Vali dismissing Tara's words, who is dissuading him to confront Rama, starts out to fight out Sugreeva. A ghastly fight ensues in which Vali depletes Sugreeva's strength by the boon and Indra's chest-plate, and thus Sugreeva seeks Rama's help. Rama shoots his arrow which hits Vali on chest, but does not render him dead immediately. Thus that great mighty and unassailable Vali is brought down to ground.
tām evam bruvatīm tārām tārādhipa nibha ānanām |
vālī nirbhartsayāmāsa vacanam ca idam abravīt || 4-16-1
1. evam bruvatiim taaraa adhipa nibha aananaam = stars', lord's [moon,] in shine, faced one; taam taaraam = to her, to Tara; vaalii nirbhartsayaamaasa = Vali, daunted; idam vacanam abraviit = this, word, said.
While Tara with a face that shines like the lord of stars is speaking thus, Vali dauntingly spoke to her with these words. [4-16-1]
garjato asya ca susaṃrabdham bhrātuḥ śatror viśeṣataḥ |
ma^^rṣayiṣyāmi kena kāraṇena varānane || 4-16-2
2. vara aanane = oh, pretty, faced one - Tara; bhraatuH = [younger] brother; visheSataH shatroH = particularly, an adversary; asya su samrabdham garjataH = he, very frenetically, while raving; kena api kaaraNena = by which [by any,] even, by reason; marSayiSyaami = I can tolerate [tell me.]
"He is an younger brother and an adversary in particular, oh, pretty-faced Tara, can I by any reason tolerate him when he kept raving on frenetically, tell me. [4-16-2]
adharṣitānām śūrāṇām samareṣu anivartinām |
dharṣaṇām arṣaṇam bhīru maraṇāt atiricyate || 4-16-3
3. bhiiru = oh, shyly one; samareSu a nivartinaam = in battle, not, retreating ones; a dharSitaanaam = un, assailed ones [not get assailed by their incompetence]; shuuraaNaam = [to such] valorous ones; dharSaNaam arSaNam = confrontation [overweening calls,] endurance of; maraNaat atiricyate = death, more than.
"To those valiant ones who neither give ground nor get assailed in wars, oh, shyly, endurance of a overweening war-whoop is more than death. [4-16-3]
soḍhum na ca samartho aham yuddha kāmasya saṃyuge |
sugrīvasya ca saṃraṃbham hīna grīvasya garjatam || 4-16-4
4. aham samyuge = I, in duel; yuddha kaamasya = brawl, desiring, hiina griivasya = feeble, voiced [dumbly]; garjatam = bawling; sugriivasya = of Sugreeva; samrambham = commotion; soDhum na ca samarthaH = to withstand, not, also, I am capable.
"I am incapable of withstanding that dumbly Sugreeva's bawling commotion desiring a brawling duel. [4-16-4]
na ca kāryo viṣādaḥ te rāghavam prati mat kṛte |
dharmajñaḥ ca kṛtajñaḥ ca katham pāpam kariṣyati || 4-16-5
5. mat kR^ite = in my, respect - some harm to me; raaghavam prati = Raghava, about [running co; te viSaadaH na ca kaaryaH = to you, botheration, not, also, to be done - you need not bother; dharmaj~naH ca kR^itaj~naH ca = virtue-knower, diligent one; paapam katham kariSyati = sin, how, can do - I wonder.
"Also, you need not bother about Raghava's doing some harm to me, as I wonder how a diligent man and knower of virtue can commit sin. [4-16-5]
nivartasva saha strībhiḥ katham bhūyo anugacchasi |
sauhṛdam darśitam tāvat mayi bhaktiḥ tvayā kṛtā || 4-16-6
6. saha striibhiH nivartasva = with, [other] females, you return; bhuuyaH katham anugacChasi = again, how, you follow me; tvayaa sauhR^idam darshitam taavat = by you, friendliness, is shown - expressed, truly; mayi bhaktiH kR^itaa = in me, devotion, owing to.
