Loosing arrows at each other, Rama and Ravana perform a fierce battle. Ravana's flag-staff is thrown down by Rama's arrows. When Rama begins to cut off Ravana's head, another head starts to crop up in its place. The fierce encounter continues thus for seven days.
ततः प्रवृत्तं सुक्रूरं रामरावणयोस्तदा |
सुमहद्द्वैरथं युद्धं सर्वलोकभयावहम् ||६-१०७-१
1. tataH = then; tadaa = and there; sukruuram = a very cruel; sumahat = and a very great; dvairatham = chariot-duel; yuddham = in battle; sarva loka bhayaavaham = which was frightful to all the worlds; pravR^ittam = occurred; raama raavaNayoH = between Rama and Ravana.
Then ensued a fierce and a prolonged chariot-duel between Rama and Ravana, which was frightful to all the worlds.
ततो राक्षससैन्यं च हरीणां च महद्बलम् |
प्रगृहीतप्रहरणं निश्चेष्टं समतिष्ठत ||६-१०७-२
2. tataH = then; raakShasa sainyam cha = the army of demons; mahatt balamcha = and the huge army; hariiNaam = of monkeys; pragR^ihiita praharaNam = having taken hold fast of their weapons; samavartata = stood; nishcheShTam = motionless.
Then, the army of demons and the huge army of mokeys, stood motionless with their weapons held fast in their hands.
सम्प्रयुद्धौ ततो दृष्ट्वा बलवन्नरराक्षसौ |
व्याक्षिप्तहृदयाः सर्वे परं विस्मयमागताः ||६-१०७-३
3. vyaakShipitahR^idayaH = having their hearts captivated; dR^iShTvaa = in seeing; tau = those two warriors; nara raakShasau = a human being and a demon; balavat = both in full strength; samprayuddhau = engaged in a fight; sarve = all for their part; aagataaH = experienced; param = a great; vismayam = wonder.
Having their hearts captivated in seeing those two warriors, a human being and a demon, both in full strength engaged in a fight, all for their part experienced a great wonder.
तस्थुः प्रेक्ष्य च सङ्ग्रामं नाभिजघ्नुः परस्परम् ||६-१०७-४
4. naanaapraharaNaiH vyagraiH bhujaiH = having their hands occupied with various kinds of weapons; te sarve = all those warriors; tasthuH vismita buddhayaH = stood amazed in mind; prekShya = in beholding (the duel); na abhijagmuH = they did not go for war; parasparam = on each other.
Having their hands occupied with various kinds of weapons, all those warriors stood amazed in mind in beholding that duel. They did not go for war on each other.
रक्षसां रावणं चापि वानराणां च राघवम् |
पश्यतां विस्मिताक्षाणां सैन्यं चित्रमिवाबभौ ||६-१०७-५
5. rakShasaam = the demons; vismitaakShaaNaam = with their eyes in amazement; pashyataam = beholding; raavaNam = Ravana; sainyam vaanaraaNaam cha = and the army of demons; raaghavam = (seeing) Rama; aababhau = appeared; chitramiva = as though they were paintings.
The demons beholding Ravana and the army of monkeys seeing Rama with their eyes in amazement appeared as though they were paintings.
ते तु तत्र निमित्तानि दृष्ट्वा राघवरावणौ |
कृतबुद्धी स्थिरामर्षौ युयुधाते अभीतवत् ||६-१०७-६
6. kR^ita buddhii = having made up their minds; sthiraamarShau = and firm in their anger; tau tu = those two warriors for their part; raaghava raavaNau = Rama and Ravana; yuyudhaate = fought; abhiitavat = fearlessly; dR^iShTvaa = on seeing; nimittaani = the portents; tatra = there (in the battle).
Having made up their minds and being firm in their anger, those two warriors for their part, Rama and Ravana fought fearlessly, as it were, on seeing the portents in the battle.
