Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 75

75. War Intensifies

[As per suggestion of Sugrīva, the monkey army starts burning the town of Lanka and Lakṣmaṇa gives arrow support. The sons of Kumbhakarṇa, along with the big army of Rākṣasas, come out. A huge and intense war takes place and both sides loose lot of soldiers.]

Then greatly lustrous king of Monkeys Sugrīva spoke these meaningful words Hanuman for the sake of informing him as to what needs to be done. 75.1

"Because Kumbhakarṇa and his sons have been destroyed, Rāvaṇa is not in a position to further destruction." 75.2

"Whichever monkeys have great strength which is equal to lions, let those great monkeys with dexterity, taking burning torches rush towards the city of Lanka with an aim to burn the house of Rāvaṇa." 75.3

That awful evening after the sun has set, those excellent monkeys with burning torches went towards the city of Lanka. 75.4

When those groups of monkeys with torch in hands attacked Lanka from all directions, the Rākṣasa guards having slanted eyes suddenly ran away from there. 75.5

Those monkeys who were extremely happy threw fire on those towering gates, attics, streets and various by lanes and the mansions. 75.6

Then that fire consumed thousands of houses of those Rākṣasas and mansions which are like mountain fell on the ground. 75.7

Aguru, excellent very costly sandalwood, pearls, glossy gems and corals were burnt by that fire. 75.8

Linen, pretty silk, blankets made of sheep's wool, various kinds of ram's wool lot of ornaments and weapons were also burnt there. 75.9

The ornaments, saddle etc. of horses which were of peculiar pattern, the chains won on the neck by elephants and polished ornaments meant for the chariots also were burnt. 75.10

Coats of mail of the warriors, the armour of the elephants and horses, swords, bows, bow-strings, arrows, lances, goads and javelins were burnt there. 75.11

The fire burning on all sides burnt blankets and rugs made of the hair of animals, whisks made of the hair of the tails, the skins of tigers, many birds, palaces inlaid with pearls and gems and various kinds of stores of arms. 75.12-75.13

Then, the fire burnt away many kinds of bright coloured houses of all the Rākṣasas, who were greedily fond of their homes. The fire there burnt away hundreds and thousands of inhabitants of Lanka, who were protected by gold coloured armoury and decked with garlands, ornaments and garments, with quivering eyes due to inebriation, moving with lustful walking, who were seized with fury against their enemy, who carried maces, pikes and swords in their hands, who were eating and drinking or lay fast asleep on splendid beds with their loved ones and who were decamping quickly to all sides, taking their sons with them, frightened and fearing up again and again. 75.14-75.18

The fire there burnt away the houses, which were strong, very valuable, with profound qualities, decked in gold with moon shapes and crescent shapes, which rose high with their top rooms, provided all round with beautiful windows, furnished with seats coaches etc., decorated with gems and corals, as though touching the sky, rendered noisy with notes of herons, peacocks, vinā and the jingling of ornaments as also appearing like mountains. 75.19-75.21

Surrounded by that great fire the arch doors shined like a huge assembly of clouds along with lightning at the end of summer season. 75.22

The houses surrounded by burning flames of fire appeared like peaks of great mountains surrounded by forest fire. 75.23

Blessed women sleeping on the tower like mansions get scorched by fire, threw away all their ornaments and screamed loudly "Ha, Ha." 75.24

The houses also were surrounded by fire and fell like burning peaks of mountains struck by Vajra of Lord Indra. 75.25

From a distance those houses which were burning appeared like the peaks of Himalaya mountains which are surrounded by fire and gave out light. 75.26

Those mansions which were being burnt set ablaze by flames appeared like Kimśuka trees full of red flowers. 75.27

With elephants let loose by their chief guards and horses being set free that city of Lanka appeared like the like ocean at time of deluge when crocodiles freely roam. 75.28

Seeing the horse set free the elephants got frightened and went back and seeing the elephants set free the horses were frightened. 75.29

When the city of Lanka was burning, due to its reflection the auspicious ocean looked filled with red coloured water. 75.30

The city that was burnt by the monkeys within a very short time appeared like the earth burning at the time of the horrifying deluge. 75.31

The great loud sound raised by the ladies who were completely covered by the smoke was heard for a distance of one hundred Yojanas. 75.32

Then the monkeys thirsting to fight jumped suddenly on the other Rākṣasas, whose body had been severely burnt and they rushed out to save themselves. 75.33

The loud noise created by the monkeys and the wailing of the Rākṣasas went on echoing and were heard on all the ten directions of earth and the ocean. 75.34

Having been healed of their wounds those two princes without any confusion seized two of their great bows. 75.35

Then Rāma made a sound of twang with his excellent bow and by that tumultuous sound all Rākṣasas were scared. 75.36