"How do you follow me again, you return with all these females, truly you have expressed your friendliness owing to your devotion to me. [4-16-6]
prati yotsyāmi aham gatvā sugrīvam jahi saṃbhramam |
darpam ca asya vineṣyāmi na ca prāṇair viyokṣyate || 4-16-7
7. aham gatvaa sugriivam prati yotsyaami = I, on going, with Sugreeva, counter, attack - retaliate; sambhramam jahi = perplexity, do away with; asya darpam ca vi neSyaami = his, arrogance, also, I will drive out; praaNaiH na viyokSyate = by lives, not, [he will] be released - his lives will not be released.
"You may do away with your perplexity as I will retaliate Sugreeva on my going there only to drive him and his arrogance out, but without letting his lives loose. [4-16-7]
aham hi aji sthitasya asya kariṣyāmi yat īpsitam |
vṛkṣaiḥ muṣṭi prahāraiḥ ca pīḍitaḥ prati yāsyati || 4-16-8
8. aham hi = I, indeed; aji sthitasya = in combat, firmed up; asya yat iipsitam = his, which, desired; [that = that]; kariSyaami = I wish to effectuate; vR^ikshaiH muSTi prahaaraiH ca = [ by caning] with trees, fist, fights, also; piiDitaH prati yaasyati = roughed up, return, he goes.
"As he is firmed up for a combat, I will indeed have to effectuate what his desire is, by caning with trees and fistfights, by which roughed up he returns. [4-16-8]
na me garvitam āyastam sahiṣyati durātmavān |
kṛtam tāre sahāyatvam darśitam sauhṛdam mayi || 4-16-9
9. dur aatmavaan = malign minded [Sugreeva]; me garvitam aayastam = my, nerve, pace [of combat]; na sahiSyati = cannot, tolerate; tare = oh, Tara; sahaayatvam kR^itam = [intellectual] help, is done [by you]; mayi sauhR^idam darshitam = in me, friendliness, shown [by you, it is enough.]
"My nerve and pace of combat will be insufferable to that malign minded Sugreeva, oh, Tara, you have offered your helping suggestion and you have shown all your friendliness to me, it is enough. [4-16-9]
śāpitā asi mama prāṇaiḥ nivartasva janena ca |
alam jitvā nivartiṣye tam aham bhrātaram raṇe || 4-16-10
10. mama praaNaiH shaapitaa asi = on my, lives, sworn, you are; janena ca nivartasva = with followers, also, you return; aham = I; tam bhraataram = that, brother; raNe alam jitvaa nivartiSye = in combat, easily, on defeating, I return [revert Sugreeva.]
"I adjured you on my lives, return with your followers, and I shall return to you on easily defeating and returning that 'brother of mine." Said Vali to Tara. [4-16-10]
tam tu tārā pariṣvajya vālinam priya vādinī |
cakāra rudatī mandam dakṣiṇā sā pradakṣiṇam || 4-16-11
11. priya vaadinii = pleasant, articulator; dakSiNaa = talented one [in advising]; saa taaraa = she, that Tara; tam vaalinam pariSvajya = him, that Vali, on hugging; mandam rudatii = repressively, moaning; pradakSiNam cakaara = circumambulation, made [round Vali.]
She that pleasant articulator and talented Tara then hugged and circumabulated Vali, suppressing her moaning, as an honour to the braver. [4-16-11]
tataḥ svastyayanam kṛtvā maṃtravit vijaya eṣiṇī |
aṃtaḥpuram saha strībhiḥ praviṣṭā śoka mohitā || 4-16-12
12. tataH = then; mantra vit = hymn, knower - Tara; vijaya eSiNii = triumph, wishing; svasti ayanam kR^itvaa = blessings, for journey [bon voyage,] on making; shoka mohitaa = by sadness, disoriented; striibhiH saha antaHpuram praviSTaa = with, females, palace chambers, entered.
