have lifted her using your teeth as a wild boar ,
At the time of deluge you swallowed the same world by your mouth,
You measured and hid her by one step, Would not Goddess Lakshmi ,
Who stays in your chest wearing perfumed garland of Thulasi .
Get very much angry with you , if she knows about it?”
2574.”Oh Lord , would it not be possible for the beings that you created,
To know about this truth and can they not get salvation?
If they do what problems would you face by that?
Due to the alms given to Lord Shiva who is armed with an axe ,
There are devas and men whose doubt as to who is the greatest truth has been removed?”
2575.Oh Rama who is a boar unearthed the earth by your horn,
Taking the shape of a swan , you taught Vedas to Lord Brahma,
Who taught you that Vedas before? Were they all dead at that time?
If those which separated from a thing , join together to form ,
That same thing, does it mean they are the same thing or,
Does it mean they have not come by division,
I am not able to understand this illusion.”
2576.Oh Lord Who cannot be compared with any other thing,
Due to your leaving the place you normally stay on the milk ocean,
And appeared before me due to the great penance I did ,
I have left the sea of the inferior form of mine and I will not be born again,
And you have removed all my good and bad fate by your ,
Red feet which
is of the colour of the coral gem.
2577.When he stopped after telling all these words ,
Rama told him “Please tell me the story about,
Your taking the form of Asura” and he ,
Who had achieved victory started telling.
2578.”Long live , Oh Rama , who has the divine feet granting eternal wisdom,
So this life filled with stealing and deceiving goes away and
Who is very charitable , Please hear” and then,
He started telling Rama about his story.
2579.Oh valorous one who holds a cruel bow in his hand ,
I was born in this world and later became an Asura ,
My name was Dumburu and I was ,
A subject of Khubera in the heavens.”
2580.Due to the criminal passion which came to me,
To hide my wisdom , he cursed me to become an Asura ,
Without any mercy and I was born in an Asura clan.
2581.When I got the curse , I asked him,
When will I get freedom from this curse ,
And the very great thinker Khubera told,
That, “ it will go when your feet touches me.”
2582.”Oh primeval one from that time,
Till today , as I had no wisdom , I did not ,
Differentiate between good and bad ,
And by eating all beings I accumulated bad fate.
2583.”It was the good Karma that is within me that made me,
To stand before you with liking to do it and when your ,
Pretty feet that wears Vedas touched me ,
I got rid of the curse and became my former self.
2584. He said “Oh Lord who keeps himself alive even at deluge,
Please pardon this fool who came as per my karma
And did lot of harmful acts to you “ and
Viradha assumed his Gandharwa form and went to heaven.
2585After knowing that Viradha ,
Who was loved by the devas left his soul,
Rama and Lakshmana went along with the flower decorated lady ,
Away from that horrible place.
2586.They who were holding spears.,
Which were like God of death .
Went to the garden where sages,
Who were personification of Vedas lived,
And the lord of the day also went to his home.
2.Sarabangan pirappu neengu padalam
(The chapter on death of Sarabanga)
( Rama then goes to meet Sarabanga. At that time Indra had come to take Sarabanga to the land of Brahma. The sage refused as he only wanted to attain salvation by merging with God. Rama enters there at that time. Indra prays to Rama .Sarabhanga and his wife enter the fire and get salvation.
In Valmiki Ramayana , Sarabanga did not want to go to Brahmaloka because he wants to meet Rama. After meeting Rama he directs him to the hermitage of Sutheeshna and attains salvation. There is no mention of Sarabanga ‘s wife in Valmiki Ramayana )
2587.Along with Sita who was like a flowering branch of Kurava flowers ,
And Folded Kongu buds , they reached the place where ,
Sage Sarabhanga was doing penance in the forest ,
With a smell of honey from the well grown maramara plants
And reached that place when the night was about to fall.
2588.When those two holding a red spear walked that way ,
And reached that place , Indra with thousand eyes ,
Which were looking like a fully open flowers even at that night time,
Reached that hermitage in that forest.
2589.That Indra was greatly lustrous like the combination,
Of the light radiating from the ornaments of Deva maidens,
Who walked like swan and the spread of the streaks of lightning.
2590.Indra was one whose eyes which were like bees enjoyed ,
The prettiness of the flower like eyes of peacock like deva maidens,
And whose ears enjoyed the honey like music,
Which flowed from the Veena of Narada called the Mahathi.
2591.He had the fame of performing one hundred Aswamedha,
Sacrifices as per the rules given in the scriptures ,
And one who wears the golden heroic anklets which is saluted,
By all the devas except Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Lord Brahma.
2592.That Indra with his wife who was like Goddess Lakshmi,
Sitting on a red lotus rode on the white tall elephant Iravatha ,
Who creates scare and has great rut flow from three different spots ,
And is similar to Lord Shiva who sits on the great mountain spread like silver.
2593.That Indra had the white Royal umbrella which appeared,
To be the huge lustrous heaven taking the shape of an umbrella ,
And made the moon whose cool rays spread and shine everywhere, shy and ,
Loose its luster feeling that, there was no need of him any more?
2594. That Indra who was near to the huge elephants in eight directions,
Which had the clear gum of rut and who in very many close battles,
Defeated the Asuras who have lost their speed and determination
And had obtained and great fame and had the white chowries looking up.
2595. That Indra who was similar to Goddess Lakshmi, who lives,
In the very famous chest of Lord Vishnu who holds the holy wheel,
Who is an expert in war, and who is having a very lustrous crown ,
Which gives a place to stay of the sun god travelling,
On a chariot with one wheel and has red coloured rays.
2596.Indra was one who wore armlets which shine like the,
White teeth of cool smile of Goddess Vijayalakshmi .
And who had greatly lustrous shirt which shines,
Like the red Manikhya gems which shine by its rays.
2597.Indra who shines like a rainbow which shines like ,
Luster of several thousand very good quality Manikhya gems ,
And the luster emanating from the collection of old ornaments ,
Which all join together and rises up together.
2598. Indra was the one with a sword which were like the,
Eyes of Deva maidens , which had fought with fishes and became victorious,
And had a flower garland which had the divine scent of honey ,
Which did not have any match in the entire world.
2599.Indra has the weapon called Vajrayudha which has a small tip,
Similar to the end of paddy and which could not be destroyed,
By Ravana who was wearing gem garlands which shine,
Like the very lustrous sun , when it was thrown at him for gaining victory.
2600.Indra went and stood before Sarabhanga’s hermitage and there,
He was received by the sage of great penance and taken inside,
And did all that was necessary to be done to a guest and asked,
“Why have you come here?” and that Indra ,
Who was wearing the non spilt golden anklets spoke as follows.
2601.”Oh sage of great penance who has a golden colour matted hair,
Realizing that the great penance done by you is greatly rare ,
Lord Brahma has summoned you to go to his world ,
And so please depart so that you can go to that land.”
2602.”Oh sage who is like my father , that Lord Brahma ,
Who has created all the living beings of the world ,
Has given you the great chance of living in his land,
And that land has been attained only by the penance which cannot be destroyed,
And if you come there. Lord Brahma would receive you.”
2603,”You are greatly old and know that , the Sathya loka ,
The land of Brahma is better than all other worlds ,
Even without my telling you and so please .
Come there with your wife “ and when Indra told like this,
The great sage said, “I cannot agree for that.”
2604.”oh lord whose fame cannot be described properly by words ,
Would I attain the positions which are not stable due to,
The temporary karma ?I do not like to attain that inferior position,
As you know that the rare penance that I did has passed through many eons.”
2605.”Oh Lord who wears sturdy anklets, What you have said ,
Is not something that should be talked about
And is a state t hough achieved is considered as not achieved, What is the need to talk more?
And I understand that because you have come my life has come to an end.”
2606.”Oh Indra who owns the heaven, I would attain that salvation,
Which is not for a short period, which does not shift me from one place to another,
That which does not reduce over time, which does not go on increasing,
Whose form does not change and that which cannot,
Be destroyed even if all the five elements perish.”
2607. When the sage was telling like this , those valorous ones,
Who hold a strong and great bow , knowing the reason ,
For the tumultuous sound there , stood there and thought ,
“What are the things that are happening here”?”
2608-2609.Having seen the rocking Iravatha elephant with,
Four tusks which shine like big diamonds and ,
By that , understanding that the king of devas,
Has come to this world and is with the sage of great penance,
Rama made the Sita who is like a deer and his younger brother ,
To wait in that garden which is full of flowers , and ,
Reached inside the hermitage like a bull and like a big lion.
2610.That king of the devas seeing the fruit of all Vedas ,
Standing on this earth who has eyes which were like lotus ,
And was looking like a black sun and looked at him,
With great depth using all his one thousand eyes,
2611.Seeing him he was pained to see him in that forest,
And saluted that leader of men , leader of all Brahmins,
By his head which regularly saluted him ,
By falling on the earth and catching his feet with his long arms.
2612. Seeing Rama who by destroying his enemies in the battles filled with flags ,
By teaching him meaning of the limitless words of the sea of Vedas
By daily leading in the very good path of great Dharma daily,
By giving wealth, by granting salvation , by becoming an armour,
Without others realizing it , by becoming the soul , by becoming the eyes,
By becoming true penance , by becoming the endless true wisdom,
He forgot himself , stood near him and like one,
Who did not know his greatness started praying to him.
2613.”Oh light which stands mixed and not mixed in everything,
Oh Lord who is the friend of all sages who have got rid of all attachments,
Oh Lord who is the store house of all graces which helps one to cross this life,
Oh Lord who can be understood by the proper behavior as per the Vedas,
Oh Our father who has come here as per your assurance to us,
When we came and prayed your holy feet for protecting from our enemies,
Is it proper that your lotus like soft feet is touching this rough earth of the forest?”
2614. “Oh god of all devas who sleeps in the big ocean of milk ,
You do not have enemies nor friends , no difference between ,
Light and darkness nor have you anything above or below you ,
You do not have youth nor old age, you do not have beginning , middle and end,
By time you do not have anything before you or after you.
When your old state is like that , if you do not carry the big bow ,
And do not walk giving pain to your red feet and not protect us,
Will bad name come to you? Is there anything that ,
You get out of doing these acts? Nothing, is it not?”
2614.”Even if the four faced Brahma born in the lotus from your belly,
Who measures all these faultless worlds , measures you ,
For several eons without stopping , your greatness cannot be measured.
Oh Lord whose great good characters never diminish over time,
In the earlier days making the earth as the pot , the sea water as the cool curd,
The big Mandhara mountain as the churner you churned ,
Making your lotus like hands pain and gave the nectar ,
Which came out of it to all the devas , and were not,
The asuras who churned with us your slaves?”
2615.”Oh Lord who was one in the beginning , split from that to several later,
Became intelligence , soul and the body and becoming that,
Which is to suit the conditions at the time of the final deluge,
Later taking the form of various worlds you became ,
The matchless new growth of the very great wisdom ,
Oh Lord who completely solves the problems of people like us,
You save the people who do good acts and destroy ,
Those who do sinful deeds , Is it not true that ,
Even those ever unstable sins were also created by you?
2617.”Oh Lord , who is our father , in earlier days due to the trick played ,
By the very strong limitless illusion , mixing with those whose wisdom was jaded ,
Losing the normal wisdom we said to you, “That you are not the ultimate God”,
And also , “You are God” , when we were suffering with sorrow,
And due to the our past good karma , Those seven primeval sages ,
Crossed the fire and took an oath that, “all the worlds were,
Situated within you” and you cleared our doubt ,
Who were not knowing who was the ultimate god.”
2618.That Indra who had the long golden crown after praying ,
Rama in this way and many other ways , saluted him,
And understanding clearly what was happening there ,
He looked at the sage who was equal to him and told,
“Please be kind enough to give leave for me to go “.
2619. Understand the state of the mind of Indra by his divine eyes,
The sage received the God of all devas Rama and that Rama who came like that,
Saluted his feet , the sage shed tears of love and ,
They all entered the hermitage of that great saint.
2620.After welcoming both Sita as well as Lakshmana and ,
Wishing long life To Rama whom Sarabanga understood ,
As That God who does yogic sleep on the ocean of milk,
After visiting that sages home , just before the deluge.
2621.And there Rama as well his lady , with the eye of the deer,
Listened to the words of Dharma as told by Sarabanga,
And they stayed awake till that night came to an end.
2622.That Sun who had blowing luster and the light which shines,
For the sake of spreading his light in to all the four directions,
Spread countless rays which were like the sharp swords,
Exposed to sun light and using that collection of his rays ,
Started removing the blanket of darkness covering the world.
2623,At that time that sage Sarabanga took a clear decision to give up,
His life in front of Rama by entering in to the fire , and as per Sastras,
Built up a burning fire and asked Rama , “Please give me leave.”
2624. That Rama who held the strong bow seeing that able ,
Cultivator of Vedas asked, “what do you want to do?,
Please tell me” that sage said “Oh consort of Lakshmi ,
I wanted to enter the fire so that I get salvation ,
And so please give me leave “ , then Rama told.
2625.”Oh sage who is wearing the matchless hide of a deer on his chest.
Why are leaving your soul as soon as I reached here?” , then
That sage who due to his strength of penance destroyed,
The power of God of love who has a fish flag,
Due to the joy in leaving his body told the following words.
2626,”Oh heroic one , I am one who has done various ,
Types of penances and I knew that you would be coming to this place ,
And as per my fate both types of my karma has vanished and due to that,
You came here to give your blessings to me ,Now I have nothing more left.”
2627. “Oh strong one , Indra came here and told me ,
“I have given you, life in Brahma loka till it is destroyed ,
And so please stay there.” But I did not want to live there ,
And I would try my best to attain that salvation which never ends.”
2628. That sage who knew the Vedas which did not talk of rules ,
And had the highest knowledge of that ultimate God,
Said, Because of that grant me that salvation” and then,
Along with his wife entered the burning fire and attained salvation.
2629.Lord Brahma who sits on the scented lotus flower ,
Devas, sages and others who were able to know ,
What is going to happen in future , were able to,
Understand the good and bad Karma by their wisdom,
And were able to attain the salvation they want at the end.
2630. if we know that the amount of greatness one attains,
Just by thinking about Rama who was the one who swallowed,
All globes and all the words without any one knowing it ,
Is beyond the possibility of estimation ,can any one ,
Say how much greatness that person attains ,
Who is able to see that God himself before his death?
The chapter on Agasthya
(Rama goes to the hermitage of Agasthya . Agasthya presents Rama with many divine weapons. Rama decides to move south from where the Rakshasas are coming. Sage Agasthya advices them to go and stay in the hermitage at Panchavati.
The chapters in Valmiki Ramayana on Sita’s advice to Rama against indiscriminate attack of Rakshasas and his reply to her is not found here)
2631.Those sweet lads who had big bent bows ,
After seeing the end of the sage Sharabanga,
Became sad and with a sorrowing mind ,
Along with Sita who was like a flowering branch,
Went away from the hermitage of that saint with great sorrow.
2632. They with joy crossed several trees , Several places ,
With big pretty stones , several rivers which had waves ,
Several mountain with streams flowing from it ,
Several gardens with lots of leaves and several sweet places.
2633.Those sages of the Dandaka forest like ,
The Valkilyas who were created by Brahma ,
Saints with shaved heads and saints who do not talk ,
And other saints , saw Rama and mentally became happy.
2634.Those sages who were suffering because the asuras,
Who had anger which was like fire , troubled them,
And they did not have any method to control them,
Became like trees in a burning forest which got,
Water mixed with nectar made them all put new leaf.
2635, .Those sages who were even greatly scared to tell,
Even the names of those Asuras who were growing ,
More and more powerful and were very strong,
Were like young calves in the burning forest ,
Who saw their matchless mother cow returning.
2636.Those sages who were suffering due to enmity,
With the asuras with very cruel acts , since ,
They did not have capacity to fight with them ,
Had become greatly worried and they ,
Who were all drowning in the sea of asuras,
Seeing Rama, felt that they have got a ship now and became happy.
2637. Those saints who saw Lord Rama properly ,
Making the penance done by them with effort giving results difficult to get,
And with their great wisdom helping them ,felt as if ,
That they have got freedom from the big prison of sorrow due to their cruel birth .
2638.They who were doing great penance so that,
They can give whatever is desired to those who need it ,
Due to their strength of patience , had completely ,
Uprooted the anger which comes up and up,
And due to that they got in to trouble due to those asuras.
2639.When those sages departed and reached that valorous Rama,
Who resembled the flakes of black cloud , with great ebbing love,
They saluted Rama individually and blessed him while saluting him.
2640 .All those sages took Rama and others to a hermitage,
Which was sweet to live and told them, “You please live ,
Happily here and made all needed arrangements ,
And went back to their residences and then ,
Came again to tell Rama , the problems they were facing by those asuras.
2641.Rama saluted those sages who had come to see him,
He praised them with love and asked them, “What orders are ,
You giving me now.” And they said .”oh son of Dasaratha ,
Who is an expert in protecting the worlds, be pleased to hear,
The very cruel things which happened to us.”
2642.”There exist the asuras who do not have something,
Called mercy and who have gone far away from Dharma.
Due to their troubling us , we have been forced to leave ,
Good behavior and slip to bad behavior and ,
Due to this we have moved far away from the path of penance.”
2643.”Oh Rama who is an expert in archery, like the deer,
Which live in the forest with very many tigers ,
We are sorrowing in our mind , day and night
And we have been forced to move away from good,
Would we able to get freedom this sorrow at any time?”
2644.We are not following the ritual of penance properly ,
We are not chanting the Vedas , we are not doing our duty,
To those students who want to learn Vedas , we are not,
Lighting the very old fire for Yagnas and we have ,
Moved away from proper behavior and so ,
We have slipped away being Brahmins.”
2645.”As for Indra , he is obeying the orders of those asuras,
Taking it on his mind and head and is behaving like their servant ,
And so oh lord , So who are there , who can remove .
Our sorrows except you and you have come here,
Due to the power of the penance we did earlier.”
2646. “Oh son of the king who ruled and protected the entire earth by his power ,
Oh merciful and valorous one , due to that sorrow that cannot be removed ,
We are spending all our days in darkness and now you have come .
Just like Sun and all of us are under your protection.”
2647 . That Rama who was born in the clan of the sun said,
“If those asuras do not promise not to trouble you and,
Surrender to me , even if they run away to a world outside earth,
They would die due to my arrow and so please remove,
This unsuitable sorrow” and further told.
2648.” It is due to the good deeds done by me , that I came to the forest,
After the death of Dasaratha , after mother Kausalya becoming sad ,
After my younger brother Bharata becoming sad and,
After all the citizens of my city attaining matchless sorrow”
2649.”If I am not able to destroy the power of those base Asuras,
Who are troubling the sages who do not move away from Dharma,
Being killed by those Asuras would be better for me ,
And what type of birth do I have ,If I am not useful to this good work.”
2650.”You who are cultured Brahmins who recite the Vedas ,
Would see the many headless body of those asuras* dance ,
And my tiredness in carrying this very heavy bow,
As well as the completely filled up quiver would get reduced.”
*One headless body would dance if 1000 soldiers are killed.
2651. “Those who protect the cows, Those who protect the Brahmans,
Those who protect poor people and those who protect any one ,
And who die when they are doing that are the only ones,
Who are saluted by those Devas , who live in heaven.”
2652.”Even if Lord Subrahamanya who killed Soorapadma ,
Or Lord Vishnu who killed enemies with lustrous wheel,
Or Lord Shiva who destroyed the three cities are guarding them,
If they are moving in sinful path and not following Dharma ,
I would uproot them all and so do not be scared” . he said.
2653. When they heard these words of protection from Rama,
With ebbing joy , they who were having great love,
Lost all their sorrow and they who were having a rotating staff,
And who were experts in singing Vedas danced with joy and told.
2654.”Oh Lord , If you become angry , even if thirty crore worlds,
Which are like these worlds come and oppose you all together ,
They are not equal to you and for that our wisdom is the witness.”
2655 “.Because it is like that for all the time that you spent in this forest,
You will see to it that no sorrow whatsoever approaches us ,
And please live here happily “ and when they said this,
That great one who is the son of the great king Dasaratha
saluted the feet of all those sages and continued to live there.”
2656. Those sons stayed there without any sorrow ,
For another ten years with great satisfaction of the mind,
And when those sages after great thought told them,
“Please go and meet the great sage Agasthya , they,
Departed from there With Sita having crescent like forehead.
(Some versions call the above portions as Dandakaranya Padalam
And the rest as Agathiya Padalam)
2657.Walking through pits in mountains and high bamboo forests,
Through continuously going small paths slowly and slowly,
They reached the garden without sorrow of the lustrous Sutheeshna.
2658. Those Rama and Lakshmana who had no pride in their mind ,
Saluted the sun like lustrous soft feet of the sage Sutheeshna,
And he said to them, “please stay here.” And obeying it ,
All the three of them stayed in that garden full of flower scent.
2659. When they were saying there, that sage after performing ,
All hospitalities to Lord Rama told him “oh great one ,
What an amount of penance I have done , for making you,”
Stay here and Rama with love replied to that great sage.
2660.” Among the first sages who were born in the clan of Brahma ,
Who else is there like you who have succeeded in penance .
And who are there like me who lead a life of a householder,
Who have got the blessings and grace from a sage like you?”
2661.To the words of Rama who was an expert in usage of simile,
As reply that sage who had done penance from earlier days told,
“Becoming my great guest who has not been wasted ,
You have become one who can take the results of all my penance .”
2662. Rama then told Sutheeshna who was an expert in all Vedas ,
“Oh leader, how easy is to get your mercy by simple penance.
I have only to tell you that I have a shortcoming in my mind.
That so far I have not been able to see the great sage Agasthya.”
2663.”Oh great one, You have thought of only something good,
For even earlier I wanted to tell you about the same thing .
So please go to hermitage of Agasthya and meet him ,
And after meeting him , there would be no more wants in your mind.”
2664.”Also he would be wanting you to pay a visit ,
And would become happy by your visit and so,
You please go and reach Agasthya and oh great one,
Meeting Agasthya is good for the devas and good for all others to.”
2665.”He then told him clearly the way to go to the hermitage ,
Of sage Agasthya and told him his limitless blessings ,
Rama saluted the lotus like feet of that sage crowded by bees,
And from that hermitage which had streams of honey flowing from hives,
Rama and others went speedily towards Agasthya ’s hermitage .
2666.Sage Agasthya who had measured the world like Lord Vishnu ,
Who measured the three worlds using language of tamil ,
Understanding that Rama and others have reached that place ,
Like the sea ebbing with joy attaining the fourteen worlds ,
Received Rama who can grant any boon and he saluted him.
2667.”The devas once upon a time , when the asuras hid themselves in the sea,
Thinking that they will never get destroyed the devas called
“Oh sage You did very great penance , Please shower your grace on us. “
And when they begged you like this and knowing their sorrow ,
You took all the waters of all the seas and just drank it ,
And later when those devas requested you,
To release the water again and you again filled up the sea.”
2668.That sage took all the pure water of the sea .
And later released them all and due to that became a dwarf,
And was called by others as dwarf sage and he with joy ,
Ate all the body of a cheating Asura called Vatapi ,
And destroyed the problem of all the people of the world.
2669.”He was the one who saw to it that the sages of the world,
Who practice Yoga are not disturbed and when asked by the devas ,
As to the path to cross Vindhya mountains , stood on the top of that mountain,
Which was surrounded by long series of clouds and was touching the sky.
Like an elephant and pressed it so that the mountain went down to Patala.
2670.Once upon a time when the northern side of the world tilted down,
As per the direction of Lord Shiva who wears many a serpents,
Which told, “Oh Agasthya who in spite of growing old .
Has not got tired , you go and stand in the southern side”
Went to the south and reached the Malaya mountain,
Which was touching the sky , and remained there,
He being equal to lord Shiva, the world attained its balance.
2671. And he took the Tamil language from Lord Shiva
Who holds the axe and who had on his forehead ,
An eye that spits fire , learned it painstakingly,
And split it in to that which can be learned with great difficulty ,
And that which is used by highly placed people of society ,
And gave it to the world in the form of Wisdom,
Poems , usual usage and by the ritualistic roots
2672.That sage thinking that he would be able to see Rama,
Who has been thought as that thing which is in sky , in land ,
In several other worlds and in Vedas , with his own eyes ,
That same day and became one with a very happy mind.
2673, After grinding the other books which are equal to the Vedas
which are chanted loud, in the mortar of best knowledge ,
And searching it as the knowledge of that ultimate God,
Whose greatness cannot be even understood by Lord Brahma,
Would stand before him and talk with him and he became happy.
2674.Thinking that Rama who is the doctor who is going to uproot .
The poison of Asuras who like bad Karma never go away,
Has already come there , which would make ,
The devas survive , the great sages survive and ensure,
That all Brahmins would stand steadfast in Dharma ,
And that Agasthya became bold to face everything.
2675.Those Asuras , whenever they need food ,
Used to boil the trees which are also beings and eat them,
And Agasthya who was anxious to see Rama ,
Who he knew would use his thunder and great anger
Put out the forest fire like Rakshasas,
And has come like rain which is coming from clouds .
2676.Agasthya who brought the river in his water pot,
For the good of eight directions , seven worlds ,
And all living beings seeing that Rama was coming towards him,
Shed tears of joy from his lustrous lotus like eyes.
2677.The Rama who came there fell at his feet and saluted him,
And that Agasthya who got great fame by telling grammar of Tamil,
With tears of joy flowing his eyes hugged with love Rama ,
And told him sweet words like, “Your coming has been good.”
2678.With Brahmins reciting various type of Vedic chants,
With saints of great penance with love surrounding ,
And sprinkling water from their pretty water pot ,
And with flowers being showered on them,
Agasthya took Rama and others to his cool garden.
2679.Rama after entering with the pleased mind in to the garden,
Participated in the feast given by the sage and then Agasthya ,
Joyfully told “Oh lord of mercy , having come to my home ,
Where great penance has been done , You have made my penance fruitful.”
2680.Rama saluted the sage who told like that and said,
Your grace has not been received by the devas, by persons ,
Who have done the penance that needs to be done by them ,
And by great sages, but I have received your grace ,
And so I have become one who has won over all the world,
And I do not think that there is anything that I have to achieve.
2681.And then sage Agasthya who was similar to Lord Shiva ,
Who wears the crescent on his high head , Started telling,
“Oh Rama who has good characters which are liked by all ,
Having heard that you have come to Dandakaranya ,
I was happily thinking that one day you will visit here.”
2682.”Oh Lord , please stay here for if you are here ,
You would be able to complete the great penance that you wanted to do,
And if the asuras with greater cruelty were to come here holding a sword,
You would destroy them and make them fall and
The sorrow of the sages like me who are living here would vanish.”
2683.”Oh son of Dasaratha who ruled all over the earth,
Now Vedas would get revived, the laws of Manu would be established,
All type of Dharmas would get established, The devas ,
Who were in bad times due to cruelty of Asuras would become great ,
The Asuras would go down , The seven worlds would leave well,
There is no doubt about these and so you live here” Agasthya told.
2684.Rama said .” Oh Sage who follows Vedas , I have decided to destroy,
All the Asuras who do cruel acts and make all others happy ,
And so I feel that my going to south wherefrom they come ,
Would help me destroy them. What is your desire?”
2685.Then Agasthya told ,”you have told what is appropriate ,
The bow that is here with me was once used by Lord Vishnu ,
And is being worshipped by me and all the three worlds ,
Take this bow for me as well as sharp arrows and matchless quiver.
2686.He also gave him a rare sword , which is greater than,
All the three worlds in a plate of balance and also gave him,
The matchless bow which was used by Lord Shiva,
Who had the form of fire and bent the Meru in to a bow.
2687. “Oh son, there is a place called Panchavati ,
With tall trees going straight with huge mountains ,
With tall heaps of sand hills , With cool gardens,
With large number of bunches of flowers ,
And surrounded by rivers with jumping waves ,
And on a small hill , and there is a residence there.”
2688. In Panchavati there are Banana trees giving sweet fruits,
There are red paddy plants , with lustrous tips,
There are flowers from which honey flows ,
There are divine rivers there like river Cauvery,
And there huge stroks to play with this gold like Sita.
