Rāmāyana |Kiṣkindha Kaṇḍa| Chapter 12

12. First Fight of Sugrīva with Vali

[Rāma shows his prowess by sending his arrow through all the seven Sāla trees, Convinced accompanied by Rāma Sugrīva goes to fight with Vali. Since both of them look alike Rāma is not able to kill Vali. Decorated by a forest flower Garland Sugrīva goes again to fight with Vali.]

When Rāma heard these good words of Sugrīva, to create confidence in his mind, Rāma took up the bow. 12.1

Rāma, who respects others, took one arrow and put it on the horrifying bow and shot aiming at the Sāla tree and the sound produced could be heard in all directions. 12.2

That powerful arrow which was decorated with gold, when released pierced through all the seven Sāla trees and the mountain terrain and pierced the earth. 12.3

That great arrow after it was released within a short time pierced all the Sala trees and after it emerged from there returned back to the quiver. 12, 4

That great monkey seeing the arrow piercing all the seven trees was filled with great wonder by the speed of the arrow of Rāma. 12.5

That Sugrīva, who was greatly pleased, saluted Rāma with folded hands and with his ornaments hanging down prostrated before Rāma with his head touching the earth. 12.6

Greatly pleased by act that Sugrīva spoke to Rāma who was follower of Dharma, an expert in all branches of knowledge and valorous one who stood there. 12.7

"Oh bull among men, using your arrows you can kill even Indra assisted by all devas in a battle and what to see of this Vali." 12.8

"Oh Rāma with one arrow you have pierced, seven great Sāla trees, the mountain as well as the earth and who can face you in the battle front?" 12.9

"All my sorrows have deserted me as I got a friend like you who is comparable to Indra and Varuṇa." 12.10

"Now for my sake you have to kill my enemy Vali who is in the form of my brother and for that son of Kākutstha clan my salutations." 12.11

Then Rāma embraced Sugrīva who was good to look at and followed by Lakṣmaṇa he replied back" 12.12

"We will now speedily go to Kiṣkindha with you leading us and after going there you invite Vali who is only a brother for namesake, for a duel." 12.13

Then they all went to Kiṣkindha the capital of Vali and hid themselves behind a tree and stayed there. 12.14

For the sake inviting Vali for a duel Sugrīva let out a horrifying shout which was sky breaking, after tightening his stomach by his cloth. 12.15

Hearing that shouting of his brother, the very strong Vali came out overwhelmed with great anger like the Sun coming out of the western ocean. 12.16

Then a tumultuous war broke out between Vali and Sugrīva resembling a war between Budha [mercury] and Angaraka [mars] in the sky. 12.17

Those brothers forgetting themselves in anger fought with palms and fists and stuck each other like lightning and thunder. 12.18

Then Rāma armed with bow looked at both of them, who were valorous and similar to look at like Aśvinī Kumāras. 12.19

Since Rāghava could not recognize Vali or Sugrīva, he could not make up his mind to release the deadly arrow. 12.20

Meanwhile Sugrīva defeated by Vali, not able to see Lord Rāghava ran to the Riṣyamūka mountains. 12.21

Chased with great anger by Vali, the exhausted Sugrīva, with blood oozing out from all his limbs due to the beatings and with a slackened body entered the forest of Mātanga. 12.22

When the greatly lustrous Vali saw Sugrīva enter that forest, scared due to the curse that he had received saying, "You have escaped" and returned. 12.23

Rāma along with his brother as well as Hanuman came to that forest which was entered by Sugrīva. 12.24

Sugrīva on seeing Rāma along with Lakṣmaṇa felt greatly shy and replied seeing the earth. 12.25

"Asking me to challenge so that you can exhibit your valour to the enemy, you got me hit this way. Why did you do it?" 12.26

"Oh Rāghava, had you at that time itself told me that you will not kill Vali, I would not have gone there." 12.27

When Sugrīva the great soul was speaking like this in a piteous and soul stirring manner Rāghava again told. 12.28

"Oh dear Sugrīva please hear and please get out of this anger and hear why I did not sent that arrow?" 12.29

"Oh Sugrīva you and Vali are exactly alike in adornment, in form and also in size and movements and resemble each other." 12.30

"Oh monkey, In voice, in splendour or in looks or in valour, I could not find any differences between you." 12.31

"Oh best among monkeys, by the similarity between you two, I was confused and so I did not send the very fast arrow to kill the enemy." 12.32

"Due to your great similarity I did not send the horrifying arrow which is fatal, thinking that I should not strike at the root of our friendship between us." 12.33

"Oh valorous king of monkeys, my ignorance or thoughtlessness of folly of childishness would be revealed if you happen to die by mistake." 12.34

"It is said the crime of killing one who has promised you protection is very great. Me, Lakṣmaṇa and Sītā of the blessed colour are under your protection as we have sought your protection in this forest." 12.35

"Oh monkey, without having any doubts on me, you should go to fight again. Oh Sugrīva within a short time, you will see that Vali is dying in the battle with a single arrow of mine and see him lying dead on the ground." 12.36-12.37

"Oh king of monkeys, you have some sort of signet with you, so that, in the fight that is going to happen, I can recognize you." 12.38

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa pluck that Gajapushpi flower in bloom which is auspicious and put in the neck of the great Sugrīva." 12.39

Then Lakṣmaṇa went to the path in the mountain which was full of blooming Gajapushpi flowers, plucked them and kept it on the neck of Sugrīva. 12.40

That auspicious gentle one Sugrīva with the creeper garland around his neck looked like a rain cloud at dusk adorned by a row of cranes, 12.41

With a radiant body that Sugrīva, as per the words of Rāma, along with Rāma went to Kiṣkindha which was ruled by Vali. 12.42

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