Rāmāyana | Bala Kaṇḍa | Chapter 26

Sargam [Chapter]: 26
Thataka's Killing

[The great fight and killing of Thataka is described. Indra, the King of devas, requests Viśvāmitra to teach all the divine arrows that he knows to Rāma.]

Hearing the words of the sage without fear, Rāma, that son of a great man, saluting the sage told firmly. 26.1

"According to the words of my father and respecting the words of my father, the words of sage Kauśika should be carried out without any doubt." 26.2

"I cannot disrespect the words of my father, told to me by my great father Daśaratha in the middle of great elders." 26.3

"So, I having heard the words of my father, as well as the order of a scholar sage, without any doubt, carry out the killing of Thataka which is a good act." 26.4

"For the benefit of cows and Brahmins, as well as for the benefit of my country, I am ready to carry out the words of the incomparable sage." 26.5

That destroyer of enemy after telling this, clenched his fist on the bow in its middle by his left hand, with his right hand made a sound of twang catching hold of the string of the bow, which echoed in all directions. 26.6

Thataka, who lives in the forest, was greatly disturbed by that sound; Thataka was attracted also by that sound and became greatly angry." 26.7

Hearing that sound of twang, the Rākṣasī became stiff with anger and after thinking about it, rushed to the place from where that sound emerged. 26.8

Rāma on seeing the monstrous lady, with an ugly form and who in proportion was greatly gigantic spoke as follows to Lakṣmaṇa. 26.9

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, please see the body of the Yakṣī, which is pitiable and greatly ugly; seeing which the hearts of cowards would start shivering." 26.10

"Please see her, who cannot be stopped and who is strong because of her power of enchantment; you can see her retreat as I am going to cut her ears and nose." 26.11

"She being a lady is protecting her; I am also not making efforts to kill her and my intention is only to impede her strides and mobility." 26.12

When Rāma was talking like this, Thataka benumbed with anger, with raised hands and with a great roar rushed towards Rāma. 26.13

Brahmāṛṣi Viśvāmitra, by making a sound of "Hum", diverted her and wished Rāghava and Lakṣmaṇa safety and victory. 26.14

She by flinging herself raised dreadful dust on Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa for a while and confused them with a massive cloud of dust. 26.15

Then she took recourse to enchantment and rained stones on Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa and inundated them; this made Rāma very angry. 26.16

When the great rain of stones was going on, Rāma rained arrows and stopped her progress; he also cut both of her hands. 26.17

Getting weak due to the cutting of her arms, when she roared greatly and was rushing towards them, Lakṣmaṇa got provoked and cut off her hanging ears and tip of the nose. 26.18

That Yakshi, who can take any form she desires, assumed various forms, vanished and also enchanted them by her illusion; she continued to rain stones at them and also alarmingly she moved about. 26.19

Seeing them, being caught in the rain of stones, that gentleman and illustrious son of Gadhi told the following to Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. 26.20

"Discontinue this compassion to her, Rāma. She is a cruel being as she creates obstacles to fire sacrifices; she regains her original form by her power of illusion." 26.21

"The sun is about to set and she should be destroyed before that as Rākṣasas become unassailable at dusk." 26.22

When these words were told to Rāma, that Yakṣī, who was invisible, covered Rāma with the stone of rain.

By displaying his skill of sending arrows aimed at sound, he created problems to her by his arrows. 26.23

She, who has the power of illusion, when stopped by the net of arrows, stridently rushed towards Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa making lot of sounds. 26.24

Seeing her, rushing towards them to fall on them, Rāma, using thunderbolt like arrows, stuck her on her chest and she fell completely dead. 26.25

Seeing her, who has a huge body, fall, the King of devas saw and said "Great, great" to the son of Kakustha clan and he was greatly honoured. 26.26

Then that great Indra, who has one thousand eyes, said that all devas were greatly happy and told sage Viśvāmitra. 26.27

"Oh sage Viśvāmitra, safety to you. Indra as well as all the gods are extremely happy with what has been done and so you please show more concern to Rāma." 26.28

"Please offer the sons of Krusaswa Prajāpati, who are greatly valorous and possessors of great strength of penance, to Rāma." [These are weapons referred by sage Vaṣiṣṭha.] 26.29

"He is fit to receive them as he is your steadfast follower and that prince has to attend to a great job for devas." 26.30

After saying this, all the devas worshipped Viśvāmitra and went away contentedly to their world; the sun set period set in. 26.31

The great sage became pleased and becoming happy at the killing of Thataka, kissed Rāma on his forehead and then said the following. 26.32

"Oh Rāma, who is auspicious to look at, we stay here for tonight and tomorrow we will proceed to my hermitage." 26.33

After listening to the words of sage Viśvāmitra, that son of Daśaratha comfortably and happily stayed in that forest of Thataka. 26.34

Freed from the curse that forest pleasantly shined like the Chaitra Ratham forest of Lord Kubera that same day itself. 26.35

Rāma, after killing the daughter of Yakṣa, praised by the group of devas and sages, stayed there along with the sage till Sun woke him up next day. 26.36

This is the end of Twenty Sixth Sarga of Bala Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.