Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 92

92. Rāvaṇa Wails for Indrajit

[Rāvaṇa becomes extremely sad and decides to fight and kill Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. Before that he wants to kill Sītā. One of his ministers consoles him and tells him not to kill Sītā. He agrees and starts preparing for the battle.]

The ministers of the son of Pulastya after hearing about the killing of Indrajit, ascertained about it and informed the ten necked one. 92.1

"Oh great king, your greatly lustrous son has been killed by Lakṣmaṇa with the help of Vibhīṣaṇa, while we were seeing the battle field." 92.2

"Your valorous son who can never be defeated, that valorous one who conquered Indra in war, after having fought with the valorous Lakṣmaṇa, has been killed after he tormented Lakṣmaṇa with his arrows and Indrajit departed to the heavens." 92.3

Hearing that formidable, harsh and horrifying death of his son Indrajit in war Rāvaṇa lost his consciousness. 92.4

Regaining his consciousness after a long time that great king of Rākṣasas wailed pitiably due to sorrow caused by the death of his son and his mind was greatly confused. 92.5

"Alas my child, who is the chief of army of Rākṣasas, oh strong one, how did you who had conquered Indra, now been subjected to the power of Lakṣmaṇa now?" 92.6

"It is definite that when you are angry you would be able to pierce arrows even on the god of death at time of deluge and Mandāra Mountain. What to say of Lakṣmaṇa?" 92.7

"Oh long armed one, the king of hell who is the son of sun God who has taken you today due to the Dharma of time is one greatly respected by me." 92.8

"Even among devas this is the path taken by great warriors that the male offspring who is killed for the cause of his father reaches heaven." 92.9

"Now all Devas, all guardians of the world, and all sages knowing that Indrajit is slain can without fear sleep soundly." 92.10

"Without Indrajit, the entire earth with its forest and what to say even the three worlds would become one of loneliness to me." 92.11

"Now in the private apartments of your ladies I would hear the Rākṣasa maidens crying and wailing like the roar of female elephants in a mountain cave." 92.12

"Oh destroyer of enemies, where did you go leaving the position of Yuvarāja of Lanka, your mother, myself and your wives and the Rākṣasas?" 92.13

"Oh valorous one, Consequent upon my death, you are supposed to honour me by performing death rites in future but now you are following the reverse path." 92.14

"You have deserted us without taking away Sugrīva, Lakṣmaṇa, Rāma who are my tormentors and where have you gone?" 92.15

A great anger covered Rāvaṇa, the king of Rākṣasas due to the death of his son while he was wailing with sorrow like this. 92.16

He who was usually short tempered, flared up further again due the death of his son, like the shining sun flares up further in summer. 92.17

When he was yawning with anger, fire and smoke came out of his mouth, like it did in olden days from mouth of Vritra. 92.19

That valorous Rāvaṇa, who was sorrowing to the killing of his son, became greatly angry and pondered in his mind and desired to kill Sītā. 92.20

Rāvaṇa whose eyes are normally red due to the fire of anger became even more red, became horribly glittering. 92.21

His normally horrifying form due to the fire of his anger, looked like that of Lord Rudra at the time of final deluge. 92.22

The drops of tears that fell from his very angry eyes looked like drop of burning oil that fall from lighted burning lamp. 92.23

The great sound that was heard when he ground one teeth on another was heard like that produced when the Rākṣasas dragged a huge machine. 92.24

Seeing him who was angry like the death fire at time of deluge, on whichever direction he turned his gaze from that direction, Rākṣasas trembled and hid themselves. 92.25

Rākṣasas could not go towards Rāvaṇa, who was looking at all the four directions, like the enraged Yama the god of Death, who wants to devour both the mobile and the immobile creatures. 92.26

That very angry Rāvaṇa, the king of the Rākṣasas desirous of posting soldiers spoke like this in the middle of Rākṣasas. 92.27

"When I did strict penance for thousands of years, Lord Brahma was pleased with me at the end of the penance." 92.28

"As a consequence of the penance Lord Brahma was pleased with me and told that I need not have any fear from either Devas or Asuras." 92.29

"The armour given to me by Lord Brahma which shines like Sun was not broken by either devas or Asuras, in spite of using the Vajra." 92.30

"Who would dare to attack me seated on the chariot and wearing that armour in the battle field for not even Indra himself can do it." 92.31

"Let that large bow of mine, which was given at that time to me along with arrows by the gracious Brahma the lord of creation, on the occasion of my combat between gods and Asuras, be taken out today to the accompaniment of a band of musical instruments, for the purpose of killing Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa in this great battle." 92.32-92.33

