Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 40

40. Sugrīva Attacks Rāvaṇa

[When Rāma and others are standing on Suvela mountain, Rāvaṇa stands at the top of city gate. Sugrīva jumps at him and breaks his crown. Both of them wrestle with each other. Sugrīva jumps back to the mountain.]

Then Rāma along with Sugrīva and the monkey troop leaders climbed up to the top of Suvela mountain which was two Yojanas broad. 40.1

After standing there for a little time when Rāma saw all the ten directions, he saw on the top of Trikūṭa mountain the city of Lanka constructed by Viśvakarma with nice arrangements and many pretty gardens. 40.2

There above a gateway, stood the invincible Rāvaṇa the lord of Rākṣasas, who was being fanned with white whisks on both sides, was graced with a triumphal parasol, was smeared with red sandal paste, adorned with scarlet ornaments, attired in raiment embroidered in gold, resembling a dark cloud, who bore on his breast scars of wounds inflicted on him by elephant of Indra with his tusks, wrapped in a cloak of red colour resembling the colour of hare's blood and looking like a mass of clouds in the sky enveloped with sunshine at sunset. 40.3-40.6

He was seen by the king of the monkeys as well as Rāma but as soon as Sugrīva saw the king of Rākṣasas he stood up. 40.7

Due to the fierceness of his anger, he merged his courage and strength and from the top of the mountain jumped to the place of the tower. 40.8

He then saw the Rākṣasa for a moment, and then that fearless soul, regarded that Rākṣasa as a mere straw and then spoke. 40.9

"Oh Rākṣasa, I am the friend and servant of Rāma who is the lord of the world and today you will not be spared by the lustre of that king of kings." 40.10

Saying like this all at once, Sugrīva jumped over the Rākṣasa and pulled his great shining crown and threw it on the earth." 40.11

When he was trying to rush to him then that Rākṣasa spoke "You are one with a good neck [Sugrīva] but soon you will be one without neck." 40.12

Then Rāvaṇa lifted Sugrīva and threw him on earth but bouncing like a ball Sugrīva flung his enemy with his arms. 40.13

Rāvaṇa and Sugrīva of great strength carried on the duel which was unbearable and perspiration broke out on their limbs, and their bodies turned red with blood and each clung to other paralyzing his opponent's movements resembling a silk-cotton tree and Kimśuka trees, followed by blows of fists, slaps of hands blows of elbows and blows of fingers on each other. 40.14-40.15

Having wrestled for a long time in the centre of the flat floor of the gate way, each in turn repeatedly lifting their bodies and bending their feet in a particular way, the two highly swift combatants remained in that flat roof of the gate way. 40.16

Crushing one another and with their bodies clung together, they both dropped down between the defensive walls and the moat. They would leap up again, seizing each other from the ground, after pausing an instant to regain their breath. 40.17

With arms interlaced like the ropes joined together, they remained locked together in the struggle. Both of them, who had received training in wrestling and fully endowed with might, were now moving to and fro in the arena. 40.18

Both of them who looked like a tiger and lion with tusks growing like the king of the elephants, after interlacing their hands tried their strength and fell on the ground together. 40.19

Thereafter rising, those two heroes hurled themselves at each other, circling around the arena again and again, like skilled and mighty wrestlers, and they never got easily tired. 40.20

Like two great elephants they with their enormous arms resembling the trunks, of those elephants those two warriors were keeping track of each other and fought vehemently for a long time and moved speedily in a circular arena. 40.21

Approaching each other like two wild cats fighting for a piece of meat and trying to kill each other, they stood growling again and again. 40.22

The two warriors, Sugrīva and Rāvaṇa, who were skilled in wrestling, executed innumerable and myriad revolutions, taking up diverse postures, moving in a curves like an ox's urine, coming and going, stepping sideways, having a retrograde motion to avoid blows, turning about abandoning the attack, dashing towards each other, leaping, standing firm and erect, retreating, turning sideways, rushing in a bent posture, running lifting their foot to kick the opponent and by letting go or stealing away. 40.23-40.26

Meanwhile, Rāvaṇa decided to commence using his magic power and realizing it, Sugrīva flew into the sky triumphantly shaking off all fatigue, while Rāvaṇa, baffled by Sugrīva stood confounded there all alone. 40.27-40.28

Thus that blessed lord of the monkeys who was the son of Sun God, got fame in war after reducing the Rākṣasa Rāvaṇa to tiresomeness, climbed up in to the broad sky and went near Rāma who was standing in the middle of monkeys. 40.29

Then that son of God after doing this act, with the speed of the wind re-joined his own army and got the great applause of the blessed son of Raghu clan and was honoured by all the monkey chiefs 40.30

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