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Chapter 7: The Rakshasas Reassure Ravana

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The Rakshasas Reassure Ravana

Summary

The demons inspire Ravana with confidence and eulogize his army’s strength. They suggest that Indrajit alone is enough to kill the army of monkeys together with Rama.

Chapter [Sarga] 7 in Detail

iti uktaa raaksasa indrena raaksasaaste mahaabalaah |

uucuh praanjalayah sarve raavanam raaksasa iishvaram || 6-7-1

dvistpakshhmavijjnaaya niitibaahyaastvabuddhayah |

Hearing the words of Ravana, those demons who were strong, stupid and without moral conduct, all raising up their joined palms and spoke to Ravana the king of demons, without knowing the strengths of their enemy’s side (as follows):

raajan parigha shakti risti shuula pattasa samkulam || 6-7-2

sumahan no balam kasmaad visaadam bhajate bhavaan |

 “Oh, king! Our army, equipped with iron bars, javelins, double-edged swords, darts and sharp-edged spears, is very great. Why are you getting worried?”

tvayaa bhogavatiim gatvaa nirjataah pannagaa yudhi || 6-7-3

kailaasa shikhara aavaasii yaksair bahubhir aavritah |

sumahat kadanam kritvaa vashyas te dhanadah kritah || 6-7-4

 “After proceeding to Bhogavati city (the abode of Nagas in Patala one of the seven regions under the earth), the serpents there were defeated by you. Kubera (the bestower of riches) who resides on the peak of Mount Kailasa, surrounded by many Yakshas (a class of semi-gods) surrendered to you after doing a great battle.”

sa mahaaiishvara sakhyena shlaaghamaanas tvayaa vibho |

nirjitah samare rosaal loka paalo mahaabalah || 6-7-5

 “Oh, Lord! By your rage, Kubera who was boasting himself for his friendship with Lord Shiva (the Supreme Lord) and said to be a guardian of the world possessing great strength was defeated by you in battle.”

vinihatya ca yaksaughaan viksobhya ca vigrihya ca |

tvayaa kailaasa shikharaad vimaanam idam aahritam || 6-7-6

 “Throwing down a group of Yakshas, after causing a flutter among them and taking them in prison, this aerial car (Pushpaka) was procured by you from Mount Kailasa.”

mayena daanava indrena tvad bhayaat sakhyam icchataa |

duhitaa tava bhaaryaa arthe dattaa raaksasa pumgava || 6-7-7

 “Oh, the best of ogres! By Maya, the lord of demons, Mandodari his daughter was given to you in marriage, due to fear from you and duly desiring your friendship.”

daanava indro madhur naama viirya utsikto duraasadah |

vigrihya vasham aaniitah kumbhiinasyaah sukha aavahah || 6-7-8

Oh, mighty armed! Madhu Kumbhinasa’s (your sister’s) husband, another ruler of demons, who was proud of his valor and who was difficult to be defeated, was taken into your subjugation, your having won a battle against him.”

nirjitaas te mahaabaaho naagaa gatvaa rasaa talam |

vaasukis taksakah shankho jatii ca vasham aahritaah || 6-7-9

 “Oh, mighty armed! After moving down to rasatala (the penultimate subterranean region), the you conquered serpent-demons Vasuki Takshaka, Saukha and Jati were conquered by you and captivated as your subjects.”

aksayaa balavantah ca shuuraa labdha varaah punah |

tvayaa samvatsaram yuddhvaa samare daanavaa vibho || 6-7-10

sva balam samupaashritya niitaa vasham arim dama |

maayaah ca adhigataas tatra bahavo raaksasa adhipa || 6-7-11

 “Oh, annihilator of enemies, Commander of demons and the Lord! You after performing a battle for a year by you mighty demons who were beyond destruction, who were valiant and who obtained boons (for immortality) were defeated using your own strength in combat. Several fascinating tricks also were learnt from them.”

shuuraah ca balavantah ca varunasya sutaa rane |

nirjitaas te mahaabaaga catur vidha bala anugaah || 6-7-12

 “Oh, illustrious king! Varuna’s sons, valiant strong and who were followed by an army having four limbs (viz. elephants, chariots, cavalry and infantry) were defeated by you in a battle.”

