Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 65

65. Kumbhakarṇa at Battle Field

[Rāvaṇa makes fun of Mahodhara and permits Kumbhakarṇa to march ahead along with protective army. Kumbhakarṇa assumes a huge form marches ahead terrifying all the monkeys.]

Hearing the words of Mahodhara, Kumbhakarṇa rebuked him and told his brother Rāvaṇa who was the king of Rākṣasas. 65.1

"Leave out the horrible fear that you have towards the bad soul Rāma because I am going to wipe him off. Be happy without enmity. 65.2

"Valorous heroes do not roar like a waterless cloud and see me roaring on completion of my task." 65.3

"Heroes do not indulge in self-praise and without advertising they would complete very difficult tasks." 65.4

"Oh Mahodhara your words are suitable to the kings who are confused or those who are stupid but consider themselves as learned." 65.5

"You are all cowards and tell the king what is pleasing him and you do things according to wishes of the king leading to destruction of jobs undertaken." 65.6

"Gaining control of the king, pretending to be friendly with him, you have depleted the treasury, got his army destroyed and made him alone in the town of Lanka." 65.7

"With the only aim in conquering the enemy, I shall go the battle today, to set right the wrong policies advised by you." 65.8

When the king of Rākṣasas heard these words of great prowess from Kumbhakarṇa, he burst out laughing and told. 65.9

"Oh brother who is an expert in warfare, there is no doubt that Mahodhara is scared of Rāma and that he is not inclined to a war. 65.10

"Oh Kumbhakarṇa there is no one who loves me like you or any one of your strength and so go and kill the enemy and return after victory." 65.11

"Oh destroyer of enemies, You who were sleeping was summoned by me towards the destruction of the enemy and this period is indeed great." 65.12

"So go armed with your spear like God of death with his noose and eat away all the monkeys and those princes ho shine like Sun." 65.13

"Just by looking at your form, all the monkeys would run away and the hearts of Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa would be broken down." 65.14

The chief of the Rākṣasas after talking like this to the greatly lustrous and very strong Kumbhakarṇa felt as if he has taken another birth. 65.15

Knowing about the great strength of Kumbhakarṇa and also his great prowess, the king was greatly delighted and looked as bright as the moon. 65.16

The very strong Kumbhakarṇa who was spoken to in this manner by the king, being ready to fight marched from there. 65.17

That destroyer of enemies speedily took a splendidly lustrous sharp spear made of iron, which was decorated by Gold. 65.18

Taking hold of that large spear tainted with the blood of enemies which was shining like Indra's thunderbolt and equally heavy, capable of tormenting Devas, Rākṣasas, Gandharwas, Yakshas and Nagas, wreathed in garlands of crimson flowers with excessive splendor and emitting flames by itself naturally, Kumbhakarṇa of great brilliance spoke to Rāvaṇa the following words. 65.19-65.20

"I am going alone there angry with great hunger, leaving the army here and I will eat Monkeys who are there." 65.21

When Rāvaṇa heard the words of Kumbhakarṇa he told, "Go surrounded by the army armed with spears and maces." 65.22

"The great monkey, who gets speedily ready for anything, will destroy anyone who is alone or not careful." 65.23

"So go surrounded by an army of Rākṣasas very difficult to defeat, go and kill all our enemies." 65.24

Rising up swiftly from his throne, Rāvaṇa endowed with a great energy, then placed around the neck of Kumbhakarṇa, a necklace studded with Māṇikya gems. 65.25

Rāvaṇa placed on the person of Kumbhakarṇa, armlets, rings, excellent jewels and a handsome necklace. 65.26

Rāvaṇa made him wear auspicious sweet smelling garlands on all his limbs and gave him ear studs for his ear. 65.27

Kumbhakarṇa who had very large ears wearing armlet and bracelets on his upper arms along with ornaments for his breast, shined like fire fed with oblations. 65.28

With a large, black and shining string worn round his loins, he was looking like Mandāra mountain encircled by a serpent at the time of churning for Amritā [nectar]. 65.29