जेतव्यमिति काकुत्स्थो मर्तव्यमिति रावणः |
धृतौ स्ववीर्यसर्वस्वं युद्धेऽदर्शयतां तदा ||६-१०७-७
7. kaakutsthaH = Rama; jetavyam iti = who was convinced that he was going to win; raavaNaH = and Ravana; dhR^itau martavyam iti = who was firmly persuaded that he would die; tadaa = then; adarshayataam = demonstrated svaviirya sarvasvam = the entire wealth of their prowess; yuddhe = in that battle.
Rama, who was convinced that he was going to win and Ravana who was firmly persuaded that he would die, then demonstrated the entire wealth of their prowess in battle on that occasion.
ततः क्रोधाद्दशग्रीवः शरान्सन्धाय वीर्यवान् |
मुमोच ध्वजमुद्दिश्य राघवस्य रथे स्थितम् ||६-१०७-८
8. tataH = thereupon; viiryavaan = the valiant; dashagriivaH = Ravana; samdhaaya = fitting; sharaan = his arrows; krodhaat = with anger; mumocha = released (them); uddishya = directing; dhvajam = towards the flag-staff; sthitam = fixed; rathe = on the chariot; raaghavasya = of Rama.
Thereupon, the valiant Ravana, fitting his arrows with anger, released them, directing them towards the flag-staff fixed on Rama's chariot.
ते शरास्तमनासाद्य पुरन्दररथध्वजम् |
रक्तशक्तिं परामृश्य निपेतुर्धरणीतले ||६-१०७-९
9. anaasaadya = without even reaching; tam = that; purandara rathadhvajam = standard of Indra's chariot; te = those; sharaaH = arrows; paraamR^ishya = on touching; rathashaktim = the staff which supported the banner of the chariot; nipetuH = fell; dharaNiitale = on the ground.
Without even reaching the ensign on Indra's chariot and touching off the staff which supported the banner of the chariot, the arrows fell on the ground.
ततो रामोऽभिसङ्क्रुद्धश्चापमायम्य वीर्यवान् |
कृतप्रतिकृतं कर्तुं मनसा सम्प्रचक्रमे ||६-१०७-१०
10. tataH = thereafter; viiryavaan = the valiant; ramo.api = Rama too; samkruddhaH = in great anger; aakR^iShya = stretching; chaapam = his bow; samprachakrame = proceeded; manasaa = with his mind; kartum kR^ita pratikR^itam = to return blow for blow.
Thereafter, the valiant Rama too, in great anger, stretching his bow, proceeded with his mind, to return blow for blow.
रावणध्वजमुद्दिश्य मुमोच निशितं शरम् |
महासर्पमिवासह्यं ज्वलन्तं स्वेन तेजसा ||६-१०७-११
11. mumocha = (Rama) released; nishitam = a sharp; sharam = arrow; mahaasarpamiva = looking like a huge serpent; asahyam = which was unbearable; jvalantam iva = as though blazing; svena tejasaa = with its own splendour; uddishya = directing towards; raavaNa dhvajam = Ravana's flag-staff.
Rama released a sharp arrow, looking like a huge serpent and which was unbearable, as though blazing with its own splendour, directing towards Ravana's flag-staff.
रामश्चिक्षेप तेजस्वी केतुमुद्दिश्य सायकम् |
जगाम स महीं भित्त्वा दशग्रीवध्वजं शरः ||६-१०७-१२
12. tejasvii = the brilliant; raamaH = Rama; chikShepa = released; saayakam = the arrow; uddishya = directing towards; ketum = the flag-staff; saH sharaH = that arrow; chhittvaa = having torn asunder; dashagriiva dhvajam = Ravana's flag-staff; jagaama = went; mahiim = towards the earth.
As the brilliant Rama released the arrow towards the flag-staff, that arrow, tearing asunder Ravana's flag-staf, entered the earth.
