Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 90

90. Lakṣmaṇa Kills Indrajit

[A great war takes place between Indrajit and Lakṣmaṇa, Indrajit went inside the city and got another chariot. That chariot was destroyed by Lakṣmaṇa and Vibhīṣaṇa. After a great fight Lakṣmaṇa kills Indrajit. The Devas praise him.]

That greatly lustrous Rākṣasa Indrajit standing the ground as his horses were killed became very angry and burnt with lustre 90.1

Those two warriors who were holding the bow with the intention of killing each other with their arrows were like elephants going inside the forest with intention of conquering one another. 90.2

Those Rākṣasas and monkeys rushing from all direction for destroying each other did not desert their masters in the battle. 90.3

When the Indrajit praised all Rākṣasas they all were happy and he himself felt happy and spoke the following words. 90.4

"Darkness has spread in to all directions and due to it, oh greatest among Rākṣasas we are not able to determine whether one belongs to our side or the other side." 90.5

"You please courageously fight with the monkeys and make them lose their consciousness and I on my part would come back to the battle after ascending another chariot." 90.6

"You act in such a way that the evil minded monkeys do not fight and prevent me from getting another chariot." 90.7

After telling them like this, Indrajit, the destroyer of his enemies entered in to the city of Lanka so that he can get another chariot. 90.8

Arranging for ornaments for the chariot, which was beautiful, decked with gold, furnished with darts, swords and arrows, yoked with excellent horses, directed by a charioteer who could understand those horses properly and could give credible instructions to them, that Indrajit, a conqueror in battle, who was endowed with extraordinary energy, then ascended it. 90.9-90.10

Then that valorous Indrajit surrounded by the chiefs of Rākṣasa army and egged by fate marched out of the city. 90.11

After coming out of the city, Indrajit the destroyer of enemies drawn by swift horses started attacking Lakṣmaṇa and Vibhīṣaṇa. 90.12

Then seeing Indrajit seated on the chariot, the strong monkeys, Vibhīṣaṇa, the Rākṣasa, as well as Lakṣmaṇa were greatly surprised with the ease of the intelligent Indrajit. 90.13

The angry son of Rāvaṇa struck down hundreds and thousands monkey chiefs by large number of arrows in the battle field. 90.14

Stretching his bow to almost a circle that son of Rāvaṇa, who is winner in battle with supreme agility, started killing the monkeys. 90.15

Those monkeys, who were being killed by the arrows of that greatly valorous one, went and sought the protection of the son of Sumitrā, just like people seek the refuge of Lord Brahma. 90.16

Then that son of Raghu clan shining with anger in that battle showing great agility tore off his bow. 90.17

Then Indrajit took another bow and by the time he got it ready, Lakṣmaṇa tore off that bow too. 90.18

After he tore of his bow that son of Sumitrā struck the son of Rāvaṇa on his chest with five arrows which were like the poison of a serpent. 90.19

Those arrows which were released from a great bow after piercing the body, fell on the earth like huge red serpents. 90.20

When his bow was torn, vomiting blood from his mouth, that son of Rāvaṇa took hold of another great bow which was stronger than the earlier bow and attached the bow string. 90.21

With great agility he caused a rain of arrows aimed at Lakṣmaṇa just like the rains caused by Lord Indra. 90.22

Lakṣmaṇa the destroyer of enemies without any nervousness destroyed the difficult to resist rain of arrows released by Indrajit. 90.23

Then that son of Raghu clan who had great lustre without getting jittery exhibited his great valour to the son of Rāvaṇa, which was indeed wonderful. 90.24

Then the extremely angry Lakṣmaṇa pierced the bodies of all Rākṣasas in the battle field showing his speed in sending the arrows with three arrows each and also struck Indrajit with several arrows. 90.25-90.26

He who was struck by the enemy who was very strong as well destroyer of enemies without showing any weakness released several arrows without any problem at Lakṣmaṇa. 90.27

The destroyer of enemy army, Lakṣmaṇa tore off those arrows even before they arrived with sharp arrows and that great among the Raghu clan cut off the head of the charioteer of Indrajit by an arrow called Bhalla which was curved at nodes. 90.28

Those horses, without the charioteer, without getting perturbed, ran in a circular fashion and that was indeed wonderful. 90.29

Getting in to the hold of great rage in that battle, that son of Sumitrā who was stable in his valour pierced those horses with arrows so as to frighten them. 90.30

Getting angry at that, that son of Rāvaṇa made Lakṣmaṇa angry by sending ten arrows aimed at him. 90.31