2689.Agasthya said,”Now you go there and live there “
And Rama of the colour of cloud saluted Agasthya and,
Took leave from him followed by Sita who spoke ,
Like Sugar syrup and his younger brother Lakshmana,
And walked speedily with mind of Agasthya following him.
Chapter on seeing of Jatayu.
(On the way to Panchavati they meet Jatayu, the king of hawks , the son of Aruna and very close friend of Dasaratha. As soon as Jatayu heard that Dasaratha is no more , he wanted to give up his life. And at the request of Rama decided to live and protect them while they are there. They go and start living in a hermitage near Godavari river,
In Valmiki Ramayana , Jatayu tells them how all the different type of beings were created in this world. There is also a very detailed description of Dandaka forest in winter in that Ramayana.)
2690.Then they walked several Kadhams.(1.16 km) ,
The way was dense with several rivers as well as,
Continuous mountain ranges which appeared like relations,
They crossed several forests with such mountains ,
And then they saw Jatayu , the king of vultures.
2691.Jatayu was like the gold melted in fire ,like
The Sun rising from Udaya mountain which lights .
All the directions of the entire world using .
Dense lustrous rays spreading like wings.
2692.Jatayu was like the Mandhara mountain , which
Was once established by the devas in the limitless sea of milk,
And was the shining moon light sitting on huge ,
Black mountain , long , long ago.
2693.With prettiness of black sky fading away , emitting red colour ,
From his gem like legs , Jatayu was sitting on the ,
Huge blue mountain like a very long chain of corals.
2694Jatayu was one with a pure heart , was one with ,
A great knowledge which consisted of great education ,
As well as great boldness , He was personification of truth ,
He was extremely sharp and intelligent , was like ,
A minister who was like a wise minister in a council,
And had a very small eyes which could see great distance.
2695. Jatayu had a sharp nose which was like a goad ,
Held by Indra sitting on the small eyed Iravatha ,
Which had been sharpened by rubbing it on trees,
With which he used to dismember the cruel asuras ,
Holding a sword which would be eaten by Yama like a feast,
And he himself would the left over after he eats.
2696.That Jatayu was like the sun god who rules over,
The nine planets and was shining like a holy wheel,
And he had a necklace of nine gems and had a crown,
Which shined like Sun atop the top of mount Meru.
2697.Jatayu was like the cluster of fame which cannot be described by words.
Was the son of Aruna who comes for destruction of night ,
And one who has spent several eons just like a day time which passes quickly.
2698. Seeing Jatayu sitting on a huge mountain and seeing that mountain,
Has crashed deep in to the earth unable to bear his weight ,
And who appeared as very strong and valorous , those brothers ,
Approached and neared him with mind full of doubt.
2699. Those two brothers who were wearing heroic anklets ,
Decided that he was an ignorant Asura who had come,
There in search of his own death and if he is not an Asura,
They suspected he should be the very powerful Garuda .
2700.And that Jatayu , seeing them with huge bows ,
And wearing heroic anklets , understood that they,
Were not sages who have cut of the two types of Karmas ,
And as they were holding bow and having matted hair ,
He thought that they were devas and had a doubt.
2701.He thought , I often see Indra and other devas ,
Lord Vishnu, the boon giver Brahma and Lord Shiva with an axe,
Would not hide themselves from me as I see them always.
2702.”I have seen the god of love endowed with prettiness ,
And I do not think that God of love is comparable ,
These heroes with red eyes like lotus flower petals,
And endowed with long arms , with dust ,
Attached on their lotus like soft feet.”
2703. And further thinking that , these lads are both having
The measure less proper signs of masculinity , and appear ,
To have the ability to own the entire world ,
And have come along with a lady who is comparable ,
To Goddess Lakshmi and further thought ,
“I am not able to guess who they are.”
2704.He further thought , They who are like blue and gold,
Mountains , have a chest where the Goddess of victory lives ,
And those valorous ones look like my friend Dasaratha ,
Who was blessed with all rare good qualities.
2705.Then that Jatayu who was thinking various things in his mind,
And who was greatly liking those valorous ones with cruel weapons,
Asked them “ Oh bull like lads who hold a huge powerful bow, who are you both?
Please reply me in a fashion that , That I would understand it clearly .”
2706.When he asked them like that , they who do not speak,
Anything but the truth said that they were sons of Dasaratha,
Who was ruler of all the earth which is surrounded by the sea,
And who was wearing the heroic anklets.
2707.As soon as they told him like that that Jatayu who had,
Ocean like joy , came down from that mountain top wanting to hug them,
And asked, “ Do both great shoulders of Dasaratha who wears .
A scented and big garland , continue to be healthy?”
2708.When Rama said that Dasaratha had attained heaven protecting the oath,
That cannot be forgotten , Jatayu became greatly disappointed that ,
Dasaratha was no more and just like being sleepy lost his conscience .
2709.Those two who were hugged and lifted by that great one ,
Washed his face by their tears and that king of vultures,
Who got back his soul that seemed to have gone out ,
Became very depressed and rambled as follows.
2710.”Oh king of kings , Oh enemy of all lies , Oh ornament for truth,
Oh Home of fame , your charity that that merits praise ,
Your white royal umbrella , your patience to your Karpaga tree,
With changed character of not denying charity to any one who asks ,
, The moon the lord of stars , the world that is surrounded by the sea ,
The great charity that you gave to all those who beg you and me
Have all been left alone . Where have you gone?”
2711. “Oh leader , who has a white umbrella which gave ,
Nectar like grace and prettiness to all beings to earth,
Having the security to the earth surrounded by sea getting stopped
Did you leave the world ,see the friendly heart of me who does not have stability,
And I am still alive because I have been born as an animal,
Due to sins committed in early births and am not following the Dharma of friendship.”
2712.”Oh Dasaratha who has a pretty mind without any guilt ,
When you like the churner which breaks the curd killed Sambarasura ,
Who was giving sorrow to the beings of the world , you said ,
Making the world scattered with soft dust and surrounded by the sea that,
“You are the body and I am the soul”, and your words will not change ,
But with soul lying here , the ignorant Yama has taken the body to the heaven.”
2713.”Instead of immediately falling in fire and dying , as soon as I heard his death,
Making my great fame increase , like the innocent women if I fall on earth and cry,
Would that be proper” saying this Jatayu got up from his faint like one who got knowledge,
Looking at Rama and Lakshmana told, “oh sons who own ,
All the seven worlds , please hear” and then he started talking in sequence.
2714.”oh young lustrous lads , I am the son of Aruna and have the ability ,
To go to all the world that he goes and I am great sweet friend of Dasaratha,
Who using his kingship weakened the darkness of enmity from everywhere ,
I was born at the time when the devas and others were being created,
And I am the younger brother of Sampathi who was the king of vultures.
2715. When Jatayu told this story of his those Rama and Lakshmana ,
Who had famous and strong shoulders equal to mountains ,
With hands folded in salutation due to their love and sorrow ,
Had their lotus like eyes filled with tears and felt like seeing ,
Their father , Who had gone to heaven, due to them.
2716.He hugged using his wings , the sweet to hug lads and said,
“Oh sons, please perform the after rites for me,
Because I find it difficult to sweetly carry this body of mine ,
After my friend who along with me was like the same soul in two bodies
And if I do not enter the fire now itself and die ,
I cannot bear this sorrow of mine forever .
2717.”You who are capable of protecting us all from danger,
And one who would be willing to help us , without desiring,
To sacrifice truth , want to die If our leader would die leaving us,
Who would be there whom we can request for support.”
2718.”OH sir, Who never moves away from the laws of Dharma ,
Leaving our parents with whom we have never parted ,
Leaving the city of Ayodhya with plenty of cool water and prosperity ,
When we have come and got out of the sorrow due to meeting you,
Would you leave us in this state and embrace death?”
2719.When they told him like this , That Jatayu whose mind was,
Disintegrating , looking at those valorous ones standing before him,
Said, “If my entering the fire is not agreeable for you,
Then, after you reach back Ayodhya I would reach Dasaratha in heaven.”
2720.Then that Jatayu asked them, “If the king has gone to heaven,
Why is it that your valorous have come here without protecting your kingdom?
What other sad things happened to you? Since my mind is burning ,
Without any stability , Please tell about it clearly and in sequence.”
2721”Oh heroic ones holding well sharpened lustrous spears,
If sorrow has been caused to you by either devas, asuras ,
Or the people of serpent world , I would kill them,
Get back your kingdom and then give it back to you.”
2722.As soon as the father like Jatayu told them like this ,
Rama the husband of Sita, looked at his younger brother ,
And he told Jatayu that these happened due to,
Their step mother who was a lady and told in detail,
Without leaving anything, the sad news,
Which was like the huge ocean with limitless sound.
2723.Hearing that Jatayu looking at Rama told ,
“Oh greatly charitable one who established ,
The truthfulness of your father , obeyed ,
The orders of your step mother with respect ,
And who helped your brother with wealth of kingdom,
Who in the world can do all these except you , who are my father?”
2724. Then Jatayu hugged with love Rama with lotus like eyes ,
Smelled his head, and shedding tears and told him,
“Oh son You gave me and your father limitless fame ,
And so you are one who is really able.”
2725.Again that great Jatayu seeing the fawn like divine Sita wearing bangles,
Asked , “oh son of the emperor , please tell me ,
Who is this pretty lady with a very lustrous forehead.”
2726.Then Lakshmana who was born after Rama told him,
Events staring from killing the Thataka who was like darkness,
To the breaking of the bow, Rama’s marriage with Sita ,
Reaching of the forest and her sleeping on the grass and completed.
2727.That Jatayu with a shining hair became happy on hearing that ,
And asked , “Oh princes who wear garland made of petals of flowers ,
You have come away from a prosperous kingdom and all of you,
With good qualities along with Sita live happily in this forest. I would protect you.”
2728.Rama who lives in the mind of all beings looking at Jatayu told,
“Oh leader , There is a pretty place near the banks of river Godavari,
Which flows with sound and has been told by Agasthya as suitable residence ,
For us and so we would reach that place and live there.”
2729.Jatayu said, “What that great one told is very good. You please ,
Stay near the watering place and do great penance and,
So come with me , I will show you that place and made them,
Walk comfortably in the shade created by his well spread wings.
2730. After reaching that place as guided by the pure hearted Jatayu,
Who is a sinless one and after he left , those two lads ,
With very huge bows ready for battle became happy on reaching that garden.
2731.Jatayu who knew well about the greatness of asuras living there ,
After deep thought , started guarding his daughter in law with a cloth ,
Tied breasts as well as his sons, like a bird protecting its little ones in the nest.
Chapter on Soorpanakha
(Soorpanakha the sister of Ravana who happened to see Rama , falls in love with him. Rama refuses to marry her. She happens to see the pretty Sita. Thinking she was the reason for Rama not marrying her, Soorpanakha tries to carry away Sita when Rama had gone to his morning ablations. Lakshmana who was guarding Sita , catches her and cuts off her nose , ears and tips of breast . Soorpanakha again appeals to Rama to marry her. Rama and Lakshmana drive away Soorpanakha who goes to meet her cousin Khara .
In Valmiki Ramayana Rama tells Soorpanakha that he is with his wife and asks her to approach Lakshmana , who cuts off her nose etc.)
2732.That river Godavari which added beauty to earth like ornament,
Used to bring great things and make the land feel fertile,
And with many watering centers which were spread over ,
On the five types of land , was with clear water ,
Was with running cool water and was like the
Poems of with very wise and great people,
And was seen by those valorous heroes.
2733. That very divine Godavari with fully open lotus flowers over which bees stayed ,
Looked like a smiling , welcoming and lustrous face , with blue lotus flowers ,
Which used to spread perfume , seeing with its lustrous eyes and face and
With moving clear tides of the river resembling the hands appeared ,
To offer these flowers at the divine feet of Rama and saluting him .
2734.That river Godavari with its moving and running waters seeing ,
The sorry state of the faultless and truthful sons suffering,
Due to great love for them looked like taking deep tortured breath,
And looked like shedding tears from the eyes of the just opened blue flowers and crying.
2735. That Rama with a long bow saw the Chakravaka birds with closed eyes
Living on the bed of lotus flowers with stalks , Rama saw the breasts of Sita ,
And she who was wearing suitable and proper ornaments looked at,
The shoulders of Rama who was elder and the best among men ,
And felt like she was seeing hills made of blue gem stones ,.
2736. The great Rama who saw the swans walking , looked at,
The walking of Sita and slightly smiled and she who saw the walk ,
Of the male elephant returning after drinking water ,
Also broke to a new type of sweet smile.
2737. That valorous Rama with long arms who was a great expert in archery ,
Seeing the waving flags on the Godavari river with great deal of water ,
Looked at the waist of Sita , that Sita seeing the well flowered lotus flower,
With large number of petals in the middle of dark row of blue flowers ,
Looked again on the dark body of her great lord.
2738.Near that pretty big Godavari river which ran like a filled up stream,
They reached the cool divine Panchavati which was a perennial garden ,
And a matchless place and started staying in the,
Very pretty and sweet hermitage which was built by Lakshmana.
2739-2741.A Rakshasi called Soorpanakha who had the strength of uprooting ,
And destroying Ravana who was black like a blue gem by her vile tricks,
Who was like the cruel disease which was born earlier with life ,
And was with the soul waiting for the proper time to destroy that soul,
Who was having dense hair on her head with the red colour of copper,
Who had a huge fat body which has limitless growth and full of passion,
Who was capable of causing unparalleled destruction to the devas ,
And to those sages who had done great penance
And who was having a cruel cause for revenge and was living,
Alone in the forest because of that and had the strength ,
To move around al the world with great speed.
Reached the garden in Panchavati where Rama was staying .
2742.That Soorpanakha who would be the cause of the destruction ,
Of all her relatives saw Rama , who when the great devas ,
Who were troubled greatly troubled by the asuras,
Approached him , left of his yogic sleep on the serpent,
Called Adhisesha and had taken an incarnation in this earth.
2743.She thought”The form of the God of love who is in the mind of all is no more there,
Indra has one thousand eyes , Lord Shiva has three lotus like eyes and
Vishnu who created all the worlds out of his belly has four hands and so he is none of them.”
2744.Then she thought that the god of love who was destroyed ,
By Lord Shiva with pretty matted hair using this eyes on his forehead,
Possibly did great penance from the time he lost his body ,
Till the present time had got a pretty body, and he is that one.
2745.She thought that his long arms reaching up to his knee ,
Are very pretty , trees are not comparable to them ,
Mountains are inferior to them and only the tusks ,
Of the very strong elephants which carry earth were comparable.
2746. “The mountains made of mere stones were not comparable,
To the heroic shoulders of this one who is an expert in battle with bows ,
And only an old pretty mountain made of blue gems can be compared to it,
And definitely not the Meru mountain which is golden in colour.”
2747.”He has lustrous eyes which are comparable to the petals ,
Of lotus flower standing out of the pond due to its long stalk,
And he resembles a mountain and if we see continuously ,
From one of his shoulders to other, my eyes are not long,
And also my chest is wide and flat” she said.
2748.”Is the face of the pretty one , which shines due to excessive light ,
Comparable to the lotus flower that has just opened out of its bud?
IWE cannot compare it to the moon with light because ,
The light of moon diminishes daily and still if we compare ,
We see it is not comparable because there is a stain on face of moon.”
2749.”For what purpose is he doing penance when he has a beauty,
That gives pleasure, making his body suffer unnecessarily ?
And what type of penance was done by his ancestors so that ,
He has eyes which are like lotus flower and creates newness?
2750.”The femaleness of lady earth who has a pretty form and,
The gait of a female elephant and who is dressed in water of the ocean,
Is indeed great because the the grasses grown on her ,
Due to the touch of his feet stands erect as if she has horripilation.”
2751.She said with sarcasm “it appears that Sun the lord of light,
Has not seen the light of the body of his, who has teeth like lustrous moon light?
For from very large distance he is emitting some little light ,
And without any sense of shame ,moving about in the sky?”
2752. “It there any thing in this world which can be compared ,
To the beautiful lips of his, who has huge shoulders .
Which are taller than the difficult to cross big mountains?
And I would say that they are greatly superior to corals.”
2753.She thought , “Possibly the bark of wood which goes round,
The waist of this male , who shines similar to the full moon ,
Has done great penance and possibly the faultless ,
Golden cloth has not been able to do this much penance.”
2754”.If he had not worn his black matted hair which are comparable ,
To the row of groups of rain bearing clouds which have come down,
Then the souls of all the ladies would be completely destroyed.”
2755. ”If good looking lustrous ornaments are worn over his body,
Would his prettiness increase?” and she further thought ,
“Would the greatness of Kausthuba which is the best among gems,
If it wears yet another gem, would its luster increase further?”
2756.”That four headed one who has placed in his body ,
The best of everything has been berated because ,
The Devendra who wanted to have the greatness ,
Of the holy dust of the feet is ruling over the three worlds?”
2757.With her flood of love , making the sky as well as water of the ocean,
Look small and making her wisdom getting drowned in that ,
Like the fame of one who does not give charity when the people who want it praise him,
And continue to protect his wealth , she was having a diminishing chastity.
2758.With a faded and jaded mind like a picture of a lady whose picture ,
Has been drawn on the sky , she fixed her eyes on the lustrous ,
And very pretty shoulders of Rama and had lost her usual strength.
2759.That Soorpanakha who was staring at shoulders of Rama thought,
”I would go and embrace the great flat chest of Rama and if I am not,
Able to do that , even if I eat the nectar of devas , I would die,
And there is no other go for me “ and started thinking,
How she could go near him and stand before him.
2760-2761. That Rakshasi who had cruel protruding teeth and who also had ,
A pot like belly filled with all types of beings , thinking that he may not ,
Accept her with that form , thinking that if she can take a form like a peacock ,
With a voice that lisps like Koel and having red lips like the Kovvai fruit,
And try to hug him , it would be better, she meditated on Goddess Lakshmi,
Who sits of a lotus flower and chanted her root chant which she knew,
And due to that assumed a pretty form with a face that was better looking than the moon,
And came out like a shining form that descended from the sky.
2762. She had small feet which made the red cotton and the best among new growth of leaves,
Shy in its beauty and tenderness and was like the pretty and young peacock ,
Like the vanchi creeper and like the swan and that deceiving cruel Soorpanakha ,
Came before Rama like a very cruel poison.
2763.She had the prettiness of Goddess Lakshmi who lives in a golden lotus flower,
She had a pretty flower like face with her eyes shining alternately like swords ,
Which were less prettier than her face and was having the beauty of a young girl ,
And came down on a well decorated chariot with screens from the sky.
2764.She had a body like the Kamavalli creeper produced by the scented Karpaga tree,
Developed a well perfumed honey like sweet voice, which were more and more passionate ,
Assumed a beauty which was sweet to the eyes, had a matchless sight of a deer ,
And came walking like a peacock and looking like a peacock.
2765With the sound of anklets, the sound produced by ornaments of the waist ,
With sound of ornaments threaded in a chain and the humming of bees which hovered round ,
The flowers which decorate the black sand hair of hers heralding the arrival of a lady,
That son of a king looked at that direction from which the sound was coming.
2766. Like the matchless sweet nectar given by the land of devas ,
When she was coming near him with waist getting tired due to the heaviness of her breasts ,
Rama who was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu who using his grace removes the ignorance ,
In the mind of his devotees , Looked at her with both his eyes.
2767.Seeing that tender matchless female form which cannot be found ,
In the land of the great serpents , in the heaven as well as in entire earth,
Rama thought “Where can one see this beauty? Is there a limit to her beauty?.
And who among the females of this world can match her beauty?”
2768.That Soorpanakha with great desire for Rama in her mind ,
Seeing the handsome face of Rama , saluted his holy feet by her pretty hands,
Threw her cruel glances from her long spear like eyes ,
Slightly moved on one side like a deer and with shyness stood there .
2769.Then Rama the root of all Vedas told her , “Oh Goddess like lady,
Who is red in colour , Let your visit became an auspicious one ,
Your coming is an auspicious one for me .Which is your place?
What is your name? Who are your relatives?”
2770.She said ,”I am the daughter of the son of the son of Lord Brahma,
I am the sister of Khubera with red hands ,
Who is the friend of Lord Shiva who drives a bull and burnt the three cities,
I am the younger sister of Ravana who could uproot ,
The silvery Kailsasa mountain and who has the power
To protect the three worlds and I am a maid called Kamavalli.”
2771.Hearing those words the mind of valorous one was filled with doubt ,
And believing that her words were not stain less and thought that it is proper,
To ask her and know more about it and asked her , “If you are the sister ,
Of the cruel Ravana with red eyes, be pleased to tell me , how you got this pretty form.”
2772. When Rama with a pure conduct , asked her like this , tirelessly ,
She replied, “Since I did not respect their habits of illusion and cruelty,
And due to having a thoughtful mind , wanting to travel in path of Dharma ,
Did penance to get over my sins and due to the grace of Gods became like this.”
2773.”Oh lady, If you are the younger sister of the ruler of the three worlds ,
Under whom the king of Indra is doing a menial job , You are not to be seen ,
With the pride of great wealth and what is the reason for you to come without assistants?”
2774.As soon as that valorous one told these words, That lady who was not truthful,
Said, “Oh faultless one , I do not join with those Rakshasas without culture ,
But have joined with best of the sages and devas, and I have come to see you,
I have a business to be completed with your help.”
2775,As soon as she told like this the lord thinking that “The thoughts of ladies ,
With pretty foreheads do not go in the right path and
They are difficult to be understood by males and they may know about it later ”
Asked her , “oh lady who wears bangles on shoulders, For what purpose have you approached me?
Please tell me about it and if it is proper for me to do it , I would do it.”
2776.Then she said , “it is not proper for ladies of good families,
To tell about the nature of their passion , themselves to others,
But as my soul is paining and since I have nobody to tell to others,
About it , Please stop the cruelty of God of love towards me and save me.”
2777.After that lady whose vision travelled to a long distance ,
And had returned back , with her sword like eyes which had,
Turned in to various shades and assumed the black colour of night ,
And were filled with red lines and with a well ornamented chest
Told like this , Rama concluded that she is shameless , very base and not a good one.”
2778,Not understanding Rama who was silent , That lady who had assumed,
A false form with bees humming around her black hair ,
Started swinging with thoughts as to ,whether he had a desire in her by seeing her eyes
Or whether he feels that I should not have a desire for him , again told him.
2779.”Oh lord who has prettiness which cannot be made in to a picture ,
Since I did not know that you have come here and since I was completing ,
The jobs requested by sages who knew everything and due to the fact ,
That my faultless feminine qualities and youth was being wasted,
My days were passing without achieving any purpose .”
2780.Hearing that, Rama concluded that she is a despicable Rakshasi,
And one who does not have just behavior and felt that she had come ,
There to do another bad act and told her “oh pretty one ,
I am born in a royal family and you are a girl from a Brahmin family ,
And this alliance is against the normal ancient rules of marriage.”
2781.”Oh Lord, whose job is fighting are and who has a pretty spear ,
My father is a Brahmin learned in Vedas and my mother is a lady,
Who has virtue like Arundathi and is the daughter of Sala Sadanga,
A king who ruled the world and if this is the only reason ,
For your not accepting me , then my soul will not go and I would not live” Said Soorpanakha
2782.When she who desired him told like this, with a smile arising in his pure mind ,
That Rama who was like the rain bearing cloud wanted to play a game ,
“Oh lady, the learned and wise people say that a human being ,
Getting married to a Rakshasa clan who do not have sorrow is not proper.”
2783.”Oh Lord , who is like Lord Vishnu sleeping on the serpent ,
Not understanding my good aspects due to absence of devotion with sincerity , indicating,
That you would not marry me because I am the sister Of Ravana,
Has happened because of your ignorance, for due to my penance to devas ,
I have got rid of the degradable birth in Rakshasa clan ,
And I had informed about this earlier also to you.”
2784.”Oh best among ladies, one of your brothers is the undisputed king,
Of all the three worlds , another great one is Khubera , the lord of wealth,
And if one of them gives you to me I would accept you but,
If you yourself choose me , then I would scared.” Said he and she told again,
2785. “ Oh Lord , who has shoulders like golden mountain , for the man and woman,
Who are passionately in love with each other there is marriage method called Gandharva,
And it is a marriage method formulated by Vedas and if this marriage happens between us,
It would be agreeable to my elder brothers also and there is also another news.”
2786. “My brothers have great enmity towards all sages and are not bothered,
About justice and Dharma and you are living alone in this forest and ,
This would be a trick for you to get friendship of those Rakshasas,
And once you marry me you can set up your kingdom in the land of devas,
And then they would start loving you and obey all your orders”, said Soorpanakha.
2787.Then that Rama with a shoulder carrying a huge bow said to her ,
“I have got grace of Asuras and I am also getting the pleasure of getting you ,
And along with you I will get the wealth which will never go from me at any time ,
And not only that , by the penance I did after leaving Ayodhya ,
It looks like I am getting all these ,” saying this he laughed showing his lustrous teeth.
2788.At that time from the scent wafting hermitage, near Rama , who was ,
Like the light of eye to people in the heaven and earth as well as Gods like Brahma ,
And who had a lustrous eyes , Sita who was like the queen among all ladies ,
And one who looked like the vanchi creeper from the gems born in this world,
Came out for the sake of fulfilling the boons given by Lord Vishnu to devas.
2789.That Large mouthed Soorpanakha whose body has faded ,
Due to the fire of passion , noticed the huge lustrous light,
That emerged from the form which came out of the hermitage
And realized that she is the fire like chastity which has come out ,
To destroy the forest of Rakshasas who fought ,
With everyone in the land of devas as well as those in earth.
2790.She thought , “He would nor bring this lady with scented hair to forest,
There are no ladies here who are as pretty as her , and perhaps,
She is Goddess Lakshmi who left her lotus in heaven,
And has come to earth and standing with both legs here,”
And then she stood perplexed at that same spot.
2791 Soorpanakha after staring well as Sita for quite some time and thought,
“She is an example to those who create beauty , there is no limit of the prettiness they can create
Once an eye sees her, it will not see anybody else ,
And even if it is mind , it would not go searching any one else.
If this is my thought , what would some body who is born as a male think?”
2792. Soorpanakha who was greatly astonished on seeing Sita ,
Looked at Rama , who was an expert in war and thought ,
“There is no further need to think about it and the God sitting on the lotus ,
Must have matchlessly thought deeply about the matching person ,
For a male and female , and this is the real ultimate result of his efforts.”
2794. “Oh valorous one with good conduct , this lady is an expert in illusion,
And she is a Rakshasi who is an expert in cheating and her thoughts cannot be understood,
It is not proper for you think that she is a good lady for her prettiness is not truth,
I am scared at seeing her who eats flesh and lives and so,
Drive her away from here and prevent her from coming near you.” She said.
2795.”oh lady who is like streak of lightning , Your intelligence is very bright ,
Who can deceive you and disappear? It is surprising to know that ,
She is a thief and a cruel Rakshasa girl, Please see her carefully.”
Saying this he laughed showing out his pearl like white teeth.
2796.At that time , she who has come out like nectar with ,
The great chastity of Arundathi , sweet words and pretty bamboo like shoulders,
And Soorpanakha asked , “Oh Rakshasi lady , why did you come in between us ?”
And that enraged Soorpanakha who had cheating thoughts like fire.
2797.Seeing her coming near her Sita was greatly scared ,
That scared one like a swan with her lightning streak like waists rocking,
Shivering due to the pain her cotton like feet paining ,
And like the red coral creeper in between the dark black clouds ,
She hugged the shoulders of Rama who was like a valorous elephant.
2798.Rama realizing that a sport of teasing with Rakshasas.
With bent cruel teeth would only lead to evil and said to her,
“Do not do anything which causes sorrow to us for if he knows,
My younger brother will get angry at you and so ogh lady, go away quickly.”
2799. Then that Rakshasi who had assumed a pretty form told ,
“Those who live on lotus , sea of milk as well as on Kailasa mountain,
As well as God of love and other Devas are doing penance to marry me.
What is the reason that you are desiring this Rakshasi,
Who does not have , good and bad in mind and berating me?”
2800. Rama thought , “Though I do not have any relation with ,
This hard hearted lady, she is capable of telling further cheating cruel words .”
And that pure hearted Rama like the cloud going ahead of lightning ,
Along with the gold like daughter of the king of Mithila ,
Went inside his hermitage in that very pretty garden.