स निकृत्तोऽपतद्भूमौ रावणस्य रथध्वजः |
ध्वजस्योन्मथनं दृष्ट्वा रावणः सुमहाबलः ||६-१०७-१३
क्रोधजेनाग्निना सङ्ख्ये प्रदीप्त इव चाभवत् |
स रोषवशमापन्नः शरवर्षं महद्वमन् ||६-१०७-१४
13; 14. saH = that; raavaNasyandana dhwajaH = standard mounted on Ravana's chariot; nikR^ittaH = having been torn off; apatat = fell; bhuumau = on the ground; dR^iShTvaa = seeing; unmathanam = the thrown-down piece; dhvajasya = of his flag-staff; saH mahaabalaH = that mighty; raavaNaH = Ravana; abhavat = appeared; prahasanniva = as though he was laughing; amarShaat = with intolerance; sampradiiptaH = flaming up; krodhaat = with anger; vavarSha ha = (he) showered; sharavarSham = a stream of arrows; aapannaH = afflicted as he was; roShavasham = with the power of wrath.
That standard, mounted on Ravana's chariot, having been torn off, fell on the ground. Seeing the thrown-down piece of his flag-staff, that mighty Ravana stood blazing as though he was laughing with intolerance. Flaming up with anger, he showered a stream of arrows afflicted as he was, with the power of wrath.
रामस्य तुरगान्दिव्याञ्शरैर्विव्याध रावणः |
ते विद्धा हरयस्तस्य नास्खलन्नापि बभ्रमुः ||६-१०७-१५
बभूवुः स्वस्थहृदयाः पद्मनालैरिवाहताः |
15. raavaNaH = Ravana; vivyaadha = struck; raamasya turagaan = Rama's horses; diiptaiH sharaiH = with blazing arrows; te = those; divyaaH = divine; turagaaH = horses; naaskhalan = were neither shaken; na babhramuH = nor stumbled; tatra = there; babhuuvuH = (They) were; svastha hR^idayaaH = healthy at heart; aahataaH iva = and felt as though they were struck; padmanaalaiH = with lotus-stalks.
Ravana struck Rama's horses with blazing arrows. Those divine horses were neither shaken nor stumbled in the battle-field. They were indeed healthy at heart and felt as though they were just struck with lotus-stalks.
तेषामसम्भ्रमं दृष्ट्वा वाजिनां रावणस्तदा ||६-१०७-१६
भूय एव सुसङ्क्रुद्धः शरवर्षं मुमोच ह |
16. dR^iShTvaa = seeing; teShaam = those; vaajinaam = horses; asambhramam = unstumbled; raavaNaH = Ravana; tadaa = then; bhuuyaH = was very much; susamkruddhaH = enraged; muocha ha = and released; shara varSham = showers of arrows.
Seeing those horses unstumbled, Ravana then was very much enraged and released showers of arrows.
गदाश्च परिघांश्चैव चक्राणि मुसलानि च ||६-१०७-१७
गिरिशृङ्गाणि वृक्षांश्च तथा शूलपरश्वधान् |
17. (He also hurled) gadaashcha = maces; parighaamshcha = iron bludgeous; chakraaNi = discs; musalaani = iron clubs; girishR^iNgaaNi = mountain-tops; vR^iskShaaNi = trees; tathaa = and; shuulaparishvadhaan = spikes and axes.
He also hurled maces, iron bludgeons, discs, iron clubs, mountain-tops, trees, spikes and axes.
माया विहितमेतत्तु शस्त्रवर्षमपातयत् ||६-१०७-१८
सहस्रशस्ततो बाणानश्रान्तहृदयोद्यमः |
18. ashraanta hR^idayodyamaH = unwearied in heart and in effort; tadaa = (Ravana) then; apaayat = employed; shastra varSham = streams of missiles; etat maaya vihitam = created out of his magic; sahasrashaH = and thousands of; baaNaan = arrows.
Unwearied as he was in his heart and in effort, Ravana then employed streams of missiles as a creation of magic and also thousands of arrows.
तुमुलं त्रासजननं भीमं भीमप्रतिस्वनम् ||६-१०७-१९
दुर्धर्षमभवद्युद्धे नैकशस्त्रमयं महत् |
19. yuddhe = in that battle; mahat = abundant; varSham = rain; tat naikashastramayam = of those many missiles; tumulam = which were tumultuous; traasajananam = generating fear; bhiimam = terrific; bhiima pratisvanam = attended with a terrible echo; abhavat = descended.