Those arrows which were similar to Vajra and were like poisonous snakes got destroyed after reaching the golden armour of Lakṣmaṇa. 90.32

Understanding that the armour of Lakṣmaṇa is impenetrable that very angry son of Rāvaṇa showing great speed pierced the forehead of Lakṣmaṇa with three arrows having plumes. 90.33-90.34

That auspicious son of the Raghu clan who was fond of fighting, with those three arrows on his forehead, shined like a mountain with three peaks. 90.35

Tormented by that Rākṣasa Indrajit, Lakṣmaṇa then speedily drawing and bending the bow pierced the face of Indrajit having pretty golden ear rings, with five sharp arrows. 90.36

Those Valorous Lakṣmaṇa and Indrajit who were both having very strong bows struck each other with sharp pointed arrows. 90.37

Lakṣmaṇa and Indrajit, both of whose bodies were drenched in blood at that time shined like Kimśuka trees in full bloom. 90.38

Those two great archers with their mind made up for victory neared each other and pierced the limbs of other using dreadful arrows. 90.39

That son of Rāvaṇa filled with great anger caused by the battle, wounded the face of Vibhīṣaṇa with three arrows. 90.40

After injuring the king of Rākṣasas Vibhīṣaṇa using three arrows, he injured all the monkey chiefs with one arrow each. 90.41

The very lustrous Vibhīṣaṇa who was strongly enraged, using his mace killed his horses of that bad soul who was the son of Rāvaṇa. 90.42

When his horses were killed, the greatly lustrous Indrajit whose charioteer was killed earlier jumped from the chariot and used his javelin aimed at his paternal uncle. 90.43

Seeing that Javelin rushing javelin, the one who increases the joy of Sumitrā, tore it in to pieces with sharp arrows and made it fall on the earth. 90.44

That very strong bodied Vibhīṣaṇa who became angry using five arrows whose touch was equal to thunder bolt shot at the chest of Indrajit whose horses were already slain. 90.45

Those arrows provided with golden feathers after hitting their target, went and split his body and being stained by blood appeared like red serpents. 90.46

Getting very angry with the brother of his father Indrajit standing in the middle of Rākṣasas took in to his hand an arrow which was presented to him by Yama the God of death. 90.47

The greatly lustrous and very valorous Lakṣmaṇa seeing Indrajit taking a great arrow also took another great arrow. 90.48

That arrow, which is extremely difficult to be conquered and more difficult to tolerate even by Devas and Asuras including Indra had been presented to him in a dream by Kubera, who is greatly glorious. 90.49

He stretched the bow with great force by his iron rod like hands and both their bows gave rise to a piercing sound like pair of night cranes. 90.50

Those great arrows fitted and pulled out from their excellent bows by those great heroes shined with very great splendour. 90.51

Those plumed arrows after they were released from their bow made the skies shine and powerfully hit with each other face to face. 90.52

The collision of those horrifying arrows with each other produced a fierce fire which consisted of smoke and sparkles. 90.53

Those two arrows when they hit each other like the dashing of two great planets, burst in to hundreds of pieces and fell on the ground. 90.54

On seeing that both their arrows were destroyed in the battle front, those two heroes Lakṣmaṇa and Indrajit felt ashamed and got greatly provoked. 90.55

Getting excited, Lakṣmaṇa took hold of a missile presided over by Varuṇa and skilled in warfare, the great Indrajit too discharged a missile presided over by Rudra in the battle. 90.56

The Rudra arrow struck by the very wonderful Varuṇa arrow and then the greatly lustrous Indrajit who was greatly angered and who was a conqueror in any battle, looking like the destroyer of the world send the fire arrow which was shining with flames. 90.57-90.58

The valorous Lakṣmaṇa obstructed it by an arrow of the Sun and seeing that his arrow has become a waste, Indrajit getting very angry took hold of a very sharp arrow used by Rākṣasas to completely tear the enemy. 90.59

From that bow a shining weapon which was similar to hammer, darts, fire arms, maces, swords and axes rushed out. 90.60

Seeing that horrifying arrow which was very harsh, which cannot be stopped by any being, which can tear off all the weapons in a battle, Lakṣmaṇa stooped it using the arrow of Maheśvara. 90.61-90.62

There a wonderful war took place which made hair to stand erect and all the beings of the sky surrounded Lakṣmaṇa. 90.63

Surrounded by many beings who were surprised, a terrible battle took place between Rākṣasa and monkeys creating a huge sound and making the sky shine. 90.64