2801.After they left , She who did not have knowledge that” it is gone”,
She who had the soul that has gone of the body , stood breathless,
Thinking, “He has got angry with me , who loved him and has ,
Not done any help to me and he has firm love with the lady with black kajal like hair.”
2802.Without standing there , she thought about her sweet life ,
With Rama and deciding that, “If I do not hug his chest today,
I would leave my life “ She crossed the garden with densely planted,
Devadaru trees and reached a garden with a crystal rock ,
And at that time the sun set and the sky turned red,
2803.Like the cruel poison flowing from the lustrous poison fang ,
Of the serpent climbing up to her head, from a destroyed mind ,
The tired Soorpanakha The passion mentioned earlier burnt in flames furiously.
2804.Like the sharp arrow of Rama who was the king of men
Piercing the big chest of the very cruel Rakshasi Thadaga
The arrows of the god of love went and pierced the mind of Soorpanakha,
In that war of passion and she became scared and very sad.
2805.Soorpanakha wanted to eat that God of love with a great bow,
With the full moon with sixteen crescents as the side dish,
But when the southern breeze from Podigai mountain hit her,
Like the very long spear of the God of death , she became still.
2806.When the body which gave her pain became pacified without sound,
She had an idea of drying the mountain clusters using her palms
But when the full moon appeared in the sky gave a widely,
Scattered cool moon light , became weak and started sorrowing.
2807.She became angry and decided that I would break,
All the gardens in this earth and make all the flowers in them dry in to dust,
But Hearing the happy sound of Andril bird living with its mate ,
Her strength diminished and she started shivering.
2808.Becoming very angry she decided to run and bring Rahu and Kethu ,
The serpents so that they would completely swallow the full moon,
But when the cool breeze wafts over her thick , tender and sweet breasts
Her dear soul would bake in the fire of her passion and she would be sad.
2809.She using her two hands picked the very cold pieces of ice and placed it,
On her lustrous young breasts to sate her fire of passion,
But due to power of the spreading strong fire of passion,
They were destroyed like putting butter on a very hot stone.
2810.Getting scared seeing the fire that burnt her body ,
Which was protected by love with her , she started taking bath,
In cold water but that water started boiling and she became shy,
And decided that it was a proper place to hide the God of love.
2811.That Soorpanakha whose body was so hot due to ,
The fire of passion made the cool big moon stone break,
Started saluting if she sees a pillar of blue gem,
Or a black cloud on the sky with folded hands.
2812.She went and reached mountain cave where a poisonous,
Cruel serpent lives so that the pretty full moon , the cool winds ,
Or the god of love cannot reach there and recognize her.
2813.At that time the southern breeze blew with great heat ,
And made her suffer three times more than earlier ,
And due to that when her breasts became hot and was emitting fire,
Without knowing what to do, she rolled on young golden coloured leaves.
2814. When she thought about the form of Rama in her mind ,
The Cruel Rakshasi feeling as if she was seeing his black cloud like body,
Would become shy and suddenly shiver,
But when the form disappears she would be caught in fire of passion.
2815.Thinking that black cloud was the body of Rama ,
She would catch it and hug them to her breasts.
And when she sees the clouds being destroyed ,
Due to the heat of her body she would wail.
Is there any end to the sickness of passion?
2816.Due to passion she felt as if she was in middle of fire of deluge,
And with the desire that she could live with Rama of the colour of the sea,
And this medicine of hope , people said , kept her alive.
2817.Her body shivered like the one who licked poison with toungue,
And imagining Rama said, “Oh mountain of black , please take mercy on me,
And enter in to my cruel and cheating mind and destroy my danger.”
2818.That lady who was not prepared to leave the love on Rama ,
Even if she suffers death thought that “ his wife whose eyes are ,
Like blue flower or Kayal fish is more pretty than Goddess Lakshmi .
And so he would never look at me who is a sinner.”
2819.She further thought that that pretty lady is the very chaste,
Goddess Lakshmi who sits on the lotus flower and that the if we love,
A man then that sickness of desire would destroy ,
And it has mingled with our body and makes it hot like burning fire.
2820.When that lady was suffering due to excessive love she had ,
The Sun rose like the birth of Rama for removing the great darkness,
Created by the Rakshasas , who could close down all the three worlds.
Some writers feel that Soorpanakai Padalam ends with this,
And a new chapter called Mookari (cutting of nose.) padalam starts from her)
2821. AS soon as it became dawn Soorpanakha saw her own body and her soul,
And thought that till that matchless lady is near him , he would not see me,
And so I would run quickly lift her up and then hide her with speed,
Then the best thing would be to live with her darling happily.
2822.She came and searched for Sita in the hermitage and saw that,
Rama had gone from there to the river and was doing his morning rituals,
But did not see his younger brother who had a crescent like forehead,
Guarding Sita in the sweet scented garden filled with great darkness.
2823,Thinking that Sita is alone and her thought has achieved victory,
And there was no need for any more delay and thinking of some other way,
And that cruel , hateful angry Soorpanakha followed to catch,
The peacock like Sita and this was seen by Lakshmana from ,
That garden which was amply laden with fruits.
2824 That Lakshmana shouted, “Hey stop there” and speedily ,
Approached her thinking that she is a lady and without ,
Taking his bow pulled her by catching the red hair on her head,
By his red hands , kicked her and made her fall down ,
And took his lustrous sword from his scabbard .
2825. But Soorpanakha thought that with great ease, she could ,
Take him also and fly in the sky and rose up but Lakshmana pushed her down,
Easily , said to her “do not do this cruel deed” and cut off her ,
Nose ears and the cruel big tips of her breasts , one after another ,
And then after leaving his anger , left her hairs also.
2826.The wail that was made by Soorpanakha at that time spread,
In all directions and also went in to ears of Devas in the heaven,
Now what else need to be told about what happened there?
The blood that flowed from her nasal holes made the entire world wet.
2827.That good time when with luster full cruel sword , the breasts,
Where cut and her raised up nose was cut which was like cutting ,
The tips of huge mountains and was like the inaugural ceremony ,
For cutting ten heads of Ravana wearing gem studded crowns.
2828.That Rakshasi when she kept her shaking feet with alarm,
And wailed , it looked like that the asuras like Khara,
Who had shining spear wealth , like the God of death
Were preparing for their death in the cruel angry war ,
And Soorpanakha stood erect and it looked like,
The black dark clouds were giving rise to rain of blood.
2829.That Soorpanakha born in an ancient asura clan , which has ,
Never been approached by sorrow , raised up in the sky,
Due to great sorrow, fell on the earth , and cried lying there,
Became tired, crushed her palms and then rotated ,
Fainted , woke up from that faint after some time,
And muttered , ”This sorrow is because I was born as a girl.”
2830.. She rubbed the nose that was bleeding , let out hot breath,
Like that from the bellows of the black smith , beat with her hand on earth,
Caught her very big breasts and stare at it , sweat all over,
Ran around with her powerful legs and after running,
And then due to too much of bleeding got tired.
2831. That Soorpanakha who was wandering in the blood slushy mud created by,
The blood which was flowing like a stream from her, being unable to bear the pain,
Shouted and wailed hearing which even devas were scared and started running away,
And she started calling the names of people for her clan, whom even God of death were scared.
2832. “oh mountain like elder brother who lifted Kailasa which is the abode of Shiva,
Who holds the fire in his hand, when you exist in this world with the stable fame,
Is it not insult to your fame that people who do penance carry the bow and walk?
Is it proper for you to stand scared without lifting your head before Devas. Please see me.”
2833. “Oh mighty Ravana who is more powerful than the trinity who do not get weakened ,
At the deluge as well as all devas as well as Asuras, Is the saying that ” when the mother tiger
Is nearby Its tiger calf cannot be caught by others and tormented” which the people.
Of this earth , surrounded by the sea , false?.Would you not come to see my present suffering?”
2834.”Oh Ravana , who fought with Indra who came to war driving his elephant,
And came shouting helped by all devas , you destroyed him in war and made him,
Run away showing his back to you becoming greatly jittery and scared?
Would you not come to see my present suffering?”
2835.”Oh Ravana, who took the sword Chandra hasa when it was given by hands of Shiva,
You made the God of wind , the god of water , the God of fire, the cruel God of time Yama,
Sky , the planets doo menial jobs for you as per your order. Have you become ,
Powerless to fight with these two men and have changed your strength?”
2836.”Oh Ravana who could keep his twenty shoulders erect and have a strength ,
To fight war , who produced streaks of fire when he is walking ,
Who broke the tusks of the eight elephants carrying the world and who could ,
Powder the mountains, even if a person is like God of love who lost ,
His body due to the anger of Lord Shiva , they are like the dust below your sandals,
Would you not get angry at such people?”
2837.”Has the Ravana and his brothers who are blessed with the power of destruction,
Of the devas who wear the Karpaga flower garland with the scent of honey ,
Lost that power and has that power gone and settled down among men,
Who have blood running in their body and are feed for the Rakshasas. This is strange.”
2838.”Does this indicate the power and strength of the sages who live hiding,
In this dense forest scared of Rakshasas or does it indicate the weakening ,
Of the power of Rakshasas?.Is he lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu or Lord Brahma ?
Oh Khara who is always powerful, would you not bother about my sorrow?”
2839. “In your palace where Indra and Lord Brahma and all devas ,
Are obeying your orders and attending to menial jobs , Where ,
The consort of Indra is singing “Long live song” , Where all people ,
On earth salute you and praise you and where you are sitting,
Under royal white Umbrella , how can I come without shame ,
And show you my face in which the nose and ears have been cut off.”
2840.”Oh Brother who uprooted the mountain on which Lord Shiva sits.
Is it proper for me crying because that man pushed me down,
Making my chest crush and roll and has cut off my nose ,
And is proudly looking at his own shoulders making me ,
Support less and lonely ? Is this not the forest where.
Khara rules? Is it proper for me to attain this state ?”
2841.Oh Ravana , who has waged a restless war against the elephants ,
That are in the eight directions and has broken their tusk,
Oh Ravana who has a shoulders which are shining with your fame ,
When I have lost my nose due to passion and have attained ,
Shamelessly bad name , Would not your fame also get stained?”
2842. Oh my nephew Indrajit who destroyed with roots the Vidhyadharas,
Who imprisoned Indra who conducted one hundred Aswamedha Yagnas,
And who made the devas do his menial jobs, when in these forest two men ,
Have cut off my ears as well as nose together , Is it all right,
That I who am a sinner should die here alone due to shame?”
2843. Oh Indrajit , once upon a time when all the seven worlds together
Waged a war against you , you drove all of them in all directions by your single bow,
And chained their king Indra on both his legs ,
Would you not come to see the strength of these men?”
2844.Oh Khara and Dhooshana who were born in the clan of Rakshasas,
Who wear Gems which removes darkness , who are strong and have long hand,
And who have weapons which can even break a stone , are you also sleeping,
Like Kumbhakarna who has weapons sharpened by black smiths,
And due to that are you not able to hear me when I call?
2845.When that Rakshasi was crying and wailing in various ways,
And rolling on the dusty floors of the hermitage in various ways
Rama holding a huge bow , who had huge shoulders and ,
Who was like an emerald mountain , after completing ,
The rituals in river Godavari came walking back to the hermitage.
2846.When he came there , Soorpanakha beat her stomach with her hands,
Making the mud slushy with the tears she shed and the blood flowing out from her,
Said, “Oh Lord , oh sir for the crime of my desiring your pretty body,
See what has happened to me , and then fell before him.
2847.Rama with his matchless great heart understood that she who had ,
Kept her hair scattered all around has done some cruel deed,
And also understood that only his younger brother had cut off ,
Her long nose and ears and he asked her “Who are you?”
2848.Hearing that she asked , “do you not know me ? I am the sister ,
Of Ravana , who has abolished enemy talk from all the three worlds,
Who is short tempered and carries a cruel spear which is like a leaf.”
2849.And then Rama asked her , “Why did you leave the famous place of Rakshasas
And have come here where we have come to do penance after walking a long distance?
And for doing what activity have you come here ?” and then she replied,
“Oh Lord who is the medicine for cruel passion like the coal burning in the fire,
And makes us all suffer? Did I not come yesterday also “
2850. When Rama asked her “were you the person with long black eyes ,
Resembling the kayal fish looking like Goddess Lakshmi,
Sitting on lotus flower with the scent of honey ,
Who came yesterday to see me ? and she replied ,
“If the breasts , the ear wearing ear globes and the flag like nose ,
Are cut off, Oh king of beauty who has very pretty eyes,
Would not any great beauty be destroyed ,oh king.”
2851,That Lord Rama , after breaking in to a smile , looking at the face ,
Of his heroic brother asked, “Oh valorous one, What crime did she commit,
So that you have cut off her dropping ear and long nose” and then
That valorous Lakshmana saluted the holy feet of Rama and started telling.
2852, “ I do not know whether she was searching for eating something with her long teeth,
Or whether a group of cruel Rakshasas were near her but I knew not the reason why,
She with her evil eyes spitting fire and with an anger which others cannot realize,
She came running looking at Sita “ told Lakshmana.
2853.Before Lakshmana with a big curved bow could complete ,
What he was saying , That Rakshasi who had enmity with him,
Said, “Oh lord who has watering places in his kingdom,
In which a pregnant she frog seeing her mate sitting on a conch,
Developed a great love tiff and was stirring violently the water ,
If a lady sees the other wife of her husband would not her mind burn?”
2854.Hearing her words Rama told her “We came here searching
For the cowardly Rakshasas who were experts in wars of illusion,
By which they were able to search and destroy huge complex of people,
And so do not tell these cruel words and march towards destruction,
And run away from this forest where sages of truth are living ,”
And hearing all thrse words of Rama , she started replying.
2855.’If I tell that the devas like Lord Brahma who do not develop ,
White hairs and folded skin , who are very many in number ,
Are paying tribute to my brother and are citizens under his rule
It would not be proper , as any action done in haste is not good.
If you have sufficient wisdom to keep on staying alive ,
I have some thing to be told to you individually.”
2856. Ravana who has ten heads would cut off the tongues,
Of those who tell him that , “the nose of your sister has been cut “,
Is not one who is very modern and would say . “ by cutting the nose ,
You have cut off your clan and so there is no way for you to escape.
Have you not made the forests wet by dropping of blood there.”
2857. If you protect me and save my life , I would save you from Ravana,
And if you do not do so , my brother Ravana would completely eliminate you .
And there is no one among devas who protect the heavens ,
Or among those kings who protect the earth or the kings who protect
The serpents for they would only to try to protect their head being cut ,
And would not protect your body and would try not to die.”
2858.”Normally those ladies who are imprisoned in the fence,
Of chastity would not say about their greatness themselves,
In spite of that I am telling it to you , because my love towards you,
I am the sister of Ravana who is much stronger than devas,
And I am stronger than every one in this world ,Would you not tell this to your brother”
2859.”I would protect you in big wars.I would be able to carry you ,
Through the path of sky to any place that you would desire to go,
I am capable of bringing many types of fruits which are as tasty as meat,
Why do you hate and want to destroy ,all those who guard you,
I would be able to give you anything that you desire by mind,
And I am not able to understand how this flower like lady would be useful to you.”
2860.”Due to birth in a high clan , due to culture of doing good,
Due to my ability to bring anything that is wanted by you ,
Due to intelligence , Due to innocence and due to my beauty,
All the people of earth as well as heaven , would not be able ,
Tell any other lady that they know as one equal to me .”
2861.”You have cut off my nose , what did I lose by that ?
If you accept me within a second I would be able to remake it ,
I would also gain lot of beauty and I would also get your merciful habit,
After that would there be any short coming to my feminineness,
Is it not true that high and long nose is common to ladies?”
2862. “Is it not true that those who are needed are not liked,
And if your mind loves me , would not my soul become yours?
Is not the beauty which is desired by all , a type of poison ?
Would you not accept me ,when I take the form which is liked by my husband?”
2863.Oh Lord who was formed by the joining of Shiva, Brahma who sits on the lotus ,
The great Vishnu and the Indra with Vajrayudha and has a very pretty form.
Because the God of love is troubling the souls of every one ,
Using his flower arrows and is not merciful ,
Like your younger brother , is he also your younger brother?”
2864 . “Oh Lord who wears heroic anklets made of gold ,
Is there any reason for cutting off my nose and making it in to a big hole?
I would take the sweet and pretty form that I had before,
My nose was cut and then go away from there .and if you had cut my nose ,
Thinking that I would not go anywhere and no body would look at me ,
You have done a great mistake and It is due to my knowing the truth ,
My love to you got doubled. Am I one who is not wise enough?”
2865. When those Rakshasas who are boiling with anger and having a long spear ,
Come to know of this cruelty done to me and look at you with anger ,
And due to that would completely destroy all the world and so,
Remembering your Dharma the people who are with great families .
Please do not do any deed that would bring bad name to them,
And so avoid doing this act which will bring bad name to you ,
And be kind enough to live with me.” Said Soorpanakha and saluted him,
2866.”Oh cruel Rakshasi , I am still having the arrow which killed Thadaga ,
Who is the mother of your mother and you being one who caused ,
The world unbearable harm also , know that I have been born in this world ,
To do penance and destroy the Rakshasas who have great strength ,
Of shoulders and densely formed flower garlands and who have ,
Enmity with me and so leave these cruel habits and run away .”
2867.Rama again told , “We are the sons of Dasaratha who ruled the world,
And have come in obedience to the words of my step mother
To this forest which is scented and as per the desire of those ,
Who chant the Vedas and those who do great penance ,
We want to completely uproot all the Rakshasas along ,
With their big army and would go back to the city of Ayodhya,
Which has houses which are similar to the great mountains ,
Please think about of all these and understand it properly.
2868.”Without standing in front of Rakshasas who do not follow good habits,
The devas who lived for a long time were all defeated and ran away ,
If you are intelligent do not consider both of us as after all only men,
If you bring , those Rakshasas wearing garlands and holding spears ,
Those Rakshasas who have won victory over Yakshas and others ,
And all those whom you consider as strong , we would kill them in front of you.”
2869.Then she said, “Oh person of Kosala country which produces lot of paddy,
Due to its having good water resources , Without finding fault on me as one,
Whose teeth of upper palate are long and protruding outside and one having a large mouth,
Please show your grace and mercy on me and then you can kill Rakshasas,
You can understand their acts of illusion even before , you can win over all the kings,
You can get over the black magic acts of theirs and you can get over,
All the cheating acts of Rakshasas with my help . “ said that Rakshasi called Soorpanakha.
2870. “I understand that you would not part with your wife ,
Who has bamboo like shoulders and would I also be a great burden,
If you are interested in fighting a war with the strong Rakshasas who cheat ,
I would understand their tricks that they use by their five sense organs ,
Which are cheating which lead to senselessness and prevent them,
After all they say the feet of one serpent is only known to another.
2871. “If you say that you have one lady who likes you and want to marry you,
And if you think of waging a war against Asuras , Me , you and your brother ,
Would fight with them and make that battle field in to a tank of blood,
And gain victory and if you think that this event is not likely to happen,
Then make me live with your brother “ said the sister of Ravana,
Who once waged a war and imprisoned the sun and moon.
2872.”On the day that you all go back to Ayodhya , the city of festivities,
I would assume a form you like and even if your brother is one ,
Who has anger that never goes away and even if he tells,
That I would not live with one who has a cut nose and ears ,
Oh Lord, Have you not lived for a long time with one who has no waist.”
2873.Looking at that Soorpanakha who told like this, Lakshmana ,
After looking at his spear with a shape of a leaf and asked Rama
“If I do not kill her here itself then she would greatly sorrow,
What is your order regarding this?” Rama said,
“The words you said are proper and if she does not go away,
Do accordingly “ And Soorpanakha understood that , they would,
Not agree to her proposals and that she would lose her life.
2874.”Would I patiently continue to live with my long nose ,
Two ears and my two breasts which were making me pretty being cut off ?
What I have been doing here was only an act of cheating , to make you understand,
I would now itself bring Khara who is more powerful than wind as well as fire ,
Who is very cruel and who is the God of death who is going to kill you all”
Saying like this with great anger which had not cooled down , She went away.
The chapter of killing of Khara
(Soorpanakha then goes and complains to her Cousin Khara as to what has happened . He then sent fourteen chiefs to kill Rama. In spite of Lakshmana wanting to fight the battle , Rama prevents him for doing it and kills all the fourteen chiefs. Hearing this Khara comes along with his army . All of them including Trisiras and Dhooshana are killed by Rama . In the war with Khara, the bow of Rama breaks and Varuna gives the bow of Lord Vishnu to Rama.
Valmiki mentions only about 14000 soldiers with Khara. There is no mention of the breaking of the bow of Rama and Varuna giving a new bow in Valmiki Ramayana.)
2875.That lady (Soorpanakha) who was with flowing blood, With loose hair,
With watershed hole like nose and a very broad mouth ,
Like the cloud spread on the reddish sky fell on both feet of the great Khara.
2876.It wasa the day when those Rakshasas would face destruction,
And like drum which is being played as per the orders of God of death,
Soorpanakha made great sound by her wailing and like the struggling snake ,
Which was hit by fire like thunder from the clouds , rolled on the earth.
2877.That Khara whose eyes were drowned by blood oozing out of her nose ,
And one who has a mouth from which smoke comes out as and when a word was uttered,
Looking at her asked ,” Who are those shameless people ,
Who have brought you to this state . Please tell me who they are?”
2878.Hearing that she replied , “They are two human beings who are sages,
And were seen holding a huge bow and a great sword in their hands,
They had a body of the god of love who travel in the path of Dharma,
They are the sons of Dasaratha and are the ones who are searching Rakshasas for fighting.”
2879.”They are least bothered about your strength and they both want ,
To establish Dharma after examining various paths leading to Dharma,
And as a policy they have decided that they will kill all asuras who hold the spear.”
2880.”THe young lady with them has prettiness that cannot be seen on this earth ,
AS well as in the difficult to see heavens or in patala and thinking about it,
She does not have any one else who is equal to her in her beauty ,
And though I have seen her with my eyes I cannot describe her by my mouth.”
2881.”After seeing such a lady who had beauty beyond imagination ,
I decided that I will take her to Ravana who is the king of Lanka,
And when I was preparing to jump at her , those men got angry ,
And completely cut off my nose “ She said to them.
2882.That Khara who used to make the beings of the world shiver ,
And made the eyes of those who looked at him burn down,
After hearing these words , saw her nose which was like ,
The unearthed fruit of the palmyrah palm , with his eye,
Jumped up and told her , “ show me those people” and started from there.
2883.After telling this Khara stood up with fire of anger coming out of his eyes,
Which could make all the seven worlds burn and turn in to powder ,
And that Khara whose mind was boiling said “now all humans are no more”,
And he further said, “would those who make the bad name to us not get destroyed.”
2884.And then when he summoned his chariot his fourteen army chiefs,
Who were sitting by his side , who were like fourteen mountains each with two hands ,
Who were each capable of lifting the earth just by their one hand,
Said to him, “Please allot this job of war only to us,”
2885.Those Rakshasas were having arms that could fight with trident , sword ,
Axe , iron rod, and wheel , who could make all beings of this earth ,
Scared by their sound and had bodies like Halahala poison.
2886.Those Rakshasas who were boiling with anger of fire addressing Khara told,
“Oh great chief , are you going to fight with anger with devas and we say that,
“our job as slaves is good.”, if it is “no”, “if you go to fight with this men,
How can we continue to live in this world with respect “ and stopped him.
2887. Khara said , “well said , if I go and fight against these human lads,
Devas will laugh at us and so you please go and fight with them,
And then drink their blood , destroy their principles , and come back,
With the tender girl who is with them”, Ordered he to them,
2888.As soon as Khara ordered like this , with joy they saluted him ,
And along with the shameless lady who told the news and went as if,
They are emissaries of God of death , went behind her ,
And reached the place where sons of Dasaratha was staying.
2889.Soorpanakha pointed out with her hand ,
That lotus eyed Rama who was meditating on the faultless,
And divine feet of that Lord Vishnu who has one thousand
Ancient names to them who were experts in tumultuous war fare .
2890.With one saying “we will catch and crush them” , another saying,
“we will catch them by hand “ and yet others saying , “we would ,
Tie both of them with long rope” , they decided that they would,
Complete the job as per the words of their leader ,and surrounded Rama,
Just like fourteen mountains have surrounded him.
2891.That Rama who had the truth which is praised by all,
Told Lakshmana to protect Sita and using his big hands ,
Which were like the flowering Karpaga tree , took
A mountain like bow whose strings were attached already.
2892.That Rama who had pretty eyes resembling the red lotus flowers .,
Took hold of the bow along with a sword , tied his quiver ,
Moved away from the hermitage said, “Hey come to the war”,
And with a very joyful shoulders started that fight.
2893.Then Rama cut and made to fall down the axe , sword , the shining
Tridents and the pillar like twenty eight hands of those Rakshasas,
Who were looking like the fire at the final deluge by his arrows which never miss their aim.
2894.Though their long sword bearing hands were cut like trees and had fallen down,
Those army chief continue to fight with the power of their chests ,
And due to the powerful arrows of Rama hitting them,
Their heads were cut off and fell down and that bad one ran away from there.
2895.That Soorpanakha who was like a she elephant , seeing all the male elephants,
Being killed by an angry and cruel lion , running holding its trunk above her,
Went to Khara who was armed with a lustrous spear and told the news.
2896. That cruel Rakshasa named Khara who by his valour cannot be prevented by,
Lord Shiva riding on his bull, as soon as he heard that his army chiefs have been killed ,
Became so angry that the blood within him seem to come out of his eyes.
2897.Khara who could shout and make the lions living in the caves ,
Shiver with fear said, “Please bring my chariot here and arrange ,
For all my weapons to be brought and let my servants go
Speedily and within a second play the war drums so that,
The noise like the thunder falling on the elephants is heard.”
2898. AS soon as the war drums were played , the Rakshasa army ,
Which had chariots assembled there like the numberless ,
Clouds bearing rain coming together and due to this,
The land of devas as well as the land of serpents became sad.
2899.As soon those war drums raised a very huge sound “bom”,
The army of asuras rose for the war like the waves of the ocean,
Along with its huge shoulders and endless tumult ,
Resembling the black sea resembling the cloud rising at deluge .
2900. The entire forest was filled up densely and hid the sky ,
And the flags of chariots which were long as well as high ,
Were waving and looked like ghosts telling the world,
Soon all the hunger that we have would come to an end.
2901.Those Rakshasas who were like the crowd of elephants in rut,
With two trunks , which had just broken from its ties and ,
Which were not bothered by any one ,
With one sword rubbing against another giving rise to fire sparks ,
Made the entire forest look as if it was covered by fire ,
2902.With the sound created by playing of war drums on both sides ,
Getting mute due to the sound of the rolling of wheels of umpteen chariots,
And appeared like darkness swallowing Sun God who is personification of mercy.
2903.Similar to all the huge mountains from all over ,
The endless seven worlds coming together and the earth,
Which is carried by the serpent called Adhisesha ,
Was not able to stand with balance due to the heavy burden,
And making its back bend and become unstable. .
2904.The number of the Rakshasas in that army was like ,
Crowd of tigers, crowd of clouds, tall standing mountains,
And not all this , but that army of lions and could be ,
Counted as several times ten thousands,
2905. Yaalis were tied , Lions were tied , Ghosts were tied,
Tigers were tied , dogs were tied , foxes were tied ,
Devils were tied and Horses were tied to the chariots.
2906 .Bulls were tied , pigs were tied , wind like ghosts were tied
Donkeys were also tied to the chariots and
There were those tied with eagles ,
And they were all capable of going round the earth ,
As soon as mind thinks about them and The conches boomed.
2907.The crowds of chariots neared , Elephants with small eyes,
And red faces which were like clouds neared,
The horse army which can travel like wind neared,
The huge army of Rakshasa army which were like,
The God of death were also marching.
2908-2909.They were carrying arms like axe , spears ,
Strong swords , pointed weapons , throw spears ,
Huge spears , Huge stones , small knives called Musundi ,
The iron staff , the trident , pestles , the rope of death,
Small spears , Vajrayudha , sticks , Bindipalas ,
Countless arrows , Wheels , the cruel round weapon,
The White conches , Fire Sticks , Kappanas and ropes .