In that battle, abundant rain of various missiles, which were tumultuous, generating fear, terrific and attended with a terrible echo, descended.
विमुच्य राघवरथं समन्ताद्वानरे बले ||६-१०७-२०
सायकैरन्तरिक्षं च चकाराशु निरन्तरम् |
20. vimuchya = leaving alone; raaghava ratham = Rama's chariot; saayakaiH = (he released) arrows; vaanare bale = on the army of monkeys; samantaat = on all sides sunirantaram chakaara = wholly covering; antarikSham = the sky.
Leaving alone Rama's chariot, Ravana released arrows on the army of monkeys on all sides, thus wholly covering the sky.
मुमोच च दशग्रीवो निःसङ्गेनान्तरात्मना || ६-१०७-२१
व्यायच्छमानं तं दृष्ट्वा तत्परं रावणं रणे |
प्रहसन्निव काकुत्स्थः सन्दधे निशितान् शरान् ||६-१०७-२२
स मुमोच ततो बाणान्रणे शतसहस्रशः |
21; 22. dashagriivaH = Ravana; mumocha = released (arrows); antaraatmanaa = with a mind; niH saN^gena = which had given up all hope of survival; dR^iShTvaa = seeing; tam raavaNam = that Ravana; raNe tatparam = who was interested in battle; vyaayachachhamaanam = putting forth his great effort; kaakutsthaH = Rama; samdadhe = fitted; nishitaan sharaan = sharp arrows to his bow; prahasanniva = as though laughing; tataH = and thereupon; saH = he; mumocha = loosed; baaNaan = the arrows; shatashaH = in hundreds; sahasrashaH = and thousands.
Ravana released arrows with a mind, which had given up all hope of survival. Seeing that Ravana, who was interested in the battle, putting forth his great effort, Rama fitted Sharp arrows to his bow, as though laughing and thereupon he loosed the arrows in hundreds and thousands.
तान् दृष्ट्वा रावणश्चक्रे स्वशरैः खं निरन्तरम् ||६-१०७-२३
ततस्ताभ्यां प्रयुक्तेन शरवर्षेण भास्वता |
शरबद्धमिवाभाति द्वितीयं भास्वदम्बरम् ||६-१०७-२४
23-24.dR^iShTvaa = seeing; taan = those; taan = arrows; raavaNaH = Ravana; chakre nirantaram = completely covered; kham = the sky; svasharaiH = with his own arrows; bhaasvataa sharavarSheNa = due to that dazzling shower of arrows; niyuktena = employed; tadaa = then; taabhyaam = by the two warriors; bhaasvat = the shining; ambaram = sky; aabhaati dvitiiyam iva = looked like a second sky; sharabaddham = built with arrows.
Seeing those arrows, Ravana completely covered the sky with his own arrows. Due to that dazzling shower of arrows then employed by the two warriors, the shining sky looked like a second sky built with arrows.
नानिमित्तोऽभवद्बाणो नातिभेत्ता न निष्फलः |
अन्योन्यमभिसंहत्य निपेतुर्धरणीतले ||६-१०७-२५
तथा विसृजतोर्बाणान्रामरावणयोर्मृधे |
25. raama raavaNayoH = while Rama and Ravana; visR^ijatoH = were discharging; baaNaan = the arrows; tathaa = thus; mR^idhe = in the battle; na baaNaH abhavat = no arrow was; animittaH = without a target; na anirbhettaa = nor one which failed to pierce its target; na niShphalaH = nor gone in vain; abhisamhatya = colliding; anyonyam = with each other; nipetuH = (they) fell; dharaNiitale = on the earth's surface.
While Rama and Ravana were discharging the arrows thus in the battle0field, no arrow missed the target, no one failed to pierce the target and none had gone in vain. Colliding with each other, they fell on the ground.
