Rāmāyana | Āraṇya Kaṇḍa | Chapter 4

4. Virādha is Killed

[Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa break the hands of Virādha. He falls down. Since weapons are not able to kill him, they prepare to bury him. He tells them that he is Dhumburu cursed by Kubera and would regain his form if killed by Rāma. He tells them to go to the hermitage of Sārabhaṅga and dies. Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa bury him.]

Sītā seeing that both Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa were being carried away on the great shoulders of the Rākṣasa shouted at the top of her voice. 4.1

"The truthful and pure Rāma who is the son of Dasaratha and who is of great character, along with Lakṣmaṇa is being taken away by a dreadful Rākṣasa" said Sītā. 4.2

"I would be eaten away by the bears, tigers and panthers here and so Rākṣasa I am saluting you to take me away and leave those sons of Kākutstha clan. 4.3

When Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa heard those words of Vaidehī they started speedily actions to kill that wicked person. 4.4

With great anger the son of Sumitrā broke one of his shoulders and Rāma broke the right shoulder quickly. 4.5

That confused Rākṣasa who was like a dark cloud and who was without both shoulders fell on the ground like a mountain destroyed by Thunderbolt (Vajra)." 4.6

They lifted the Rākṣasa holding his knees, fists and feet and dropped him down again and again and pounded him on the ground. 4.7

Though stuck and wounded by many arrows, cut by the swords and repeatedly pounded, that Rākṣasa was not dead. 4.8

That Gentle Rāma who protects from fear those who are afraid, after observing that the mountain like Rākṣasa could not be killed told Lakṣmaṇa. 4.9

"Oh tiger among men, this Rākṣasa due to the boons obtained by penance cannot be killed by any weapon and so let us bury him." 4.10

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, this elephant like Rākṣasa is angry and reflects the glow of anger in him; to bury him, dig a big pit." 4.11

After telling that a big pit may be dug that valorous Rāma stood there firmly keeping his leg on the neck of Virādha. 4.12

Hearing Rāma say these words that Virādha in a gentle manner told the son of the Kākutstha clan who was tiger among men. 4.13

"Oh tiger among men, I have been killed by your strength which is equal to that of Indra and without realizing that being disillusioned I spoke those words earlier. 4.14

"I now know you Rāma as the good son of Kausalya and Sītā as a great lady and Lakṣmaṇa as a great man." 4.15

"I was Tumburu, a celestial Gandharva singer who was cursed by Kubera and took this ugly repulsive form." 4.16

When I appeased him, that great lord said, "When you would be killed in war by Rāma, the son of Dasaratha, you would get back your original form." 4.17

"This curse was given to me by the king Kubera when I did not present for his service as I was involved in love with Rambha." 4.18

"Oh Rāma who troubles his enemies, by your grace, I have got rid of my curse and I am going to my own world wishing you safety and luck." 4.19

"Oh lad, half a Yojana [one mile] distance from here lives a famous saint Sārabhaṅga who has lustre like the sun and you go and meet him speedily and he would bestow fame on you." 4.20-4.21

"You may go with safety after burying me in this pit for burying a Rākṣasa is eternal Dharma and would take them to heaven." 4.22

That Virādha, who was hurt by the arrows, after speaking like this to the son of the Kākutstha clan, left the body and reached the heaven. 4.23

When Rāma heard these words, he ordered Lakṣmaṇa to dig a very wide pit to bury that Rākṣasa of dreadful acts who was like an elephant and that valorous one stood there with his feet on the neck of that Rākṣasa called Virādha. 4.24-4.25

Then Lakṣmaṇa after fetching a very big spade and dug a big pit by the side of that great Rākṣasa called Virādha. 4.26

Then Rāma took his feet and released the pressure on the neck of Virādha and he with pointed ears fell in to the pit with roaring terrible sound. 4.27

Both those valorous Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa who were stable in war and brave, moved together swiftly and with great strength lifted the Rākṣasa who was roaring and dropped him in the pit. 4.28

Seeing that the big Asura could not be killed by arrows or any other weapons, those tiger among men and who were intelligent and efficient undertook to kill Virādha in that pit. 4.29

Virādha himself wanted to die at the hands of Rāma in a true manner with force and he himself revealed to those people who were wandering in the forest that he could not be killed by any weapons. 4.30

When Rāma heard those words of the Rākṣasa, he intended to kill him by placing him in a pit and when they were placing him in the pit he shouted in a loud voice which echoed in the forest. 4.31

Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa appeared to be joyous when placing that Virādha in a pit, since that would end the fear in that forest and then the covered the Rākṣasa with boulders and mud. 4.32

After killing that Rākṣasa, Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa who were endowed with golden bows took care of Sītā and then both of them moved in the forest resembling the sun and moon in the sky. 4.33

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