2910.All these which were lustrous and made the Sun,
And the Fire scared and were filled with blood and flesh ,
And had caused great sorrow in previous battles ,
And wore the garland of Vagai flowers and were all near each other.
2911. The commanders of the Rakshasa army had the strength,
Of several thousand elephants , had mouths which could,
Swallow the earth itself , had eyes which burnt like fire,
And these were under the control of fourteen chiefs.
2912.One army division consisted of sixty lakhs soldiers
And the entire army consisted of fourteen such divisions .
This is how the strength of the army was enumerated.
2913. They all possessed great strength , had a voice like thunder ,
Had weapons that could be thrown by hand ,
They all had got several boons by the God who sits on lotus,
They were so tall that clouds thinking they are mountains,
Used to take rest on their heads, they had lot of pride,
And they had come there with the thought of killing their enemy.
2914.They had bodies which measured the sky and could be seen,
Only if we stand erect , they had chests which cannot be measured by eye ,
They were so strong that they could measure the earth with their feet,
And they had won over devas in several wars and were famous due to that.
2915. They had such strong shoulders that the weapons,
Which were thrown at them by devas as well as Indra ,
Were ejected without wounding them and later got powdered,
They had that much power that even God of death saluted them,
And obeyed their commands and they had a form,
Which looked as if the burning fire has taken their forms and had come there.
2916.They were holding the spear and the rope ,
And had red fluffy hair , fearlessness and long upper teeth.
They were so black that even the poison was whiter compared to them,
And due to their power , It could be doubted whether they are indeed God of death.
2917. Those who wore anklets , those who wore garlands ,
Those who wore armour over their chests ,
Those who lustrous ornaments , Those who lift their forehead due to anger
Those who has red hair resembling fire , those had enthusiasm in mind,
To participate in war and they who had achieved unity within.
2918.Even the Indra , the king of devas who had a elephant in rut ,
With unbreakable tusks , if he happen to see them without intention ,
Would show his back and run away and they who did not have anyone,
To face them in all the three worlds to oppose those,
Rakshasas were with shoulders like the top of mountains.
2919. They with faces of Elephants , horses, devils , monkeys .
Big lions .the cruel bear with great anger ,dogs . tigers , Yalis
Making those who see them scared had faces like fire,
And they were like the poison that got collected in the ocean of milk.
2920.Among them very large number of Rakshasas were with eight hands ,
Or With seven hands or with seven or eight fire spark emitting eyes,
Or With strong legs , or those who get joy by catching all beings ,
Whom they see by their strong powerful hands
And putting them in their mouth and eating them .
2921-2922.Those which were robbed from Yakshas, those left by Asuras ,
When they were defeated , those they usurped from devas ,
After making them faint by their illusion by their power ,
Those they got by chasing away Gandharwas who never become tired,
And those they got from saints by making them suffer , were those flags,
Peacock feathers , big hangings , the big flags which were kept on elephants,
Several type of gems, and all these were spread everywhere ,
And since they were densely there in the sky , the sun light became dim.
2923. Those fourteen leaders of the divisions were those ,
Who got victory in all the fourteen worlds , and they commanded a huge army ,
They also had axes , lifting big swords , possessed lustrous spears ,
And had an anger like lion and tiger and used to make others suffer.
2924. They had the bow , had the sword, had teeth with which,
They pressed their teeth , had the power to uproot even Mahameru mountain,
Had chariots drawn by horses , had a strong mind which made them,
Capable of doing anything exactly as they desire and had strong minds ,
And those people surrounded Rama from all the directions.
2925 Army chiefs like Dhooshana and Trisiras who can,
Take out the soul from the body of valorous heroes,
And who wore victory garlands and other army chiefs ,
Came and surrounded Khara along with armies with,
The huge sound raised by their war drums.
2926.With a huge sea of soldiers capable of hurting the enemy ,
Surrounding him like they surround the Meru mountain touching the sky ,
Khara who rode in a stable chariot , who has high shoulders,
And one appeared scary to all others, appeared there.
2927. When Elephants whose water of rut flows like a stream , horses,
Chariots with golden kalasa and the Rakshasas of four types of army ,
Walked on earth , the dust that rose reached sky and because of that,
The green horses of Sun God and his golden chariot became white.
2928.When that very angry army which was like an ocean,
Started from there , due to the great dust that rose ,
All the forests were covered with dust and also ,
Mountains growing up to the sky and the clouds on them,
Were also covered by this dust , the ocean was filled up ,
What else needs to be told after this?
2929.Due to earth and sky becoming densely crowded ,
Those cruel Rakshasas who had chosen to kill in war ,
Whose mind was boiling , resembling mountains ,
Travelling on mountains , jumped from one mountain to another mountain.
2930. Soorpanakha like the diseases which are within the body,
And cannot be cured and had the capacity to kill all beings,
And give them to God of death and which cannot be avoided ,
Even by very wise people who have got rid of all attachments ,
Walked in front and that army which was like the sea ,
Reached near the place where the charitable Rama was there.
2931.The Rakshasa Army came with playing of instruments and drums,
That made the clouds in the sky scared, with twang of their long bows,
Making thunders scared and confused and With their shouting ,
Making the oceans scared and shivering and reached ,
The hermitage in the forest where those experts in war were staying.
2932. The birds and animals of that forest seeing that huge army ,
Became confused , developed dry mouth , had pain in their body
Did not take rest any where on the way , were looking up,
And taking deep breath , developed dim eye sight and rushed ,
Looking like spies who wanted to tell Rama ,
The arrival of the huge army before any body else .
2933.The rising dust came in front of the army and settled down,
The trees and bushes broke due to being trampled by the feet,
Of those Asuras making a sound “Chada, chada” ,
The lions and Yalis in the forest ran helter-skelter ,
Due to great fear and hearing the great sound ,
Due to all these ,Those two with big shoulders ,
Thought that the Rakshasa army has come to fight with them.
2934.Rama Looked at, his younger brother who was holding,
A bow shining like lightning , who had tied on his hips ,
Who had a quiver full of sharp pretty looking arrows
Who was greatly angry , who was telling him,
“Stop and be pleased to see my skill in war”
And was ready for war and standing before him, and told.
2935.”Oh valorous one , I have a request to you .
Please with great attention take care of the safety of Sita ,
Who is wearing flowers that have maddening scent and
I would protect my word given to the sages who are doing great penance ,
Which was given earlier that ,”I would myself kill the Rakshasas”.
2936.Seeing that army which was occupying all the area of the forest ,
And thinking that it is the army of Khara ,Rama who was black in colour,
And had lotus flower like eyes , tied the quiver , which was full of arrows,
On his shoulder and wore an unbreakable armour and tied the sword.
2937.Then Lakshmana said , “Oh Brother who is as strong as Yali,
Even if all the beings of heaven and earth come before me,
To fight a war where there is no return , would not the life time,
Of all those beings end that day itself? Is there a need,
For me to tell you about that ? So please give me this war,
And see to it that the laziness of my shoulders is removed?”
2938.Though Lakshmana told like this , Rama did not agree to that,
Though he understood in his mind the greatness of the valour of his shoulders,
And Lakshmana unable not to obey the command of his brother ,
Saluted him by folding his pretty hands and with tears dropping down,
Went near the sorrowing Sita and stood guard for her.
2939. With Sita who was like a branch having flowers similar to the moon ,
Wearing ear studs , becoming weak and sad , Rama emerged out of,
That hut with leaves as roof carrying a huge bow which was like,
The Meru mountain and came in to the sight of those Rakshasas,
Who were shouting like clouds and who had very sharp teeth ,
Like a huge male line emerging out of its mountain cave , with great anger.
2940 . That Soorpanakha , who was like the cruel fire produced ,
By the rubbing of Bamboo plants touching the sky , getting ,
Ready to completely destroy the clan of her birth,
Pointed out Rama who came out of the hut and told ,
“This one who is ready for war, is the valorous hero
Who has enmity with us and he is called Rama..”
2941.That victorious Rakshasa warrior Khara who had mountain like shoulders,
And who was standing with enmity on a golden chariot which was shining ,
And making even the sun god depressed , saw Rama and looking at his soldiers,
Told that “I would myself fight this great war alone, destroy
The power of this man and would wear the garland of victory today.”
2942.Khara further told “If people say “He is only one man and for the powerful army,
Of Rakshasas which is very powerful , there is no place to stand in this forest ,
.It is surprising”, What would be the use of victory that we will get,
And so all of you stand watching and I would alone,
Make this man who sis our flesh food and drink his soul.”
2943.One very leared Asura called Akampana after hearing these words told.
“Oh sir , who has the greatest valour among those having very great valour ,
It is great to be harsh and cruel in a battle ,but I am seeing many ill omens here,”
And then he started describing them in detail.
2944.”Oh valorous one , After the booming of clouds there is rain of blood,
The Sun is surrounded by a circle , the crowd of crows after fighting ,
Sitting on your flag are falling down and rolling in the ground” think about them.
2945.”Flies are circling the wounds made by the swords , the left eyes,
And shoulders of your soldiers are twitching ,
The horses of the great army chiefs are sleeping and falling down .
Dogs join with the foxes and are making peculiar sound.”
2946. “The female elephants are letting out water of rut and in case,
Oh huge male elephants , their huge tusks are breaking and falling down,
The earth is trembling and shaking , Thunders are falling from the sky ,
The great directions are catching fire and burning and the garlands,
Worn over the head of Rakshasas are having the bad smell of rotten flesh.”
2947.”Since such ill omens are happening judging him as a weak man is not proper ,
OH lord who knows justice , even if you can take all the efforts for a war,
He does not seem to be one who can be defeated easily .
Oh Lord with the victory garland ,please pardon my words, “Said Akampana.
2948.As soon as he heard these words, Khara laughed making all ,
The world shake and said, “My shoulders which like mortar ,
Have made the devas in to a paste and which are shaking ,
Are now very happy demanding me to fight the war,
Would we submit to a man? Our valour seems to be good.”
2949.As soon as this was told , like many angry elephants encircling a lion,
Which had pure lustrous mane , that Rakshasa army encircled the son,
Of the king of kings and that crowd of very angry Raksasas,
Throwing very many types of weapons surrounded Rama with sound like thunder.
2950.When the Rakshasa army encircled him like that , the huge bow,
In the hands of Rama started bending and let us now tell,
About the war that happened at that time and also its result
Due to the arrows of Rama making hole in to them the swiftly moving,
Horses fell down and rolled and the elephants with red dots in their face ,
Suffered and fell down like huge mountains , as if thunder has struck them.
2951. The spears were broken , the lustrous axe were cut in to pieces,
The swords were uprooted , The Iron rod weapons were broke,
Bindi palas were broken , arrows were broken , the spears ,
Which had the mouth that split were broken and bows and Opalla arrows were broken.
2952.The heroic anklets were broken in to pieces , Along with arms ,
The huge iron rods were broken , the legs of elephants in rut were cut off ,
The flags as well as axils of huge chariots were cut ,
Horses were cut in to pieces , the heads of animals were cut ,
The Pestles along with huge iron rods were also broken.
2953.The cruel arrows that were sent by Rama went through ,
The horses and the seatsWhen Rama , the black elephants in rut and speedily ,
Went towards all directions . The stream like blood,
Was standing here and there, The chests of several asuras ,
Were broken and their head also was cut off.
2954. When Rama , who was born in the clan of Raghu sent rows of arrows
Like one , ten , hundred , thousand and crore and innumerable numbers
Which killed his enemies and pierced the heads of many mountains,
The heaps of corpses of those Rakshasas were lying in several rows.
2955. When the branches of black luxurious trees caught fire,
Due to the burning of that fire , the bodies without heads ,
Being heated , with blood flowing on them twitched and shook.
And those sharp arrows of Rama after cutting the Rakshasas,
Which went speedily on to the sky , not being satisfied,
With cutting the bodies are going to kill their souls in the heavens.
2956. The cruel arrows of Rama which were like the long eyes of ladies,
Caused scare to the Rakshasas cut off their hands , holding the sword ,
Cut off their neck , broke open their bodies wearing armour ,
Cut off their legs and made their red heads scatter ,
And went away to see the boundaries of different directions.
2957.Those arrows of Rama showering constantly were like rain,
Cut off the mountain like bodies of Asuras and heaped them,
And they looked like big banks of lakes and rivers,
And filled those rest of the areas with blood ,
And this made the look of the forests very much different.
2958.Then the blood rose giving rise to waves and looked ,
Like a ocean of blood and in that sea the cut heads ,
Of the Asuras floated , big flesh pieces floated,
Elephants with trunks floated , The horses ,
Which jumped floated , The big bows floated ,
And the chariots along with the flags floated.
2959. At that time
some very strong Rakshasas,
Looking at this, with fire coming of their eyes,
After greatly shouting , like a huge mountain,
Surrounded by clouds showering white rain drops,
Threw at Rama cruel long arrows , and also ,
Several powerful weapons which are capable of cutting the enemy.
2960.Rama using his arrows cut off all the weapons that were,
Showered on him by the Rakshasas and made them scatter in all directions,
And cut off several heads of Rakshasas , made them in to a mountain heap,
And made the earth twitch due to great load and filled up the forest.
2961.At that time the bodies without head danced , the dead elephants,
Got drowned in that stream of hot and red blood , huge ghosts ,
Due to great anger ate the bodies of Rakshasas with great fat content ,
And the heavens also not able to bear the load , twitched its body.
2962. Looking at Rama who is an expert archer and who was like the Sun God,
Who shined and broke open and removed several thousand darknesses
Very many Rakshasas got very angry and stared at him sharply,
And like the lustrous spear , Similar to the huge clouds causing ,
Rain of stones at the time of final deluge attacked him,
By sending various types of arrows continuously.
2963. That Rama who was holding the bow killed the Rakshasas who came in groups,
Those who came separately , who came with enmity and with very great anger ,
And who ran away from war and came gain to fight after identifying those ,
Who threw at him a particular weapon, after identifying those who shot him with arrows,
After identifying those who intended to shoot a particular weapon and
After identifying those who dared to attack him , by using his very sharp arrows.
2965. The heads that were cut and pushed by Rama were those ,
Wearing ear globes and some of them reached the place of clouds,
Some reached the boundary of the oceans , some went and reached,
The stars surrounding the moon , some went and reached the cruel forests,
Some went and reached the mountains and some reached the elephants of the eight directions.
2966.Rama’s arrows which pierced the body of the very strong Rakshasas , from whom,
Blood was flowing like river from their wounds and who thought that ,
Their strong chests were much more powerful than the Meru mountain,
Exited from their body and some fell on the earth , some on the top of mountains,
Some went above the clouds , some went to the sky where moon was there ,
And some went below the huge and tumultuous oceans.
2967.Some Rakshasas wearing flower garland and had eyes which emit sparks of fire ,
Some were sending powerful , sharp and cruel weapons at Rama and
All those Rakshasas died due to the rain of arrows that Rama sent ,
And the bodies of those who died like that went and joined the ocean,
And they got the deva body which cannot be destroyed and those ,
Beings who move at night happily shouted that “Rakshasas have been destroyed.”
2968.With the livers of those dead Rakshasas looking like lotus flowers ,
The destroyed chariots becoming sand dunes ,
The crowd of floating dead elephants becoming the crowd of crocodiles ,
Their thick intestines becoming the lotus leaves,
There were several lakes of blood there and in which the ghosts took bath.
2969. When those fatal arrows like torrential rain hit them,
Some people shouted for help , some fell down greatly tired,
Some of them died , some ran away for a very long distance ,
Some greatly sorrowed , some took deep breath ,
Some rolled on the ground , some were caught in the slushy mud ,
Of the lakes of blood , Some fell on earth and died and some broke down.
2970. Those fourteen Rakshasa chiefs who were as cruel as the poison ,
That emerged when the milk ocean when it was churned
Made fun of those who retreated and ran away before their eyes,
And rode in chariots with very strong wheels , were armed with sword and spear ,
Were surrounded by an army which was like ocean ,
And were also having a very huge bow and together reached place of Rama.
2971. They like the Rakshasas of Tripura who once surrounded Lord Shiva
Who held a a bow like Meru mountain, in the sky , surrounded Rama,
Without bothering about him and the fire of anger from their body,
Coming out through their eyes, and attacked him with anger ,
And surrounded the great archer Rama and waged a war at him.
2972. At that time many Rakshasas who had crescent shaped long ,
Protruding teeth sent Arrows against Rama , Many threw spears at him,
Some hit him with axes, some hit him with round metallic staff,
Many beat him with weapons , many fought and neared him ,
Some of them uprooted mountains and rained them on him.
Some threw fire on him, some shouted bad words at him
Some chastised and shouted at him and surrounded him like mountain.
2973.From the killing arrows that emanated from the bow of Rama ,
The beasts that were attached to all their chariots died and reached the earth,
The huge elephants which were in rut were all given in sacrifice,
The head of horses with jingling bells did not fit on their body,
And thus those Rakshasas lost all their accompaniments ,
And because of that lost their confidence and shivered for their life.
2974.The rain of arrows pierced the bodies of that cruel Asuras who had fainted,
And the blood that flowed from their wounds were like river and hid the earth,
The crowd of Devas who had assembled in the sky closed their eyes,
And the emissaries of God of death came speedily like storm and took away soul of Asuras.
2975. On the mountain cave like mouth of the mad Rakshasas,
Who like to fight war and are the reason for ghosts coming together,
Several dogs climbed inside , also many jackals came and climbed on their head,
And those Rakshasas who were like fire , who were like huge male lions ,
And who were like thunder appearing on clouds came and crowded there ,
And they were killed by the sharp , fire spitting arrows of Rama and reached heaven.
2976.The heads of Asuras were broken ,their eyes which spit fire were torn down,
The elephants which were tied broke in to pieces like mountains on earth,
The arrows of Rama which were like rain from clouds scattered and fell everywhere,
And in all those places they spit fire like the fire place of black smith and many asuras died.
2977.All others other than those great fourteen army chiefs , their chariots
And big war weapons that they carried , who were very angry and neared Rama,
Were killed by the arrows of Valorous Rama and drowned ,
In the evil smelling cruel sea of blood and died.
2978.Those fourteen chiefs looked all around and were not able to see,
Even a single soldier in the great army that came surrounding them,
With their head attached to their body , and crashed their teeth ,
And with great anger , came in speedy chariots and surrounded Rama.
2979.Rama cut those fourteen chariots which came near him,
And surrounded him within the time of battling of the eyes,
By his arrows and destroyed them and having lost their .
Wheels , horses and driver they resembled,
The mountains which were thrown by terrible cyclone.
2980.Once their chariots were destroyed those fourteen chiefs,
Got down making the earth split and they who had huge bows ,
Did not retire and with eyes giving out sparks of fire ,
They sent arrows resembling thunder continuously .
2981.Rama then destroyed all those destructive arrows .
By his own arrows and then Rama cut in to pieces ,
The bows of those fourteen chiefs by using fourteen arrows,
And completely destroyed their power to fight in the war.
2982.Since all those chiefs had lost their bows , with great anger,
They uprooted mountains made of stones and rose up ,
In the sky carrying them and threw those mountains,
At Rama with sparks of fire flying everywhere.
2983.That very knowledgeable Rama who had mastered all arts ,
Took fourteen arrows which had the shape of leaves and ,
Using his bow which did the job of killing , sent them,
After arching his eye brows and those mountains,
AS well their heads became in to pieces and fell on earth.
2984, AS soon as those army chiefs who were the best among the army died,
All other Rakshasas came waving their various weapons and with fire like eyes ,
Reached in front of Rama and spread all over the sky,
And all the directions and hid themselves and devas were scared seeing this.
2985,The strong big elephants , like the huge war drums, shouted loudly,
All the big strong bows with newly attached strings twanged,
The conches and horses ,made great sound and the roar ,
Of those Rakshasas which resembled the thunder boomed.
2986.Those weapons that were thrown by the Rakshasas covered the sky ,
And expecting that they would be cut by the arrows of Rama in to pieces,
And fall down upon them, the greatly scared devas ran away from there,
All other worlds tottered and lost their spirit and the elephants ,
Which were carrying the world like pillars , closed their eyes due to fear.
2987. That chief of that great army was having measureless power ,
Wore golden crown on all his three heads and was an expert,
In causing a rain of very sharp arrows from his great bow,
And had the form of the trident Of Lord Shiva with three eyes.
2988.Then that one called Trisiras standing in their middle,
Surrounded by an army which resembled the sea at deluge,
Which were producing great tumultuous roars ,
Came to fight with Rama , who did not have any comparison,
Standing alone and holding a bow and appeared .
Like a bright lamp in the middle of that pitch darkness.
2989 Trisiras was standing with a big shining sword,
He had a voice like thunder , wore a very huge armour ,
Had very cruel eyes and to oppose his very great Army,
Rama stood alone surrounded by the army of his arrows.
2990. Due to arrows of Rama , the legs of Rakshasas were cut in the middle,
Their head was cut off , their shoulders were cut off ,
Their thighs were cut off , several swords were broken,
Several axe weapons were broken , their power reduced and their umbrellas were cut.
2991.The flags of chariots were cut off . the kodinji (a part of chariot) was broken ,
The groups of horses were killed , big chariots fell on the ground,
The huge big sized elephants in rut fell like mountains, hit by thunder
Falling on their head, fell down and rolled on the earth.
2992.The valorous Rakshasas who did not realize that their head ,
Has been cut were trying to send arrows from bows expected to give victory,
And those whose head has not been cut were throwing weapons ,
Just like the torrential rain falling from the sky.
2993. The bodies without heads holding the shield in their long hands .
Who have the form similar to the mountain , wearing an armour made of gold,
Were shivering and twitching and moving about , making the dancing girls ,
Of heaven who were wearing sandals by imitating several type of dance forms.
2994.In the rivers of blood that were flowing the umbrellas were floating ,
Giving the appearance of foam, the bodies of dead elephants became the walls for these rivers,
The headless bodies became deep whorls , in the cool watering places ,
Very many types of jewels were brought by this river and they dashed the sea.
2995.Due to being hit and being killed by the cruel and powerful arrows of Rama ,
Some asuras who had great strength and had bent long upper teeth protruding out,
Went to heaven were able to see the dance with their handicaps of ,
Dancing girls of heaven with long tresses which are visited by honeybees.
2996. Some asuras after being killed in the war and after joining the deva group.
Along with deva maidens who were wearing great bangles saw ,
Their shoulders which were cut off by arrows of Rama being dragged,
By ghosts on one side and by the dogs which never leave anything
Caught by their mouth on the other side and with joy laughed.
2997.Some Asuras whose chest has been split by the chosen arrows of Rama ,
With their bad and good Karmas disappearing reached the heavens, thought
“The army of those Asuras was very long and Rama was fighting alone “ and were scared
2998.The scene of the arrows of Rama who had hands which were similar,
To the tusk of the male elephant , cutting and uprooting the crowd of cruel Rakshasas,
Was similar to, a deceiver who was not cultured telling false witness of cruel words.
2999. Like a wasp with pretty wings , converting to its looks ,
Those worms which came seeking protection with it,
The charitable Rama surrounded the asuras who were full of cheating,
And with his best arrows , he made them all devas.
3000. Some of those
Rakshasas who were doing war of illusion thought.
“Let us go and meet Ravana who carries a spear and wears a garland,
That one strong human being who is a great man ,
Has killed very many Rakshasas only by his strength,
And let us carry some dead bodies of Rakshasas from this sea of blood to Lanka.”
3001.Thinking that due to Rama’a arrows have rounded up and split them,
And killed the huge army that was surrounding him and when they ,
Fell on earth and rolled , The army chief called Trisiras got very angry ,
And without any delay , drove his chariot drowned in to the sky.
3002.That Trisiras who stopped his chariot in front of Rama ,
Who was a the model of truth for every one and son of Dasaratha.
Who never at any time slipped away from Dharma sent ,
Thunder like arrows at him just like non stop rain ,
And hid the form of Rama by covering him.
3003.Rama then sent cruel arrows and cut off all the arrows sent,
And with fourteen great looking arrows destroyed his chariot ,
Killed his cruel charioteer and changed the path of war.
3004.Not only that at the same time, making the devas shout with joy ,
Using golden arrows which had a very sharp tip , he cut off .
Two out of the three heads wearing golden crown of Trisiras
Who is a very cruel Rakshasa who committed great sins.
3005.That Rakshasa whose chariot was destroyed and his name
Trisiras(three headed ) no more suitable, not loosing his valour,
From the bow that could send arrows of smaller length ,
Standing on the sly made a rain of arrows fall on Rama.
3006.The Rama due to his great anger bent his eye brows on the forehead.
Along with hs bow which was like dark rain bearing clouds,
Continued the war without letting off and nearing his enemy .
Like the wind entering in between clouds and scattering it ,
Cut the bow of Trisiras with his very indomitable bow.
3007Though he had lost his bow , he did not loose the luster ,
Of his face that stares , he did not loose his cruel anger ,
He did not loose his words that were like thunder,
He did not loose the strength of his shoulders ,
He did not stop the stones that he was showering on Rama ,
And he did not stop his turning like wind fan.
3008.When Trisiras was standing alone and was fighting the cruel war ,
Like two hundred people due to his magical powers , Rama cut off his two feet .
Using two ferocious thick arrows and with another two arrows cut off his shoulders.
3009.After his legs and hands were cut off , opening his mouth ,
Like a mountain cave which was giving a smell of flesh,
And showing his teeth , when he was coming to Swallow Rama,
Rama looked at hm mercifully and using a long victorious arrow .
He cut off the one more head that was remaining.
3010,When those peaks of the mountain called Trisiras fell on the earth,
In spite of the Army chief Dhooshana trying to stop them,
Not stopping other Rakshasas who were having sword with luster of Sun,
Holding in their hands the big shields , started running away .,
Through the blood wearing the fat livers of the dead ones.
3011.Seeing the legs of running Rakshasas getting entangled in Livers lying on battle field,
The devas standing as a crowd in the sky clapped their hands in teasing at those Rakshasas,
Some other Rakshasas ran swiftly on the earth carried by the serpent head making holes on the earth
Some slipped on the fat ejected from the bodies of Rakshasas and
Went deeply in to that slush and some while running away to save their lives,
Slipped and fell down on the corpses which were like hill lying on that battle field.
3012. Some others who were running away being cut in their feet ,
By the swords and spears lying about became extremely run down ,
Some others while trying to jump over the river of blood ,
Fell in to it and got drowned and others try to swim ,
In that blood and reaching somewhere became helpless to stand there.
3013.Some others who ran speedily entered in to the big holes ,
Created by arrows of Rama in the stomach of very huge elephants,
Along with their swords and seeing there the bodies without necks,
Said, “Oh friend , you would say that you have not seen us “
And later lifted their hands over their heads and saluted that incomplete body.
3014.Some others without realizing that their own sword which had fallen down,
Was cutting their feet by encircling them , assuming that Arrows of Rama were cutting them,
Became scared and fell dead there itself due to fear coming there taking a single form,
And some of them seeing that chest of all Asuras lying there was filled ,
With only arrows sent by Rama , did not proceed in that path.
3015. Looking at those Asuras who were running away losing their maleness ,
And who were not trying to do any further methods of Survival, Dhooshana ,
Who was riding on a chariot to which speedily jumping and running horses were attached Exhorted, “Do not get scared , I have something to tell you in this place”
3016.”Those men who are dilapidated and ladies who wear bangles,
Who manage to live with the fear in their mind that they would get a bad name ,
Would never get scared for only courage of the mind is the only armour ,
That can protect your soul in war for, how can the characteristic of fear ,
And how can fear provide protection to our life?”
3017. “Oh perplexed Rakshasas , in the war with Devendra who holds a sharp spear,
And those Trinity who never can die , where you fought with them in front,
How many Rakshasas ran scared ?Did you learn to run away showing your back,
From those devas who in earlier days used to get scared by us?”
3018”,Here just before a single human being so many of you who are valorous ,
Are running away showing your back and along with the sword in your hand ,
You are trying to go back to your places and would you go there and hug,
Your wives who had passionate eyes with their breasts pressing you?”
3019.”The eyes which turned very red in the war due to your great anger ,
Has now turned pale and is white like milk and would you show ,
The wounds in your back caused by tree branches , while you,
Are running through harsh forests to your wives or show,
The wounds caused by arrows on your broad chests?”