Then she who is a hymnodist that Tara has performed a hymnal bon voyage wishing triumph to Vali, and entered palace chambers along with other females, disoriented by her own sadness. [4-16-12]
The swatyayana is a Vedic formality performed by the mothers / wives of the combating gallants at the time of the departure of heros to battlefields, by placing red tilaka on forehead, aarati , with camphor burning, akshata , sprinkling grain on head, handing him his bow or sword, all with respective Vedic hymns. The weaponry of these heroes will be in the custody of their wives, for they have to worship the weaponry that brings victory to their husbands. Seetha also gives Rama his bow and sword in Aranya Kanda, on his departure to forests from Suteekshna's hermitage as at 3-8-18.
praviṣṭāyām tu tārāyām saha strībhiḥ svam ālayam |
nagaryā niryayau kruddho mahā sarpa iva śvasan || 4-16-13
13. taaraayaam = Tara; striibhiH saha = females, along with; svam aalayam praviSTaayaam = her, own chambers, on entering; kruddhaH = infuriated; mahaa sarpa iva shvasan = great, snake, like, hissing; nagaryaa niryayau = from city, came out.
On Tara entering her own palace chambers along with other females, Vali emerged out of the city hissing like an infuriated great snake. [4-16-13]
sa niḥśvasya mahāroṣo vālī parama vegavān |
sarvataḥ cārayan dṛṣṭim śatru darśana kāṃkṣayā || 4-16-14
14. maha roSaH = highly, rancorous; saH vaalii = he that, Vali; parama vegavaan = one with high, audacious; niHshvasya = suspired; shatru darshana kaankSayaa = enemy, sighting, intending to; sarvataH dR^iSTim caarayan = everywhere, his sight, spread out.
He that highly rancorous Vali suspired with high audacity and spread his sight everywhere intending to sight his enemy. [4-16-14]
sa dadarśa tataḥ śrīmān sugrīvam hema piṅgalam |
susaṃvītam avaṣṭabdham dīpyamānam iva analam || 4-16-15
15. tataH = then; shriimaan saH = celebrated one, he [Vali]; hema pi~Ngalam = with golden, ochre [body brilliance]; su samviitam = well, tying up [girdle cloth]; avaSTabdham = self-confidence; diipyamaanam iva analam = blazing, like, fire; sugriivam dadarsha = at Sugreeva, [Vali] saw.
Then that celebrated Vali saw Sugreeva who is in golden-ochre hue, whose girdle cloth is tightened for a fight, and who is with an air of self-confidence, blazing like fiery-fire. [4-16-15]
tam sa dṛṣṭvā mahābāhuḥ sugrīvam paryavasthitam |
gāḍham paridadhe vāso vālī parama kopinaḥ || 4-16-16
16. parama kopanaH = highly, provoked; mahaabaahuH = strong armed one; saH vaalii = he that, Vali; paryavasthitam [pari ava sthitam] = [fully, nearly, available] proximately available; tam sugriivam dR^iSTvaa = him, that Sugreeva, on seeing; vaasaH gaaDham paridadhe = cloth, tightly, he wore [tightened his own girdle cloth.]
That strong armed Vali who is highly provoked has also tightened his girdle cloth on seeing proximately available Sugreeva. [4-16-16]
sa vālī gāḍha saṃvīto muṣṭim udyamya vīryavān |
sugrīvam eva abhimukho yayau yoddhum kṛta kṣaṇaḥ || 4-16-17
17. gaaDha samviitaH = strongly, tightening [girdle cloth]; viiryavaan = formidable one; saH vaalii = he, Vali; muSTim udyamya = fist, uplifting; yoddhum = to fight; kR^ita kSaNaH = made, moment [timed well]; sugriivam eva abhimukhaH yayau = Sugreeva, only, towards, proceeded.
He that formidable Vali strongly tightening his girdle-cloth too, and proceeded towards Sugreeva in a well timed manner uplifting fists to fight him off. [4-16-17]
śliṣṭam muṣṭim samudyamya saṃrabdhataram āgataḥ |
sugrīvo api samuddiśya vālinam hema mālinam || 4-16-18
18. sugriivaH api = Sugreeva, even; shliSTam muSTim samudyamya = tightening, fist, lifting at the ready; hema maalinam vaalinam = one with golden, pendent, at Vali; samuddishya = well-aiming; samrabdha taram aagataH = hasty, highly [hastiest imprudent Vali] has come at.
