Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 80

80. Indrajit Comes Again to Battle Field

[When ordered by Rāvaṇa, Indrajit again came to the battle field. The Uagba that he performed gave good omens. He fought becoming invisible with Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. When Lakṣmaṇa wants to kill all Rākṣasas by one arrow of Brahma, Rāma prevents him. The Great War continues.]

Rāvaṇa hearing about the slaying of Makaraksha, who has won several battles, due to great rage grinned his teeth together and made "Kata-Kata" sound and with anger thought about what should be done and instructed his son Indrajit to go the battle. 80.1-80.2

"Oh valorous one being either invisible or visible kill the brothers Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa who have very great strength." 80.3

"You have won victory over Indra of incomparable deeds in war. Can you kill these human beings when you see them in a battle?" 80.4

Hearing these words of the king of Rākṣasas, he bowed to the commands of his father, poured oblations in the sacrificial fire with proper rituals in the land of Yagna. 80.5

While he was pouring oblations in the sacred fire, Rākṣasa women carrying red turbans hastily arrived at the place where Indrajit was. 80.6

Besides using blade weapons as Shara grass [to be spread] and using chips of Vibhhitaka as wooden chips to feed the fire, he also used red robes and used iron ladles for cleaning and pouring ghee in to the sacrificial fire. 80.7

Having spread on the ground around all the sides of the sacrificial fire, with other weapons along with lances, that Rākṣasa seized hold of the neck of a live goat, entirely black and consigned it to the fire. 80.8

Omens indicating victory appeared in the smokeless fire with great flames when it was aroused by the first single offering. 80.9

The God of fire himself became a visible person who was spreading the fire towards the right and who was of golden colour and received the offering. 80.10

After offering scared oblations in fire and gratifying Devas, Dānavas and Rākṣasas he ascended the chariot with power to disappear from sight. 80.11

The excellent chariot was drawn by four horses and had in it sharp arrows and a mighty bow and looked pretty. 80.12

That chariot decorated with gold shined because of his body and was decorated with carved images of deer, full moon and crescent. 80.13

The flag post of Indrajit shined like the flame of a fire with its large rings of gold and studded with cats eye gems. 80.14

Indrajit, the son of Rāvaṇa who was protected by Brahma arrow which was as lustrous as the sun had extremely great strength and was difficult to be attacked. 80.15

Indrajit who came from the city had obtained the power of vanishing from sight by uttering chants sacred to the Rākṣasas and offering oblations in the fire, spoke as follows. 80.16

"I would kill both the princes who left their home to become mendicants and were unnecessarily roaming and give victory to my father Rāvaṇa as present today." 80.17

"Making the world bereft of monkeys and killing Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, it would great pleasure to me" and saying this he vanished from sight. 80.18

Egged by Rāvaṇa, that sharp Indrajit along with his sharp arrows and bow made of steel swiftly came to that battle field. 80.19

He then saw those great heroes who looked like three headed serpents shower very many arrows standing in the middle of the monkeys. 80.20

Concluding that they were the two princes, after stringing his bow he covered them both with rains of arrows just like a rich rainy cloud. 80.21

He then reached the sky with his chariot and remaining invisible there, he struck Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa with sharp arrows. 80.22

Those Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa when surrounded by the speed of those arrows, placed arrows in their bows and sent several divine arrows. 80.23

In spite of their covering the sky with network of arrows those very strong ones could not hit him in spite of using divine arrows. 80.24

After covering the sky, the great Indrajit created a dark smoke and hid all directions by enclosing them with a mist like smoke. 80.25

While Indrajit was moving about, neither the sound produced by the impact of his palm on the bow string was heard, nor the sound of his wheels or the clattering of hoofs of his horses could be heard, nor did his form come to the view. 80.26

In that pitch darkness where visibility is poor, Indrajit rained his steel arrows on them which was like a rain of stones. 80.27

The very angry Indrajit pierced greatly the limbs of Rāma with his sharp arrows which were as shining as the sun and got by him as boons. 80.28

The foremost among men Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa who were being struck by steel arrows, just like two mountains hit by torrents of rain, released golden shafted arrows against Indrajit. 80.29

Those arrows decorated by the plumes of heron reached Indrajit in the sky, pierced him and fell on the ground stained by blood. 80.30

Greatly shining those two men began to cut and destroy the arrows which were falling on them with weapons called Bhallas. 80.31

Both Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa sent their great arrows towards the place from which the sharp arrows were falling on them. 80.32

The son of Rāvaṇa who was an expert in chariot based war travelled all over the different directions and with his sharp arrows and pierced Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. 80.33

Those valorous sons of Dasaratha who were wounded by well-made arrows with golden shaft appeared like Kimśuka trees in flowering. 80.34

Like the position of sun cannot be guessed when sky is thickly overcast by clouds, no one could guess his position, nor form, nor his bows and nor anything about him. 80.35

Struck down by him the monkeys were killed. Those hundreds of dead monkeys covered the surface of earth there. 80.36

Lakṣmaṇa who was greatly enraged told his elder brother, "I shall employ the arrow of Brahma to kill all the Rākṣasas." 80.37

Rāma who had all auspicious signs then told Lakṣmaṇa, "You should not kill all Rākṣasas for the sake of a single Rākṣasa." 80.38

"You are not supposed to kill one who is not fighting, one who is hiding, one who seeks refuge with folded palms, one who is fleeing and one who is intoxicated." 80.39

"Oh very strong Lakṣmaṇa with long arms we shall make efforts to kill only Indrajit and we will employ arrows which have great speed and which are like poisonous snakes." 80.40

"The leaders of the monkey army if they are able to see this Rākṣasas would forcibly kill this harmful one who does magical tricks and remains invisible." 80.41

"Burnt by my arrows, he will fall dead on the ground, even if he enters the earth or heaven, or world below or the sky and remains there completely hidden." 80.42

Speaking these greatly meaningful words like this the great Rāma surrounded by the great monkeys started to think of a speedy method of killing the Rākṣasa who did cruel deeds." 80.43

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