प्रायुध्येतामविच्छिन्नमस्यन्तौ सव्यदक्षिणम् ||६-१०७-२६
चक्रतुस्तौ शरौघैस्तु निरुच्छ्वासमिवाम्बरम् |
26. asyantau = releasing the arrows; savya dakShiNam = left and right; avichchhinnam = continually; praayudhyaitaam = they fought (at each other); ghoraiH sharaiH = with their terrific arrows; chakratuH cha = they made; ambaram = the sky; niruchchhvaasamiva = bereft of even a breathing space.
Releasing the arrows left and right continually, they fought at each other. With their terrific arrows, they made the sky, bereft of even a breathing space.
रावणस्य हयान्रामो हयान्रामस्य रावणः ||६-१०७-२७
जघ्नतुस्तौ तदान्योन्यं कृतानुकृतकारिणौ |
27. raamaH = Rama; raavaNasa hayaan = (struck) Ravana's horses; raavaNaH = Ravana; raamasya hayaan = (struck) Rama's horses; tau = both the warriors; tadaa = then; jaghnatuH = struck at; anyonyam = each other; kR^itaanukR^ita kaariNau = doing anything before and after.
Rama struck Ravana's horses. Ravana struck Rama's horses. Both the warriors then struck at each other, doing anything before and after.
एवं तु तौ सुसंक्रुद्धौ चक्रतुर्युद्धमुत्तमम् ||६-१०७-२८
मुहूर्तमभवद्युद्धं तुमुलं रोमहर्षणम् |
28. susamkruddhau tau = those two extremely enraged warriors; evam = in this way; chakratuH = carried out; uttamam = an excellent; yuddham = battle; tumulam = a tumultuous; yuddham = battle; abhavat = occured; muhuurtam = for an hour or so; romaharShaNam = causing the hair to stand erect.
Those two extremely enraged warriors in this way, carried out are excellent combat. A tumultuous battle ensued for an hour or so, causing the hair to stand erect.
प्रयुध्यमानौ समरे महाबलौ |
शितैः शरै रावणलक्ष्मणाग्रजौ |
ध्वजावपातेन स राक्षसाधिपो |
भृशं प्रचुक्रोध तदा रघूत्तमे ||६-१०७-२९
29. mahaa balau = the mighty; raavaNa lakShma Naagrajau = Ravana and Rama; prayudhyamaanau = carried out the fight well; shitaiH = with sharp; sharaiH = arrows; samare = in the battle-field; saH raakShasaadhipaH = that Ravana; tadaa = at that time; bhR^isham prachukrodha = was very much enraged; raghuuttame = with Rama; dhvajaa vapaatena = as his flag-staff was thrown down.
The mighty Ravana and Rama carried out the fight well with sharp arrows in the battle-field. That Ravana at that time was very much enraged with Rama, as his flag-staff was thrown down.
तौ तथा युध्यमानौ तु समरे रामरावणौ |
ददृशुः सर्वभूतान्नि विस्मितेनान्तरात्मना ||६-१०७-३०
30. sarva bhuutaani = all the created beings; dadR^ishuH = gazed; vismitena antaraatmanaa = with an astonished mind; raama raavaNau = on Rama and Ravana; tathaa = who were thus; yudhyamaanau = fighting; samare = in the battle-field.
All the created beings for their part gazed with an astonished mind on Rama and Ravana, who thus were fighting at each other in the battle-field.
अर्दयन्तौ तु समरे तयोस्तौ स्यन्दनोत्तमौ |
परस्परमभिक्रुद्धौ परस्परमभिद्रुतौ ||६-१०७-३१
31. abhikruddhau = furiously; ardayantau = attacking; parasparam = each other; (in the battle-field); tayoH syandanottamau = those excellent chariots of the two warriors; abhidrutau = ran towards; parasparam = each other.
Furiously attacking each other in the battle-field, those excellent chariots of the two warriors ran towards each other.
