Rāmāyana | Āraṇya Kaṇḍa | Chapter 70

70. Kabandha's Arms

[Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa cut away the arms of the great Kabandha and he falls down. Then he starts telling his story.]

Seeing those two brothers who were there, in this hold of his great rope like arms Kabandha told them. 70.1

"You who are great Kshatriya heroes have been sent by God as food to appease my hunger and why are you staying there losing your minds?" 70.2

Hearing that Lakṣmaṇa, who had gone through great suffering told him at the appropriate time, most suitable words. 70.3

"This base Rākṣasa wants to swallow you and me quickly and so let us cut off his long arms with our swords." 70.4

"This terrible looking big bodied Rākṣasa who has great valour in his arms, who has brought the world under his control wants to kill us here." 70.5

"Oh lord of the world, it is not proper for a king to kill someone who has not done him any harm, like animals which have been brought in the middle of a sacrifice should not be killed." 70.6

Hearing them talking like this among themselves that Rākṣasa became very angry and he opened his mouth to eat both of them. 70.7

Then those princes of the Raghu clan who were experts in knowledge of time and place took out their swords and without any problem cut off both the arms. 70.8

Rāma who can judge things quickly cut off his right arm with his sword and the valorous Lakṣmaṇa cut off his left arm. 70.9

That great armed one losing both his arms fell on the ground screaming and making great sound, like a stormy cloud falling from sky to earth, making all the directions tremble. 70.10

Seeing his cut off arms lying in the pool of blood, That Rākṣasa piteously asked them. "Oh valorous ones, who are you?" 70.11

When he was speaking like that, the auspicious looking Lakṣmaṇa revealed about the family of Raghu to that great Kabandha. 70.12

"He is the world famous Rāma born in the clan of Ikshvāku and I am his younger brother. Please know this." 70.13

"When he who has the power of God was living in this desolate forest a Rākṣasa abducted his wife and we have come here in search of her." 70.14

"Who are you? Why are you having only the body with a glittering mouth on your chest? Why are you rolling without your calf muscles?' 70.15

When Lakṣmaṇa addressed Kabandha this way, he became greatly pleased remembering the words of Indra told earlier. 70.16

"Welcome to you, Oh tiger among men. It was due to my luck that I was able to see you. It was due to my luck that you have cut off my hands." 70.17

"Please listen oh tiger among men, when you tell you exactly how I got this ugly form from my usual form due to my act of indiscipline." 70.18

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