Even Sugreeva has come at that imprudent Vali with golden pendant, on tightening his fists, lifting them up at the ready, and aiming them well at Vali. [4-16-18]
tam vālī krodha tāmrākṣaḥ sugrīvam raṇa kovidam |
āpataṃtam mahā vegam idam vacanam abravīt || 4-16-19
19. vaalii = Vali; krodha taamra akSaH = by fury, reddened, eyed; raNa kovidam = fighting, expert in; mahaa vegam = one with great, speed - expeditious one; aa patantam = coming, falling - swooping down; tam sugriivam = to him Sugreeva; idam vacanam abraviit = this, word, said.
Vali spoke this word to that Sugreeva who is swooping down on him, whose eyes are reddened in fury, and who is an expert and expeditious in fighting. [4-16-19]
eṣa muṣṭir mahān baddho gāḍhaḥ suniyata aṃguliḥ |
mayā vega vimuktaḥ te prāṇān ādāya yāsyati || 4-16-20
20. su niyata anguliH = well, clenching, fingers; gaaDhaH = firmly clenched; eSa baddhaH mahaan muSTiH = this, clenched, great, fist; mayaa vega vi muktaH = by me, very, speedily, while released [pitched]; te praaNaan aadaaya = you, lives, on taking; yaasyati = it goes off [unclenched.]
"Properly clenching fingers this great fist of mine is firmly clenched, and it will unclench only on taking your lives when I pitch this on you at full speed." So said Vali threateningly to Sugreeva. [4-16-20]
evam uktaḥ tu sugrīvaḥ kruddho vālinam abravīt |
tava ca eṣa haran prāṇān muṣṭiḥ patatu mūrdhani || 4-16-21
21. evam uktaH tu sugriivaH = thus, said, but, Sugreeva; kruddhaH = one with high dudgeon; vaalinam abraviit = to Vali said; eSa muSTiH = this is, [my fist]; tava praaNaan haran = your, lives, to take; muurdhani patatu = on forehead, shall fall.
Thus said, Sugreeva with high dudgeon said, "this fist of mine shall fall on your forehead plundering your lives." [4-16-21]
tāḍitaḥ tena tam kruddhaḥ samabhikramya vegataḥ |
abhavat śoṇita udgārī sāpīḍa iva parvataḥ || 4-16-22
22. vegataH = instantaneously; samabhikramya [sam abhi kramaya] = coming nearby; tena = by him, by Vali; taaDitaH = one who is hit [Sugreeva - spilled blood]; kruddhaH = is enraged; shoNita udgaarii = blood, streaming; saa piiDaH = with torrents; parvataH iva = mountain, like; abhavat = he became.
Coming near instantaneously Vali hit him, whereby Sugreeva is enraged and became like a mountain streaming blood in its torrents. [4-16-22]
sugrīveṇa tu niḥśaṃkam sālam utpāṭya tejasā |
gātreṣu abhihato vālī vajreṇa iva mahā giriḥ || 4-16-23
23. sugriiveNa tu = by Sugreeva, but; tejasaa = by his force; niHshankam = unhesitatingly; saalam utpaaTya = saala tree, on uprooting; vaalii = Vali is; vajreNa mahaa giriH iva = by thunderbolt, great mountain, as with; gaatreSu abhihataH = on limbs, struck.
But Sugreeva unhesitatingly uprooted a saala tree with his force and thrashed the limbs of Vali as with the thunderbolt thrashing a great mountain. [4-16-23]
sa tu vṛkṣeṇa nirbhagnaḥ sāla tāḍana vihvalaḥ |
guru bhāra bhara ākrāntā nauḥ sasārthā iva sāgare || 4-16-24
24. saala taaDana vihvalaH = with saala tree, by thwacking, one who is staggered; saH tu = he, that Vali, but; saagare = in ocean; guru bhaara bhara aakraantaa = heavy, weight, filled with, brimming with; sa saarthaa nauH iva = with, merchants, [tossing] ship, like; nirbhagnaH = [on the brink of] wrecking.
