Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 68

68. Rāvaṇa Wails for Kumbhakarṇa's Death

[Rāvaṇa is greatly sorrowing and greatly disturbed. He does not want to live without Kumbhakarṇa. He feels that he should first take revenge on Rāma and then die.]

Seeing that Kumbhakarṇa was killed by the great soul Rāghava, the Rākṣasas went and reported to Rāvaṇa the king of Rākṣasas. 68.1

"Oh king When Kumbhakarṇa looking like a god of death was driving away the army of monkeys and eating some monkeys, he met with his death." 68.2

"Showing his prowess for a moment, Kumbhakarṇa your brother, was extinguished by the burning energy of Rāma. Injured by Rāma's arrows, Kumbhakarṇa who was looking like a mountain became an ugly mass, with his body discharging blood, as his nose and ears were cut off and resembled a tree scorched by a forest-fire, with his trunk half-submerged in a terribly looking sea and obstructing the main gate of Lanka." 68.3-68.5

Hearing that the very strong one was slain in the battle, Rāvaṇa became extremely sad, fainted and fell down. 68.6

Hearing that their paternal uncle was killed Devantaka, Naranthaka, Triśirā and Athikaya started sorrowing and wept. 68.7

Hearing that their step brother Kumbhakarṇa was killed by Rāma who was stable in his actions, Mahodhara and Mahaparswa were overcome with great grief. 68.8

Then after regaining his consciousness with great suffering, that Rākṣasa chief Rāvaṇa became in a pitiable condition due to the death of Kumbhakarṇa and wailed. 68.9

"Oh valorous one who used to destroy the pride of enemies, Oh very strong Kumbhakarṇa, going alone in to the enemy army, how have you left me and gone away forever?" 68.10

"Oh very strong one, after having tormented the enemies, how did you go away from me, without taking away the thorn of sorrow from me and our relatives?" 68.11

"Now, I shall no more live, because my right hand on which I used to take refuge and never was afraid of devas and Asuras, has fallen down." 68.12

"How is it that such a valorous one who used to destroy the pride of Devas and Dānavas, who was like the fire at the time of deluge was killed by Rāma today?" 68.13

"How is it that you, to whom sorrow was never caused by the falling of even Vajra on you, could fall down insensibly on surface of earth by Rāma's arrows?" 68.14

"Seeing you fall in the battle, all those devas and sages who are standing on the sky are shouting with very great joy." 68.15

"It is certain that with great joy after having achieved their aim, all those monkeys would climb on the inaccessible door ways of Lanka from all sides." 68.16

"Now I am not bothered about this kingdom and I do not know what to do with Sītā as I am not interested to continue to live without Kumbhakarṇa." 68.17

"If I am not able to kill in battle the Rāghava who is the killer of my brother, death would be preferred by me as living would be a great waste." 68.18

"I would now itself go to the place where my younger brother has gone as I am not interested in living even for a moment without my brother." 68.19

"Seeing me who had troubled them earlier, those devas would laugh at me and oh Kumbhakarṇa, how can I win over Indra without you?" 68.20

"Due to ignorance I did not accept the auspicious advice of the great soul Vibhīṣaṇa, which have now come true." 68.21

"When as per the words of Vibhīṣaṇa, Kumbhakarṇa and Prahasta have died, these happenings are creating shame in me." 68.22

"After my brother Vibhīṣaṇa who was a follower of Dharma was banished by me, these sorrowful happening which are bitter has come to me." 68.23

Like this after wailing piteously in various ways, after he came to know the enemy of Indra, the great Kumbhakarṇa has been killed, the ten headed Rāvaṇa, whose inner soul was agitated sank down extremely disturbed. 68.24

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