3020.”This man who has enmity towards us , fighting a very harsh battle , with great ability ,
Is perhaps not there to all devas but having seen the nose being cut off,
Of the sister of our great lord Ravana who has the strength which makes it,
Impossible for others to fight with him and added to the fact that,
You are running away showing your back to the enemy,
Would bring such a bad name to our Lord , Is there a worse act than this?”
3021.”Oh Rakshasas who have adopted life of war with emotion ,
Who due to their valour the swords from the hands of devas in war,
And are holding them, , after leaving this life would you become ,
Businessmen who see gems like pearls or are you going to use ,
Your sharp spear and strong sword as ploughs and cultivate?
Please tell me how you are going to live further ?”
3022.Then he further told them “You please wait here for sometime,
And watch the strength of my great bow and after that,
He along with his army which was similar to the ocean with waves ,
Went and fought with Rama and seeing its ferociousness ,
Even Devas were greatly perplexed and startled and Rama,
Told him “Protect your army “ and walked against him.
3023.By the arrows of Rama , the war weapons carried by elephants,
Were cut off including their trunks and very highly showing up tusks,
The chariots which travel like wind along with KOdinji and collection of flags ,
Were cut off and the neck of horses were cut like red paddy with awns.
3004.The cruel arrows sent by Rama speedily went in search of places ,
Where still life was remaining and because the waist belt and armour ,
Of the Rakshasas got untied , those weapons speedily entered in side them,
And the blood from their body flowed like mountain streams,
And these arrows pierced the shield held by them as well as their body.
3025.The arrow called Gangabadra which was chosen with care by Rama,
Went inside the body of the Rakshasas and pressed their chest
And the crescent arrows which did not enter their body , cut the head of some of them,
And some of the cruel arrows sent by Rama went inside their chests,
Through the armour that they were wearing and some,
Other arrows went and made the chest of those cruel Rakshasas in to pieces.
3026.When all the cruel arrows which were sent by Dhooshana were cut off,
When the various weapons thrown by Asuras near him were destroyed,
Rama who was interested in fighting the war ,dried up the sea ,
Of tumultuous assembled Asuras who were all matchlessly valorous strong
3027.Seeing that the Devas shouted with great joy and the great rivers of blood,
Dragged the trees and mountains that need to be destroyed and the arrows ,
Sent by Rama went to al directions filled up those directions ,
And made fall all the angry asuras who were there and rolled them on the earth.
3028. All those Asuras who had wanted to fight were standing there were killed,
The God of death taking away their sweet souls , which emerged out .
Continuously became tired and worn out. What is there to tell about ,
Those ghosts which went on eating and filling up their useless belly with the slushy mud created ,
By the continuous flow of blood and fat from the mountain heap of dead Rakshasas?
3029. Then Dhooshana seeing the elephants, chariots, the angry Rakshasas with
Golden crown on their heads , their trunk , the bodies of army chieftains ,
Belonging to his clan holding several shining weapons , their white fat which had come out,
Heaped like mountains drove speedily his chariot which was creating great sound ,
Over that mountain and developed a great sense of anger.
3030. The mountains of the heaps of bodies of Asuras placed one over another ,
Was innumerable and so the very speedily travelling chariot of Dhooshana,
Though it was like a fan when it went in to a depression in the forest of corpses ,
Climbed up in elevations , and what can we say about problem created by it?
3031.Drawn by twenty five horses whose manes have been trimmed in a pretty manner,
Travelling in the matchless chariot which had rolling wheels .
He reached with great difficulty before Rama , who was like the moon
Which removes the darkness at night ,
In front of his clear long arrows , like the soul reaching before Yama .
3032.Rama after seeing the chariot before him and Dhooshana sitting in it,
Like a mountain holding a bow, thought, Your determination appears good”
And saw him with little mercy and at that time,
That cruel one kept three arrows on his bow and sent them.
3033. Along with the eight elephants which separately lift the earth,
From the different directions which are formed like circles over circles,
The Adhi Sesha and Adhi Varaha are the two who lift the earth,
And Rama had sent back his sandals which were representative ,
Of Adhisesha to rule the earth and those three arrows,
Making the devas scared , hit on the heroic plate worn by Rama on his forehead,
Which was like the ornamental Metallic plate worn by elephants,
3034.Rama with a lustrous smile thinking that the time , aim and strength ,
Of that arrow was good , searched for very cruel arrows and sent them,
With great speed destroyed the speedily going chariot of that asura chief,
Cut the cruel bow that he was holding and also destroyed his armour by splitting it.
3035. With the devas making great sound of joy and saints standing on all sides ,
And without stopping went on telling the messages of greetings ,
And entire thing looking like the huge uproar of the black ocean ,
And then Rama told “If you are strong stop this arrow and save yourselves”,
And then sent an arrow and that Dhooshana lost his horrible head with tusks.
3036.Then the victorious Khara who had tusks firmly on his face , who was like,
An elephant expert in killing and Who held in his hands powerful and cruel weapons
Seeing that the head of his younger brother was cut by the arrow of Rama,
And also having seen that arrows of the son of Dasaratha cut off his army , became furious.
3037. That very angry Khara , making even God of death scared came along with his Rakshasa army,
With elephants , big horses and chariots and spread all of them in different directions,
And like the crowd of clouds surrounding the moon , Surrounded Rama ,
Who was like an elephant in rut and was holding a huge strong bow.
3038. The Rakshasas who were engaged in cruel craft who were in unlimited number,
Drove elephants in rut , chariots and horses in large number tearing the hood of adhi Sesha ,
And got engaged in doing different types of war fare
And the cultured Rama speedily hit them with cruel arrows.
3039. Due to his arrows , the elephants with rut shivered and fell down,
The chariots drawn by horses, jumped up and down and fell down,
Many of the heads wearing golden crowns dropped down with a shiver.
The shoulders of Rakshasas wearing an armlet called Thodi twitched.
Their small intestines twitched , their skin attached to their flesh twitched,
Their both legs twitched and their left shoulders also twitched.
3040.Rama with the forest of arrows which were pretty and .
Strong forest of killing , destroyed , the forest of sword bearing soldiers ,
The forest of bow bearing soldiers and the forest of soldiers with,
Strong soldiers which surrounded the army of forest of Rakshasas.
3041. When the chosen arrow of Rama who was the personification of Dharma ,
Went through the stars , speedily pierced the Meru mountain,
Went through the sky and went piercing the earth and is it necessary ,
For us to mention that it went through soldiers bearing swords and killed them.
3042.When Rama selected with thought the arrows and sent them ,
For destroying the Asuras along with their groups , like the wealth,
Usurped by the strong after causing trouble to the weak,
Which would destroy the strong ones, they quickly proceeded and killed them.
3043. The Cruel hero Khara who was wearing the anklet of heroes,
Seeing that all Asuras are getting destroyed and Khara was standing
In the huge blood and fat collection like Mandhara mountain in the sea.
3044.That Khara within whose mind the fire of anger was burning,
With his red eyes throwing out sparks of fire ,
With his huge bow throwing out arrows, with crows and hawks,
Coming near the rising sea of blood came like,
A speedy ship travelling on the sea in his chariot.
3045, Even before Khara became ferocious like the fire
At the final deluge , who was incomparable in cruelty and enmity ,
Approached Rama who had broken the bow of Lord Shiva .
Who had a neck like black gem , searched ,
For cruel arrows and kept them ready.
3046.The chief of Rakshasas sent sharp arrows with cruel mouth
With a form like burning fire and with the speed of wind on Rama.
And Rama by sending thousand arrows with form of fire , which had speed of wind ,
And which had sharp tips , cut off all those arrows.
3047.Rama, the lord of the seven worlds ,then sent nine arrows ,
Which were fiercer than the fire at the time of deluge ,
And which went flying and that Khara who had a round bow ,
Taking nine lustrous arrows against them and cut them off.
3048.That Khara diue to the power his learning then started,
Indulging in magical war which was cheating and by using his arrows,
He completely blocked the vision of Rama and seeing that ,
The devas trembled and ran away and hid themselves and ,
That valorous Rama became greatly enraged by biting his lips with his white teeth.
3049.Deciding in his mind, that with one of my arrows , I will kill him,
Rama took an arrow , kept it on his bow , bent his high shoulders,
And pulled the string of the bow and at that time the strong bow ,
That he was holding broke making a sound like thunder of the white sky.
3050.The devas who were praising the victory of Rama at that time ,
Seeing that the bow held by Rama had broken became scared and sad,
And since Rama did not have another bow with him , they,
Felt as if they have lost all their strength anfd got scared.
3051. AS soon as the bow of Rama broke , that son of the king of kings,
Understanding his bow has broken down and realizing that he was alone ,
As per the practice of old was , extended his arm to his back.
3052.Varuna who was seeing the war from the sky seeing that Rama,
Has extended his hands and understanding the thought of that Lord,
At that time taking out the Vishnu bow which he had taken,
AS a right from Parasurama , because he was using an axe , gave it,
In to the long hands of the Lord of Devas, Rama.
3053.Rama who had the colour of clouds enriched with water took ,
The bow given by Varuna , when he bent it by his strength,
And held it on his left hand , the left eyes and Shoulders of all asuras twitched.
3054, Within the time for battling the eye , Rama held that bow , bent it,
Making even the god of death scared and tied the string and using ,
One hundred arrows broke in to dust the pretty chariot,
With huge wheels on which that Rakshasa came for fighting.
3055.And that Rakshasa who lost that strong chariot with big wheels,
Making great sound climbed up in to the sky , and rained ,
All his arrows on the Mandhara mountain like Shoulders of Rama ,
Who was holding the pretty matchless bow.
3056.Rama the son of Dasaratha who prevented those arrows falling on him,
Took from the quiver which was tied on him took some hot and red arrows ,
And with one arrow cut the right hand and a shoulder of Khara and,
Made them both fall on the earth below.
3057. When his right hand fell down he took a heroic pestle ,
On his left hand and like the thunder that is formed in the sky,
Threw it on Rama and Rama who was born before Lakshmana ,
With an arrow which had cruel luster made it not fall on him.
3058. Like the sepent hissing after it had lost its white teeth,
With poison , he uprooted a Maramara and came near Rama,
And at that time Rama shot a separate arrow on him.
3059.Due to his having received boons , due to his knowing magic,
And due to his being very strong And due to his tormenting ,
All the beings of the seven worlds , it appeared as if ,
He had lost his right hand and similarly Rama cut away the neck of Khara.
3060, Devas with glee stood up and shouted with joy ,
And singing and dancing rained the holy Karpaga flowers on Rama.
And that pure Rama looked like God Sun who has removed the mist.
3061. With sages after sages coming and joining and surrounding him,
That Rama of sweet thoughts went to the place of Sita ,
Who was like a body without soul as Rama was her soul ,
Had gone away to fight the terrible battle with the Rakshasas.
3062.That heroic elder brother was received by Lakshmana ,
And Sita and they with their tears removed the dust ,
And blood of those Rakshasas who had gone to heaven, from the feet of Rama
3063.Within a muhurtha(about one hour) that huge blood flow ,
Had reached the end of directions and With devas loudly ,
Praying him like a roar of the ocean having stitched waves,
Rama stayed with sweetness.
3064. The story is stopped here and now we will tell ,
Other happenings. The sister of Ravana almost ,
Split her belly by beating it with her hands,
And she hugged her black brother Khara and rolled,
In the warm blood that was mixed with water.
3065 I nurtured the love towards Rama in my mind ,
And that wrong desire would have ended up with loss of my nose ,
But I did not stop there and the cruel me has ,
Also put an end to your life as well as life span of Khara,
And wailing like this she went away from there.
3066. Soorpanakha with a aim of bringing out the complete destruction
Along with their clan of all asuras, who hold a spear and wear a garland of victory,
Very much like the huge cyclone which leads beings of the world die ,
Travelled with great speed and reached the great town of Lanka.
(The chapter of conspiracy of Soorpanakha
(Soorpanakha with wounds and blood flowing all over reach Lanka. The ladies of Lanka are sadto her like this. When asked about the reason for her wounds , She tells Ravana about Rama and his great beauty and strength. She then tells about how Rama killed Khara and his great army. When asked why they cut her nose and ears, she tells Ravana about the great beauty of Sita and how she wanted to bring her as a present to Ravana. Ravana falls in love with Sita. A great description of his love sickness is then given. After getting not satisfied by advice of ministers , Ravana goes to meet Mareecha.
In Valmiki Ramayana , a spy called Akampana reaches lanka before Soorpanakha.He reports in detail about happenings, He suggests to kidnap Sita so that Rama would die automatically. He gives suggestion to Ravana to meet Mareecha but Mareecha who knew Rama sends Ravana back. Then Soorpanakha meets him and complains about Rama and tells about beauty of Sita. There is no description of his love sickness .)
3067.Soorpanakha forgot about the death of Great Rakshasas army ,
Who tumultuously shouted and with mind being stolen by the high mountain like
Shoulders of Rama who did war , the sorrow of which she could not tolerate ,
She speedily entered the strong city of Lanka whose moat itself was the sea,
.With the thought, “I would tell him about great beauty of Sita and at this time,
We would describe Ravana who was sitting in the council hall.
3068.In this world which is temporary in nature , that which was difficult even to Lord Brahma ,
Sitting on the lotus of the belly of Vishnu who had created moving and non moving beings to produce,
Which was produced by the Deva architect as something difficult to comprehend,
Matchless ,which was done like Dharma in such a way that it would not cause ,
Any harm to ourselves and to the others , which could immediately create any thing one wants,
Using all his knowledge of Architecture and which was the matchless diamond studded hall,
And Ravana sat in it making that hall more pretty.
(The last line is told only after 23 such big stanzas and I have ended every stanza with that so that
Readers would not get confused.)
3069. In the world of devas neither he who wears the tiger skin, nor he who wears ,
Golden silk and nor he who stays on the lotus could cause any harm to him and
In this world from now on who has the strength to cause him any harm ?
And he had a series of shining crowns which will not salute any lady with thin waist, stout breasts,
Bamboo like shoulders and eyes with red lines even during their long standing love tiff.
3070. With his pretty shoulders touching the sky which hit with great strength,
The very strong elephants which are in eight directions and broke their tusks
And whose foreheads are attracting the bees, which were shining like ,
The mountain of sun rise , which touches the sky , and
Over that the globes that he wore in his ears was like the ,
Twelve Solar systems which had shining rays of light which were going round,
The great mountain Meru and were twenty in number and shined.
3071.With his huge mountain like shoulders with the great luster of gems ,
Which spread their light all around , looking like the thousand hoods of the king of snakes,
Adhi Sesha , With all the famous stars of the sky standing by his side ,
And with all the planets put in the long prison in the ferocious Lanka ,
Surrounded by water , The hall looked like a complete garland of Rathna gems.
3072.The very great crowns of the chiefs of Rakshasas and others
Who wear golden hero anklets ,in which well chosen red lustrous
are studded and who were
Very great strength which cannot be estimated ,
Were getting thinner every time they salute the Feet of Ravana,
But were getting more and more luster.
3073. The tributes and gifts brought by the chiefs
Of all the places of the three worlds and their predecessors
Given without rest collected like heaps ,
And the scented flower showered on him
By asuras and devas collected in to another heap.
3074.The Vidhyadhara kings who wore shining crowns ,
Studded with gems , without knowing at what time and from
What direction Ravana would look at them ,were also saluting,
With their hands held over their heads and ,
Were standing in rows all around that council hall.
3075.The male lion like Sidhas considering that whatever ,
Ravana talked to the servant maids was an order to them ,
With bent heads , with folded hand in salutation ,
And with a bent body were again crowding round him.
3076.The greatly scared Kinnaras , When Ravana ,
Talks a good word to his ministers , thinking ,
That Ravana had told them to punish him ,
Get scared and asked him humbly , “What is your order sir,,”
3077.The kings of serpents around him as soon they see Ravana,
Behaved as if they have seen Yama , the punishing lord of The South,
Holding a big iron rod personally and like the people ,
Living in hell became depressed and started shivering.
3078. After winning over the elephants of the eight directions ,
After uprooting the Meru mountain and getting Lord Shiva a bad name ,
After waging a great war against Indra and made the heavens shiver ,
Ravana made Dumburu sing along with music of his great fame.
3079.The Sage Narada using faultless tunes accompanied ,
By the sound created by the strumming the strings of Veena,
Sang the sweet Vedas in the heavens following ,
The great discipline of music without Mistake and Ravana was hearing it.
3080. Lord Varuna , the lord of the sea which had sharks,
Carried in the water pump called the clouds and the pure water mixed with
The honey showered by flowers given by the wish giving tree of devas ,
And the flowers of the great tree of Vidhyadaras and sprayed them,
In small drops on the ladies , who were similar to deer and Peacock , with great fear.
3081 The wind god cleaned each and every place by collecting,
The honey and pollen fallen out from perfumed flowers as well as,
The gems and pearls that fell on the ground by rubbing of ,
The crowns of the very many kings there and dumped it in bins .
3082,The Deva Guru Jupiter and the Asura Guru venus holding ,
A lustrous golden cane and wearing a long black dress covering,
All the hairs of the body according the order , pointed out ,
Their assigned seat to The king Indra and other devas and made them sit.
3083.Lord Kala (god of time) after forsaking his usual weapons and tying his mouth,
With the cloth he wears very tightly , having red palms used to stand up,
As and when the big drums are played and announced the account of time spent already.
3084.The Shining God of fire made good perfumed ghee to be poured in fire
And kept best camphor on the wick made of soft cotton and lit lamps that never gets put out ,
And which looked like the fully opened red lotus flowers,
3085. The Karpaga trees which give new flowers , the deva gems ,
Which emit faultless light , the cows that give milk and the treasures,
Of the devas waiting for the proper time to please Ravana , who was surprised,
Came is a queue to give their gifts to him.
3086. The various ornaments starting from the ear globes,
Due to throwing out light on their surroundings , made one feel,
Whether darkness will ever occur again as ,
No darkness was seen in all the eight directions around the king.
3087.The divine ladies like Ganga with their very stout breasts,
Being carried by their waists , which were bent slightly due to the heavy weight,
Holding in their hands red flowers as well auspicious rice,
Went on telling auspicious greetings to Ravana.
3088.The ladies born from the thigh of the saint Narayana like Urvasi,
Who looked like the pictures brought alive , performed pretty dances ,
Like the joyful peacocks which have seen the water rich clouds ,
Keeping to the beats of several musical instruments tied by leather.
3089. That Ravana who due to his great strength kept the three worlds under him,
Which were kept under him due to his performing matchless penance ,
Was sitting in between the sight stream of ladies ,
Who had arched eye brows and very broad eyes.
3090-3091. At the time the sister of Ravana , who was holding her red hands,
Above her head , who had breasts made red by the flowing blood from there ,
Who had lost her nose, who had lost her ears wearing ear globes,
Who had open mouth wailing like the thunder of the clouds,
Who was shouting loudly her problems with her bad smelling mouth ,
Whose mind was burning after shouting like the sound raised by seven seas,
And who had a red hair similar to the western side when the sun sets
Arrived at the northern gate of that great city .
3092. Seeing her arriving like this , the Rakshasa ladies of noble families,
Of the old city of Lanka stood before her , beat their bellies with hands and cried loudly,
And said, “the younger sister of the king of the three worlds ,
Has come alone loosing her nose. Can any of you tolerate it.”
3093.The Rakshasas then saw her suddenly and not knowing what to tell,
Wailed like the sound of thunder, beating one palm with another palm,
And with fire sparks coming out of their eyes , stood there biting their lips.
3094.The Rakshasas then started doubting whether the evil ,
Would settle on Indra or on the great Brahmin who created the world ,
On Lord Vishnu with the wheel or on Lord Shiva wearing crescent on his head ,
And by thinking various such thinks made their mind hot.
3095”They thought “who are the well noted enemies of Ravana,
And that this job cannot be done by any one living in any of the planets ,
Which are in these three worlds , and who are there outside it ,
And would it be possible for them to do like this,”
3096.Some others said “after she identifies herself as “Ravana ’s sister”,
Anybody would have saluted her addressing her as mother and how can,
Anybody think of doing harm to her after they know about it?
So possibly she herself must have cut off her organs this way.”
3097.Indra not able to do war with Ravana had become his slave ,
Lord Vishnu who had the weapon of wheels with spokes ,
Losing his strength is living in side the sea, Lord Shiva who holds,
Fire in his hand has started living on top of Kailasa mountain,
And when things are like this, who else could have done it”, they thought.
3098. Some other Rakshasas thought ‘How can this be done to the famous ladies,
Belonging to great families? But she does not have habits of ladies born,
Of good families and she must gone against the tenets of virtue?
And possibly Khara getting angry might have done this to her beauty”
3099.”Did any of the Devas with shifting mind who are all greatly tired ,
Dared to do this job of utter madness ?If they had done so,
They might have lost hope of further living and wanted ,
That all the three worlds be destroyed along with them.”
3100. Some thought “Suppose there is one more deluge,
Would there be heroes wearing anklets and shining sword,
Who dare to do it .Possibly this was done due to anger by sages,
Who are doing faultless great penance in the fearsome forests.”
3101.In that great city of Lanka which had wealthy beaches ,
The Rakshasas damsels with black eyes , Rubbing their soft hands,
Wearing several bangles with each other stared at Soorpanakha,
And with their nature being damaged like the curdled milk,
They started running speedily one behind the other .
3102.To that city of lanka ,the sweet sound emanating from drums ,
And Veena and from the sweet Yaazh , as well the music,
Of Flute, which makes everyone her slave and the
Auspicious conch sound was not heard ,
At that time but a sound of weeping which was never ,
Heard there , filled up all its nooks an evil omen.
3103. Those Rakshasas ladies who had huge eyes full of tears ,
Which even defeated the oceans leaving Drinking goblets,
The bees which hum around those cups as well as ,
The mind which was engaged in alcoholic drinks ,
Ran away from there with their shaking thin waists ,
And they also hugged each other while they were running away.
3104.Some other ladies Wanting to punish their husbands,
Who were users of sword due to love tiff, with burning mind ,
With red eyes due to anger , which further reddened ,
Due to crying on seeing Soorpanakha ,
Fell on the feet of the younger sister of the king.
3105.Some of them who were playing in the swings tied,
Between the green Betel nut trees which had golden fruits ,
BY gemmed strings and were busy dancing and singing ,
Became sad on seeing Soorpanakha and ,
Gathered in the streets , giving pain to their thin waists.
3106.Some other ladies took away their tender hands wearing bangles ,
From the pillar and mountain like shoulders of their husbands ,
And started shedding pearl like tears from both their eyes ,
On their lotus flower like face and started sobbing in their minds.
3107Thinking about how Ravana , the holder the pretty spear,
Applied with ghee and one who does not have any one opposing him,
Will react when he comes to know of this very cruel act ,
Some ladies who were shedding tears like rain from ,
Their eyes applied with Kajal and who had waists
Which appeared to be lies ,and fell on the floor crying.
3108.Some young ladies , forgetting the slight pleasure created,
By dreams , with their cloud like hair getting displaced ,
With disheveled cloths , with their broad breasts shaking ,
Started walking and fainting due to sorrow.
3109”The fate of the younger sister of lord Ravana who shook ,
The mount Kailsa using his twenty hands have become like this?”
Saying this some Rakshasas maids born in very noble families ,
Untied their hair and beat their two breasts with their red hands ,
And went and fell at the feet of Soorpanakha.
3110.And they stood there with both their eyes which never have been filled with tears ,
Thinking “Due to our victorious king holding spear in his right hand is there,
In this city of Lanka at no time even animals had to bear such cruelty.
Has our greatness gone away from our hands?” they became sad.
3111. When the citizens of that Lanka attained this great sorrow,
With all those sitting and standing there searching for ways to run away,
Like a cloud searching for a mountain Soorpanakha fell down and rolled,
At the black feet of Ravana wearing heroic anklets.
3112. All the three worlds were covered with darkness , Adhisesha ,
Who carries the earth getting scared slightly bent his one thousand heads ,
Groups of mountains got displaced , even Sun God felt something ,
Bad will come to him , the elephants of directions ran away and ,
Even the devas got very scared and ran away from there.
3113. With his huge shoulders wearing shining armlets raising up,
With his eyes burning like fire , with his teeth seen outside as shining,
And with eyebrows arching up and going up on his foreheads ,
The entire world got scared and Devas forgot their normal duties.
3114. All devas along with the lord of south , The God of death,
Decided “Our end has come today “ and heaven and earth shivering ,
With fear got agitated, took deep breath , and not able to stand ,
Anywhere constantly and not able to talk remained silent.
3115.With lips wavering due to anger , with smoke of anger ,
Coming out of all his ten mouths , with his moustaches,
Shivering due to great anger getting burnt and giving bad smell,
Due to his hot breath and with his sword like sparkling white teeth shine ,
Like lightning , in a voice like thunder of the clouds he asked , “who did it.?”
3116.She said , “ Two princes who have come to forest to do the job,
Of protecting the world , who are similar to love god with flag of Makara fish,
And who have no comparison in earth or heaven in beauty and valour ,
Took out their swords and cut them off.”
3117.As soon as she told that it was done by men , Ravana felt like laughing,
Shaking all eight directions , from his eyes sparks of fire came out ,
“The courageous act of those men is silly , Is what you told me , true?.
Without lying tell me and tell me the truth . he said.”
3118 “Them by the beauty of their gem like body are like God of love ,
If you consider the strength of their shoulders , they would beat ,
The beauty of the Meru mountain of the north. , but what is the point ,
In discussing in detail about their great capabilities and by their ,
Prowess in the bow , within the time of battling of an eye ,
They are capable of destroying all the strong people of the world.”
3119.”Further , they have the habit of saluting the chiefs of saints,
They have faces like the shining full moon that is in the sky .
They have eyes like the lotus flower with stalk growing in the ,
Waters that are moved by the waves and also their legs and arms,
Are as soft as the flower. They are the possessors of unlimited penance
And really who can be quoted to be like them?”
3120. They wear cloths of bark ,wear long heroic anklets ,
Wear the three threaded scared thread , are experts in archery ,
Their toungues have learnt the Vedas, their beauty is particularly great,
They would not fear for you and may not even bother about you like a dust,
And they have quivers that cannot be destroyed like ,
A great literary work that is composed by words.
3121.”Oh Lord are there two gods of love who live on this earth ?
Are there any other great expert in archery than both of them?
Are there any one like them? And to my mind ,
Each of them is equal the holy trinity of Gods.”
3122. When the sages with great Dharma went and told them , “our minds,
Which is under control gets scared on seeing those Rakshasas?”,
To those men they said , “we would win over all the worlds and we would,
Completely uproot the Rakshasas along with their clans” and took an oath.
3123. “ They are the sons of Dasaratha who was ruling over the entire world ,
Who have so many greatnesses , whose praise can never be completed ,
And there are ones whose greatness cannot be found fault ,
And due to order of Dasaratha , they are living in a forest which is difficult to enter ,
And their names are respectively Rama and Lakshmana” she said.
3124.Ravana said, “ The ones who cut off the pretty nose of my nectar like sister ,
Using a sharp knife are men and even after me knowing that my sister has been attacked ,
They are still alive and I who am Ravana with a sword which shines like new ,
Am still awake and shamelessly walking carrying my soul in my body.”
3125.”After gaining victory after victory , by my efficiency I established,
My rule in Lanka and was all this the result that I got by doing all that?
Even if my rule is destroyed and even if the heads of all ,
Heroic chiefs are all cut off , this insult to me is not proper?”
3126.”This insult was created and thrown at me and those at me by men,
And they are still alive and their sweet soul has not been still destroyed ,
And my sword is simply with me without any work and the life span,
Given to me by Lord Shiva who swallowed the poison from sea is still there,
And my shoulders are simply resting, because , I was keeping quiet. Is it not?”
3127.”Oh my mind , Why are you feeling shy that the bad name has pierced,
My body and has gone further ? Why are you jittery ?There is need for you,
To be sorry to carry this dishonor any further,
For to carry it my ten heads and very many shoulders are there. Is it not?”
3128.Laughing after tell this , Ravana stared like burning fire asked
“Did not Khara and others who were guarding the mountain,
Filled forest kill with their sword those men who did not have any help?”
