Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 89

89. Vibhīṣaṇa and Monkey Chiefs Join Battle

[Vibhīṣaṇa and his ministers join the battle by killing many Rākṣasas. Jambavan and Hanuman also kill many Rākṣasas. Lakṣmaṇa kills the charioteer of Indrajit. The monkey chiefs crush his horses. Lakṣmaṇa and Indrajit fight standing on earth.]

Seeing the man and Rākṣasa fighting with commitment in that war like elephants in rut aimed at their victory, the very strong brother of Rāvaṇa holding a strong bow stood at the battle front. 89.1- 89.2

Then standing there, he stretched the string of his great bow, he released several sharp pointed arrows on the Rākṣasas. 89.3

Those arrows falling like fire, hit the correct aim and tore the Rākṣasas in to pieces like Vajra uprooting great mountains. 89.4

The attendants of Vibhīṣaṇa who were great Rākṣasas also armed with spikes, swords and spears tore of those valorous Rākṣasas. 89.5

Surrounded by all those Rākṣasas that Vibhīṣaṇa shined like an elephant in the middle of proud young tuskers. 89.6

Vibhīṣaṇa, the great Rākṣasa who was an expert on proper timing spoke the following right words to those monkeys who were thirsting to kill the Rākṣasas in order to inspire them. 89.7

"Oh monkey chiefs, here is the only one whom the king of Rākṣasas considers as his last and only support in his army. Why are you all standing idle?" 89.8

"At the end of the war, if this sinful Rākṣasa is killed, the remaining Rākṣasas can be killed easily, except for Rāvaṇa." 89.9

Prahasta was killed. The valiant Nikumbha, the mighty Kumbhakarṇa, Kumbha, the Rākṣasa called Dhumrākṣa, Jambumali, Mahamali, the highly swift Ashaniprabha, Suptaghna, Yajnakopa, a Rākṣasa named Vajradamshtra, Samhadri, Vikata the destroyer of enemies, Tapana, Manda, Praghaasa, Praghasa, PrajaNgha, Janga, Agniketu who was difficult to be conquered, the valorous Rashmiketu, vidyujjihva, Dvijihva, Suryashatru, Akampana, Suparshva, Chakramali, Kampana and the mighty Devantaka were also killed." 89.10-89.14

Having already killed several very strong Rākṣasa greats by your hands which was like crossing an ocean, now only this small puddle is left to be crossed. 89.15

"Only this many Rākṣasa army remains to be conquered by you as all Rākṣasa who were proud of their great strength have been killed by you." 89.16

"Though I would like to kill for the sake of Rāma my elder brother's son, I am not doing it as killing of a son is not appropriate." 89.17

"When I think of killing him myself my eyes are getting clouded with tears and so let the long armed Lakṣmaṇa himself kill him. Oh monkeys all of you together kill all his attendants who are surrounding him." 89.18

Thus encouraged by the very famous Vibhīṣaṇa, all those monkey chiefs became very happy and lashed with their tails. 89.19

Then, those monkey chiefs, roaring again and again, shouted various kinds of sounds resembling the sounds of peacocks at the time of seeing the clouds. 89.20

The monkeys, along with Jambhavan and monkeys belonging to the other formations, who were equal in strength, started hitting the Rākṣasa troops with nails, stone and teeth. 89.21

All those very strong Rākṣasas who were armed with several weapons, left of their fear and started attacking Jambhavan as he was killing many of them. 89.22

They started striking Jambhavan, who was killing the army of Rākṣasas in that battle, with sharp axes, spears with sharp edges, sticks and javelins. 89.23

A greatly tumultuous battle took place between those monkeys and Rākṣasas and it was like the battle between the angry devas and the Rākṣasas. 89.24

When Hanuman was seen as very greatly angry that Lakṣmaṇa got down from his back, and Hanuman uprooting a Sāla tree from a mountain approached those Rākṣasas and started killing them in thousands. 89.25-89.26

After offering a very tumultuous battle to the brother of his father, Indrajit again rushed towards Lakṣmaṇa to fight with him. 89.27

The two valiant heroes, Lakṣmaṇa and Indrajit, the two intense fighters in battle, then began to strike each other, showering a multitude of arrows on each other. 89.28

Those strong and energetic warriors try to cover each other by sending network of arrows similar to sun and moon being covered by the clouds. 89.29

Due to the dexterity of their hands, when they were fighting there, neither the holding of the bow, nor the taking off the arrows, nor fitting them on their bow-string, nor adjusting their fists, nor drawing the bow-string nor attaining the target was visible. 89.30-89.31

The sky covered with the network of arrows which were discharged with great force by them in all directions was dark making objects there not visible. 89.32

Lakṣmaṇa dashed with the son of Rāvaṇa, Indrajit clashed with the son of Sumitrā and as they continued to clash with each other there was great confusion. 89.33

By the sharp arrows continuously released with great force by both of them, the entire sky was covered with darkness. 89.34

BY the fall of very many sharp arrows in hundreds, the directions and sub directions were completely filled with arrows. 89.35

All the space was covered by darkness leading to great fear and while the sun was setting down making all areas filled with further darkness. large amount of blood flowed out. 89.36

Cruel flesh eating birds gave rise to awful sounds by their roaring and at that time wind did not blow and fire did not blaze. 89.37

Great sages proclaimed, "Let there be safety to the worlds", and the frightened Gandharvas and Chāraṇas arrived there." 89.38

Then Lakṣmaṇa using four arrows struck the four black horses which were decorated by gold of the lion among Rākṣasas. 89.39

Thereupon, with deftness of his hand, that famous Lakṣmaṇa, fully stretching and releasing another sharp thunderbolt-like arrow, named Bhalla, which was yellowish in colour, with charming plumes, having a good splendour similar to Indra's thunderbolt and echoing a clapping sound, severed the head of Indrajit' s charioteer from his trunk, even as he was circling around. 89.40-89.42

When the charioteer was killed the greatly lustrous Indrajit drove the chariot himself and also took hold of the bow. 89.43

Those who saw him fighting in the battle appreciated his talent, But when he was driving the horses Lakṣmaṇa with arrows hit him with sharp arrows and when he was fighting his bow, Lakṣmaṇa hit the horses with his arrow. 89.44

The son of Sumitrā, who did his actions fast, tormented Indrajit who was moving about in the battle field without fear using very many arrows suitable for the occasion. 89.45

That son of Rāvaṇa seeing that his charioteer was killed became dejected and lost his enthusiasm for fighting. 89.46

The monkey chiefs seeing the dejected face of the Rākṣasa became extremely happy and appreciated Lakṣmaṇa. 89.47

Then, four monkey-leaders named PRāmathi, Rabhasa, Śarabhā and Gandhamādana, getting impatient, acted hastily. 89.48

Those monkeys having great strength and very great valour speedily jumped and descended on those excellent horses. 89.49

Blood started flowing from the mouths of those horses which were being pressed by those monkeys who were looking like mountains. 89.50

Those horses that were crushed had their limbs broken and after moving to and fro, fell down dead on the ground. After killing his horses, those monkeys also crushed that great chariot of Indrajit and jumping up again with speed, they stood by the side of Lakṣmaṇa. 89.51-89.52

Indrajit whose charioteer was killed and whose horses were destroyed, jumped down from the chariot and fought with Lakṣmaṇa using a rain of arrows. 89.53

Then that Lakṣmaṇa stopped those arrows of Indrajit with several arrows and that as his excellent horses were killed Indrajit began to release more exquisite arrows in that battle. 89.54

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