Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 69

69. Angada Kills Narantaka

[The sons and half-brothers of Rāvaṇa assure him that they would be able to kill Rāvaṇa. A great fight ensued between Rākṣasas and monkeys. Seeing the Rākṣasas suffering, Naranthaka, one of the sons of Rāvaṇa, attacks the monkey army and kills them, As ordered by Sugrīva, Angada kills Naranthka in a matchless battle.]

Seeing the evil soul Rāvaṇa lamenting due to great sorrow Triśirā [one of his sons] told as follows: 69.1

"That greatly valorous one who is in the middle in the order of our fathers has been killed but oh king good persons like you should not wail like this." 69.2

"Oh lord, you yourself fighting alone can conquer the three worlds and why are you wailing like a very common person." 69.3

"You possess the Javelin, armour, arrows and bow given by Brahma and a chariot drawn by thousand donkeys emitting the sound resembling thunder." 69.4

"Several times you who are endowed with various weapons have destroyed Devas and Dānavas and so you can easily punish Rāma with these weapons." 69.5

"Oh great king, wait for some time for I shall set out and destroy your enemies, just like the Garuda destroys all serpents." 69.6

"Just like Indra killed Śambara and Lord Vishnu killed Naraka, today Rāma would be laid down after he is killed by me." 69.7

When the king of Rākṣasas heard the words spoken by Triśirās, he felt as if he was born again after death. 69.8

When Naranthaka, Devanthaka and the energetic Athikaya heard the words of Triśirās they became happy with the impending war. 69, 9

Then those bull among Rākṣasas who were the sons of Rāvaṇa who were equal in valour to Indra roared, "I will go", "I will go". 69.10

They all could travel through the sky and were experts in creating illusion and all of them had destroyed the pride of devas and were greatly fierce in battle. 69.11

They were all experts in use of all weapons and were famous all over. It was never heard at any time that they were conquered any time by either devas or Gandharvas or Kinnaras or serpents. 69.12

All those Rākṣasas were experts and very, very valorous and were greatly skilled in war. They were all very knowledgeable and had obtained several boons. 69.13

Rāvaṇa surrounded by his sons who all shined like Sun God and who were destroyer of enemies looked like Indra surrounded by devas who have killed gigantic Rākṣasas, 69.14

After hugging all his sons and presenting to them various ornaments and blessing them profusely, Rāvaṇa send them to the battle. 69.15

For protections of his sons in the battle Rāvaṇa sent along with them, his brothers Yudhonmatha and Matha to the battle. 69.16

Those great bodied ones, saluted Rāvaṇa, who made his enemies cry and also went round him and then departed. 69.17

Those strong Rākṣasas anointed their body with all types of medicinal herbs and perfumes and went away eager to fight. 69.18

Triśirā, Atikaya, Devantaka, Narantaka, Mahodhara and Mahaparshva, under the orders of God of death set out for the battle. 69.19

Mahodhara rode on an elephant called Sudarśana which was blue like a dark cloud and which was born in the clan of Iravatha. 69.20

Equipped with all sort of weapons as also decorated by quivers and riding on an elephant, Mahodhara shined like the Sun on the Peak of Ashtachala Mountains. 69.21

Triśirā, the son of Rāvaṇa climbed in to a great chariot drawn by the best of the horses along with all kinds of weapons. 69.22

Triśirā shined armed with a bow on the chariot like a cloud with glittering meteors and illuminated like a rainbow. 69.23

That Triśirā with three crowns on an exquisite chariot stood like Himalaya mountain with its three golden hills. 69.24

Athikaya the lustrous Rākṣasa who was the son of the king of Rākṣasas, who was the best among those who shoot the bow climbed on the best of chariots. 69.25

That chariot had the best of wheel axils and was well yoked, had a very good carriage bottom and a good wooden pole and filled with quivers and bows and shining missiles, swords and maces. 69.26

He was shining in a peculiar golden crown and with his other ornaments caused a shine like Meru.69.27

That son of that king surrounded by great Rākṣasas in that chariot shined like Indra surrounded by devas. 69.28

Narantaka mounted a white gigantic horse, similar to Uchchaiśravā [the mount of Indra], decorated with gold ornaments and which was as swift as thought. 69.29

Narantaka holding a javelin which was shining like a meteor looked like Lord Subrāmaṇya holding a spear and riding on a peacock. 69.30