Rāma who was drawing his great bow shined like Lord Shiva stretching his bow of Vedas at the time of final deluge. 75.37

The twang of the bow of Rāma was heard much above the loud shouting of the monkeys and the wailing sound of the Rākṣasas. 75.38

The three sounds of raised loud shout of monkeys, the wail of the Rākṣasas, and twang sound of Rāma's bow completely was heard in all the ten directions. 75.39

By the arrows that went from the bow of Rāma made the main tower gate of the city look like the Kailāśa mountain, shattered and fallen to the ground. 75.40

Seeing arrows of Rāma falling on the towered mansions, the battle preparedness of the Rākṣasa chief got affected. 75.41

To those lords of Rākṣasas who were preparing for battle making the roars of lions, it appeared that deluge presided by Rudra has come. 75.42

The great Sugrīva commanded the leader of monkeys, "Oh monkeys, reach the gates and wage the war with the Rākṣasas and if any of the monkeys who are present there and tries to escape there, by royal command he should be killed." 75.43-75.44

Seeing those monkey chiefs standing at his gate holding the flaming torches Rāvaṇa got extremely angry. 75.45

When Rāvaṇa moved his body in a disorderly fashion, due to yawning, he looked like the angry Rudra, who has assumed his form. 75.46

Greatly angry he sent both Kumbha and Nikumbha, the sons of Kumbhakarṇa along with multitude of Rākṣasas. 75.47

By the orders of Rāvaṇa, Yupaksha, Sonitaksha, Prajangha and Kampana along with the those sons of Kumbhakarṇa set out for the battle. 75.48

Rāvaṇa gave the following order to those very strong Rākṣasas, "Oh Rākṣasas, please go now itself roaring like lions." 75.49

Encouraged by Rāvaṇa those valorous Rākṣasas shining weapons, roared again and again and started out form Lanka. 75.50

By the glitter of ornaments worn by those Rākṣasas and the flaming torches held by the monkeys, the sky was made to shine from all directions. 75.51

With the shine of moon and stars in the sky and splendour of ornaments worn by both armies, the sky was made brilliant. 75.52

The moon and lustrous planets on the sky made the armies of monkeys and Rākṣasas shine from all sides. 75.53

With the flames coming from half burnt houses and the lustrous agitated waves of the ocean mingled with water shined in a great manner. 75.54

That army of Rākṣasas was looking awful with flags and banners, with excellent axes shaped swords, consisting of great horses, chariots and elephants, crowded with foot-soldiers of every description, distinguished by shining pikes, maces, swords, spears, lances and bows which they held. They were noted for their redoubtable valour and prowess, with shining lances and rendered noisy by hundreds of tiny bells [tied around chariots, elephants etc.] and the arms of the warriors were adorned with sets of gold ornaments, their axes being brandished, mighty weapons being waved about, arrows fitted to the bows and the whole atmosphere rendered fragrant by the abundance of sandal paste, garlands and wine. 75.55-75.58

After seeing the army of Rākṣasas which came full of horrifying warriors, who thundered like huge clouds and who were difficult to be defeated the army of monkeys marched against them. 75.59

The great army of Rākṣasas marched jumping forward towards the army who were their enemies just like moths flying towards the flame. 75.60

The better army of that Rākṣasas who were holding iron clubs and tips of arrows in their hands waved those and shined brightly. 75.61

Then the monkeys who were enthusiastic to fight the war hit those Rākṣasas with trees, rocks and fists and jumped in great frenzy. 75.62

Similarly those Rākṣasas with very great strength and valour, jumped on the monkeys immediately tore off with arrows the heads of those monkeys. 75.63

Some of those Rākṣasas wandered in the streets with ears bitten, skulls smashed by the fists of monkeys and their limbs broken with stones. 75.64

But some monkeys with horrible look struck those chiefs of monkeys with sharp swords and drove them all over the battle field. 75.65

One warrior killed one monkey who was killing another Rākṣasa, a second one threw down one monkey who was throwing down another Rākṣasa; a third Rākṣasa scolded another monkey who was scolding the other Rākṣasa; while a fourth one chewed a monkey who was chewing another. 75.66

One of them requested for blows, another replied that yet another one is giving and another replied that he himself is giving and another said, "Why are you taking pains?" 75.67

In the very great war between Rākṣasas and monkeys, some weapons were made useless, some were dug in to armours of others, long lances were lifted up and fists, pikes swords and spears were used in the war. 75.68-75.69

In the war Rākṣasas killed the monkeys in tens and sevens and Monkeys made ten and seven Rākṣasas fall. 75.70

The monkeys caught hold of the Rākṣasas whose hair and cloth were in disarray whose spears and armours were thrown away and surrounded them from all sides. 75.71

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