mrityu danda mahaagraaham shaalmali dviipa manditam |

kaalapaashamahaaiichim yamakimkarapannagam || 6-7-13

mahaajvarena durdharsam yamalokamahaarnavam |

avagaahya tvayaa raajan yamasya bala saagaram || 6-7-14

jayah ca viplulah praapto mrityuh ca pratisedhitah |

suyuddhena ca te sarve lokaas tatra sutositaah || 6-7-15

Oh, king! After entering a great ocean in the shape of Yama’s realm, with a huge alligator in the form of death’s rod of punishment, adorned with silk-cotton trees (bristling with thorns to be used a weapons), turbulent with a huge wave in the shape of noose of Kala (Time Spirit), with serpents in the form of Yama’s servants and difficult to be conquered on account of mighty Jvara (Spirit presiding over fevers), and churning the sea in the form of Yama’s forces, a great victory was obtained and death warded off by you. All the people there were delighted to see your good battle.”

ksatriyair bahubhir viiraih shakra tulya paraakramaih |

aasiid vasumatii puurnaa mahadbhir iva paadapaih || 6-7-16

 “The earth was filled, like with big trees, with many warriors who were strong with courage equal to that Devendra (Lord of celestials).

tesaam viirya guna utsaahair na samo raaghavo rane |

prasahya te tvayaa raajan hataah parama durjayaah || 6-7-17

 “Oh, King! Rama was not equal to them in combat, by their valor excellence and energy. Those warriors, who were difficult to be overcome in battle, were overpowered and killed by you.”

tistha vaa kim mahaaraaja shramena tava vaanaraan |

ayameko mahaaraja indrajit kshapayisyati || 6-7-18

Oh, emperor! Why exertion to you? You remain here. Oh, emperor! This Indrajit alone can destroy the monkeys.”

anena hi mahaaraaja maheshvaramanuttamam |

istvaa yajjnam varo labdho loke paramadurlabhah || 6-7-19

 “Oh, emperor! After performing an excellent sacrifice to propitiate Mahesvara (the great lord Shiva), a boon very rare to be obtained in the world, was acquired by him.”

shaktitomaramiinam cha vinikiirnaantrashaivalam |

gajakacchapasambaadhamshvamanduukasamkulam || 6-7-20

rudraadityamahaagraaham marudvasumahoragam |

rathashvagajatoyaugham padaatipulinam mahat || 6-7-21

anena hi samaasaadya devaanaam balasaagam |

grihiito daivatapatirlankaam caapi praveshitah || 6-7-22

 “Approaching that huge ocean of army of celestials, whose fish are lanes and spheres, whose guts thrown asunder as duck-weeds, whose turtles are the elephants, whose frogs are the teeming horses, infested with alligators in the form of (eleven) Rudra’s (gods of destruction) and (twelve) Adityas (sons of Aditi), with huge serpents in the form of (forty nine) Maruts (wind gods) and (eight) Vasus, having chariots horses and elephants for its volume of waters and the sandy elephants for its volume of waters and the sandy banks its infantry, Devendra (Lord of celestials) was captured by him and was impelled to come to Lanka (as a detenu).

piitaamahaniyogaacca muktah shambaravritrahaa |

gatastrivistapam raajan sarvadevanamaskritah || 6-7-23

 “Oh, king! Having been released by the orders of your grand father Brahma, Devendra who killed demons called Shambara and Vrita and who was adored by all celestials, went back to heaven.”

tameva tvam mahaaraaja visrijendrajitam sutam |

yaavadvaanarasenaam taam paraamaam nayati kshhayam || 6-7-24

"Oh, emperor! You send that Indrajit alone, so that the army of monkeys together with Rama will be brought to an end.”

raajan na aapad ayuktaa iyam aagataa praakritaaj janaat |

hridi na eva tvayaa kaaryaa tvam vadhisyasi raaghavam || 6-7-25

"Oh, king! This unbefitting danger has come from a man who is ordinary. It is not to be kept by you in mind, you will kill Rama."

ityaarse shriimadraamaayane aadikaavye saptamah sargah

Thus completes 7th Chapter of Yuddha Kanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.

Sriman Moola Rama Vijayate

References

K. M. K. Murthy. (2002). Yuddha Kanda - Book Of War.

Merriam-Webster. (2007). At http://www.m-w.com.

Reference.com. (2007). At http://www.reference.com.

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