Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 93

93. Rāma Exterminates Rākṣasa Army

[Rāvaṇa requests his army to go and make Rāma weak. He tells them this will help him to kill Rāma the next day. A huge war takes place. Many monkeys and Rākṣasas are killed. Rāma uses Gandharvāstra (Gandhara arrow) and kills most of the Rākṣasas.]

The king was dejected and very sad when he entered the council hall and sat on the chief seat like a lion. 93.1

That strong Rāvaṇa, who was emaciated due to his son's death, told all the chiefs of his army with folded hands in salutation. 93.2

"All of you together along with all horses and elephants, along with shining columns of chariots and foot soldiers, please march forward." 93.3

"There you have to surround Rāma alone and kill him by raining streams of arrows, similar to the clouds during rainy season." 93.4

"If you tear him with your very sharp arrows in the great battle, I shall kill him tomorrow when the entire world witnesses it." 93.5

When the king of Rākṣasas told him like this, those Rākṣasas marched forth along with various kind of armies and in speedy chariots. 93.6

All those Rākṣasas hurled iron clubs, sharp-edged spikes, arrows, swords and axes capable of destroying the life. The monkeys too hurled trees and mountains towards the Rākṣasas. 93.7

A very great tumultuous war broke out when the sun rose next day between Rākṣasas and monkeys. 93.8

Then those monkeys and Rākṣasas started striking each other with multi coloured maces, axes and swords in that battle. 93.9

When the battle was going on like this surprisingly enormous amount of dust got settled down by the blood which oozed out of the Rākṣasas and monkeys. 93.10

The rivers of blood flowed carrying the bodies which resembled the wooden logs, With elephants and chariots as river banks, horses as fish and trees as flag staffs. 93.11

Then all the monkeys who were drenched in the streams of blood leapt and bounced while the monkey chiefs broke the flag staffs, armours, chariots and different type of weapons of the Rākṣasas. 93.12-93.13

Those monkeys with their sharp teeth and even nails tore off the hair, ears, eye brows and noses of those Rākṣasas. 93.14

Against one Rākṣasa hundred monkeys rushed for fighting, similar to birds rushing towards a fully fruit laden tree. 93.15

The horrible Rākṣasas who were like mountains then struck down the monkeys using maces, darts, swords and axes. 93.16

The huge army of monkeys which were being killed by the Rākṣasas then sought refuge from Rāma, the son of Daśaratha, who protects all. 93.17

Then the greatly lustrous and valorous Rāma, holding his bow entered in to the army of monkeys and rained a bevy of arrows on them. 93.18

The greatly horrible Rākṣasas were scared to approach Rāma was scorching them with the flame of his arrows similar to clouds not going near the scorching sun. 93.19

The Rākṣasas saw only the deeds of Rāma which lead to their terrible destruction in the battle field, which was difficult for others to imitate. 93.20

Rāma who was shaking that great army and blowing away great chariots was not visible to the Rākṣasas like a gale of wind blowing trees cannot be seen in the forest. 93.21

They saw their army being torn, pierced with arrows, scorched and broken down they could not see Rāma who was doing all this. 93.22

The Rākṣasas were not able to see Rāma who was hitting them, similar to ordinary people cannot see the souls resting on the object of their sense organs. 93.23

"Here is Rāma, killing the army of elephants. Here is Rāma, destroying great chariot-warriors. Here is Rāma, killing foot-soldiers along with horses with his sharp arrows". Saying so, all those Rākṣasas struck one another with anger in the battle-field thinking that they had similarity of appearance to Rāma. 93.24-93.25

Due to the Gandharva arrow sent by that great soul which created confusion among them, those Rākṣasas were not able to see Rāma, even when he was scorching away their army. 93.26

Those Rākṣasas saw thousands of Rāmas in that battle field but on again seeing they saw only one great soul who was the son of Kākutstha clan. 93.27

That great soul made them hallucinated by the golden decorated arrow and all of them saw everywhere only Rāma. 93.28

All the beings saw the holy heel of Rāma which was killing the Rākṣasas on the battle-field and the "wheel of time" had his navel as its body, his strength as its flame. his arrows as its spokes, his bow as its rim, the twanging of the bow and clanging of the gauntlets as its sound, his energy, intelligence and virtues as its lustre, and his divine power as its edge. 93, 29-93.30

Within a matter of three hours [eighth part of a day], with his arrows looking like tongues of flames, Rāma killed the whole army of Rākṣasas who were capable of changing their form at will, and ten thousands chariots possessing the swiftness of the wind, eighteen thousand strong elephants, fourteen thousand horses with their riders and a full two hundred thousands of Rākṣasas fighting on foot. 93.31-93.33

Those surviving Rākṣasas, with their horses killed, with their chariots destroyed, with their flag-staffs broken and with broken spirits, rushed back towards the City of Lanka. 93.34

That battle field with dead elephants, foot soldiers and horses looked more like a great grave of sports of the powerful and angered Rudra, the lord of destruction. 93.35

Then Devas, Gandharvas, Sidhas and great saints said "Well done. Well done" and appreciated that great act of Rāma. 93.36

Then, the virtuous Rāma spoke also to Sugrīva, Vibhīṣaṇa, Hanuman the monkey, Jambavan, Mainda the foremost of monkeys and even Dvividha, who were in close proximity to him as follows: "Such an arrow of wonderful power exists only with me or with the three-eyed Rudra the lord of destruction." 93.37-93.38

"Rāma who was similar to Indra after killing the great army of Rākṣasas by the un-wearied use of arrows and weapons was applauded by the rejoiced army of devas." 93.39

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