Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 36

36. Rāvaṇa Chides Mālyavān

[Rāvaṇa tells that Mālyavān was telling these words out of partiality and fear. Mālyavān takes leave and goes away. Then Rāvaṇa assigns responsibility to different city gates to different heroes.]

The evil minded ten faced one, since he was already under the control of God of death, did not find the words of Mālyavān suitable to his welfare. 36.1

Since he has already come under the grips of great anger, with eyes rolling in fury replied Mālyavān. 36.2

"Though you are interested in my welfare you have spoken unsuitable and harsh words and have taken the side of the enemy and so your words have not entered my ears." 36.3

"How do you rate a feeble man like Rāma who has come alone with only monkeys to help and banished by his father to the forest as efficient?" 36.4

"How do you rate me who is the god of the Rākṣasas who is greatly fearsome to the devas and who has all qualities of valour as weak?" 36.5

"I think that you spoke those harsh words to me because you do not like my valour or due to partiality to the enemy or due to my encouragement." 36.6

"Which learned man who knows all Śāstras would speak thus harshly to a mighty person in power without intention to instigate him?." 36.7

"After having brought Sītā who is like Goddess Lakshmi without a lotus, for what purpose should I return her to Rāma, is it out of fear to him?" 36.8

"Within a few days you will see that, Rāma along with crores of monkeys, Sugrīva and Lakṣmaṇa is killed by me." 36.9

"Why should this Rāvaṇa before whom even Devas cannot stand in a duel in war, entertain any fear in this war?" 36.10

"I would prefer to be cut in to two pieces rather than salute anybody and this is my innate quality from birth which cannot be removed." 36.11

"By accident if Rāma has constructed a bridge across the sea, there is nothing to be surprised and no reason to fear him." 36.12

"I am promising on oath, that Rāma who along with his monkeys has crossed the ocean will not go back alive." 36.13

Knowing Rāvaṇa was speaking excitedly with great anger, Mālyavān was hesitant and did not speak anything in reply. 36.14

Since it was proper Mālyavān wished victory to the king and as permitted by the king went back to his home. 36.15

Then Rāvaṇa held consultations with his ministers on things that need to be examined and started planning for matchless defence of Lanka. 36.16

Then he assigned the defence of eastern gate to the Rākṣasa called Prahasta, the southern gate to the greatly valorous Mahaparswa and Mahodhara, the western gate to his son Indrajit who was an expert in great illusion along with large number of Rākṣasas. 36.17-36.18

He then deputed Śuka and Śarana to guard the northern gate of the city and told that ministers that he himself would also come there. 36.19

He then placed an extremely valorous Rākṣasa called Virūpākṣa along with several other Rākṣasas in the centre of the city. 36.20

The great Rākṣasa after creating this arrangement in Lanka assumed that his purpose has been accomplished for that particular time. 36, 21

Having ordered for adequate arrangements for the defence of the city, Rāvaṇa then allowed his ministers depart. Having been honoured with blessings of victory by those body of councillors, he entered his mighty and sumptuous inner apartments. 36.22

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