Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 110

110. Rāvaṇa's Wives Wail

[All Rāvaṇa's wives, who lived in his private apartment, came out and became greatly sorrowing. They wailed for his death. They were sad, that Rāvaṇa never bothered about the advice of Vibhīṣaṇa.]

Seeing that Rāvaṇa was killed by the great soul Rāghava, all the Rākṣasīs living in the private apartments of Rāvaṇa rushed out with great sorrow. 110.1

Even though stopped here and there by their maid servants, they started rolling on the dust of the streets, with dishevelled hair and tormented by sorrow like the cows which have lost their calves. 110.2

They came out of the northern gate accompanied by the Rākṣasas and entering the horrible battle field, they started searching for their dead husband everywhere on the ground covered with headless trunks and blood, shouting, "Oh gentle one", "Oh my husband". 110.3-110.4

With eyes filled with tears due to sorrow of losing their husband, they loudly wailed like female elephants who have lost their leader. 110.5

Then they saw the dead Rāvaṇa who had a huge body, great valour and great lustre lying on the earth like a mountain of collyrium. 110.6

Seeing suddenly their husband lying on the dust of the battle field, they fell down on their limbs like an uprooted wild creeper. 110.7

A woman wept embracing him with respect, another caught hold of his feet and another caught hold of his neck. 110.8

One Rākhṣasī lifted her hand and rolled on the ground and another seeing the face of her dead husband fell into swoon. 110.9

Keeping his head on her lap, one wailed looking at his face, moistening his face with her tears like dew drops moistening a lotus flower. 110.10

They saw their husband Rāvaṇa, who greatly scared Indra, who made Yama tremble, who deprived king Kubera of his Pushpaka plane, caused fear in the minds of Gandharvas during war and also among great sages and great devas lying dead on the earth. 110.11-110.13

"He who was never knew fear from of Asuras, Devas and great serpents has got this scare from a mere human being." 110.14

"He who could not be killed by devas, Dānavas, Rākṣasas is now lying dead, killed by a very ordinary human being." 110.15

"He who could not be killed by Devas, Yakṣas and, Asuras, could be killed by a mere human being lacking strength." 110.16

Those very sad ladies wailed saying like this and burst in to tears once more and again lamented with great grief. 110.17

"You who never listened to dear and near ones or those who advised you for your good and for the sake of attaining your death, you carried Sītā to this place. All Rākṣasas were struck down and we who stand here and yourself was also struck down." 110.18

"Though tendering useful advice to you, Vibhīṣaṇa your beloved brother, was harshly scolded through ignorance by you and you sought your own destruction." 110.19

"Had you then returned Sītā, the princess of Mithilā to Rāma then, this horrible state of affairs which has robbed us of everything would not have happened to us." 110.20

"If you had restored Sītā to Rāma, Vibhīṣaṇa your brother would have had his desire fulfilled. Rāma would have been in the company of our allies. All of us would have been spared the curse of widowhood and our enemies would not have realized their ambition." 110.21

"Because of you, who abducted Sītā with cruelty, the Rākṣasīs who are your wives and your own self have been completely destroyed." 110.22

"Oh great Rākṣasa, may be the reason for all this is not because of your acting in your free will, because all of us are made to move by fate [god] and we are killed by fate [god]. 110.23

"Oh great one, the destruction of monkeys, the death of Rākṣasas in war and your death must have occurred due to fate alone." 110.24

"The course of fate, when ready to bear fruit, cannot be diverted either by money, or by wish, or by valour or even by command in this world." 110.25

Thus the consorts of the king of Rākṣasas who were pitiable and drowned in sorrow cried with eyes full of tears like the female Ospreys. 110.26

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