But Vali when thwacked with saala tree had staggered and looked like a tossing ship in an ocean filled with heavy weight of merchandise and brimming with merchants, but on the brink of wrecking. [4-16-24]
tau bhīma bala vikrāntau suparṇa sama veginau |
prayuddhau ghora vapuṣau candra sūryau iva aṃbare || 4-16-25
parasparam amitra ghnau cchidra anveṣaṇa tatparau |
25, 26a. bhiima bala vikraantau = sesational, with energy, triumphing zeal; suparNa sama veginau = Divine Eagle, Garuda, equalling, in swiftness; ghora vapuSau = with frightful, body builds; paraH param = one to another - each other; cChidra anveSaNa tatparau = perilous [body-parts,] in exploring, vigilant ones; a mitra ghnau = un, friendly ones [enemies,] killers of; tau = those two, Vali and Sugreeva; ambare candra suuryau iva = ] in sky, Moon, sun, like [which is an inconceivable fight]; pra yuddhau = frighteningly, fought.
Those two, Vali and Sugreeva, with their sensational energy, triumphing zeal, frightful physiques, swiftness as good as the Divine Eagle Garuda, vigilance in exploring perilous body parts of one another, ravagement of their own enemies fought frighteningly, like the sun and moon in the sky, which is inconceivable. [4-16-25, 26a]
tato avardhata vālī tu bala vīrya samanvitaḥ || 4-16-26
sūrya putro mahāvīryaḥ sugrīvaḥ parihīyata |
26b, 27a. tataH = afterwards; bala viirya samanvitaH = by might, vigour, one possessing; vaalii tu = Vali, but; avardhata = progressed; mahaaviiryaH suurya putraH sugriivaH = greatly, mighty, sun's, son, Sugreeva; pari hiiyata = totally, declined - retrogressed.
But Vali being the possessor of might and vigour progressed and though greatly mighty is son of sun, Sugreeva, regressed. [4-16-26b, 27a]
vālinā bhagna darpaḥ tu sugrīvo manda vikramaḥ || 4-16-27
vālinam prati sāmarṣo darśayāmāsa rāghavam |
27b, 28a. vaalinaa bhagna darpaH tu = by Vali, routed, pride; sugriivaH manda vikramaH = Sugreeva, retardant, in agression; sa a marSaH = with, no, happiness [with exasperation]; vaalinam prati = Vali, to counteract; raaghavam = for Raghava; darshayaamaasa = started to see.
Sugreeva became retardant in aggression when Vali routed his pride and then he exasperatedly started searching for Raghava to counteract Vali. [4-16-27]
vṛkṣaiḥ sa śākhaiḥ śikharaiḥ vajra koṭi nibhaiḥ nakhaiḥ || 4-16-28
muṣṭibhiḥ jānubhiḥ padbhiḥ bāhubhiḥ ca punaḥ punaḥ |
tayoḥ yudddham abhūt ghoram vṛtra vāsavoḥ iva || 4-16-29
28b, 29. tayoH = among those two; vR^ikshaiH sa shaakhaiH = with trees, with, branches; shikharaiH = peaks [of mountains]; vajra koTi nibhaiH nakhaiH = thunderbolts, edges, similar [in sharpness,] with [edged] nails; muSTibhiH jaanubhiH padbhiH = with fists, with knees, with feet; baahubhiH ca = with arms, also; vR^itra vaasavoH iva = among demon Vritra, Indra, like [as has happened]; punaH punaH = again, again; ghoram yudddham abhuut = deadly, fight, there happened.
Among those two there happened a deadly fight time and again using trees with branches, peaks of mountains, their own nails that are similar to the razor-sharp edges of thunderbolts, and with fists, knees, feet, and arms, like the fight that once chanced between demon Vritra and Indra. [4-16-28b, 29]
tau śoṇitātkau yudhyetām vānārau van cāriṇau |
meghau iva mahā śabdaiḥ tarjamānau parasparam || 4-16-30
30. vana caariNau tau vaanaarau = forest, movers, those, vanara-s; shoNit aatkau = with blood, wetted [soaked]; parasparam tarjamaanau = each to each, threatening; mahaa shabdaiH = with great, uproars; meghau iva = clouds, like; yudhyetaam = gone on fighting.
