Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 79

79. Rāma Kills Makaraksha

[A great battle takes place between Rāma and Makaraksha and in the end Makaraksha is killed by Rāma.]

Seeing Makaraksha coming out, the monkey chiefs jumped at once and readied themselves to fight with him. 79.1

After that a huge battle took place between the monkeys and Rākṣasas, which made the hairs to bristle and which resembled the war between Devas and Asuras. 79.2

The monkeys and Rākṣasas then started hurling trees, spears, maces and clubs at each other and began to crush each other. 79.3

Those Rākṣasas, who were night wanderers, made a slaughter of the lions among the monkeys, by means of their javelins, swords, maces, spears, lances, sharp edged spears, slings for throwing stones, nooses, mallets, staffs, missiles and other weapons and by throwing arrows on all sides. 79.4-79.5

When Makaraksha troubled them with large number of arrows the monkeys were scared in their mind and greatly fear struck ran away. 79.6

Seeing all those monkeys running away, the Rākṣasas who were arrogant like lions roared sensing victory. 79.7

Seeing the monkeys fleeing in different directions Rāma stopped those Rākṣasas with shower of arrows. 79.8

Seeing that Rākṣasas were being stopped, the Rākṣasa called Makaraksha burning with great anger spoke the following words. 79.9

"Oh Rāma, stop, There would be a one to one fight between us and you would lose your soul by sharp arrows sent by me." 79.10

"From the time you killed my father in Daṇḍakāraṇya which was a nefarious act done by you, my anger keeps on becoming violent." 79.11

"Oh evil soul Rāghava. since I have not been able to see you from that time in the great forest my limbs were burning with fury." 79.12

"Oh Rāma by great good fortune I have been able to see you here as like a hungry lion searching for animals to eat, I have been searching for you." 79.13

"Due to the fast arrows which I would be sending you would start residing in the world of death and will live there along with warriors killed by you earlier." 79.14

"What is the use of telling many words? Please, hear my words. The entire world would be watching me and you fighting here in this battle field." 79.15

"In this battle field, the fight between us would proceed either by arrows, mace or by hands, as per what you have learnt earlier." 79.16

Hearing the words of Makaraksha, Rāma the son of Dasaratha laughingly started speaking because Makaraksha would keep on talking. 79.17

"Oh Rākṣasa, why are you telling about yourself unnecessarily with so many useless words? How is it possible to win over me with the strength of mere speech?" 79.18

"In the Daṇḍaka forest I killed fourteen thousand Rākṣasas and also your father as well as Triśirā and Dūṣaṇa." 79.19

"Oh sinner, today vultures, jackals and crows with their sharp beaks and goad like claws would become contented by eating your flesh." 79.20

When Rāma told like this, the very strong Makaraksha sent very many arrows aimed at Rāma in the battle field. 79.21

With a rain of other arrows Rāma broke those arrows which were provided with golden shaft fell on the ground. 79.22

When Makaraksha, the son of Khara met Rāma the son of Dasaratha in battle, the battle raged furiously. 79.23

The sound that arose from their bows with great resonance was heard on the battle field like a rumbling sound of clouds in the sky. 79.24

With the desire to watch that wonderful battle, all Devas, Rākṣasas, Gandharvas, Kinnaras and great serpents reached the sky. 79.25

Though each of them pierced the limbs of the other, their respective strength only doubled and they continued to fight by inflicting blows on each other. 79.26

That Rākṣasa broke all the arrows sent by Rāma and Rāma broke in many ways the arrows sent by that Rākṣasa. 79.27

All the four directions as well as intermediate points were covered by those large numbers of arrows and due to the earth being covered by them, it was not even visible. 79.28

Then Rāma with long arms, greatly infuriated because of the fight broke the bow of that Rākṣasa and killed his charioteer by using eight arrows. 79.29

Then Rāma broke his chariot with arrows and killed his horses and made them fall dead on the ground and then Makaraksha without a chariot stood on the ground. 79.30

Then that Rākṣasa who was standing on the ground took in his hand a trident which made by its lustre equal to fire at deluge, all the people greatly scared. 79.31

The great trident which was difficult to obtain was presented to him by Rudra and generated great fear and that trident shined in the sky like a great weapon of destruction. 79.32

Whirling that great trident which was shining like fire, that Rākṣasa in great rage threw it on Rāma who was a great soul. 79.33

Rāma using four arrows hit that shining trident which was hurled by the son of Khara in the sky itself. 79.34

That trident ornamented with gold broke in to pieces in many ways and fell scattered on earth like a big meteor. 79.35

Seeing that trident was broken by Rāma who never gets tired doing his duties, those beings standing on the sky said, "Excellent, Excellent." 79.36

When that Rākṣasa Makaraksha saw that his trident was destroyed, he lifted his fist and called out to Rāma, saying "Wait, wait." 79.37

When the son of Raghu clan saw him rushing towards him, he smiled fitted in to his bow, the arrow of fire. 79.38

When that Rākṣasa was hit by that arrow of Rāma, his heart was split open, and he fell dead then and there in the battle field. 79.39

All the Rākṣasas seeing the fall of Makaraksha, greatly scared by the arrows of Rāma, ran away immediately to Lanka. 79.40

Seeing that by the speed of arrows of the son of the king Daśaratha, that Rākṣasa who was the son of Khara was killed those devas seeing it from the sky became happy and felt that a mountain was broke by lightning. 79.41

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