परस्परवधे युक्तौ घोररूपौ बभूवतुः |
मण्डलानि च वीथीश्च गतप्रत्यागतानि च ||६-१०७-३२
दर्शयन्तौ बहुविधां सूतसामर्थ्यजां गतिम् |
32. yuktau = intent on; paraspara vadhe = destroying each other; (those chariots);darshayantau = displaying; bahuvidhaam gatim = various types of movements; maN^Dalaani = (such as) moving in circles; viithiishcha = moving straight; gata pratyaagataani = and darting forward as also receding forthwith; suutasaamarthyajaam = created from the capabilities of the charioteers; babhuuvatuH- assumed; ghoraruupaa = a terrible aspect.
Intent on destroying each other, those chariots, displaying various types of movements such as, moving in circles, moving straight and darting forward as also receding forthwith, originated from the capabilities of those charioteers, assumed a terrible aspect.
अर्दयन् रावणं रामो राघवं चापि रावणः ||६-१०७-३३
गतिवेगं समापन्नौ प्रतिवेगप्रवर्तने |
33. raamaH = Rama; ardayan = wounding; raavaNam = Ravana; raavaNaH chaapi = and Ravana too; raaghavam = (wounding) Rama; (both of them); samaapannau = had recourse to; gativegam = speed in movement; prativega pravartane = in their forward and backward motion.
Rama wounding Ravana and Ravana too wounding Rama, both of them had recourse to speed in movement in their forward and backward motions.
क्षिपतोः शरजालानि तयोस्तौ स्यन्दनोत्तमौ ||६-१०७-३४
चेरतुह् संयुगमहीं सासारौ जलदाविव |
34. syandanottamaiH = those excellent chariot; kShipatoH = casting; sharajaalaami = streams of arrows; cheratuH = strolled; samyugamahiim = in the battle-field; jalaan iva = like two clouds; saasaarau = pouring showers.
Those excellent chariots, casting streams of arrows, strolled in the battle-field, like two clouds pouring showers.
दर्शयित्वा तदा तौ तु गतिं बहुविधां रणे ||६-१०७-३५
परस्परस्याभिमुखौ पुनरेव च तस्थतुः |
35. darshayitvaa = showing; bahuvidhaam = various kinds; gatim = of movement; raNe = in the battle-field; tau = those chariots; tadaa = then; punareva = again; tasthatuH = stood; abhimukhau = facing; parasparasya = each other.
Showing various kinds of movement in the battle-field, those chariots then again stood facing each other.
धुरं धुरेण रथयोर्वक्त्रं वक्त्रेण वाजिनाम् ||६-१०७-३६
पताकाश्च पताकाभिः समीयुः स्थितयोस्तद |
36. dhuram = the shafts; rathayoH = of the two chariots; sthitayoH = even as they stood; tadaa = at that moment; samiiyuH = met; dhureNa = (one) with the other shaft; vaktram = the muzzle; vaktreNa vaajinaam = of the horses (met) the one with the other; pataakaaH = and the flags; pataakaabhiH cha = met the one with the other flags.
The shaft of the two chariots even as they stood at that moment, met one with the other shaft the muzzle of the horses met the one with the other and the flags met the one with the other flags.
रावणस्य ततो रामो धनुर्मुकैः शितैः शरैः ||६-१०७-३७
चतुर्भिश्चतुरो दीप्तान् हयान् प्रत्यपसर्पयत् |
37. tataH = then; raamaH = Rama; chaturbhiH shitaiH sharaiH = with his four sharp arrows; dhanurmuktaiH = discharged from his bow; pratya pasarpayat = drove back; chaturaH = the four; diiptaan = splendid; hayaan = horses; raavaNasya = of Ravana.
Then Rama, with his four sharp arrows discharged from his bow, drove back the four splendid horses of Ravana.
स क्रोधवशमापन्नो हयानामपसर्पणे ||६-१०७-३८
मुमोच निशितान् बाणान् राघवाय दशाननः |
38. saH dashaananaH = that Ravana; aapannaH krodha vasham = falling a prey to anger; apasarpaNe = for retreating; hayaanaam = his horses; mumocha = discharged; nishitaan sharaan = sharp arrows; raaghavaaya = on Rama.