3129. As soon as Ravana told this , Soorpanakha who was shedding tears ,
Which was like a stream from her eyes, who was hitting her belly,
Fell on the floor , cried and rolled there and said, “ Oh Lord,
All our relations were destroyed speedily “ and keeping her hand on her head ,
Started telling , how all of them were destroyed.
3130. “When Khara and other youthful heroes asked me,
“Tell us what happened?” They all went there with great sound,
Along the army which was continuous and that Rama ,
Who had red eyes like lotus flowers and who was a famous hero,
With his very famous bow killed and sent them to heaven within three Nazhigai(More than an hour)”
3131. “In the war Rama fighting alone killed along with ,
The Garlanded army killed all the three brothers “ and even,
Before these words fell on the ears of Ravana, In all his eyes ,
Tears like a falling rain and the fire that was lightning of clouds shined.
3132, At that time due to his great anger the sorrow went away and ,
Like the ghee fallen on fire increasing the fire , his anger increased,
And he asked “what was the reason for them with great strength ,
To cut off your noses and ears like this? Did you do any ,
Bad act that you did towards them ?’
3133. Soorpanakha for that question replied , “The fault of mine happened ,
Because of A lady who came along with Rama , who looked like Goddess Lakshmi ,
Who has left her seat of lotus flower and had the beauty that not even,
Great artists can portray in their picture came and
Her waist was as thin as a streak of lightning , had thin shoulders like bamboos ,
And had a body which appeared to have been made of pure Gold .”
3134. Interested after hearing that he asked “Who is that lady?”
And she replied “Oh lord , Her hips are chariots with wheels .
Her breasts are like the golden case for putting Kunkilyam,
And the earth has done great luck for her foot to fall on her.
Her name is Sita “ and started telling more about her beauty.
3135. “She has sweet words which attract you like honey, she has a hair ,
Decorated with sweet flowers which are the songs in pretty tune Kamaram,
She is more pretty than deva maidens and even Goddess Lakshmi sitting on lotus ,
Is not suitable even to become her friend and ,
I think my trying to describe her beauty is sheer ignorance.”
3136. “The cloud like untied hair of hers who possibly selects her pretty words from nectar,
Is long and is like rain bearing cloud , her feet are both like red cotton ,
Fingers are pretty like pieces of coral and though her face is like lotus,
Her eyes in that face are very much bigger than the ocean.”
3137.”The God of love was burnt by the eyes of Lord Shiva” is a word of lie,
And the truth is that he saw this lady with perfumed hair , fell in love with her,
And not able to carry her away , was attacked by the disease of passion,
Which cannot be told to others and due to excess passion ,
His pretty form slowly eroded away and then he lost it.”
3138.”She has pretty eyes which in sharpness have won over the sword and spear,
Manufactured in the fire of the blacksmith and I do not know , which world , she is from?,
She has such a pretty form that it is is impossible for any one to draw it in pictures,
And if you want to know whether any other ones are having her beauty , search for it,
In all your enemy ‘s worlds , in the world of serpents which carry their hood on their head ,
And in the entire earth which is surrounded by the sea on all sides?”
3139. “Shall I tell only about the beauty of her shoulders?
Or Should I tell about the beauty of Valai fish like eyes,
Which travel around her greatly lustrous face?
Or Shall I only describe the prettiness of her other organs ?
I am perplexed as I do not have strength to describe,
The beauty of each and every organ of hers separately ,
And I do not have any thing more to tell to you,
Because you are going to see her tomorrow, is it not?”
3140. “ If we tell that her forehead is similar to a bow,
Or tell that her eyes are like spears or her teeth are like pearls,
Or tell that her lips are like corals , that descriptive word is suitable,
But since the meaning does not match , are there any better ,
Simile word that we can use “ If we tell “Paddy is like grass”,
Can we say that we have the proper thing to compare .”
3141.”Oh Lord, Indra got Sasi as his wife ,
The father of six faced one got Uma as his wife,
Lord Vishnu with lotus like eyes got the red coloured Goddess Lakshmi as his wife ,
And you also get Sita as wife and if we compare who is the best among you,
All the best has only come only to you as others did not get this great blessing.
3142. Shiva kept his wife on the left side and another God kept,
The golden girl who lives on lotus on the toungue of Lord Brahma,
Oh Hero who has shoulders which are as high as the sky , if you get,
Sita whose thin waist would win over lightning coming from rainy clouds ,
AS she is better than other divine ladies , Where do you propose to keep her?
3143.”Oh Lord , After you get Sita who talks as sweet as the lisp of babies,
You would not do any more mistakes, Oh Charitable one for due to,
Your great love for her , you would give all your robbed wealth only for her,
And I would be considered good by you , but am I not doing harm,
To all those in your palace , who talk like parrots?’
3144. That Sita who has pretty hips like the chariot is not born in the womb,of any lady
Who ties her breasts with cloth in this world and in heaven,
You know that the milk ocean with plenty of conches when churned,
By the proud devas and asuras , gave the lady Lakshmi who sits on a lotus ,
And the earth which wanted to beat this gift , has given Sita and has become great.
3145. You please get her and make her your wife That Sita , who is greatly praised,
By the people of the world which has the moving ocean with fishes as waist belt,
Whose waving hair with its perfume attracts the bees , who has a very thin waist,
And who is like a deer and then lead a happy life and making the making the world ,
Surprised at your skill with sword , get me Rama , so that I can be happy with him.
3146.”Oh my father like brother , fate gives you everything at proper time ,
And due to that , even if someone has done great penance , the good that has to come ,
Would not reach him unless the proper time has arrived and so I feel,
That you who has ten faces , twenty hands , twenty eyes , twenty shoulders ,
Valorous chest and body would attain the greatness of your boons,
That you have earlier got doing great penance only from now onwards.”
3147.”When I was trying to get hold of Sita with such great beauty ,
And bring her to you , The younger brother of that Rama entered ,
In between and using his lustrous sword , cut off my nose ,
And immediately I felt my life has come to an end but I decided ,
To take away my life myself , after telling everything to you.”
3148 Like the greatness which does not stay in place where sin stays,
Anger , valour , the mental pain due to loosing of self respect ,
And all such good cultures , due to the passion instilled in his mind,
Cut off connections with him and like saying one lamp attained another ,
The sickness of passion and worries caused it got merged with soul of Ravana.
3149. That one who has not forgotten about the damsel about whom he heard,
Due to arrow of love God which won over even Lord Shiva,
Forgot about Khara , forgot about the strength of person who cut off,
The nose off his younger sister , forgot about bad name he received,
And also forgot the power of great boons he got earlier.
3150.Because the name “ Sita with thin waist” and his mind, have crossed,
The state of being two and have become one, he did not have another mind,
To remove “the name of Sita” from his mind and think about anything else.
So there was no method for forgetting about Sita . Though one is learned ,
If he does not have the great wisdom of good and bad , one cannot cross Passion.
3151.That Lord of city of Lanka , which had very high fortified walls ,
Even before stealing her by deceit who was looking like a peacock
Placed her in the prison of his heart and because of that,
The mind of Ravana who was armed with spear started melting ,
Due to it getting gradually hot , like the butter kept in the sun.
3152.Due to the power of fate , and due to the expected gains because of it,
Due to the conditions which are nearing for the destruction of city of Lanka,
The cruel disease of passion entered stealthily through his sense organs ,
Like a very ignorant uneducated man doing evil without knowledge of any one.
3153.Due to the fact that Sita who was as pretty as gold has entered in his mind ,
Has Ravana got dilapidated? Due to the state in which he forgot himself .
The God of love sprayed arrows , gave him sorrow and he himself became strong ,
Is it not true that destruction of a valour of person is attached to passion.”
3154. Ravana got up from his seat and then beings of seven worlds ,
Greeted him, , the sound of conches were heard from everywhere ,
There was rain of flowers and all outsiders went away from there,
And with a very depressed mind Ravana entered his golden palace.
3155.Ravana who entered the palace avoided the crowd of his wives ,
And went and laid down on a big high bed over which flowers were spread,
And as soon he did that when , the breasts and eyes of the deer like Sita,
Who had hair with perfume of musk , brought many thoughts in his mind ,
And such thoughts kept on slowly increasing the head of his emotions.
3156. That passion which could not be set aside ,increased several hundred,
Crores of times and those flowers that were spread on his bed which ,
Were sprayed with cold water and fanned by scented air got blackened ,
And his shoulders similar to the eight elephant of directions ,
Got thinned, his mind melted and his soul appeared baked.
3157.Then , when the maid servants carrying flowers which had pollens ,
Cool sandal paste and pretty tender new grown leaves approached Ravana,
His body got scalded as if is was anointed with medicine of burning fire ,
And like the bellow of blacksmith pumping hot air , he breathed and fainted.
3158. That pitiable one who was not able to stabilize his mind , who could not realize ,
The sin he was committing , was not able not to think about her even for a small time ,
And due to the desire to see the body of her who had eyes ,
Similar to tender mango , neithal flower , spear as well as blue lotus flower ,
Suffered great sorrow and became one who is very sad.
3159. Ravana who had fully achieved victory over the very strong elephants,
Which lift the earth in all eight directions and made their trunk and tusk break,
Being attacked by arrows of love God like a bee that bores in to a tree continuously,
On his chest , became very sad , greatly tiered and well famished.
3160. That Ravana who felt that,” A lady who is like flower branch with kondrai like hair,
Had come and was living in his mind that he has seen her “ became greatly depressed ,
AS well as sorrowful but when the southern breeze with perfume of jasmine ,
Which was like the arrow sent by love god wearing sweet smelling flower garland ,
Came and hit his body he became greatly furious on that breeze.
3161. Then that Ravana with the painful mind, got up to go from there ,
And without any firm thought as to what he would like to do ,
Accompanied by golden coloured servant maids who could talk ,
Sweeter than the music of Palai Yaazh holding innumerable row of lamps ,
Which merits great appreciation , entered in to a garden.
3162. That garden had jack trees like Manikhya , Banana trees like Emerald,
Mango trees like diamonds , Vengai trees like pure Gold ,
Kongu trees like Padmaraga stones betel nut trees like blue stones ,
Which give light to a great distance , Aacha trees like Kuruvinda gems,
Coconut trees like silver , The Pongamia trees like crystal ,
And padiri trees which were like coral gems.
3163.Those gem like trees which were pretty and touched the sky,
Were such that there was difference visible between their flowers and stars,
And in the middle of that honey dripping garden, on a golden Mantap,
There was a white bed which was spread and Ravana reached it and became sad.
3164The swans after drinking the honey dripping out of fruits and flowers,
And which have become drunk , parrots which talk like sweet lisping talk of ladies,
Koels , Bees and many other birds which can only raise sweet sound,
Thinking that the king of Lanka would get angry at them ,
Did not make any sound and appeared as if they were dumb.
3165. Due to that season , the new mist which has come along with breeze from north ,
Went and entered the wounds caused by arrows of love God and vanishes,
And this made Ravana ask , “What is the season of friendliness now?”,
And as soon as he asked the mist of that end of the season vanished,
And the new heat of the spring started immediately.
3166.When the thin mist that cools down even branches of huge trees in the garden ,
Forest fire and mountains was creating irritation to the body of Ravana,
What can we tell about the heat of the early summer on him?
Is there any medicine that can cure those who have drunk the poison of passion?
Is not the feelings of the mind that lead to happiness and sorrow?
3167. The passion that rose in his mind , went and touched the end points of directions,
And spread and due to that summer did create much more heat of sorrow and then he said,
He asked “what is this season here now , the previous winter was better than this,
And remove this summer and bring back, the winter season , speedily , “ he said.
3168. And then when the winter arrived as per his wish , and
The very strong shoulders of Ravana became more hot than before , and he asked ,
“Would cool climate of winter cause heat? This is indeed the old winter , “he said ,
To that his servants replied “Oh Lord, we would be afraid to do any thing ,
That is not ordered by you “ and he said , “All seasons appear ,
To be bad and so remove all the seasons immediately.”
3169.As soon as he told this , all seasons went away from there and as ,
None of the seasons did cause their effect and were staying ,
Like sages without any attachments and after that all worlds,
Left off their karmic relations like diseases and the world ,
Became like world of salvation which only can be got,
By doing very great penance , without any changes whatsoever.
3170.Even though the entire world which is surrounded by the sea ,
Became a place without heat or cold , the blue body of Ravana,
Started burning without any oil , because this has not come due to seasons ,
And this fire that burns due to passion can only be put out by good conduct ,
And it is well known that there is no other way to put it out.
3171. The Cloud which has absorbed water , Garland of lotus flowers ,
The cool sandal paste mixed with the powder of musk ,
The soft pollen and cool gems were applied on his body ,
And that Ravana who becomes greatly depressed due to great heat,
Summoned servants standing near by “It is known that moon has coolness,
And so all of you run from here and get me the moon.”
3172. When the moon who had no mental strength to go above that cruel city ,
And was travelling by the side of the city , the servants searched and found out ,
The full moon and told him “Do not get scared , the king has summoned you,”
And that Moon after getting rid of his mental worries , rose above that city.”
3173. Like a enemy king , when he was weak and was not having anything ,
To avenge the stronger one who defeated him and appeared before him,
The moon who was in the sea rose up from the sea of good waters ,
Mixed with sand and looking like he has come with joy
To give sorrow to Ravana and torment him ,became visible to him..
3174. Due to spreading of his rays which are likable in all directions,
And having an intention of troubling Ravana who was neither liked in earth,
Or heaven , it appeared as if it is the wheel of Lord Vishnu, who sleeps on a serpent ,
Who had sent the wheel with an intention of destroying Ravana.
3175.The soft cool rays of the moon emitted after drinking all the nectar,
From the near by ocean of milk and which spread all over the place ,
Made the Rakshasa who had bent eye brows as well as reddish eyes,
Feel that just melted boiling silver in a burning fire was thrown at him
3176. Enquiring and coming to know about the prettiness of the dear daughter of Janaka,
The king of Mithila which had fields of red paddy surrounding it,
Who was moving about in the world like a streak of lightning ,
That ray of the moon gave great pain to the mind of Ravana,
Who had lost his greatness and all types of welfare ,
Like the fame of an enemy who can never be defeated scalding his mind.
3177.That king Ravana who scared even the God of death wearing ,
Huge anklets of heroism told his assistants I asked you to bring here that moon,
Who has body made of cool rays and not this Sun who is like a destroying fire,
Great anger , heart full of poison and hot rays , So go and bring him.
3178.When Ravana asked like this , those assistants got scared and said to him,
“It is impossible for us to bring here in this way any one who has not been,
Approved by you . The red sun does not come here except on his chariot ,
And though moon is causing heat he is travelling on a plane .
3179. That Ravana who has never this type of love sickness which is ,
Suffered by those lovers who love ladies with hips which defeat the serpents ,
And have a talk which is cooling , suffering due to the moon understood the truth,
That this moon is the enemy of the cool lotus flower and once he understood that,
He started requesting that moon to save his life and started talking.
3180. “Oh king of stars , your body is eroding away , Your body has become pale,
You are black inside , Instead of giving coolness you are producing heat.
Did you who is on the top also like me hear about the prettiness of Sita,
By those who have seen her , Due to no assistants to protect me from the arrows shot at me,
By the flower arrows of God of love I am standing tired like this ,
Please tell me about who can save my life .”
3181,. “You have been defeated by the lotus face with blue lotus like eyes ,
Of Sita born in a great family , who has become god of death to my soul,
And because of that your mind(inside) got burnt , you also started ,
Producing heat from your body , your body has eroded .
If you start worrying about other people’s possessions like this ,
Is it possible to get victory ? If you understand that it ,
Is not possible for you , It is proper that you keep quiet.”
3182.After talking in various ways like this , “remove night as well this moon,
Bring the Sun as well as day time as before “ and when Ravana ordered like this ,
The unimaginable moon as well as the night went away and within a seconds time ,
The very famous Sun and the day time started spreading .
3183.With sun spreading like molten gold similar to the fire giving pout sparks,
Due to the Brahmins who were expert in “Rik” pouring ghee in to the sacrificial fire
The lotus the best among flowers opened and due to the coming of the Sun,
The lily flowers due to getting wealth not suitable to it , became proud ,
Not living the peaceful life , lost the wealth that it got and looked like mean people.
3184.Sun who is the ornament to the world coming through one path ,
The moon the lord of the night became shy , lost its brilliance ,
And with a shivering body went far away from there,
And appeared like the displaced small king tottering before his famous lord.
3185. Several Rakshasa ladies wearing many types of ornaments of the ears,
On the bed of flowers enjoyed hugging their wedded husbands and ,
Due to love tiff in between making of love due to anger , did not realize ,
That the night got over (by order of Ravana) and did not end the tiff in their sleep or dream.
3186. In the mid of the night , since their lord have left them ,
Feeling as if their soul has gone from their body ,
The shivering of their body did not end and like the well grown new blue lotus flowers ,
Dripping honey they also had black eyes dripping tears.
3187.Some others , lying on the bed of cotton over which flowers ,
Were spread ended their love play and like the coral plant climbers,
Hugged tightly with both hands , their sweet soul like husbands and slept.
3188. With bees humming in the water of rut flowing on their cheeks,
With the light of the most lustrous sun entering there , the elephants,
Which are in rut and had not woken up properly resembled ,
The drunkards who were rolling on the sweet bed without getting sleep.
3189.Like the ladies of good families who were living away from .
Their soul like husbands who were great in wisdom,
The lamps in various parts of the city , though the ghee
Poured in them had not dried up lost their brilliance due to coming of the Sun.
3190.The flowers like lotus which ought to open in the ,
Early morning , though the sun rise leading to their opening is past,
Did not open and were like the long closed eyes of ,
The Rakshasa ladies who were lying on broad beds.
3191.In that city the eyes of those who sleep as they wish ,
Did not open even after the coming of day time ,
And like the closed doors of big mansions owned by misers,
Who never had a thought , that they would give alms to those who ask.
3192. Becoming happy due to the extended day time hours ,
The Chakravaka birds which suffer poison like parting during night ,
Due to the mercy of the suffering going away in day time ,
Became mentally happy like the very good fated ones.
3193.The singing bees that visit the flowers like lily which open daily
Only on the rising of moon and which do not obey the orders of Sun
Were looking depressed like the musicians who have reached,
The doors of those people who do not find any use for such arts.
3194.Even when the hot sun entered the houses through the windows,
On which rare gems were studded and woke up from sweet sleep ,
The Rakshasa ladies , did not understand the circumstances ,
And remained with faint and in a very mentally confused state.
3195. Those very wise people after doing research in astronomy ,
And those experts in astrology as well as the cock which heralds the morning .
Without having the power to understand the order of Ravana,
Continued in their state of sleepy state .
3196. When all such things were happening all over the world ,
That Ravana who wears heroic anklet that makes sound ,
Saw the Sun by his own eyes , thought, that this Sun,
As fire Is burning the mind of those who think about him
And so he is also like the moon.
3197.Those who heard this told him, “Oh wealthy one ,
This is not the moon , it is indeed the red sun and that is the,
Green chariot drawn by the horses with long manes.
The hot sun only burns and the cool moon ,
When it touches the body only makes it cold.”
3198.The Ravana who was like a blue mountain with many peaks,
“That Sun who is standing there is more cruel than poison,
Remove him and also the sea which is making great sound.”
After ordering like this he said, “call that crescent of the evening moon,
Who came here before “ he ordered his servants.
3199. AS soon as Ravana ordered like this , that moon ,
Who was full on that day , came up in another direction,
As the young crescent of the moon , Unless you ,
Perform great penance is it possible to do such things.
3200.That evil minded Ravana seeing the moon’s crescent ,
In the west said , “this indeed is the northern fire otherwise,
It is the sharp teeth of Adhi sesha who lifts the earth,
Or otherwise “ The evening” getting angry at me ,
And is coming to kill me with a curved knife.”
3201.”That Lord Shiva who swallowed the cruel poison ,
That had come out from the cool ocean of milk ,
And hid it in his neck , Has possibly kept this crescent ,
On his head decorated with kondrai flowers in this place, is my thought.”
3202. That full moon which ate away my soul with ,
The strength of thunder has possibly ran away ,
And come out in this form but is no less cruel,
And is the big form of the poisonous serpent.
Even though it is small , it is no less poisonous.”
3203, He ordered, “The sun who came before appears ,
To be better . Remove this crescent from the sky, for ,
If it is going to trouble me who is very strong ,People may talk,
Let some one who suffers in the seven worlds escape.
Is there a possibility for them to talk like that and ,
I think it is better for me to see the blackest darkness.
3204. AS soon as the young crescent was removed , the darkness which was easy to touch ,
Which was like a stone on which several objects could be rubbed ,
Which was like something we can cut off,
By sword if we desire , Was sweet to look at ,
And was like several pillars appearing as a crowd.
3205. Is it necessary to tell that darkness was suitable to be cut in pieces
And polished in to a pillar ? When after getting the complete ,
Knowledge and not allowing the faultless wealth of questioning ,
To enter in it and light it from inside and understanding that ,
The real blindness in this world the mental blindness ,
And becoming suitable to that name with Merciful glances
And become dried up of mercy then that darkness was darker than human mind
3206”.Without being cut to pieces , densely packed and without space ,
Growing even bending the sky that darkness which did not fit anywhere ,
Completely covered the wide spread world like the matchless lord Shiva ,
Swallowed that poison, without considering that it would
Destroy all peoples and all things “Said that Ravana.
3207. “I understood that this poison which was born in the ocean of milk,
Which was called Halahala and was swallowed by Lord Shiva by his power
Cannot be controlled by this darkness and I have understood that ,
The fire serpent called the final deluge which can destroy the earth,
The sky and every other thing by licking them with its toungue ,
And trying so solve my problem is like treating the blackness with black colour”
3208,”Before me who is suffering great pain alone , a coral branch,
To which there is no proper comparison with the darkness ,
That cannot be pierced either by arrow or fire ,
Carrying the cloud which has great darkness as edge ,
And having the collection of small coconuts in it,
And like the lamp which carries the moon , is appearing.
3209.”Is it an illusion due to the confusion of passion,
Has my brain altered? I am now clear, What is this form that I see?
Inside this darkness which cannot even be compared to the thickened Kajal,
One moon with great light , along with ear globes on both ears ,
Along with very black curly hair is appearing before me.”
3210.”The bridge that connects the breasts which appears risen on both sides ,
With waist that is not visible to my eyes and except that I am able to see ,
All its body parts .This form has eyes which have drunk poison and ,
Slowly and slowly it has transformed in to the form of a young girl,
And has completely occupied one portion of my mind.”
3211.Earlier I have seen several ladies of the seven worlds ,
But I have not seen a form of a lady which resembles this form,
And suppose this form is different from all the ladies of this world,
I think she is the same young lady with hair surrounded by bees,
Who was described by my sister Soorpanakha to me.”
3212.”Unable to bear to know that I am suffering from love sickness,
And that I am sorrowing because of it Sita must have come in search of me ,
What recompense can I do to her? Please immediately summon Soorpanakha
Who has personally seen her who is sweet so that I can enquire with her ?”
3213.As soon as Ravana ordered like this and when they speedily summoned her ,
And she who was born to completely uproot the tribes of Rakshasas
Who were capable of great efforts and who had lost her nose and ears with ear globes,
Arrived there with a mind which was filled with one sided love.
3214,That Ravana whose sharp sword was applied with good ghee ,
Looking at the cruel Soorpanakha whose mind was filled with lies ,
Who had come before him and asked “Oh lady , please look at me deeply.
Is the one who has lustrous eyes applied with Kajal and ,
Who is standing before me , is she the one named Sita, Please tell.”
3215.And she said, “He with red lotus like eyes, with lips like red fruit,
With sandal applied high shoulders , with very long hands ,
With a chest decorated with a pretty garland and he who looks like a blue mountain,
Is That great Rama who holds the great and strong bow.”
3216.Ravana said, “The form that I saw is feminine , Oh ignorant one,
And you are telling about a masculine form whom I have never thought about,
This is surprising to me . Who are they who have played this illusion on us,
When both of us have learned the great art of making one completely lose their brain.”
3217.Soorpanakha told him, “this is usual with you .The passion that has taken,
A huge form in you , which makes attention not travel from one place to another ,
Is heating you up and wherever your eye sees , you see only her form.”
3218. When she told like this That Rakshasa told , “let what you told,
Come true but how is it that you are only seeing that Rama everywhere?”
And she replied “ From the time that Rama did this harm to me,
From then onwards I am not able forget him at all.”
3219.”True , true What you have told seem to be proper ,
I am suffering because both my body and mind has been baked,
Where is freedom from me from this cruel fate ?
When Ravana asked like this she told , “Oh lord ,
Why is it You who are the matchless leader of this world ,
Getting depressed like this . You go and steal that Sita,
Who had a hair that is decorated by flowers” she said.
3220.After saying this she went away and that Rakshasa lost his balance ,
And he became one who will not get wisdom from anything ,
With a turbulent soul he became famished and all those ,
Who work for him shivered and they thought , if he manages to ,
Keep himself alive . His situation has become like that.
3221 . Just like the saying, “dead one has come alive “ Ravana who got his,
Sweet life back , understanding his strength addressing those who were near by told,
”Please build a hall of Moonstones which drip water like milk coming out when you milk,
Which is pretty . Order this to be done by the best of artists.”
3222.” The great architect of devas, Viswakarma who understood the order of Ravana,
Came there and planned for a pretty moon stone hall with one thousand pillars,
Which made even the Lord of the lotus shy and not only that he built it.”
3223. He fixed those moon stones from top to bottom so that ,
Even when moon is not there , the drip of nectar like water was there ,
He made small windows so that the breeze would come in with scent of flowers ,
He also created a cool garden Karpaga gardens with gems ,
Which would fulfill all the wishes one has.
3224. Surrounded by Deva maidens who wore pretty ornaments ,
Who were carrying in their hands which were ornamented with golden jewels ,
The lamps which were giving out light on both sides ,
With the night which had spread all over the sky ran away ,
That Ravana with huge soldiers climbing on a plane made of gems,
Came to inspect that great hall that was made of gems.
3225.Though that place had darkness as if thousand crore ,
Darkness was kept there With the cool moon like faces ,
Of the deva maidens and due to the collection of several thousand crores ,
Of great moon lights which give out cold being collected there ,
The night that was in that hall ran away with great speed.
3226. The nine precious gems which are the flowers of Karpaga tree
Looked like the day time rays of the sun and the catch of darkness ,
Got loosened and the day time was formed .Is it not the greatness ,
Of Karpaga tree that though Sun was not visible , the light flows from the tree.
3227.Ravana who was not able to differentiate between tough , sound and other ,
Feelings , who was having a very confused mind and was not knowing,
‘What to do’ , pulled by the great desire entered in to that moon stone hall,
As if he has taken another birth and possessed a fresh new body.
3228.Like the round ocean of milk in which the Makara fishes wandered ,
Which like mother used to give whatever was requested by the devas,
Who destroyed their desire and did penance , came with a pot of nectar,
Ravana reached the bed of flowers and golden leaves surrounded by bees.
3229. The gentle breeze from the south which arranged a feast,
To the God of love in the sweet smelling pretty sweet gardens ,
Which was filled the smell of flowers from the hair ,
Of well ornamented ladies , which was like the nectar ,
Willingly given by the ocean which produced great sound ,
And which was capable of getting back ,
The soul of the person even if he has lost it.
3230.That Ravana who had eyes spitting fire which looks with great anger ,
Could not tolerate the breeze entering through the window and wafting,
Became angry as if he has seen a python entering the home,
Called his servants and told them as follows.
3231.”Just like the little water that appeared in the well has ,
Drowned the entire world , Wind God who is one of the devas ,
Has become capable of causing harm to me and he asked ,
How did this breeze enter here without my order,
Call immediately those servants who guard this place.”
3232. Then those assistants ran and brought those guards ,
And Ravana looked at them with his red cruel eyes ,
And made them scared and that Ravana who was short tempered asked them,
“Did you provide the way to the breeze to come here?, they said,
“When you came here you did not order us not to allow breeze inside .”
3233. “If the devas can come here whenever they like ,
Does it mean that rule of my law has already died,
So immediately search everywhere and go to far off places ,
Search and find out wind God , catch him and put him in the great prison here “ he said.