Devantaka who was armed with an iron bar marched and looked like Lord Vishnu holding a Mandāra mountain in his hands. 69.31

The greatly valorous and shining Mahaparswa held a mace in the battle and looked like Kubera, the god of wealth. 69.32

Those great ones set out from city of Lanka surrounded by a matchless army, elephants, horses chariots making sound like the rumbling clouds along with great Rākṣasas and it appeared like devas leaving the city of Amarāvatī. 69.33

Those great princes shined with the brilliance of Sun, wearing crowns and possessing prosperity and shined like glowing planets in the sky. 69.34

The row of auspicious attire worn by them shined like a cloud in autumn or the flock of cranes in the sky. 69.35

Determined to die or destroy the enemies, those valiant Rākṣasas went making this courageous resolution. 69.36

Those mighty Rākṣasas set out with a mad resolution of war, roared with reverberating sound and took up many arrows and sent them. 69.37

By their battle cries and clapping of arms, the earth trembled and the sky appeared torn by the lion like roars of those Rākṣasas. 69.38

The great army of the king of Rākṣasas who happily set out of the city saw the monkeys waiting with uplifted stones and trees. 69.39

The mighty monkeys too saw that army of Rākṣasas, which appeared like a black cloud but blazing like fire and sun on all sides, abounding with elephants, horses and chariots, and making sound with hundreds of small bells and wielding well-raised great weapons. 69.40-69.41

The monkeys felt that their aim was fulfilled when they saw that army coming out and lifting great mountains they roared again and again not able to tolerate the Rākṣasas who were standing opposite to them. 69.42-69.43

Hearing the very loud noise made by the leaders of the monkey army, the army of Rākṣasas, who were greatly stronger, not tolerating the joy of their enemies made more terrible noise. 69.44

Entering in to the mighty Rākṣasa army, the leaders of monkeys carrying mountains appeared like mountains with peaks. 69.45

Some monkeys went up the sky and some other monkeys stayed on the earth and holding trees and rocks as weapons roamed within the army of Rākṣasas. 69.46

The monkey chiefs holding trees with extensive branches roamed in the battle field which was filled with Rākṣasas and monkeys looked horrifying. 69.47

The very valorous monkeys, though stopped by the rain of arrows initiated a war with a matchless rain of trees and mountains. 69.48

In that battle the monkeys and Rākṣasas roared like lions and the monkeys powdered the Rākṣasas with their rocks. 69.49

The enraged monkeys killed Rākṣasas wearing armour and ornaments. Some killed valorous Rākṣasas, sitting or standing in chariots and also those Rākṣasas mounted on elephants and horses. 69.50

The valiant monkeys beat the Rākṣasas with great force and the Rākṣasa chiefs trembled as they were hit by mountain peaks and by fists and their eyes came out and they roared in pain. 69.51

The elephant like monkeys were wounded by the Rākṣasas with sharp arrows and they struck them with spears, mallets, swords, javelins and lances. 69.52

The monkeys and Rākṣasas with their limbs coated with blood of their enemies, made each other fall with a desire to conquer each other. 69.53

After that, within a very short time, the battle field became drenched with blood due the raining of blows using mountains and swords by the monkeys and Rākṣasas. 69.54

Due to the beating by the monkeys, those Rākṣasas who were like mountains and who had great passion for war were scattered all over the earth. 69.55

The Rākṣasas who were already been thrown down and who were being thrown down, having broken their spears carried out a wonderful fight with arms, limbs and legs. 69.56

Those great Rākṣasas struck the monkeys with the corpse of other Rākṣasas and those monkeys struck the Rākṣasas with dead bodies of other monkeys. 69.57

Then those Rākṣasas taking away the mountains and trees from the monkeys struck them and the monkeys snatched the weapons of Rākṣasas and struck them with it. 69.58

The monkeys and Rākṣasas broke the bones of each other by using the hills and made sound like the roar of a lion. 69.59

After their armour was broken the Rākṣasas who were struck by the monkeys bled at that spot, like trees oozing out sap. 69.60

Some monkeys destroyed chariot using a chariot, elephant by another elephant, and horses by other horses. 69.61

The Rākṣasas broke the trees and rocks of the monkey chiefs with their sharp arrows with crescent shape head and spear like heads. 69.62

That earth became very difficult to cross as it was filled with those mountains, broken trees and bodies of monkeys and Rākṣasas killed in battle. 69.63

