Rāmāyana | Bala Kaṇḍa | Chapter 28

Sargam [Chapter]: 28
Viśvāmitra's Teaching of Power to Exterminate

[Sage Viśvāmitra further gives Rāma also those weapons which belonged to his forefather. Having come out of Thataka forest, Rāma enquires as to where they are and also about his duties regarding protection to the sage's Yagna.]

Rāma, the descendent of Kākutstha clan, having been purified, with a happy face, on their way, spoke to Viśvāmitra as follows: 28.1

"I have received the arrows from you, oh Sir. It would be difficult even by devas to attack us now. Along with these arrows, I also need to have the power to kill, Oh sir." 28.2

Hearing these words of the descendent of Kākutstha clan, the great sage Viśvāmitra, imparted the knowledge of extermination to the pure and resolute Rāma. 28.3

"Oh, Rāma, please receive these shining armament sons of Krishaasva from me, namely Satyavanta, Satya Kīrti, Dhristha, Rabhasa, Pratihaaratara, Paraan Mukha, Avaan Mukha, Lakshya, Alakshya, Dhridhanaabha, Sunaabha, Dasha Aksha, Shata Vaktra, Dasha Sheersha, Shatodara, Padmanaabha, Mahaanaabha, Dundunaabha, Svanaabha, Jyotisha, Shakuna, Nairaashya, Vimala, Yungandhara, Vinidra, Daitya, PRāmadhana, Suchibaahu, Mahaabaahu, Nishkali, Virucha, Saarchirmaali, Dhritimaali, Vrittiman, Ruchira, Pitrya, Saumansa and also two of them Vidhoota, Makara; Karaveerakara, Dhana, Dhaanya, Kaamaroopa, Kaamaruchira, Moha, Aavarana, Jrimbhaka, Sarvanaabha and Varana. These are the guise changing wizards as you are the eligible one to handle these arrows, let safety be with you." 28.4-28.10

Rāma of Kākutstha clan became overjoyed in his heart and received the arrows saying, "Gladly sir". All of them had lustrous bodies, appealing in their form, harbingers of pleasant life. Some of them were like fire, some like smoke, some like the sun and the moon. Some with folded hands and some others holding their palms as if they are willing to receive, spoke in a melodious voice to Rāma, "Oh Rāma, Oh tiger among men, we are here to obey you. Please order us as to what we should do." 28.11-28.13

Rāma, the son of Raghu clan, said, "While being stored in my memory till the time I need you, please help me when I need you." 28.14

Then saying that it would be done that way to the son of Kākutstha clan and after going round Rāma, they went away in a similar fashion as they had come. 28.15

After learning about those arrows that can be used to exterminate from sage Viśvāmitra, Rāma asked him further, using sweet and soft words. 28.16

"What is the cloud like formation seen not very far off above the Mountain, over which a thicket of trees is shining, with animals spreading over it in a very scenic way along with numerous type of pretty birds flying and making pleasant sound." 28.17-28.18

"Oh great sage, by the pleasant surroundings of that place, I understand that we have come out of the extremely alarming forest of Thataka. Please tell me about the pleasant hermitage which we are nearing." 28.19-28.20

"Oh great sage, Oh worshipful sir, where are those bad people who are killer of Brahmins? From which place would they come and whose Yagna [rituals] would they destroy? In which place should I provide protection to the Yagna? Which Rākṣasas should I kill? I would like to hear about this." 28.21-28.22

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