Those forest moving vanara-s that are soaked in blood have gone on clashing, threatening each other, like two clouds clashing uproariously. [4-16-30]
hīyamānam atha apaśyat sugrīvam vānareśvaram |
prekṣamāṇam diśaḥ ca eva rāghavaḥ sa muhur muhur || 4-16-31
31. atha = then; saH raaghavaH = he, that Raghava; muhuH muhuH = again, again; dishaH prekshamaaNam = directions, started seeing [for help]; vaanara iishvaram sugriivam = vanara, lord of, at Sugreeva; hiiyamaanam eva ca = deteriorating, even, also; apashyat = has seen.
Raghava has then seen the lord of monkeys Sugreeva who is repeatedly eyeing all sides for help and who is even deteriorating in his enterprise. [4-16-31]
tato rāmo mahātejā ārtam dṛṣṭvā harīśvaram |
sa śaram vīkṣate vīro vālino vadha kāṃkṣayā || 4-16-32
32. tataH = then; mahaatejaa viiraH saH raamaH = great, refulgent one, fearless one, he that Rama; hari iishvaram = monkey's, lord - Sugreeva; aartam dR^iSTvaa = in forlornness, on seeing; vaalinaH vadha kaankshayaa = for Vali's, elimination, aiming at; sharam viikshate = he [Rama,] arrow, scanned for.
On seeing the lord of monkeys Sugreeva in a forlornness, then the refulgent and fearless Rama scanned for an arrow aiming to eliminate Vali. [4-16-32]
tato dhanuṣi saṃdhāya śaram āśī viṣa upamam |
pūrayāmāsa tat cāpam kāla cakram iva antakaḥ || 4-16-33
33. tataH = then; aashii viSa upamam = which has fang's, venom, in simile - venomous serpent like; sharam dhanuSi sandhaaya = arrow, in bow, on tautening; antakaH kaala cakram iva = Terminator, Time, disc, like [bow]; puurayaamaasa tat caapam = started to draw out [the string,] that, bow.
Then on tautening a venomous serpent like arrow in the bow, Rama started to draw out bowstring, whereby that bow attained a similitude with the Time-disc of the Terminator. [4-16-33]
tasya jyātala ghoṣeṇa trastāḥ patraratheśvarāḥ |
pradudruvur mṛgāḥ ca eva yugāṃta iva mohitāḥ || 4-16-34
34. tasya = that bow's; jyaa tala ghoSeNa = bowstring's, surface, blast; trastaaH = panicked; patra ratha iishvaraaH = by wings, charioting - birds, lordly ones [very big birds, leave alone small birds]; mR^igaaH ca eva = animals, also, thus; yuga anta mohitaaH iva = at era, end, those that are startled, like; pra dudruvuH = verily, fled.
At the blast of bowstring the lordly birds and animals are panicked, like those that will be startled by the approach of ear ending, and they all fled. [4-16-34]
muktastu vajra nirghoṣaḥ pradīpta aśani saṃnibhaḥ |
rāghaveṇa mahā bāṇo vāli vakṣasi pātitaḥ || 4-16-35
35. raaghaveNa muktaH = by Raghava, released; vajra nirghoSaH = thunderbolt's, with sound of - boom of thunderclap; pradiipta ashani sannibhaH = flashing, lightning, similar to; mahaa baaNaH = great, arrow; vaali vakSasi paatitaH = on Vali's, chest, fallen.
The arrow released by Raghava that has the boom of thunderbolt's thunderclap and the flashes of a lightning fell on the chest of Vali. [4-16-35]
tataḥ tena mahātejā vīrya yuktaḥ kapīśvaraḥ |
vegena abhihato vālī nipapāta mahī tale || 4-16-36
36. tataH = then; mahaatejaa = highly, magnificent one; viirya yuktaH = intrepidity, one having; kapi iishvaraH = monkey's, lord [Vali]; tena = by it [by arrow]; vegena abhihataH = by fleetness, hit; mahii tale nipapaata = on earth's, plane, fell down.
