Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 94

94. Rākṣasīs Wail

[The Rākṣasīs of Lanka who had lost their husbands, sons and brothers start crying. They recollect how it was due to the bad behaviour of the old hag Sūrpanakhā all these started. Then they recollect the mistakes done by Rāvaṇa, one by one. They are sure that Rāvaṇa would be killed in the battle.]

Rāma, who never got tired by action, with his shining arrows adorned with pure gold, killed those thousands of elephants sent by Rāvaṇa, thousands of horses, valiant Rākṣasas who can change their form at will mounted on thousands of chariots with their flag-staffs, having the colour of fire, fighting with maces and iron rods and conspicuous with their golden banners. 94.1-94.3

After hearing and seeing about the killing of Rākṣasas, other surviving ones who were greatly scared, were pitiable and greatly anxious and their wives wailed. The Rākṣasīs who lost their husbands, their sons and their relations met together and were stricken with great sorrow and wailed as follows. 94.4-94.5

"How did the old black hag with a sunken belly approach in the forest Rāma who is as pretty as the God of love?" 94.6

"How did the killer of people who has an ugly look fell in love with the pretty, extraordinarily strong and one who is kind to all beings?" 94.7

"How did that Rākṣasī who does not have any good qualities, who has an ugly face started loving Rāma who has all the good qualities, who is very strong and who has a very pretty face?" 94.8

"Because of our bad luck that grey haired and disgusting lady tried to be arrogant with Rāma, which was worth ridiculing by the whole world and this lead to the destruction of Rākṣasas like Khara and Dūṣaṇa." 94.9-94.10

"It is due to her that Rāvaṇa built b a huge enmity and for his own destruction that Rāvaṇa brought that Sītā." 94.11

"That ten necked one can never attain Sītā, the daughter of Janaka and in spite of that a great enmity was built by him against that mighty Rāma." 94.12

"When that Rākṣasa called Virādha yearned for Sītā, Rāma killed him single-handedly and this incident is sufficient to prove his strength." 94.13

"Using arrows, which looked like flames of fire, that Rāma killed fourteen thousand Rākṣasas who had done terrific feats in Janasṭhāna." 94.14

"Khara, Dūṣaṇa and Triśirā were also killed there in the battle by use of arrows which shined like Sun and this is more than sufficient, to make Rāvaṇa realize." 94.15

"Further, that Kabandha having arms with a length of eight miles each, with blood as his food and roaring with anger was killed. That instance should have been sufficient." 94.16

"Rāma killed the very strong Vali who was the son of the thousand eyed one and who was like a black cloud. This would have been sufficient." 94.17

"He then made the very pitiable Sugrīva who was living on the Riṣyamūka mountain with a broken desires as the king and this would have been sufficient." 94.18

"The words of advice which were according to Dharma and which was for the benefit of all Rākṣasas tendered by Vibhīṣaṇa were not to his liking due to his confused mind." 94.19

"If the brother of Kubera had accepted the advice of Vibhīṣaṇa, then this city of Lanka would not have been turned in to a burial ground." 94.20

"Rāvaṇa is not able to learn a lesson, even after hearing that the mighty Kumbhakarṇa was killed by Rāma and that unconquerable colossal-bodied Indrajit, his beloved son was killed by Lakṣmaṇa." 94.21

In each and every clan of Rākṣasas we hear the wails, "Oh my son, Oh my brother, Oh my husband, you are no more." 94.22

"That valorous Rāma has killed in the war thousands of chariots, horses, elephants and foot soldiers of the Rākṣasas." 94.23

"It is either Rudra or Vishnu or Indra who performed one hundred sacrifices or Yama himself taking the form of Rāma who is killing us." 94.24

"Due to our great warriors being killed by Rāma, we have lost hope in this life and we are not able to see any end our prayer and have become helpless." 94.25

"Though the valorous ten necked one has got great boons, he is not able to realize, this great calamity which has come from the hands of Rāma." 94.26

"Neither Devas nor the Gandharvas, nor the ghosts nor the Rākṣasas would be able to protect Rāvaṇa, who is about to attack Rāma in this battle." 94.27

"In every war and the war of Rāvaṇa we see bad omens and they are indicating the prospective destruction of Rāvaṇa by Rāma." 94.28

Lord Brahma being pleased has given protection to Rāvaṇa from Devas, Dānavas and Rākṣasas but Rāvaṇa did not request for protection from men." 94.29

"Now great fear has come to all Rākṣasas as well as Rāvaṇa from a man is dreadfully causing the end of their lives and there is no doubt about this." 94.30

"Being tormented by Rākṣasa, who has become strong due to the boons, devas worshipped lord Brahma accompanied by glorious austerities." 94.31

That great Lord Brahma, who was greatly satisfied, for the sake of good of the Devas spoke the following words to them. 94.32

"From today onwards all the Dānavas and Rākṣasas, constantly being scared would wander over all the three worlds." 94.33

"All Devas together accompanied by Indra worshipped Mahādeva who had a flag with the bull ensign and who destroyed Tripura and he was pleased." 94.34

The Mahādeva who was greatly pleased told to Devas. "For the sake of good of all of you a lady would be born, who would lead to the destruction of the Rākṣasas." 94.35

"This Sītā who is the destroyer of all Rākṣasas has been deputed by Devas would consume all of us Rākṣasas including Rāvaṇa." 94.36

"Due to the bad behaviour of Rāvaṇa, who is a wicked Rākṣasa with an evil brain, this horrible havoc of sorrow has occurred." 94.37

"We are now occupied by Rāma just like the God of death is there at the final deluge. We do not find anyone who can give us protection in this world." 94.38

"We do not have any refuge from that great fear that is among us, just like there is no shelter for female elephants who are enveloped in the forest fire." 94.39

"That great soul Vibhīṣaṇa, at the very correct time perceiving very great fear sought refuge to him alone." 94.40

Then all the Rākṣasīs hugged each other and because they were in the throes of great sorrow and since they were greatly scared lamented like this and wept loudly. 94.41

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