That Ravana, falling a prey to anger for retreating his horses, discharged sharp arrows on Rama.
सोऽतिविद्धो बलवता दशग्रीवेण राघवः ||६-१०७-३९
जगाम न विकारम् च न चापि व्यथितोऽभवत् |
39. raaghavaH = Rama; atividdhaH = severely struck; balavataa dashagriiveNa = by the mighty Ravana; na jagaama = did not get; vikaaram = upset; na abhavat = nor was vyathitaH cha api = even tottered.
Rama, who was severely struck by the mighty Ravana, did not get upset nor was even tottered.
चिक्षेप च पुनर्बाणान् वज्रपातसमस्वनान् ||६-१०७-४०
सारथिं वज्रहस्तस्य समुद्दिश्य दशाननः |
40. uddishya = directing towards; saarathim = the charioteer; vajrahastasya = of Indra; dashagriivaH = Ravana; punaH = again; chikShepa = hurled; baaNaan = arrows; vajrapaata sama svanaan = with a sound similar to that of a thunder-bolt.
Directing towards Matali, Indra's charioteer, Ravana hurled arrows with a sound similar to that of a thunder-bolt.
मातलेस्तु महावेगाः सरीरे पतिताः शराः ||६-१०७-४१
न सूक्ष्ममपि संमोहं व्यथां वा प्रददुर्युधि |
41. sharaaH = arrows; mahaavegaaH = of great speed; patitaaH = fallen; maataleH shariire = on Matali's body; na pradaduH = did not cause; susuukShmam api = even a pretty little; sammoham = of bewilderment; vyathaam vaa = or hurt (on him); yudhi = in the battle.
Arrows of great speed, fallen on Matali's body, did not cause even a pretty little of bewilderment or hurt on him in that battle.
तया धर्षणया क्रुद्धो मातलेर्न तथात्मनः ||६-१०७-४२
चकार शरजालेन राघवो विमुखं रिपुम् |
42. raaghavaH = Rama; kruddhaH = was enraged; tayaa dharShaNayaa = at that daring; attack; maataleH = on Matali; na = not; tathaa = in the same way; aatmanaH = (at an attack) on himself; chakaare = (He) made; ripum = the enemy; vimukham = turn away; sharajaalena = by his net work of arrows (on him).
Enraged at that daring attack on Matali, Rama who for his part did not feel provoked by the attack on himself, made his enemy turn away by hurling a net work of arrows on him.
विंशतिं त्रिंशतिं षष्टिं शतशोऽथ सहस्रशः ||६-१०७-४३
मुमोच राघवो वीरः सायकान् स्यन्दने रपोः |
43. viiraH = the valiant; raaghavaH = Rama; mumocha = discharged; vishatim = twenty; trimshatim = thirty; ShaSTim = sixty; atha = and; shatashaH = hundreds; sahasrashaH = and thousands; saayakaan = of arrows; ripoH syandane = on the enemy's chariot.
The valiant Rama discharged twenty, thirty, sixty and hundreds and thousands of arrows on the enemy's chariot.
रावणोऽपि ततः क्रुद्धो रथस्थो राक्षसेश्वरः ||६-१०७-४४
गदामुसलवर्षेण रामं प्रत्यर्दयरणे |
44. tataH = thereupon; raavaNaH.api = even Ravana; kruddhaH raakShaseshvaraH = the enraged king of demons; rathasthaH = who was seated in the chariot; pratyardayat = tormented; raamam = Rama; gadaamusala varSheNa = by showering maces and mallets (on him); raNe = in the battle.
Thereupon, even Ravana, the enraged king of demons, who was seated in the chariot, tormented Rama, by showering maces and mallets on him in the battle.