Hit by the fleetness of that arrow then that highly magnificent and intrepid lord of monkeys Vali fell onto the plane of earth. [4-16-36]
indra dhvaja iva uddhūta paurṇa māsyām mahītale |
aśvayuk samaye māsi gata sattvo vicetanaḥ |
bāṣpa saṃruddha kaṇṭhastu vālī ca ārta svaraḥ śanaiḥ || 4-16-37
37. ashvayuk samaye = Ashvayuja / Ashvin, period; maasi paurNa maasyaam = by month, in full-moon month [fortnight]; mahiitale = onto ground; uddhuuta indra dhvaja iva = thrown down, Indra's, flag, like; vaalii = Vali is; gata sattvaH = depleted, energy; vi cetanaH = without [dissipated,] vitality; shanaiH = slowly; baaSpa samruddha kaNThaH = tear, blocked, with throat; aarta svaraH = with painful, voicing - with piteous moan [ fell down.]
Like the flag that will be raised in honour of Indra during the month of ashvin on a full-moon day, but thrown onto earth along with its flagstaff after the festival, Vali with depleted energy and dissipated vitality slowly fell onto ground, and with tears blocking throat he moaned piteously. [4-16-37]
This indra dhvaja ustava, festival of Indra's flagstaff will be undertaken after the sixth lunar month of year, usually after summer in order to appease Indra to cause rains. On full-moon day in Ashvayuja month [October-November] this will be performed and after the ritual the flag / flagstaff will be thrown to ground.
narottamaḥ kāla yugāṃtakopamam śarottamam kāṃcana rūpyabhūṣitam |
sasarja dīptam tam amitra mardanam sa dhūmamagnim mukhato yathā haraḥ || 4-16-38
38. nara uttamaH = among men, best one Rama; kaala = at the time of era end; yuga antaka upamam = era, ender, in simile; kaancana ruupya bhuuSitam = in gold, silver, decorated; diiptam = glowing; a mitra mardanam = unfriendly ones, subduer of; tam shara uttamam = that, arrow, best one; haraH mukhataH = Shiva's, from face; sa dhuumam agnim yathaa = with [emitting,] smoke, fire, as with; shara uttamam = arrow, the best; sasarja = let go, released.
That best one among men Rama released a blazing and enemy subjugating arrow which in simile is like an Epoch-ender at the end of era, and that best arrow decorated in gold and silver looked like the glance from the Third-Eye of Rudra, emitting fire with smoke. [4-16-38]
atha ukṣitaḥ śoṇita toya visravaiḥ
supuṣpita aśoka iva acalodgataḥ |
vicetano vāsava sūnur āhave
prabhrañśita indra dhvajavat kṣitim gataḥ || 4-16-39
39. atha = then; vaasava suunuH = Indra's, son; aahave = in battle [battlefield]; shoNita toya visravaiH = blood, water [sweat,] with streams of; ukSitaH = dampened; acala udgataH = on mountain, stemmed up [standing high on mountain]; [anila uddhata = by wind, felled]; su puSpita ashoka iva = well, bloomed, Ashoka tree, like; vi cetanaH = without, vigour - anima is undone; pra bhra~nshita = altogether, dislodged; indra dhvaja vat = Indra's, flagstaff, like; kSitim gataH = onto earth, gone [abandoned.]
That Indra's son Vali, dampened with blood and sweat, then looked like just felled Ashoka tree which has stemmed up and so far standing high on a mountain with fully bloomed clusters of its blood-red flowers, and when his anima is undone he even looked like the flagstaff on which a flag is raised in honour of Indra, but which is altogether dislodged and abandoned on the ground. [4-16-39]
Ashoka tree by itself stands high and stout with its blood red flowers, and by virtue of its growing on high of mountains it is more gloriously standing till now, like Vali, but that is felled too suddenly.
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iti vālmīki rāmāyaṇe ādi kāvye kiṣkindha kāṇḍe ṣoḍaśaḥ sargaḥ
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