Rāmāyana | Āraṇya Kaṇḍa | Chapter 20

20. Rāma Kills Khara's Soldiers

[Rāma chooses to fight with the fourteen Rākṣasas sent by Khara and kills all of them easily. Sūrpanakhā reports about it to her brother Khara.]

Then that horrible Sūrpanakhā came to the hermitage of Rāma and showed those brothers as well as Sītā to those Rākṣasas. 20.1

They saw the very strong Rāma sitting in the leaf thatched hut and also saw Sītā, the princess of Videha along with Lakṣmaṇa. 20.2

Then that gentleman Rāma seeing those who have come along with the Rākṣasī told his brother Lakṣmaṇa blazing like fire. 20.3

"Oh son of Sumitrā, for a short time stay with Sītā inside the hermitage and I shall kill those Rākṣasas who have come in her way." 20.4

After hearing those words of wise Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa in turn honoured those words of Rāma. 20.5

Rāma lifted that great bow which was decorated with gold and tied that bow and told the Rākṣasas as follows. 20.6

"We are the sons of Dasaratha and known as Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa and we have entered this inaccessible forest Daṇḍakāraṇya along with my wife Sītā." 20.7

"We are self-restrained ascetics eating only fruits and roots and are the followers of Dharma and are living in Daṇḍakāraṇya. Why are you troubling us?" 20.8

"For killing the sinners and offenders like you in a great war who are troubling the sages, I came well equipped with all weapons." 20.9

"Stay here happily, if you are not interested in returning back alive or else if you want to be alive, you may return." 20.10

Those fourteen Rākṣasas, who were killers of Brahmins and who were armed with a spear, hearing these words became extremely angry. 20.11

"You have made our great lord Khara angry and you would fight with us and would be killed in that fight." 20.12

"Alone how you can have the strength to face many people in the war? You cannot even face us and where is the question of war." 20.13

"When we send against you many spears with triple edge and iron bars, you will give up your life as well as the bow held in your hand." 20.14

After saying those fourteen Rākṣasas became very angry and threw those spears at him, who cannot be defeated. 20.15

That son of Kākutstha clan cut off all those fourteen spears by sending individual arrows decorated by gold and broke them in to pieces. 20.16

Then that greatly lustrous one who was an angry man took fourteen arrows sharpened on stone and which were shining like a sun. 20.17

Then he took the bow stretched it and aiming at those Rākṣasas and released those arrows comparable to the Vajra of Indra. 20.18

Those arrows decorated in gold and having feathers attached to them were shining speedily went and fell on their bodies and shattered those Rākṣasas on their chest and drenched them with blood like the Vajra of Indra going to the earth. 20.19

With their chest cut in to pieces and bodies drenched in blood, they fell dead on the ground like trees whose roots have been cut. 20.20

Seeing them falling dead on the ground, the Rākṣasī got very angry and being frightened released a huge wailing sound. 20.21

With the little blood getting dried like the exuding gum of the Śallakī tree which is cut, she became frightened and after coming in front of Khara, fell down. 20.22-20.23

Then becoming mad with sorrow, in front of her brother, that lady with a sad face, made great noise and shed tears. 20.24

Having seen the Rākṣasa falling in battle, that sister ran round her brother and told Khara in detail about the killing of those Rākṣasas. 20.25

This is the end of Twentieth Sarga of Āraṇya Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.