Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 107

107. Great War of Rāma and Rāvaṇa

[The intense war continued without any result. Ram cut off the heads of Rāvaṇa but they again grew up. He tried to hit his chest and that also did not work.]

Then there occurred a very fierce battle between Rāma and Rāvaṇa which was war mounted on chariots and which scared all the worlds. 107.1

Then the army of Rākṣasas and the huge army of monkeys holding fast to their weapons stood motionless. 107.2

Their hearts were captivated on seeing those two heroes, one a Rākṣasa and the other a man, both of them very strong, fighting with each other and all of them were filled with wonder. 107.3

With arms carrying different type of weapons all of them stood surprised seeing that war that was taking place and they did not attack each other. 107.4

The Rākṣasas saw Rāvaṇa and the monkey army saw Rāma with great surprise as though they were paintings. 107.5

Those Rāvaṇa and Rāghava both after seeing the omens, making their mind firm and also firm in their anger, fought fearlessly. 107.6

The son of Kākutstha clan who believed that he would win and Rāvaṇa who believed that he would die demonstrated all their prowess in that great battle. 107.7

Then that angry ten necked one who was valorous fitted the arrows and released them aiming at the flag staff of the chariot of Rāma. 107.8

Those arrows without even reaching the flag and touching the flag staff which supported the flag fell on the ground. 107.9

Then that valorous Rāma who was greatly enraged stretched his bow and decided in his mind to return blow to blow. 107.10

Then he released a sharp arrow which like an unbearable huge serpent and had its own lustre aiming at the flag staff of Rāvaṇa. 107.11

When Rāma sent that lustrous arrow aiming at the flag staff, that arrow cut off the flag staff of the ten necked one and entered the earth. 107.12

That flag staff mounted on Rāvaṇa's chariot, having been torn off, fell on the ground. Seeing the thrown-down flag-staff, that very strong Rāvaṇa stood with great anger and looking like he was laughing with intolerance, he showered a stream of arrows afflicted as he was, with the power of his anger. 107.13-107.14

Rāvaṇa struck the divine horses of Rāma by sending arrows but they were neither shaken nor stumbled and were healthy at heart and felt like they were touched by a lotus stalk. 107.15

Rāvaṇa, seeing that those horses were not bothered at all, was greatly angry and released a shower of arrows on them. 107.16

He also hurled maces, iron rods, discs, iron clubs, mountain-tops, trees, spikes and axes. 107.17

Not getting tired in heart and mind he sent rain of arrows and thousands of arrows created by his magical power. 107.18

Huge, terrible with echo, tumultuous, giving rise to fear and very difficult to oppose rain of arrows were released in that battle. 107.19

Without bothering about the chariot of Rāma, Rāvaṇa released arrows on the monkey army from all sides, covering the sky completely. 107.20

That Rāvaṇa went on releasing arrows, with a mind giving up hope of survival and noticing him putting great effort in the battle Rāma who looked as if he was laughing went on releasing arrows in hundreds and thousands. 107.21-107.22

Seeing that shower of arrows Rāvaṇa completely covered the sky with his arrows and due to the lustrous rain of arrows used by those two great warriors, the sky started shining and it looked as if a second sky was made using those arrows. 107.23-107.24

When Rāma and Rāvaṇa were sending their arrows in that battle no arrow was sent without fixing the target, no one failed to pierce the target, not one went in vain and they collided with each other and fell down on the earth. 107.25

By sending all those arrows continuously towards right and left, when they fought with these horrific arrows they made the sky without even a little breathing space. 107.26

Rāvaṇa attacked the horses of Rāma and Rāma attacked the horses of Rāvaṇa and both of them continued striking each other without doing anything else before or after. 107.27

That great war was thus being carried forward by those two angry ones and for some time a great tumultuous battle raged which made hairs to stand erect. 107.28

The very strong Rāvaṇa and Rāma carried out the fight well with sharp arrows in that battle-field and at that time Rāvaṇa was very much angry with Rāma, as his flag-staff was thrown down. 107.29

All the beings on earth were watching with great wonder Rāma and Rāvaṇa who were fighting with each other in the battle field. 107.30

When they were attacking each other with great anger, those two excellent chariots ran towards each other. 107.31

With the intention of killing each other when those two chariots were displaying of various type of movements like, moving in circles, moving in straight lines and moving forward and backwards by the greatness of those charioteers, the battle assumed horrific proportions. 107.32

Rāma wounded Rāvaṇa and Rāvaṇa wounded Rāma when they were moving with great speed in forward and backward motions. 107.33

