Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 19

19. Vibhīṣaṇa is Crowned

[Vibhīṣaṇa's surrender is accepted by Rāma after he tells about the strengths of Rākṣasa army. As per orders of Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa consecrates Vibhīṣaṇa as the king of Rākṣasas. Vibhīṣaṇa suggests Rāma to request help from Varuṇa to build a bridge. Rāma commences his penance.]

When Rāma promised him protection, the very intelligent Vibhīṣaṇa who was the brother of Rāvaṇa  bent down and glanced towards the earth. 19.1

That soul of Dharma, Vibhīṣaṇa descended on the earth happily from the sky along with his faithful companions and reached near Rāma. 19.2

Then Vibhīṣaṇa along with his four Rākṣasas saluted the feet of Rāma and told the following words to Rāma which was suitable as per Dharma, right and joyful. 19.3

"I am the younger brother of Rāvaṇa and I was insulted by him and I have come to surrender before you, who is the protector of all beings." 19.4

"I have forsaken my Lanka, friends as well as wealth and my country, myself and my pleasures are from now on under your control." 19.5

When he heard these words, Rāma told him, with a soothing look in his eyes, and in a soothing tone, "Please tell me in detail about the strength and weakness of the Rākṣasas." 19.6-19.7

When who does all actions with stability asked that Rākṣasa like this, he started telling about the strength of Rāvaṇa 's army in detail. 19.8

"Rāvaṇa the son of the king is protected by a boon given by Lord Brahma that he cannot be killed by all beings including Gandharvas, Yakṣas, serpents and birds." 19.9

After the next elder brother of mine is greatly valorous and is the lustrous Kumbhakarṇa who has enough strength to fight Lord Indra." 19.10

"Oh Rāma, you must have heard about the commander-in-chief of Rāvaṇa called Prahasta who defeated Maṇibhadra in a battle on mount Kailas." 19.11

"If furnished with gloves made of the skin of Iguana, Indrajit wearing an armour which no arrow can pierce, becomes invisible when fighting a battle." 19.12

"Oh Rāma, that glorious Indrajit, had pleased the God of fire and so can strike the enemy in the battle field with huge formations, while remaining invisible." 19.13

"The Rākṣasas called Mahaparswa, Mahodhara and Akampana, who are equivalent in valour to the guardians of the world are the commanders of Rāvaṇa 's army." 19.14

"Hundred crores of Rākṣasas who can assume any form they want and who eat flesh and blood reside in Lanka." 19.15

"The king along with these Rākṣasas waged a war with the guardians of the world and they as well as the devas were defeated by the wicked Rāvaṇa ." 19.16

The best of the Raghu clan after hearing these words of Vibhīṣaṇa, examined all these with great attention and spoke these words. 19.17

"Oh Vibhīṣaṇa I know about these facts about Rāvaṇa  and I know that all those which you told were true." 19.18

"After killing Rāvaṇa , his son as well as Prahasta, I will make you the king here. Please hear this truth from me." 19.19

"Even if Rāvaṇa  hides himself deep in Rasātala or Pāṭala or even if he seeks the presence of Brahma, I shall definitely kill him." 19.20

"I will not enter Ayodhyā without killing Rāvaṇa together with his sons, companions and relatives in battle. I take oath on my three brothers." 19.21

Hearing the words of Rāma, who is stable in his action, the soul of Dharma Vibhīṣaṇa saluted him by bowing his head and spoke. 19.22

"I will help you in killing the Rākṣasas when we attack the Lanka and as per my strength I will also enter in to the army." 19.23

When Vibhīṣaṇa told like this Rāma hugged him told Lakṣmaṇa "Dear one go and bring the sea water." 19.24

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa with great self-respect, quickly consecrate with this water, Vibhīṣaṇa as king of Rākṣasas, so that I am pleased." 19.25

Hearing the words of Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa consecrated Vibhīṣaṇa as king, as per the order of Rāma in between the monkey lords. 19.26

Noticing the grace of Rāma, all those monkeys, produced a great sound and said "Great, Great." 19.27

Then Hanuman and Sugrīva asked Vibhīṣaṇa, "How can we cross this tumultuous ocean which is the home of Varuṇa along with this great army of monkeys which has great splendour?" 19.28

"Please tell us the manner in which we would be able to cross this Lord of streams and rivers swiftly along with our army?" 19.29

When those followers of Dharma asked like this to Vibhīṣaṇa, he replied," The king Rāma should surrender and take refuge with the God of ocean." 19.30

"This immeasurable great ocean was dug by Sāgaras and so this great ocean would be inclined to obey Rāma who belongs to the clan of Sāgaras." 19.31

When the learned Rākṣasa told like this, Sugrīva went to the place where Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa were there. 19.32

Then after informing them about the auspicious words of Vibhīṣaṇa, the long necked Sugrīva advised Rāma to approach and make a request to the ocean. 19.33

Since Rāma by nature was pious, he liked the idea and along with Lakṣmaṇa and the monkey chief Sugrīva, wanting to follow the great advice of Vibhīṣaṇa told them with a smile. 19.34-19.35

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, I like the advice of Vibhīṣaṇa and since Sugrīva is very learned and you are an expert in giving counsel, both of you take a decision in this matter and inform me." 19.36

When they were told like those two valorous people Sugrīva and Lakṣmaṇa with proper courtesy told like this. 19.37

"Oh tiger among men Rāma, there is no reason for us not to like the advice of Vibhīṣaṇa which is soothing at this difficult time and it is agreeable to both of us." 19.38

"Without building a bridge across the horrifying ocean which is the home of Varuṇa, it is not possible to reach Lanka even for Indra and devas." 19.39

"Let us do according to the meaningful advice of Vibhīṣaṇa and since we have already wasted time in this endeavour, let the ocean be commanded to yield passage to the army to reach Lanka ruled by Rāvaṇa ." 19.40-19.41

Having been told like this, Rāma sat on the shore of the ocean covered by Kuśa grass and appeared like fire trying to reach the altar. 19.42

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