Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 84

84. Vibhīṣaṇa's Advice to Stop Indrajit's Yagna

[Vibhīṣaṇa arrives there at that time and assures Rāma, that Rāvaṇa would never consent to the killing of Sītā. He informs that if Indrajit completes the Yagna at Nikumbila, he would become invincible. He requests Rāma to send Lakṣmaṇa with him so that the Yagna can be stopped.]

When Lakṣmaṇa who was fond of his brother was consoling Rāma, Vibhīṣaṇa after settling down the monkey army in proper positions came there. 84.1

Vibhīṣaṇa surrounded by four warriors looking like heaps of collyrium, who were chiefs of troops, who were armed with several types of weapons and who were looking like elephants approached Lakṣmaṇa who was drowned in sorrow and the monkeys whose eyes were full of tears. 84.2-84.3

He also saw the great soul Rāma, who was the son of the Ikshvāku clan having fainted and resting on the lap of Lakṣmaṇa. 84.4

Seeing that embarrassed Rāma who was tormented by sorrow that Vibhīṣaṇa who was distressed by the sight, with great agony asked, "What is all this?" 84.5

Seeing the face of Vibhīṣaṇa and also seeing Sugrīva and other monkeys Lakṣmaṇa with tears flowing from his eyes spoke these greatly meaningful words. 84.6

"Oh gentle one, on hearing the words from Hanuman that Sītā was killed by Indrajit, Rāma fainted and fell down." 84.7

Intercepting Lakṣmaṇa while he was narrating Vibhīṣaṇa spoke these meaningful words to Rāma who was unconscious. 84.8

"Oh king among men, I think what you have been told by Hanuman with great sorrow to be as absurd as drying of the sea." 84.9

"Oh long armed one, I know what opinion, the evil minded Rāvaṇa holds about Sītā. He would never do the killing of Sītā." 84.10

"Though as a well-wisher of Rāvaṇa I begged him several times to give up Sītā, he did not agree to my advice." 84.11

"It could not be done neither by peace, dissension and by giving gift and how is it possible by fight or any other means?" 84.12

"Oh great one, after hoodwinking these monkeys by illusion, he played the part. Please know that Sītā whom he killed is an illusion." 84.13

"After reaching the temple by name of Nikumbila, this son of Rāvaṇa will pour oblations into the sacred fire. On returning after the pouring oblations into the sacred fire, Indrajit will prove difficult to be defeated in battle, even by devas including Indra." 84.14

"It is definite that it was a show of illusion that he performed using magical tricks. Expecting these valorous monkeys would accept it." 84.15

"Before the sacrifice is completed, we should go there along with the army. Oh tiger among men. Give up this improper sorrow which has come upon you.. On seeing you suffering from sorrow all your army is becoming despondent." 84.16-84.17

"You please stay here with a peaceful heart and confidence and send with us Lakṣmaṇa and the army." 84.18

"Let this tiger among men using very sharp arrows make the son of Rāvaṇa abandon the act of sacrifice and then it is possible to kill him." 84.19

"Lakṣmaṇa's arrows which are very fiery and very sharp with a speed of the wings of the bird can drink his blood like the birds which are not lovely." 84.20

"Oh long armed one, so send the auspicious looking Lakṣmaṇa, who is like the thunderbolt sent by Indra the king of devas, to kill Indrajit." 84.21

"Oh best among men, it is not proper to delay the killing of the enemy and so now you give permission by your words to Lakṣmaṇa to destroy the enemy as Indra would hurl his Vajra to kill enemies of devas." 84.22

"If that Indrajit, the greatest among Rākṣasas completes his sacrifice he will become invisible and even devas and Asuras would not be able to see him in the battle. If after completing the sacrifice, he comes to fight, even the devas would not be confidant to retain their lives in a battle with him." 84.23

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