Reaching the place of the battle, all the monkeys abandoned their fear and became filled with pride by their fighting prowess and with various types of weapons continued the battle with the Rākṣasas. 69.64

Seeing the monkeys rejoicing in the tumultuous battle and seeing the Rākṣasas falling down, the great sages and devas made shouts of triumph. 69.65

Riding on a horse which had the speed of the wind and holding a barbed javelin, Naranthaka entered the terrific army of monkeys, just as a fish enters the ocean. 69.66

That greatly valorous and strong Naranthaka, all alone with an instant killed seven hundred monkeys with his shining javelin and killed that army of great monkeys. 69.67

The Vidyādharas and the great sages saw the very strong Naranthaka seated on the back of a horse wandering amidst the monkey army. 69.68

The path by which he travelled was filled with blood and flesh along the dead fallen monkeys almost as huge as hills. 69.69

Wherever the chiefs of monkeys wanted to exhibit their valour, mostly Naranthaka reached there and cut them. 69.70

He burnt the army of monkeys like fire burns a forest and even before the monkeys thought of lifting trees and mountains, they were struck by his javelin and they fell down like mountains broken by lightning. 69.71

The very strong Naranthaka, who was destroyer of men roamed round in all directions in the battle field holding his shining javelin and roamed round the battle field, like the wind in the rainy season. 69.72-69.73

The valiant monkeys were neither able to stand or talk, nor in any manner move struck by the javelin with splendour of the sun and fell down on earth. 69.74

He who fought alone looked like many and struck the army of monkeys and having struck by the javelin which had the splendour of the sun, the monkeys fell down on earth. 69.75

Those monkeys who were unable to withstand, the javelin which fell on them like the throwing of Vajra, shouted with great noise. 69.76

The forms of the valorous monkeys who fell looked like the falling of mountains with their peaks shattered by Vajra. 69.77

Those great ones who had earlier been knocked down by Kumbhakarṇa became disturbed and approached Sugrīva. 69.78

Thus requested Sugrīva saw that monkey army was running here and there afraid of Naranthaka. 69.79

Naranthaka appeared in front of Sugrīva riding on a horse, holding a javelin in his hand, when he was seeing the monkeys who were running away. 69. 80

After seeing him that greatly shining Sugrīva who was the king of Rākṣasas, told the valorous lad Angada who was equal in valour to Indra. 69.81

"Go quickly and kill quickly that valorous Rākṣasa mounted on a horse who is consuming the army of monkeys." 69.82

Hearing those words of his lord [king], the valorous Angada jumped and came away from his army, just like a sun coming out of a cloud. 69.83

Angada the excellent monkey who resembled a rocky mass, wearing bracelets on his upper arms, looked brilliant like a mountain with its metallic streaks. 69.84

Without any weapons except his nails and teeth, Angada who had great lustre approached Narantaka and spoke the following. 69.85

"Please stop. What are you doing with these ordinary monkeys? Throw your javelin which can touch like Vajra at my chest." 69.86

Hearing the words of Angada, Narantaka became greatly angry and that angry Narantaka, tightly biting his lip with his teeth, hissing like a serpent, approaching Angada and firmly holding that highly radiant javelin, quickly released it towards Angada. That javelin broke against Angada's chest, which was as hard as a diamond and fell to the earth. 69.87-69.88

Seeing his javelin braking in to pieces, which had similar power like the snakes which were being cut off by Garuda, Angada the son of Vali stretched out his palm and struck on the head of the horse. 69.89

The head of the mountain like horse of Naranthka broke by the blow of Angada's palm, its eyes and pupils came out and it fell down on earth. 69.90

Naranthka became greatly angry seeing his horse dead and falling down and with his very powerful fist, he struck on the head of the son of Vali. 69.91

By that blow Angada's head was shattered and blood started oozing out of his head and he fainted with burning sensation on the head and when he regained consciousness, he was greatly surprised. 69.92

Then that great soul Angada, who was like a peak of mountain, with the speed of Vajra clenched his fist and force equal to that of God of death hit at the chest of Naranthka. 69.93

When that fist hit him, Narantaka's chest sank deeply and with blood coated limbs, he fell down like a mountain hit by Vajra. 69.94

When the very strong Naranthka was killed by Angada in the battle, the great devas in the sky as well as monkeys in the battle field roared the approval of victory. 69.95

When Angada showed his heroism and did a job which was difficult to do, Rāma rejoiced greatly and then Angada who was also surprised again started the battle with great enthusiasm. 69.96

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