3234. Then he again told “ there is no point in getting angry on wind God.
If I do not attain the true love of the black spear eyed Sita ,
The God of death would come quickly near me and so ,
Go and bring ministers who by their strength, know the future” ordered Ravana.
3235.Those assistants that received this order before “A” is utterered ,
Went and called for the ministers everywhere and when they called like that,
The Devas of heaven and all the mentally upset ministers ,
Riding on chariots with flags , on horses , on palanquins ,
And on elephants which poured water of rut reached there.
3236.After discussing faultlessly with the ministers who came there,
His mind did not get clear and he wanted only to do what he wished,
Without any other help got in to a plane travelling in the sky ,
Reached the hermitage of Mareecha who was doing penance controlling his senses.
Chapter on killing of Mareecha.
(When Mareecha says he wants to take revenge on Rama , Mareecha tries to dissuade him in various. When he understands , that that if he does not agree Ravana would kill him, he agrees. Ravana then asks him to go as a golden deer and tempt Sita and remove Rama from that place. Mareecha goes as an attractive deer .Sita wants that deer. Lakshmana tries his best to impress on Rama that the deer was a result of illusion and mot probably Mareecha. When Lakshmana says that he will go behind the deer, Sita becomes sad and Rama himself goes asking Lakshmana to guard Sita. When Rama realizes that the deer is a magical one , he kills it. The deer shouts in Rama’s voice “Oh Sita , Oh Lakshmana “ and dies. Rama is worried.)
3237. As soon as Ravana reached there the Mareecha who was living there ,
Became scared and with a pained mind as well as confused thoughts ,
Went to the front and received Ravana who was like a black mountain,
Showered hospitality on him and seeing the faded face of Ravana started talking.
3238. The confused Mareecha told him, “Oh lord who rules creating fear ,
To the Indra who rules from shade of Karpaga tree and also the God of death,
What is the purpose of your coming like a poor man who does not have anybody,
To this forest and that too in search of the poor hut of mine?”
3239.Ravana said, “several things have happened but I continued to live,
I am further getting tired , my shine has gone away ,
My fame and greatness have both gone away and now ,
How shall I say about all these things to you “ after telling this ,
He again told “that is something which will bring,
Shame as well as bad name to all devas.”
3240.”Oh one who holds the spear , the men there have become stronger ,
Using their sharp sword they have cut away the nose of your niece Soorpanakha,
And if we see deeply what other worse bad fate can occur ,
To your clan as well as my clan., please tell.”
3241. “If a man has insulted my sister and not only that , he ,
Waged war with a bow and drank the life span of Khara ,
Who is a great warrior and who had ebbing great anger,
And brought bad name to me who has so far only won victory .
Is it proper for you to see that your nephews holding cruel spears ,
Are killed and remain happy carrying both your hands?”
3242 “Due to all this the heat of mind did not reduce,
I became depressed and am slowly wasting away ,
And since they are not equal to my strength ,
I do not want to fight with them but I wanted to kidnap ,
That lady with coral like lips and I want your help in this,
For the sake of wiping away this insult of mine and I have come here.”
3243.Before Ravana completed all these words which were like melting iron,
In a burning fire and pouring it in to his ears , Mareecha closed ,
Both his ears and said “chee, chee “ and tottered and ,
Removing his fear for Ravana from his mind ,
With a mind which was greatly angry and started telling.”
3244,”oh king , You have sought and got the end of your life ,
You have lost your wisdom . This has not happened due to you ,
Because this has happened due to the strength of fate ,
Though it is not sweet for you to hear , I am telling this to you,
Taking account your welfare “he then he started telling matters of courage to him.
3245 “You cut off your heads by your own hand and offered them in Yagna fire ,
You tortured your soul for very many years by starving your selves
And was it not like this that you got all this wealth and if you neglect,
The fruits of your penance now , would it be possible for you get them again.”
3246. “Oh king who is greatly learned in Vedas written by chosen words ,
You followed Dharma and did great penance and got all this wealth ,
And not by following the path of Adharma , please tell after thinking ,
Did you not get everything through following good ways ? Again ,
Would you now follow the path of Adharma and loose all that wealth.”
3247. “They who steal the kingdom from those who show love ,
Those who collected tax by tormenting the citizens ,
And those who take for themselves the ladies who live ,
In their homes as wife of others would be completely ,
Destroyed by the God of Dharma himself ,
Till now who among the cruel ones have continued to live?”
3248.”The lord of Devas due to the beauty of Ahalya lost his prestige,
And like that several people who were equivalent to that Indra ,
Got bad name . “Oh Lord who does not have any brain,
Several ladies who are equivalent to Goddess Lakshmi are enjoying your wealth,
And you are now talking that which is talked by those who do not have good advisors?”
3249.”If you do not follow and act you would not get anything good
And you would get only sin and bad name out of it , and if ,
By chance you win , That Rama who had created the world,
Using arrows which are like the curse of great saints ,
Would win over you and destroy all your clan along with descendents.”
3250.”Even though I advise like this you are refusing to think about it,
One of the chiefs of your army called Khara along with his army and
Very strong chariot regiment was killed By Rama by one of his bow and ,
He has decided to kill all the Rakshasa clans and this is pitiable .”
3251. “Among the cruel who is equal in cruelty to Viradha and ,
Alas by one of the arrows of Rama he was killed and went to heaven ,
And when that is so among us who can escape from him alive ,
Thinking like this I have become greatly pained ,
And are you going to increase my pain further more?”
3252. “All those who have died are all dead and do not take any action,
So that more people would die in future , Please, please do not do it,
If you do that there would be no way to escape .
It is not possible to tell how many people ruled this earth and
It is not possible for those who do not follow Dharma to live with stability ,
Also in this world there are none who did not get destroyed,
And are not all people those who vanished without anything?”
3253. “He is the one who sent one arrow to kill my younger brother Subahu,
And my mother Thadaga and my manliness went back before That great archer Rama,
And his younger brother who is very near him and
I became tired as I lost my valour and That Rama is your enemy ,
And due to that mind is shivering like a string.”
3254. All the moving and not moving things will not be there for ever,
And they would definitely get destroyed, and
This truth is known to you and so hear my words and do not do bad acts ,
And at least from now always be our chief and with great wealth ,
Live always happily, “ said Mareecha
3255. After hearing this Ravana told, ,” Addressing me who lifted by his palm,
The Kailasa mountain along with Lord Shiva who keeps ganges on his head,
And who has very pretty Manikhya shoulders , you have told that,
I am weaker than a mere man “ and then he looked at him ,
With fire in his very cruel eyes , lifted his eye brow like arch and with great anger.
3256.” You did not consider about the insult that happened to our clan,
And without any fear you made one without firmness of my mind,
You praised that one who made the face of my sister in to a mountain cave ,
But I have decided to pardon you for this great crime “ said Ravana.
3257.Understanding that Ravana who was angry with him ,
Who is valorous and who does not have any greatness in him,
Would further get angry with him , desiring to get away ,
Without giving any further advice , he asked him, “you are getting ,
Angry with yourself , you are getting angry with your clan ,
But are not getting angry with me , “why is this?”
3258.” If you consider that carrying the Kailasa mountain a great act ,
When Janaka gave the bow and told him , This a bow held by Lord Shiva ,
And is like a meru mountain , please bend it” That matchless Rama ,
Who was equal to a mountain , held its string and broke it in to pieces ,
That bow which was like a mountain Meru which touches the sky, is it not?”
3259.”You are one who do not know the strength of Rama completely,
And even if it is explained to you , you refuse to understand,
Even before That Rama prepares for the war and wears a Thumbai garland,
All the lives of his enemies , their soul would be uprooted from them,
Due to ignorance You consider Sita as a human lady and that is not her form,
And it is the form of the sin that the Rakshasas have done.
3260.When I realize that you along with your relatives cannot escape ,
My mind is beating like a drum , My soul is greatly shivering and you do not seem to be
Bothered about it , A person who is standing near one , who is drinking poison,
If he tells “you are doing a good act “ is it good thing to do?
3261, From Lord Shiva to the land of devas and all the lands in between,
The divine arrows that were given by sage Viswamithra , with great fire,
Within the time of batting the eye lash are capable of killing all lives ,
They never know defeat , are innumerable and are waiting orders of Rama.
3262. Due to the increase of poison called passion which is sorrowful ,
You have told very cruel words , would this not lead to your destruction?
Being your maternal uncle, I was born in this clan before you ,
And that is why I told these words , Please change your opinion, “Mareecha said.
3263.Though Mareecha requested Ravana to think about all his words ,
Ravana, the king of Rakshasas berated him and started telling,
“You are still alive becoming scared of the one who killed your mother,
And is it proper to consider you as manly , when you have done like this?”
3264.”Did you tell me who made the elephants guarding the directions run away ,
Who destroyed the greatness of devas by entering their kingdom,
And burnt all their homes and who are ruling all over the world , that ,
The sons of Dasaratha are capable of destroying me? This strength is great , great.”
3265. I have won over all the three worlds and now I am going to get ,
More enemies to fight , Is there anything more sweeter than that?
Do carry out my orders. . It is not proper for you being a minister ,
Who should think about and protect the country ,
To take actions in a way that you think is right?
3266.”Even if you refuse to obey my order , using my sharp knife ,
I would do what my mind wants to do? I would not go away from it ,
Leave out telling these advices which I hate and carry out ,
My desires and then you can stay alive. Do according to what I want , “ he said to Ravana.
3267.When Ravana told like that , understanding his thought process ,
Mareecha thought “those who are greatly proud would be destroyed,
And is this not a deep philosophy” and that More than the people who believe,
“Arrogance of those people would destroy relations .”,Mareecha thought
That “where are those arrogant people ?” and started talking like ,
Water sprinkled on the melted copper .
3268.Mareecha told , “I told all this for your benefit only in a true manner,
And I did not tell them thinking that destruction would come to me and
I did not advice you because of fear . When destruction comes near us,
Even if some body advices properly , it would as improper,
Oh Ravana who travels on an improper path, tell me what I should do?”
3269. As soon as Mareecha told like this , Ravana got up and hugged him,
And after leaving out his anger towards him told, “Oh Mareecha who has,
Mountain like shoulders , instead of dying by the arrows of love god,
Would not we get fame if we die by the arrows of Rama?
Please bring me Sita who has turned cool breeze as enemy to me,
And give her to me” and thus he requested him.
3270.When Ravana told him like this Mareecha replied to him,
“For taking revenge on Rama for killing my mother , once when I went,
To Dandakaranya along with two other Rakshasas, those who came with me died,
From the arrows which came from the bow of Rama,
I returned back greatly scared. What job should I do now?”
3271.When Mareecha told like that , That Rakshasa chief Ravana told,
“Sir, I am standing here ready to kill him , who killed your mother ,
In a very base manner. Is the question “what can I go and achieve”,
A proper question from you . Should we not catch that Sita by creating illusion?”
3272.Mareecha told , Now what else can I tell you ? to attain the wife of Rama,
By your valour and ability would only be proper and not attain her by cheating?
To get her my cheating would be demeaning to your position and status and
So Win over Rama in war and increase your suitability for doing that ,
Would be suitable to the tradition of justice that we follow?”
3273. When his relative told him like this , Ravana laughed at it and said,
“Is the army necessary to win over those men? Would not the sword ,
Held by my strong hands be sufficient for that ? but if Rama and Lakshmana ,
Die , she who is human , who would be alone, would prefer to die a nd so,
Because of that we will catch her by using magical illusion?”
3274. Mareecha thought ,”even before he touches that lady ,
Rama would cut off the heads of Ravana and make them fall down,
But I am not able to tell him the proper way to do it?
Who would fully know the path of fate and so except,
Carrying out orders of Ravana , I do not see any other option.”
3275 And he asked Ravana ,”What type of illusion should I perform here?
Please tell me,.” And for that Ravana replied ‘You enter the forest,
As a golden deer and create attraction in the mind of that golden girl”
And Mareecha agreed to do that and started from there . Also ,
That king of Rakshasas with shining spear went in another direction.”
3276. Due to knowing the strength of the bow of those two brothers,
Mareecha did not take this decision himself and since he knew ,
The power of the sword of Ravana he agreed to obey that order,
We will now tell
about his thoughts as well what he did?
3277. He would sorrow greatly thinking about his close relatives,
He would think of that valorous heroes , get scared and fainted.
He started shivering thinking about what will happen to the fishes,
Once the deep moat of water is poisoned fully. And the pain,
That he felt in his heart was something beyond tought.
3278.He thought of how he suffered during the Yaga of Viswamithra,
And when he went as a deer to the forest.
That Mareecha who has never faced the end or death , for the third time,
Consented for being killed and travelling on its path,
Went and reached the forest where Lord Rama lived.
3279.Mareecha went in the form of a golden deer , which was matchless ,
And which due to the luster of its body gave light to heaven and earth,
In search of Sita who herself was like a deer and found her.
3280.All the different types of deer of the forest , like the lover losing his mind ,
To a prostitute who has an unstable mind and who does not have real love
On seeing that golden deer surrounded her with ocean like desire.
3281.Sita about whose waist people told that it was a lie ,
Walked with great pain to her waist and started plucking flowers ,
In the forest using her soft hands wearing lustrous bangles.
3282.The people who would definitely get in to problems ,
Would see many unimaginable weird forms in their dream ,
And like that Sita who is going to undergo sufferings ,
Which will not be undergone at any time , Saw that magical deer.
3283. Due to the life of Ravana nearing the end and due to fact,
That Dharma would luxuriously grow in this earth after his death,
She on seeing the golden deer could not recognize that it is an illusion
And stood there wanting that deer , which is something not to be done.
3284, That Sita who had a forehead like the young crescent ,
When the golden deer came and stood before her ,
With gret desire decided that “I would ask Rama,
“Please catch and give it to me “ , with great wish ,
Reached that valorous hero who wins by his bow.
3285. She saluted Rama and told him , “I see a deer made of pure gold .
Which shines due to great light ,which has long ears and legs ,
Which are made of real red gems before me which is sweet to see .”
3286.Without thinking even a little that “ No such deer ,
Was ever seen in this world so far “ Rama , the father of Brahma,
Hearing the loving words of deer like Sita , he also started desiring it.
3287. Not telling that it is not a proper desire because,
Sita was asking for it , when Rama at that time told,
“Oh lady wearing ornaments and who is like a golden creeper ,
We would see that deer” Lakshmana understanding ,
The way of his, started the conversation like this.
3288.”Its body is of gold colour , ears , leg are tail are like red gems,
And this deer with a nature of moving fast , is not natural ,
And would it be proper to think it as some thing magical ,
And oh Lord under no circumstance can it be true” Lakshmana told
3289.And Rama told him then, “ Oh younger brother all those ,
Greatly wise people have not fully understood about the nature,
Of this shifting world and its beings are innumerable crores of types ,
And so just based on our knowledge we cannot say it does not exist in this world.
3290. “You hae come to this conclusion by thought process of the mind,
Are we not hearing newer and newer type of news daily ,
Have you not heard about the seven gold coloured swans?”
3291. “There are no rules to the beings of this world that,
They should look like this only. “Said Rama to his younger brother,
And Sita thought that when they were talking like this,
That golden deer would go in several forest paths and vanish.
3292. That black mountain like Rama observing this sad thought ,
Of Sita Said “Oh lady who wears great ornaments , show it to me.”
And started to go with her but that brother who wears golden anklets ,
Went behind them and just like fate that cannot be side stepped ,
That golden deer came and stood before them.
3293.Rama with his great wisdom did not properly examine ,
That deer and said, “this deer is indeed pretty” ,Can we ,
Think about those words and judge it for is he not ,
The lord of the devas who has left his serpent bed and has come here.
3294.”Rama said , “ Oh brother , see this deer carefully , except ,
Saying that it is only like itself can we compare it with any other thing ,
In this world.. Its teeth are like the smiling pearls and it is,
Like a streak of lightning walking over the bed of grass,
And its body is like red gold and the dots on his body are like silver.”
3295. “Oh lad with strong bow and one learned in Dhanur Veda,
Whether it is a man or woman , once they see it from near by place ,
There cannot be anyone who does not like it and you please see ,
That all the beings that crawl as well as fly are surrounding it,
Like the flying insects rushing to see the flame of burning fire.”
3296.When the honourable Rama told like this Lakshmana ,
Stared carefully at that deer and made up his mind that,
“it is not natural “ and told “Oh heroic one who wears ,
The scented flower garland , even if it is a deer ,
Made of gold, what use it is for us? And ,
It is only proper for us to go away from it.”
3297.Even before Lakshmana completed his words , that pretty lady,
Told the pretty Rama “Oh son of the king , if you speedily catch,
This deer which is attractive to the mind , when we return,
To Ayodhya from this forest , this would be a rare pet,
Which would be useful to play with joy for me.”
3298.When Sita who had a waist which is doubtful in existence told like this,
Indicating her wish , when Rama told with certainty “Just now I will catch and give “,
That Lakshmana who was clear in his thought told him , “Oh elder brother,
, You would in the end understand that this deer is ,
Only a cruel and tricky Rakshasa, with an intention to cheat .”
3299. That Rama who has come to remove the sufferings of the devas told.
“If it is a magic deer , it would die with my arrow and by killing it then,
WE would fulfill our duty of killing the furious Rakshasas but suppose ,
It is a pure deer , we will catch and bring it , In both of there where is evil?”
3300. “Oh Rama who has very powerful golden shoulders , we do not know,
Who has sent this magical deer and we do not know what type of illusion ,
He has used and we are not able to know what type of deer this is,
And it is not proper to indulge in the job of hunting ,
Which our forefathers hated to get indulged in.” said Lakshmana.
3301. “ Leaving out our determination to kill the Rakshasas who are our enemies.
Saying that they are innumerable and that the magic and illusion
That they practice is terrible is something which would make,
Others laugh at us “ and so there is nothing wrong in trying to catch this deer ,
Like this Rama the father of Lord Brahma told his great brother.
3302. Then Lakshmana told , “ Oh Lord , is it not proper to a perform,
Any job that we want to do after clear thought ? Even if large number of people ,
Are involved in sending this deer and are in hiding , With cruel arrows ,
In my bow I would follow them and speedily I will pursue and destroy them.
If not I would catch hold of this deer and drag it to this place.”
3303. Sita interfered in this talk of Lakshmana and that swan like Sita,
Becoming sad and like a parrot lisped sweetly thee words ,
Like nectar using her red mouth “Oh Lord, would you yourself .
Not go and catch this deer and give it to me “ and with red lines ,
On her blue lotus like eyes which were shedding pearl like tears, with great anger.
3304. Seeing that love tiff of Sita who told like this , Rama who could protect all,
Said to Lakshmana, “Oh brother who wears garland of golden flowers ,
I would myself go and catch this deer and return swiftly.
Till then you please guard Sita who is like the peacock of the forest.”
And then taking arrows which are as sharp as spears , he started going fast.
3305. Then Lakhmana told “ In the Yaga conducted by Viswamithra ,
One of the three Rakshasas escaped and I have a doubt that this may be that Mareecha,
Oh Lord , please think over it again . Pease go and come back without any harm,”
After sayring this he raised both his arms saluted Rama and started ,
Guarding the hermitage in which Sita entered by standing near the door.
3306. Without bothering about the true words told by the great thinker Lakshmana,
That Rama who had pretty shoulders like mountain but only thinking,
About anger of Sita who had a face like full moon , with a smile ,
On his red lips which were like coral and Sindhoora , Rama Started following that golden deer.
3307. That magical deer walked stepping slowly , stared as if it was scared ,
Straightened its long ears and then lifting its hooves up to its breasts.,
Jumped up the sky and crossing the speed of lashing wind and mind
Started running from there , making one learn a new name for its speed.
3308.Rama took and kept his feet which measured the earth in speedy steps.
Is there is another world for him to measure ? He ran speedily
And he showed the world his form which is everywhere ,
Who can ever estimate the speed with which he went?
3309. That deer would climb on mountains , would jump on clouds in the sky,
When one nears it will run away and if you delay to go near , it would,
Come and stand near the touching distance and if one goes near it ,
It would move away far off and stand there , would love you as much as you pay,
And Oh mother it went like mind of prostitutes wearing scented garlands.
3310.Though this has taken the form of deer but I feel that its acts
Are very different from that of deer, and it is proper that Lakshmana ,
Suspected it earlier to me .His thoughts seems to be true and proper ,
Had I also properly thought about it, I would not have come over here ,
And after suffering this pain I also feel that is illusion of Rakshasas” , Rama thought.
3311. Thinking in his mind that “Now Rama would not try to catch me ,
But he would kill me with his arrow and send to heaven “ that Mareecha,
Who is an expert in illusion , with great speed jumped on to the sky.
3312, In that second Rama send a red arrow which was like
His cruel weapon of wheel , that cannot be stopped , at that deer ,
With an order “Wherever that deer goes , go to all those places and remove its soul”
3313, That arrow which was looking like a long leaf went ,
And hit at the heart of Mareecha which was fully filled with deceit ,
And immediately using his open mouth he shouted ,”Sita, Lakshmana”,
In the voice of Rama , so that it will go in all the eight directions
And beyond that and fell like a hill assuming his real form.
3314, Seeing that cruel one falling dead in his natural form ,
Understanding that the deer is not a true one and Rama thought ,
About his younger brother “He is an able one and he is like my soul”,
And the one who came to attack me is very intelligent .
3315. Then he stared at the body of the cruel one who died ,
Shouting so that his voice reaches all the directions ,
And understood that he was the Mareecha who came ,
During the faultless sage Viswamithra.
3316.”When my arrow which pierces hit his chest , by his magic,
He cried for Sita and Lakshmana imitating my voice and perhaps,
Hearing that call Sita who has eyes as cool as a rain,
Would become sad “ thought Rama and got worried.
3317.”My younger brother as soon as he saw the deer understood ,
Earlier itself that he was Mareecha who was the master of illusion,
And since he knows well about my strength , he would have ,
Consoled Sita and would have told about realty of that voice”
Thinking like this , he managed to attain clarity of mind.
3318.”Mareecha does not have to come here , only for death,
He has come definitely with a plan and due to his shouting ,
A big harm is going to happen and so even before that happens,
It would be better for me to reach my hermitage , “thinking like this he started back.
Chapter on Ravana’s trick.
(Ravana appears like a sage before Sita, who hospitably receives him. When he tells that he had come from Lanka and has a great regard for Ravana, Sita says Ravana is a cruel monster, Ravana then takes his original form, digs the hermitage and keeps it on his chariot and proceeds to Lanka. Sita cries and prattles.
In Valmiki Ramayana, Ravana catches hold of Sita and keeps her in his plane and tries to fly away. There is no mention of charioteer there.)
3319. We till now told what happened to Rama who was like ,
The matchless blue sea with conches when he went in chase,
Of the golden deer and now we will tell what happened,
To Sita who decorated her hair with flowers which were fragrant.
3320. When the words shouted by Mareecha opening his cave like mouth,
Which was sad to hear reached the ears of Sita , she became as sad as a Koel,
Which slipped from a tree and fell , She beat her belly with hands and fell down fainted
3321. Saying “I who am ignorant has brought to an end my happy life ,
With my husband by telling him, “You yourself catch this deer and give to me,”
And like a flowering branch catching fire and like a long serpent ,
Losing its strength on hearing the thunder, she fell down and rolled on earth.
3322.”My great lord who does not have any fault , due to the cheating,
Done by that cruel Rakshasa, has fallen down dead and even after hearing it,
You who are his younger brother is still standing near me”, she said.
3323.”In this world which is simple , is there any one who is more strong,
And great than Rama? You have told this due to feminine understanding “
Said Lakshmana who understood it , in a manner that Sita would understand.
3324.Would the individual valour Of Rama in any cruel war , would be less than,
The small strength of all those people in seven seas ,
Fourteen worlds , Seven mountains ? This would never happen” said Lakshmana
3325.” All the Earth , water , wind , sky and the fire and others besides these ,
Would get agitated as soon as Rama gets angry and why are you,
Getting drowned in this ocean of sorrow ? What are you thinking about,
That Rama who is black like cloud and with eyes like red lotus flower?”
3326.”Would Rama become weakened and call for help when sorrowing
Before another Rakshasa? If perchance he calls all the huge ,
Universes would come down and get destroyed and
The life of Brahma and other devas also would get destroyed?”
3327. “What more can I tell about prowess of Rama? Is there ,
Any other strength which is comparable to his strength by which ,
He stringed and broke the huge bow of Lord Shiva who destroyed,
Three cities and was praised by heaven as well as earth for it ?’
3328.”If Rama has been destroyed as you think then by now,
The heavens, earth and Patala would have been destroyed by this time ,
All the devas and sages who were existing from beginning as well as,
The best among people would have by now been destroyed.
Also Dharma would have been destroyed.”
3329.”What else should I tell in detail ? When our Lord Rama shot the arrow ,
And when it hit that deer in that place , that Rakshasa who must have,
Lost his strength would have shouted those words loudly ?
Please do not sorrow , getting worried by it ,Please stay calm.” Lakshmana told.
3330. When Lakshmana told like this , with greatly ebbing anger ,
She who felt sorrow as if she was killed , one with boiling mind ,
And one who is not afraid of anything said, “After hearing ,
The bad things that might have happened to Rama , your ,
Not going there is not justice” Said she with great enmity.
3331.”Even if a person has moved only for one day with another ,
He would sacrifice his life and other one due to the other person’s love,
But you , though you have heard that Rama has been destroyed ,
Are standing without getting scared? What other way do I have?
I would now itself speedily fall in the fire and die.” She said.
3332.Seeing Sita who was like a swan jumping over the forest of lotus flowers,
Who was preparing herself to jump in the huge fire with great smoke ,
Lakshmana who was requested to guard her by Rama, stopped her,
Touched the space below the lotus like feet of Sita and told.
3333.”Why should you die? I am scared after hearing your words ,
Please get rid of your sorrow and be here itself , I would go now ,
Are we ones who can win over the very angry fate “ he said.
3334.” I am going now itself , a great danger has come to us by itself,
You want me to disobey Rama and want me to go,
You are alone without any support “ saying this Lakshmana,
Whose heart was bursting with great sorrow , took leave of her.
3335,He was greatly worried thinking “If I am here ,That Sita,
Would jump in the fire and if I go to Rama who is like a mountain,
The lady would be left without any guard and evil may come to her.
What should I who have interest in my life do now?”
3336.”Only by Dharma we can prevent any loss of life and if I do not leave here ,
Going against the wish Of Sita , she would definitely die? And so,
The only thing that I dares to do is to go from here”
I am an ignorant one who has attained by my bad and old fate.”
3337.”I would go but if something bad were to happen , to the extent possible,
Jatayu , the king of hawks would protect her “ saying like this
That Lakshmana went by the same route , due to the penance of devas.
3338. “As soon as Lakshmana left , Ravana who had curved teeth,
And who was expecting him to go , to complete the cruel plan of his,
Took the form of a sage holding the well tied three bamboo sticks.
Which would destroy the three ills of passion, anger and illusion.”
3339.He had a well dried body appearing as if he has not taken food,
And appeared as if he has with great difficulty walked a long distance,
And was singing musical songs following proper beats ,
The Sama Veda which was like the music from Veena.
3340.He was having a soft walk like the petals of flowers have been spread,
And was taking steps as if the entire floor was full of burning embers,
And was having shivering feet as well as hand that cannot be protected ,
And was having a form of a very old man , which would make him hateful to others.
3341.He was wearing a garland of penance made of lotus beads ,
Appearing as if he was like a tortoise which has controlled its five senses ,
Had a bent body , had a great chest wearing the sacred thread ,
And reached the hermitage of Sita who had a stainless mind like Arundathi.
3342.That Ravana who had put on a garb of a saint could even mislead devas ,
And he reached the doors of that faultless hermitage , He had a voice ,
Which seemed to shiver and falter and asked “Who is living in this hermitage .?”
3343.Sita who was in the forest , thinking that he was one with faultless mind,
And faultless penance , who had sweet voice like the honey syrup,
And who was as pretty as the coral branch came out,
To receive him and said “Please come over here.”
3344. He who had a body which sweats like the Kanmadha (viscous rock) of the mountains,
Who has been caught up in the sea of passion due to love saw her
Who was an ornament to beauty , who is the seat of fame and
Who is the queen for virtue using his own eyes.