Wearing a very heavy golden armour which cannot be pierced by weapons and shining like lightning, that king shined like the king of mountains, covered by clouds at sunset. 65.30

Decorated by ornaments in all his limbs and holding a spear that Rākṣasa shined like Lord Vishnu in the incarnation of Trivikrama who was enthusiastic. 65.31

After hugging his brother and also after going around him and saluting him with a bent head that very strong man departed. 65.32

Along with the departing of the huge bodied and strong one, he also made huge sound and blessings. 65.33

He who was a great charioteer was also accompanied by elephants, horses, chariots driven by expert charioteers making great sound and also loud sound created by conches and drums. 65.34

The very strong Kumbhakarṇa who was terrifying was also followed by Rākṣasas riding on serpents, camels, donkeys, lions, elephants, wild beasts and birds. 65.35

When he who was the enemy of Devas and Dānavas armed with a sharp spear departed, a parasol covered with showers of flowers was held over his head and he was intoxicated by the smell of bird and drinks. 65.36

Many Rākṣasas, possessing a great energy and great strength, with terrific forms and fearful eyes, as also wielding weapons in their hands, accompanied him as foot-soldiers. 65.37

The Rākṣasas who were difficult to be defeated followed, with their red hot eyes, large colossal bodies resembling a mass of collyrium in colour, lifting up spears, swords, sharp axes, javelins, iron rods, maces, mallets and enormous trunks of Palmyra trees. 65.38-65.39

Then, that Kumbhakarṇa, of a great lustre and a great strength, assuming another body of a formidable and terrific form, with a breadth of a hundred bows and six hundred bows in height, with his eyes resembling the wheels of a cart, looking like a huge mountain and terrible to look at, departed. 65.40-65.41

That huge Kumbhakarṇa who resembled a huge scorched mountain and who had a very huge mouth laughing loudly told the Rākṣasas. 65.42

"Now with great anger I would burn that army of monkey chiefs in lots like a flame of fire would burn the moths." 65.43

"Of their own accord those monkeys who wander in the forest have not offended me and those monkeys are used in gardens of city like us for entertainment. 65.44

"The primary cause for attacking of our city is Rāma accompanied by Lakṣmaṇa and suppose we kill them all others are killed and so I will kill Rāma today." 65.45

When Kumbhakarṇa was speaking this way to the Rākṣasas all of them gave rise to a loud noise which is likely to agitate the ocean. 65, 46

When the greatly powerful Kumbhakarṇa was departing, from all sides many omens of several evil forms appeared. 65.47

Ash coloured clouds resembling donkeys combined with meteors and streaks of lightning appeared and the earth trembled along with forests and oceans. 65.48

Terrifying looking foxes howled with burning morsels in their mouth and birds flew in circles from right to left. 65.49

A vulture came and sat on the spear of Kumbhakarṇa as he was marching on the road and his left eye twitched and his left arm throbbed. 65.50

A burning meteor fell down with huge sound, the sun became lustreless and wind was not blowing comfortably. 65.51

Not bothering about these evil omens which caused his hair to stand erect, Kumbhakarṇa marched on, driven by fate. 65.52

After crossing the ramparts by feet, that mountain like Kumbhakarṇa saw the wonderful army of monkeys who looked like a thick spread of clouds. 65.53

Then those monkeys who saw the Rākṣasa chief looking like a mountain, like the cloud dispersed by wind ran away from there. 65.54

Noticing that highly fierce army of monkeys, running away to different directions, similar to a net-work of broken clouds, that Kumbhakarṇa with the hue of a black cloud, highly rejoiced and repeatedly gave out a roar-like thunder. 65.55

Hearing his terrific roar, similar to the rumbling of the cloud in the sky, many of those monkeys fell down on the ground, like Sāla trees cut-up by the roots. 65.56

That great Kumbhakarṇa carrying a huge iron rod and marching for the destruction of his enemies looked like Lord Yama with his punishing rod at the time of deluge and caused great fear among the monkeys. 65.57

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