That Rāvaṇa who was sorrowing due to the death of his son became greatly angry and after deeply thinking decided to kill Sītā. 92.34

That red eyed Rāvaṇa staring fixedly who was horrifying and fearful to look at, spoke to the pitiable Rākṣasa who were making miserable sounds. 92.35

"In order to deceive the monkeys by magical tricks my son killed something and it was shown as Sītā to them." 92.36

"But I shall make that hoax a realty today, which would please my mind. I shall kill Sītā, who is devoted to Rāma, the bad warrior." After saying this to his ministers he immediately drew out his sword. 92.37-92.38

The very angry Rāvaṇa, who was very much agitated in his mind because of the grief for his son's death, springing up suddenly and taking his excellent sword, having the dazzle of a clear sky, went forth from the assembly hall along with his ministers swiftly and quickly to the place where Sītā was. 92.39-92.40

When they saw Rāvaṇa was going there, they roared like lions and seeing Rāvaṇa greatly angry, they hugged each other and spoke as follows. 92.41

"Those two brothers would get worried if they see him now. Even the four guardians of the world would also get frightened, like many enemies were frightened on seeing him in battles." 92.42

"Rāvaṇa brings precious gems from all the three worlds and enjoys them, for there is no one in the world who has equal strength and valour like him." 92.43

When they were prattling like this Rāvaṇa who was numbed with anger rushed to see Vaidehī who was in the Asoka forest. 92.44

Though his friends who were interested in his welfare tried to prevent him The very angry one ran, like the angry planet mars running towards Rohiṇī star. 92.45

The faultless Maithili who was being guarded by Rākṣasa women saw the very angry Rāvaṇa who was holding an excellent sword. 92.46

The daughter of Janaka was worried on seeing him bearing a sword who was not going back in spite of his friends try to keep him back. 92.47

Sītā who was greatly sorrowful wailed and told, "This evil minded one with great anger is rushing towards me. I think he is going to kill me and make me who has a lord without a Lord." 92.48-92.49

"Though I am greatly devoted to my husband, he has incited me very many times saying, "You become my wife" and I had sternly refused him. He must have been very sad at my refusing him and must be filled with great anger as well as infatuation." 92.50-92.51

"Otherwise fir my sake, he might have killed those two tiger like brothers Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa in the battle." 92.52

"I am now hearing a terrific and great sound of many Rākṣasas, who seem to be happy and roaring about something pleasant." 92.53

"Alas, what a misfortune, if the death of those two princes has been brought about because of me. It is also possible that this terrific Rākṣasa of sinful intention, having not been able to kill Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa is going to kill me due to the death of his son." 92.54

"Having a very low intellect I did not listen to the words of Hanuman then. Had I gone back riding on his back, maybe I might have not been won back by my husband, but I would be resting on the lap of my husband." 92.55-92.56

"I think that heart of Kausalya, who has only one son would break if she hears about the death of her son in the battle." 92.57

"While lamenting, Kausalya will vividly recall about the birth, childhood, youth, the righteous acts and the handsome form of the great-soul Rāma." 92.58

"When her son is killed, Kausalya with great disappointment would become unconscious, after observing the obsequies of her dead son and will enter a burning flame or water." 92.59

"Curse to that unfaithful hunch-back who wanted to do sin and whose actions have led to the grief of Kausalya." 92.60

Seeing Sītā miserably weeping in that manner like Rohiṇī the wife of the moon, who had fallen under the sway of the planet Mars, when moon was away, a minister called Supārśva, a good-natured, upright and highly intelligent Rākṣasa, even though restrained by other ministers, spoke the following words Rāvaṇa, the foremost of Rākṣasas. 92.61-92.62

"Oh Rāvaṇa, the real younger brother of Kubera himself, why do you wish to kill Vaidehī abandoning your Dharma in a bout of anger?" 92.63

"Oh valorous king of Rākṣasa, Having completed the study of Vedic lore and vow of celibacy you were only devoted to your duty. Why are you now thinking of killing that lady?" 92.64

"Oh king, please spare Sītā who is endowed with great beauty and then along with us get rid of your anger in the battle field by killing Rāma." 92.65

"After getting ready today itself, on the fourteenth day of the dark half of moon's cycle. Start along with your armies on the moonless day and achieve victory." 92.66

"As a valorous and shrewd chariot bound warrior, fighting with a sword, in the foremost of your chariots, you can fetch Sītā by killing Rāma, the son of Dasaratha." 92.67

After accepting that advice which was endowed with Dharma and which was given to him by a friend, that evil minded Rāvaṇa went to his Palace and after that, the valorous Rāvaṇa along with his friends along went to the assembly hall. 92.68

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