3345.Let us now see the state of the mind of the thirsting mind Ravana who has seen,
Sita with the sweet voice like that of a koel which is not tired,
And who had a beauty that was much greater that beauty of divine maidens.
His arms which had great valour increased in size on seeing her and then became thin.
3346.What is the use of telling that the row of eyes of Ravana on seeing Sita,
Who was having the prettiness of the peacocks that wander in the forest,
Became joyous like the crowd honey bees which visited the garden full of flowers ,
Filled with honey and drunk it and were dancing with joy ? it is better ,
To say that it became joyous like the mind of Ravana.
3347.Are the twenty eyes which do not blink sufficient to see ,
The gem like red body of Sita who was looking like goddess Lakshmi,
Who had come there leaving her seat of lotus flowers ? He became ,
Sad that he did not have one thousand such non blinking eyes?
3348. Ravana thought , Is the life span of three and half crore years,
That I got doing great faultless penance sufficient to play ,
In the shore less sea of the beauty of her who had large number ,
Of bangles in her fore arms and who was the best among ladies.
3349.Ravana thought , with devas along with their wives ,
Obeying all the orders that I put to them and becoming slave to her,
For generations and with this girl ruling all the three worlds,
I would obey her orders and live happily with her.
3350. “Even when her mind is paining and she is sorrowing ,
If her face shines like this , when she breaks in to a smile,
Like a streak of lightning , how will her beauty be?
To my sister who saw this lady with the untied hair ,
And gave her to me, I would give her even my kingship,”
3351.When that Ravana , the one without Dharma was thinking like this ,
And staring her with greatly increasing desire , that virtuous Sita,
Rubbed off the tears from her eye and then welcomed him,
Saying “Please do come here.”
3352.Sita after welcoming him and after he reached her hermitage ,
Gave him a seat of cane and requested him to sit on it and that ,
Famous cheat Ravana kept his hand at rest with three sticks by
And sat in the hermitage which was beautified by flowers.
3353. The mountains and trees shivered on seeing that Rakshasa,
Of greatly sinful and cruel deeds , the birds stopped cooing ,
The big wild animals were scared and the snakes did not open their hood.
3354. Ravana who took his seat asked “which is this home ?,
Which great saint lives here? And who are you?” and then,
Sita thinking that he was new to that place and is one,
Without deceit and she with long eyes started talking to him.
3355.”Oh great one , the son of Dasaratha belonging to the Ikshuvaku clan,
Along with his younger brother , as per the orders of his mother ,
Who was born in the great Kekaya clan , is staying here
You might possibly be knowing his name “ said she.
3356.”I have heard about what you told but I have not seen him,
I had once gone to that prosperous kingdom through which,
River Ganges flows. Oh lady with a long eye which is like ,
Lotus flower as well as sword, Whose daughter are you,
Why are you spending time in this harsh forest” , he asked.
3357.That faultless lady of great Virtue Sita after hearing his words,
Said, “Oh saint who is following the faultless Dharma , Janaka ,
Is one who thinks about people like you and not God and ,
I am his darling daughter and my name is Janaki ,
And I am the wife of Rama belonging to Kakustha clan.”
3358. Then after telling about her story that Sita asked him,
“Oh very old man , you have suffered because you have ,
Come through the harsh path in the forest and doing penance ,
You have wanted to cross the sins and blessed deeds.
From where have you come here”, she asked.
3359.Ravana told “He is the Lord of Indra himself ,
He posseses the prettiness of the picture , He was born in clan of Brahma,
And He is ruling all the countries including those in heaven,
And he has a toungue on which the manthras of Vedas reside.”
3360.”He has the strength to even uproot the very big Kailasa mountain,
On Which the Lord Shiva lives and he has great shoulders ,
Using which he had powdered the tusks of elephants,
Which carry this world from eight different directions.”
3361. “All the people who are crowding his entrance door are Devas,
And all the assets of Devas like the Karpaga tree are with him,
The place where he lives in the famous city of Lanka surrounded by the sea,
And while telling about his greatness the words lose their power.”
3362.”His town is sweeter than the golden city Of Indra ,
The ancient city of Bhogavathi which is frequented by the serpents
And in fact all cities of this world and that of heaven and everything ,
In the city of his are completely without any fault.
3363”.He is having the endless life span as given by Lord Brahma ,
Who sits on the lotus flower . He has a big hand holding the great sword given ,
By Lord Shiva who has given, half of himself to the Goddess ,
He has a prison in which all the planets are imprisoned,
And in fact he is the top most in each and every good quality.”
3364,”He is one with good qualities without cruelty . He is an expert in wide Vedas,
He is unbiased , He has the prettiness wanted by the God of love ,
And he has all the greatness of all the three Gods,
Who are considered as the greatest ones by all the world.”
3365.There are many best among the prettiest ladies of the world,
And who are all thirsting for his love and though they are,
Pining away for him , he is not interested in giving them joy,
But is searching for a lady who is sweet to his heart.”
3366. “Very much liking the great city from which he rules ,
I wanted to stay there for a few days and though I stayed,
There for a long time, with a mind not willing to part with him .
I came here” said he who wanted to kidnap Sita.
3367.Sita asked, “Oh saint who thinks that even body is an extra burden,
Without liking Vedas and the mercy of those who have learnt Vedas
What is the reason for you to stay in a town of Rakshasa who does sinful acts ,
And who eats men who are rational and are stable>’
3368. “You avoided staying with sages of great penance in the forest,
You did not think about very pretty and prosperous countries with plenty of water ,
And you have stayed with a crowd of Rakshasas who never think about Dharma,
Oh saint , what type of activity is this “ Sita asked.
3369. Having heard what has been told by the lady, he who has got limitless boons,
“If faultless people tell that the Rakshasas who swing the sword are cruel,
We would not get scared and if we really think about the truth ,
Oh lady with the shining face like full moon , Are the Rakshasas more cruel,
Than the devas and to people like is Rakshasas are good people.”
3370.When Ravana told like that , Sita who wore very good ornaments thought
“Those good people who have friendship with cruel people cannot be pure,
To explain it more properly those who have connection with old cruel habits,”
And as she was not aware that the Rakshasas who are expert in illusion,
Can take any form which they like and so she did not think otherwise.
3371.Ravana who hearing the words Of Sita though she has,
Started suspecting him , wanting to avoid that completely ,
Started talking in a different way “ in the three worlds ,
Which does not have difference in knowledge ,
For the Rakshasas what is the alternative except,
Following their own culture “.
3372. As soon as the Cheater Ravana who had ability to know
The state of mind told those words , Sita told him that “ Rama ,
Who has come to reinstate Dharma , by the time he completes,
The penance in the forest , the Rakshasas who travel in cruel path,
Would be completely eliminated along with their clan ,
And so there would not be any sorrow because of them.”
3373. As soon as the human lady told like this , Ravana told,
“Oh Lady who has shining eyes like the fishes , If human beings can,
Completely uproot the population of Rakshasas then,
The entire crowd of elephants would be killed by small rabbits,
And the crowd of Lions with curved nails would be killed by the deer.”
3374.”Viradha who had red hair which looked like a bundle of streaks ,
Of lightning, , The very angry Khara who had a matured mind ,
Along with his innumerable army died , which gave rise
To sound of great joy and possibly you have not heard it.”
And the rain thinking about the end of those shed tears.”
3375. “Oh faultless one , The lion that you told about is Rama and the Rakshasas ,
Are comparable to the crowd of deer and you are going to see soon ,
The destruction of all Rakshasas and the joy of the devas because of that,
How can Dharma which cannot be forsaken be defeated by sin, Don’t you know , it cannot.”
3376.When the soft words of Sita which were like honey mixed with nectar ,
Entered his ears , Ravana though he had a body which expands with joy,
Due to his self respect being hurt by the words that human beings are strong, became very angry.
3377. That angry Ravana replied “if you praise Rama that he gave an end,
To the silly persons like Viradha , you would know about its end tomorrow itself,
When the great wind from the twenty shoulders of Ravana blows,
And destroys the small silk cotton flower like man.
3378. “Oh innocent lady who babbles some words Whether ,
One wants to uproot the great Meru mountain or break the sky,
Or stir the waters of the ocan , or destroy the northern fire of Badavagni,
Or uproot the earth or do any of those great acts ,
None of them are difficult to perform for Ravana, what do you think of him.”
3379. Then Sita asked “Just because one has many more big shoulders ,
Does it mean that they are powerful? Did not Parasurama with his two shoulders ,
That too in his young age cut off the one thousand stout shoulders ,
Of Kartha Veeryarjuna who wore a heroic anklets and imprisoned
The king of Lanka surrounded by the sea with the water crows.”
3380. When she told like that his eyes burnt , his big shoulders ,
Further expanded , his ten crowns touched the sky,
The strong twenty hands clapped against each other ,
The row of teeth biting themselves created the sound of thunder from clouds,
And due to great anger the form that he took due to illusion vanished.
3381. Sita thinking that this man who has taken this form is not a sage ,
Who has forsaken the good and the bad and getting suspicion,
And when she was standing there not able to conclude who he is,
Ravana looked like the very poisonous snake which had,
Opened its hood which has become greatly angry by itself.
3382.If we think about the sorrow of Sita who was already greatly sorrowing ,
After she saw Ravana’s real form , how can there be more sorrow than that?
There is nothing in the world which can be comparable to it.
She did not do anything to escape and was shivering like ,
When the God of death who cannot be stopped appears before her.
3383. Without bothering to think about my valour which made ,
Devas do menial work for me , you said that a man who lives ,
Lke a worm in this world as strong , You are alive only because you are a lady,
Otherwise I would think of grinding you with my hand and eating you,
And if I do that , I would then take away my own life”, said Ravana.
3384.“Oh lady who is as tender as a swan I would lift you in each of my heads,
Which has not bowed before any one , separately and in a sweet manner ,
And make the deva maidens wearing numberless ornaments ,
Bow before your feet and obey you and then you can ,
Become happy in the wealthy life of ruling all the fourteen worlds.”Said Ravana.
3385.She then closed both her ears tightly by her tender hands and said,
“ Without bothering to think the good conduct by which I am protecting the virtue
For the victorious Rama who holds the pretty bow, like a dog wanting ,
To taste the ghee which is poured by sages in Yagna fire ,
What words did you tell me , Oh Rakshasa.”
3386.”Would I want to destroy the greatness of being born in a great clan,
Bothering about losing my life which is temporary like the drop of water in the tip of grass?
Before Rama with arrows which shine like lightning and .
Which hits like thunder takes away your life , for the sake of protecting your life ,
Run away from here and hide yourself”, Sita told.
3387.When Sita told like this , The Rakshasa who was standing before her ,
Devoid of any mercy told her , “The arrow which would be sent by your husband,
Comes to hit my chest which has destroyed the tusks of the elephants,
Which guard all the eight directions , it would be like,
An arrow made of flower sent to destroy a mountain.
3388. That Ravana who had shoulders more powerful than that of the mountains,
That bear this world said, “Oh divine lady who is divine for other divine ladies,
I am having a famished body due to the disease of passion that grew in my mind ,
And please save my soul and give it to me and accept the great position of ,
The divine ladies who wear heavy ear globes .” Saying this he saluted her.
3389.When he fell down to salute her feet , suffering like her soul,
Falling on the blood stained sword Sita who was personification,
Of patience cried with great sorrow and wailed, “Oh Lord ,Oh younger brother “
3390. Then at that time that bad soul Ravana , recollecting the curse ,
Given to him Brahma , without touching the body of the divine lady,
Due to the power of his shoulders which were like stone pillars ,
Unearthed the hermitage from a depth of two miles below the earth.
3391.He kept the hermitage he has unearthed on his chariot which ,
Was seen by Sita who wears pretty bangles but she could not see her soul like Rama,
And like a streak of lightning falling on earth from the cloud ,
She fainted and at that time Ravana wanted to go speedily by way of sky.
3392. When Ravana told the charioteer to drive his chariot with greater speed,
She was rolling like a creeper which had fallen on the burning fire,
And when she was getting flustered , greatly depressed and greatly tired ,
She was telling “Oh Dharma , please save me speedily from this predicament.”
3393.”Oh mountains , Oh trees , Oh peacocks , Oh Koels ,
Oh male deer, oh female deer , oh male elephants, oh female elephants,
Please understand the state of my unstable soul ,
And go and tell about it to Rama and Lakshmana who have stable valour.”
3394.”Oh clouds , Oh gardens , Oh Gods of the forest , you know ,
The sad state of the honest and valorous Rama , if he loses me,
Please , if you console me saying “do not be scared” , then,
Possibly I would get saved and If I am saved is it bad for you ?”
3395.”Oh Rama , for the sake of completely uprooting the Rakshasas,
Would you not come here and send rain of arrows like blue clouds?
Oh Protector , Oh brother , oh faultless Bharata ,
Oh Shatrugna who is a brother , would you not come here and save me?”
3396. “Oh river Godavari , Oh River who is cool who has nature of melting,
Oh mother like river who has got a very clear mind , please run,
And inform my husband who has learnt all books without learning them,
About my very sorrowful bad fate , Would you not do it?”
3397.”Oh mountain springs which appear before me , Oh lions ,
Who live in mountain caves , you would later laugh when you see,
The twenty arms that unearthed me as well as his ten heads ,
Fall down here and there by the powerful arrows of Rama?”
3398.Seeing Sita who was prattling many such things and who was wailing,
With an opened mouth , Ravana who was unnecessarily wasting his life ,
Said, “Oh lady who is wearing many ornaments and ear globes ,
Who has very dense breasts , Would those human being s defeat me in war,
And free you from me ? If they can let them do it “
And then he clapped his hands together and loudly laughed.
3399.When that Ravana was telling all these in words , Sita looked at him,
And told, through illusion you have created a deer and you made Rama,
Who is like the God of death and who would kill you in some other place,
You came here and are stealing me and if you know , the way ,
By which you can save yourself , do not drive the chariot any further.
3400”:If you are a true hero , after you have heard about the fact that a few men,
Have killed all your Rakshasas in a very short time and have cut off ,
The nose and breasts of your sister , your coming like this using illusion ,
Is only due to the deep fear that you have” she told and further told,
3401. When Sita told like this Ravana looked at her and told.
“Oh lady , please hear this , If I start waging a war against ,
The humans with a very weak body , My shoulders ,
Which uprooted the mountain of God who has eyes on forehead,
Would get a vey bad name and this act of cheating would lead to better results”
3402.That lady who was like a doll after hearing it told,
Possibly fighting a war with the enemies of our clan is wrong ,.
Possibly to fight with them holding the sword would shame us ,
And to steal the ladies with virtue in deceit is only right thing,
To the Rakshasas who do not have any mercy ,
Which is a crime and which would bring bad name?
Chapter on the giving up of Jatayu.
(Jatayu , the king of hawks fights a raging battle with Ravana. He breaks his chariot , kils his horses, breaks his armour his bow etc. Ravana taking Chandra hasa cuts off the wings of Jatayu,. He carries the earth on which Sita was sitting to Lanka and imprisons her in Asoka Vana in the city of Lanka. Lakshmana meets the worried Rama. They both find that Sita has been taken by some body along with the hermitage. They follow the tracks of the chariot and find Jatayu. Jatayu tells them what happened and dies. Rama perform obsequies to Jatayu .
In Valmiki Ramayana, When Ravana is taking Sita , she removes her ornaments, makes it in to a bundle and puts it in the middle of five monkeys sitting on the mountain top. After cremating Jatayu Rama kills a deer , makes balls out of its flesh and offers it to the soul of Jatayu.)
3403. When Sita told him like this a sound was heard ‘Hey, Hey , how can you ,
Escape from me, stop , stop” which was told by the king of Hawks,
Who had sound like thunder , who had enraged eyes like burning fire ,
Who had huge wings which lashed like lightning and who appeared,
Like the golden mountain Meru coming flying in the sky.
3404. He came with the huge wind raised by flapping of his wings,
Making very huge mountains getting uprooted and dashing,
Against each other on the sky and getting powdered like dust and scatter ,
And the sea hugely rising up making the earth and sea becoming same ,
And causing a huge cruel wind storming all over the world.
3405. Due to that wind huge trees along with their branches ,
Fell on the ground along with their tops touching the earth ,
With all clouds on the top of the sky going to one side ,
And with serpents closing their hoods and hiding themselves thinking that ,
The famous cruel Garuda is coming on the paths of the sky.
3406. Elephants , Yaalis and other big animals , all the trees in the forest ,
Bushes, and stones due to the speed of the wind raised by those two wings,
Went crowded in to the sky and due to this sky and forest became difficult to make out.
3407. That very cultured Jatayu came spreading his wings in protection,
And asked “You have kept the wife of that pure and great one on the chariot ,
Where are you going ? Now I will hide the sky with all directions with my wings.”
3408. With an intention of preventing the going of the chariot,
On which engines were fixed belonging to the uncultured Ravana ,
Jatayu who had kumkum like red legs and head and neck,
Which were like the reddish sky and who had a form similar,
To the Kailasa mountain and who was the king of hawks came before Ravana.
3409,Then that Jatayu told Sita , “do not get scared “ and understanding,
That Ravana has not touched her , he kept his greatly ebbing anger ,
Under his control and started talking to Ravana.
3410.”You have got spoiled along with your relations , you have burnt your life ,
And destroyed it . Why did you start this unsuitable act? Assuming that you are dead,
Leave Rama’s virtuous wife and go and then perhaps you would not die.”
3411.”Oh ignorant fellow , You have committed a very big mistake ,
In your mind you have thought Sita who is like mother of entire world,
Oh thoughtless one , Who is left there to support you now?”
3412. “ Oh sir , Do you not know that people of your clan like Khara ,
Fought with him in war and were not able to escape , Rama gave ,
Their souls as feast and the God of death took armful,
Of their souls and had a very great feast for himself.”
3413. “Did you desire to throw small balls made of earth ,
On the cruel elephant which is coming to kill you and escape?
Or even without realizing that it would cause your death,
Perhaps you wanted to keep on swallowing poison and survive?”
3414,”All the people in the three worlds , Indra the chief of devas ,
The great trinity of Gods on seeing him would shiver ,
Like deer seeing tiger and not only that would any of them,
Be capable of defeating that great archer Rama.?”
3415.”In this birth because there is nothing more for you to do,
To cause the death of yourselves along with your relatives and ,
This would also take you to the huge hell in the next world ,
Which cannot be tolerated and for whose good did you this?’
3416. “ Due to the fact that these humans are the primeval ,
Root cause of the great trinity , perhaps you did not understand,
To which God they should be compared and because of that ,
You lost your brain and did this heinous crime.”
3417. The boons that you got due to the grace of Lord Shiva ,
Who rides on the bull which is expert in war and
Who made the three cities burn as well other expertise in war,
Are only powerful till Rama who is the truth sends arrows from his bow.
3418-3420.”If that Rama , the son of king Dasaratha who has a bow which is bent ,
Comes personally , it is extremely difficult to prevent his arrows and so ,
I would take this Sita with the pretty forehead to wherever she was ,
And you go away from here quickly “ When Jatayu told like this,
Ravana who was the leader of Rakshasas , with spark of anger ,
Coming out of his black greatly lustrous eyes and with biting lips ,
Told him with anger”, Do not talk these unnecessary words ,
You show me those people quickly . Oh Hawk who comes against me ,
Before my arrows pierce your chest and creates there a big wound,
Go away from here quickly. Some times the water inside the ,
Steel may come out but Sita who talks sweeter than,
The juice of Sugarcane would not go away from me .Please see that.”
3421.As soon as Ravana told like this, Sita ‘s fear doubled ,
And seeing the swan like Sita sorrowing , Jatayu told her ,
“Oh mother , , now itself the body of this Rakshasa ,
Would be made in to pieces , do not sorrow,
That our lord , the son of the king has not come ,
Holding his great bow in his hand .”
3422. “Do not cry shedding tears like the scattering of pearls ,
Which fall on your breasts and do loose all hope , and see me ,
Giving as sacrifice his ten heads to all the ten directions ,
Which are like pierced fruits of Palmyra tree.”
3423. That Jatayu who came speedily flying , flapping his wings ,
Making a great sound of thunder , pushed down the series of crowns of Ravana,
And wanted to cut his head in to pieces by speedy flapping of the wings,
Bur broke his flag which had the shape of veena and got praise from devas.
3424. That Rakshasa to whom such a great mishap has never occurred before ,Laughed ,
With eyes of the red colour of molten lac and With great anger making seven worlds,
Along with his eye brows he also bent his mountain like bow.
3425. When the rain of arrows from Ravana who had crescent like teeth,
Approached him, Jatayu made some of them fall by the flap of his wings,
Some of them he broke using the sharp claws of his and using his beak,
Which made even the God of death scared he cut his bow in to pieces.
3426. On the ten strong heads of Ravana which were like numerous serpents,
With huge cruel eyes , Jatayu with his sharp strong beaks neared ,
Even before he took another bow and was bending it ,
And rose up snatching his gem studded ear globes.
3427, Then that Rakshasa shouted loudly and sent fourteen arrows ,
Aiming at the chest of Jatayu who snatched away his ear globes ,
And these did not stop there and went through the bird king and Again,
He sent several lustrous arrows at Jatayu and the devas took a long breath,
Thinking that Jatayu who was greatly valorous in war has fallen down.
3428.Inspite of new blood flowing out of those wounds , that the king of the birds,
Who looked like a huge white cloud shining in the sky which was similar to,
The White cloud which drank the streams of blood which flowed,
From the body of Khara and other Asuras thinking that it is a sea and later left it all.
3429. That Jatayu who was like a white cloud , took a deep breath immediately .
Became very angry and rushed and got up the rows of twenty shoulders ,
By pecking in his beak and by scratching by his nails , by beating with his wings ,
Cut off his armour which he was wearing on chest adorned with pearl necklace.
3430 That Ravana then sent one hundred arrows on the broad chest of Jatayu,
Who broke his armour and seeing that Devas were scared and perplexed,
And even before that the king of the birds , snatched the bow of Ravana ,
By his teeth , making the crowd of devas shout with great joy.
3431. That Jatayu by snatching the bow of Ravana , who using his strong shoulders ,
Lifted the shining silver mountain along with Lord Shiva , shined like ,
The rain bow along with the huge cloud and there was no one who can,
Adequately describe the great strength of shoulders of Jatayu, using mere words.
3432, He broke the bow of Ravana who using his sword punished
And won over Indra who had the chest that never retreats and had one thousand eyes
By taking it by his moth and breaking it by legs and he was the friend ,
Of their father Dasaratha and who was the protector of Rama,
Who broke the bow of Lord shiva who was of the red colour of fire.
3433.That Ravana who brings destruction to the world and who ,
Never gets defeated by the valour of others seeing the bow,
Which was suitable to his valour broken with great anger ,
Took a a trident which was like the arrow that was sent by Lord Shiva ,
Who has Halahala poison on his neck for destroying the three cities,
And making great sound threw it at Jatayu.
3434. That Jatayu who was the king of hawks saying “do not think ,
That I would not be able to bear this and now see my power”,
Received the trident with three heads sent by Ravana on his chest,
And the devas who were in hiding due to their fear to Ravana said
“Who can do such acts now” and tapped on their shoulders and shouted with joy.
3435.That trident , like those starved of the five sense organs,
Visiting the home of prostitutes , like the guests who have gone,
To the homes were cultured ladies were absent and like the ladies,
With soft and passionate looks approaching the matured saints,
Who can see their own souls , came back not able to pierce Jatayu.
3436. Before that Ravana who lost his trident , could take another weapon with speed,
Jatayu cut of the charioteer driving the chariot drawn by tall horses which hid the sky,
And threw it on the face of Ravana who had great passion towards the Very virtuous Sita,
Making him extremely sorrowful.
3437.Looking at Jatayu who threw the head of charioteer at him and understanding ,
The power of his mind and becoming angry , Ravana took his golden mace ,
And hit him with it like the flame of fire rising up and ,
Then the chief of the hawks fell like a mountain on the earth.
3438.As soon as Jatayu fell on the earth, Ravana very speedily drove ,
His chariot which cannot be even followed by the eye sight ,
Rose up on the sky and when he did that , the soft natured Sita,
Struggled like the hot embers entered in to the existing wound.
3439.Jatayu seeing Sita fading and struggling like a new born leaf,
Said to her, “Oh lady who is like a swan , Do not get drowned in sorrow ,
Do not fear “ and got up leaving a very deep breath and shouted,
“Hey , how can you escape from me “ and again rushed ,
On the chariot of Ravana with the devas making sounds of joy.
3440.That Jatayu who rushed on Ravana snatched his mace and threw it away,
And killed the sixteen horses which were tied to that very speedy chariot ,
Using his powerful beak which was like a very harp sword,
And seeing that valorous deed , even the God of death shivered.
3441.Further Jatayu destroyed his chariot and due to his not having a bow,
And since Ravana ’s arrows were useless to him like , the treasure to the miser
Using his very sharp talons he plucked the quiver
Which was tied on his shoulders which touched the sky .
3442.And then later like a Chichily bird he jumped on the chests ,
As well as shoulders of Ravana and beat him with his wings and due to that ,
Ravana fell down sorrowing and with a head bent fainted and Jatayu said,
With great disdain “Oh your power is only this much .”
3443. As soon as Jatayu told like that , Ravana flew in to great rage ,
And since he was not able to use his cruel trident and he did not ,
Have any other weapon with him Telling “I would kill this Jatayu”,
Took out from its sheath the sword called Chandra hasa,
Which never failed to kill the enemy and threw it at him.
3444. Due to the sword which was given to him by gods and which,
Cannot be stopped by any one , which would without fail cut the heads of all,
And since his life span slowly decreased and got completely over ,
That Jatayu who cannot be defeated by strength fell like a,
A mountain on which the God of Devas threw his powerful Vajrayudha.
3445. Jatayu fell on the earth with his wings completely spread ,
And seeing that the Devas ran away , the crowd of sages sorrowed,
Because Sita had lost her protection and those living ,
On the world of Lord Vishnu rained golden flowers on him,
And the mind and body of Sita who saw it started shivering.
3446.Due to his getting defeated and then winning . that Rakshasa felt ashamed ,
And shouted with joy which sound reached the sky and appreciated his own strength,
And Sita who was depressed like the deer which was caught in the net ,
Without seeing any way to protect herself she went on taking long breath ,
Get fainted and like a creeper not having support because ,
The branch on which it was spreading had got broken , she fell on the chariot.
3447”.Even Jatayu the king of hawks who said , “I am your strong protection”,
Was destroyed . What is my fate now?” thought Sita and wailed like ,
The female Andril bird which was greatly sorrowing due to loss of its mate.
3448. Sita was confused and wailed “ Is it proper for the good Jatayu,
Who said to me , who had attained very great sorrow , “Do not get scared”
To get defeated? Is it proper for this one from hell to win?
Would sin win? Would Vedas became a lie? Does not Dharma exist ? “
3449. She sobbed and wailed “ Obeying me who was shameless ,
You had gone away, Oh gem amongst males,,.At least please come
To see Jatayu , who was a great friend of your father ,
Who was like a nail of support to all those who try to stand ,
In the right path of Dharma .”
3450. “Though it is my duty that nothing happens to my chastity , a bad name ,
Has come to the pretty and very powerful bow of Rama , who is an expert in war ,
And a bad name has also come to the clan in which I was born “telling like this she sorrowed.
3451.”Oh Lord Dasaratha who is ruling over the lustrous heaven ,
Would you help this Jatayu who followed Dharma as per books ,
And who has repaid the debt of a close friend in a perfect manner” saying this she sobbed.
3452. The Rakshasa Ravana seeing the state of Jatayu who has lost his wings ,
And Sita who is wailing and her very unprotected state , understanding ,
That there is no one to stop him , Lifted Sita along with her hermitage,
From the chariot on to his shoulders and started flying on the sky.
3453. Due to speed with which Ravana was going on the sky ,
Sita whose eyes and mind were rotating , with the ,
Consciousness of the mind getting destroyed ,
Without able to understand any thing ,
Was lying on the floor of hermitage in unconscious state.
3454. After the Rakshasa went away , the king of hawks with
The sorrow that made him loose consciousness getting slightly reduced ,
With great thought was staring at the direction in which Ravana went ,
And seeing that cheating Rakshasa was going with great speed ,
Started telling the following