Those great chariots, both casting rains of arrows moved in the battle field, like clouds showering rains. 107.34

After exhibiting various types of movements in that battle they again stood facing each other. 107.35

Though the chariots were standing far away from each other, the muzzle of the horses of one touched the muzzle of the horses of the other and the flags of one met the flag of other. 107.36

Then Rāma released four sharp arrows from his bow and drove back the splendid lustrous horses of Rāvaṇa. 107.37

Then Rāvaṇa after getting angry for making his horses retreat, released very sharp arrows at Rāma. 107.38

Though Rāma was struck with great force by the very strong Rāvaṇa he did not get upset or get tottered. 107.39

Then that ten necked one hurled arrows with sound similar to a thunderbolt aimed at the charioteer of Indra. 107.40

Though those arrows fell on the body of Mātali with great speed, they did not cause him even a little fear or hurt in that battle. 107.41

Becoming extremely angry by that attack on Mātali, though he did not bother about attack on himself with net of arrows that Rāghava made the enemy turn back. 107.42

That valorous Rāma released arrows in twenties, thirties, sixties, hundreds and in thousands on the enemy's chariot. 107.43

Then Rāvaṇa who was the king of Rākṣasas sitting on the chariot also becoming very angry, started showering maces and mallets on him in that battle. 107.44

That battle which again started between them was thus tumultuous and made hair to stand erect. With sound caused by throwing of maces, mallets and iron rods and with wind raised by the plumes of arrows, The seven oceans of the world were agitated. 107.45-107.46

Due to the agitation of the oceans the beings living in the nether worlds, Dānavas and serpents in thousands felt disturbed. 107.47

The entire earth with its mountains, forests and groves trembled and the sun became gloomy and wind stopped blowing. 107.48

Devas, Gandharvas, Sidhas, great sages including Kinnaras and great serpents started thinking deeply. 107.49

At that time, those gods along with groups of sages, said "May all be well with the cows and Brāhmaṇas, May all the worlds endure forever, May Rāma conquer Rāvaṇa", and saw a terrific battle between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, which caused one's hair to stand on end. 107.50-107.51

The groups of Gandharvas and Apsarā maidens seeing that matchless battle, said, "Sky can be only compared to sky, the ocean can only be compared to the ocean and the battle between Rāma and Rāvaṇa can only be compared to the battle between Rāma and Rāvaṇa" and went on watching the battle between Rāma and Rāvaṇa. 107.52-107.53

Then that great hero of great arms,. Who increased the fame of the Raghu clan, Rāma, kept on his bow, an arrow which is comparable to the poisonous snake and cut off the head of Rāvaṇa which was wearing lustrous ear rings and beings of all the three worlds saw it falling on the ground. 107.54- 107.55

Another head, exactly similar to that head, cropped up on the shoulders of Rāvaṇa. That second head was again chopped off by Rāma, possessing a swift hand and who was swift in his act. 107.56

The second head of Rāvaṇa was cut off by arrows in that battle. Soon after that head was chopped off, it again rose into view. 107.57

Rāma chopped off that head too with his arrows looking like thunderbolts. In the same manner, a hundred of Rāvaṇa's heads of equal splendour were chopped off by Rāma. 107.58

The end was never seen nor did he die and though the valorous Rāma who increased the joy of Kausalya, the knower of all arrows became thoughtful and told to himself. 107.59

"What could be the reason that these arrows that killed Mārīcha, Khara, the able Dūṣaṇa, Virādha in the Krauṇcha forest and Kabandha in the Daṇḍakāraṇya, which bore in to the seven Sāla trees, which destroyed the mountains, which killed Vali, which shook up the ocean and which had been providing me with instant help proved to be useless in this battle?" 107.60-107.61

Like this becoming very thoughtful and worried, that Rāghava went on raining arrows aiming the chest of Rāvaṇa. 107.62

Then even that Rāvaṇa, that angry king of the Rākṣasas who was seated on his chariot showered maces and mallets on Rāma. 107.63

That great tumultuous battle, which caused one's hair to stand erect, took place in the sky, on the ground and also on the mountain. 107.64

With the devas, Dānavas, Yakṣas, ghosts, serpents and Rākṣasas watching it that great war continued for seven days and nights. 107.65

Neither night or day, not even for a minute or second, that war between Rāvaṇa and Rāma was stopped. 107.66

Seeing that the war between the son of Dasaratha and the king of Rākṣasas was not resulting in the victory for Rāghava, the charioteer of the king of devas who was a great soul, spoke these words to Rāma while he was engaged in fighting. 107.67

This is the end of One Hundred and Seventh Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.