The sages, the manes, devas, Gandharvas, eagles and serpents under the leadership of Indra protected Lakṣmaṇa in that battle. 90.65

Then the younger brother of Rāma fitted another excellent arrow which had the touch of fire and which was capable of tearing off Indrajit. 90.66

The heroic Lakṣmaṇa fitted the arrow, having beautiful plumes, which consisted of rounded parts, well-jointed, skilfully fashioned, decked with gold, capable of destroying the body of the enemies, not difficult to keep off but difficult even to tolerate, a source of terror to the Rākṣasa as deadly as the venom of poisonous snakes and duly honoured by the host of gods. 90.67-90.68

Using that arrow the lustrous and valorous Lord Indra, who ties green horses to his chariot was able to conquer the Rākṣasas in the war between Devas and Asuras. 90.69

That glorious son of Sumitrā used that that very arrow of Indra which has never been defeated in war to his excellent bow and chanted the following words which was intended to achieve his purpose. 90.70

"Oh arrow, if Rāma, the son of Dasaratha is the soul of Dharma who holds on to his promise and who is second to none in valour then destroy this Indrajit." 90.71

After saying this, drawing the arrow which went straight, up to his ear, that valorous Lakṣmaṇa released it towards Indrajit. 90.72

Charging that arrow of Indra, Lakṣmaṇa who destroys enemy armies severed the glorious head of Indrajit which was adorned with shining ear globes and head protector from his trunk and made it fall on the surface of the earth. 90.73-90.74

That large head of Indrajit which was separated from his trunk was moistened by his own blood was seen on the earth like shining gold. 90.75

Having been slain, that Indrajit fell forward on the ground along with his armour, head protector and bow which were all shattered. 90.76

When Indrajit was killed all the monkeys along with Vibhīṣaṇa roared in joy and Devas also roared like they did when Indra killed Vritra. 90.77

The heralding of victory also rose from the mouth of devas, Maharishis, Gandharvas and Apsarās in the sky. 90.78

Seeing that he has fallen that great army of Rākṣasas being attacked by the monkeys shining by the victory dashed to all directions. 90.79

When the monkeys attacked them those Rākṣasas abandoned all their weapons and stupefied started running towards the city of Lanka. 90.80

All those frightened Rākṣasas after abandoning their weapons sharp-edged spears, swords and axes ran away in hundreds to various directions. 90.81

While some of them tormented by monkeys were scared entered Lanka, others fell in the ocean and others climbed on the mountain seeking safety. 90.82

After seeing Indrajit being slain and his body lying in the battle field out of the thousands of Rākṣasas not even one could be seen there. 90.83

Similar to the sun's rays not being visible after the sun set, after Indrajit had fallen, the Rākṣasas went in different directions. 90.84

That long armed one thrown asunder as dead was similar to the Sun who has cooled down and Fire which has been put out. 90.85

When the son of the king of Rākṣasas died, the world became one whose enemy has been destroyed and one whose major problems had been removed and started rejoicing. 90.86

When that Rākṣasa of sinful deeds was killed, the God along with Indra the king of devas, devas and all the great sages greatly rejoiced. 90.87

From the sky the sound of the drums played by Devas were heard, Apsarā maidens started dancing and the great Gandharvas started singing. 90.88

When that Rākṣasa of cruel deed was killed, there was a rain of flowers from the sky along with deluge of praises and it was indeed wonderful. 90.89

When he who was the terror of the entire world was killed, the waters of the sky became very clear and devas and Asuras rejoiced and came there. 90.90

The devas, Dānavas and Gandharvas together said, "Now the Brāhmaṇas would be moving about peacefully as their troubles are over." 90.91

Seeing the greatest among the Rākṣasas who had matchless strength in battle has been killed the very happy monkey chiefs applauded Lakṣmaṇa. 90.92

Vibhīṣaṇa, Hanuman, Jambavan who was the chief of bears were greatly pleased by Lakṣmaṇa's victory and applauded him. 90.93

The monkeys who had achieved their aim started roaring, jumping with joy and shouting like thunder and stood all round Lakṣmaṇa. 90.94

The monkeys were seen wagging their tails and also lashing them and also shouted "Let Lakṣmaṇa be victorious." 90.95

Hugging each other with extremely joyful minds, the monkeys indulged in conversation about Lakṣmaṇa and his very many good qualities. 90.96

Hearing that Indrajit has been killed by the heroic and difficult act of Lakṣmaṇa, Devas who were their dear friends were pleased and experienced great joy. 90.97

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