तत्प्रयुक्तं पुनर्युद्धं तु मुलं रोमहर्षणम् ||६-१०७-४५
गदानां मुसलानां च परिघाणां च निःस्वनैः |
शरणां पुङ्खवातैश्च क्षुभिताः सप्त सागराः ||६-१०७-४६
45-46. yuddham = the battle; punaH = again; tatprayuktam = started by them; tumulam = was tumultuous; roma harShaNam = causing one's hair to stand erect; niH svanaiH = with the sounds; gadaanaam = of maces; musalaanaamcha = mallets; parishaaNaam cha = and iron rods; puNkhavaataishcha sharaaNaam = and with the gusts raised; sapta saagaraaH = the seven ocean; kShubhitaaH = became agitated.
The battle thus started again by then, was tumultuous, causing one's hair to stand erect. With the sounds of maces, mallets and iron rods and with the gusts raised by the plumes adorning the flying arrows, the seven agitated oceans felt disquieted.
क्षुब्धानां सागराणां च पातालतलवासिनः |
व्यथिता दानवाः सर्वे पन्नगाश्च सहस्रशः ||६-१०७-४७
47. sahasrashaH = thousands of; sarve = all; daanavaaH = the demons; pannagaashcha = and serpents; paataala vaasinaH = inhabiting in the nethermost subterranean region; kShubdhaanaam saagaraaNaam = of the agitated oceans; vyathitaaH = felt disturbed.
Thousands of all the demons and serpents, inhabiting in the nethermost subterranean region of the agitated oceans, felt disturbed.
चकम्पे मेदिनी कृत्स्ना सशैलवनकानना |
भास्करो निष्प्रभश्चासीन्न ववौ चापि मारुतः ||६-१०७-४८
48. kR^isnaa = the entire; medinii = earth; sa shailavanakaananaa = including mountains; groves and forests; chakampe = trembled; bhaaskarashcha = the sun too; aasiit = became; niShprabha = gloomy; maarutashchaapi = even the wind too; na vavau = did not blow.
The entire earth, including mountains, groves and forests trembled. The sun too became gloomy even the wind did not blow.
ततो देवाः सगन्धर्वाः सिद्धाश्च परमर्षयः |
चिन्तामापेदिरे सर्वे सकिंनरमहोरगाः ||६-१०७-४९
49. tataH = then; devaaH = the gods; sagandharvaaH = along with Gandharvas the celestial musicians; siddhaascha = Siddhas the semi-divine beings; paramarShayaH = great sages; sarve = and all; sakimnaramahoragaaH = including kinnaras the mythical beings and great serpents aapedire = obtained; chintaam = anxiety.
Then, the gods along with Gandharvas the celestial musicians, Siddhas the semi-divine beings, great sages and all including Kinnaras the mythical beings and great serpents became disquieted.
स्वस्ति गोब्राह्मणेभ्योऽस्तु लोकास्तिष्ठन्तु शाश्वताः |
जयतां राघवः संख्ये रावणं राक्षसेश्वरम् ||६-१०७-५०
एवं जपन्तोऽपश्यंस्ते देवाः सर्षिगणास्तदा |
रामरावणयोर्युद्धं सुघोरं रोमहर्षणम् ||६-१०७-५१
50-51. tadaa = at that time; te devaaH = those gods; sarShigaNaaH = along with troops of sages; japantaH = saying; evam = thus; svasti astu = "May all be well; gobraahmaNebhyaH = with the cows and Brahmanas; lokaaH = May all the worlds; tiShThantu = endure; shaashvataaH = forever; raaghavaH = May Rama; jayataam = conquer; raavaNam = Ravana!" apashyan = saw; ghoram = a terrific; yuddham = battle; raamaraavaNayoH = between Rama and Ravana; romaharShaNam = which caused one's hair to stand on end.
At that time, those gods along with troops of sages, saying "May all be well with the cows and Brahmanas, May all the worlds endure forever, May Rama conquer Ravana!", saw a terrific battle between Rama and Ravana, which caused one's hair to stand on end.
गन्धर्वाप्सरसां संघा दृष्ट्वा युद्धमनूपमम् |
गगनं गगनाकारं सागरः सागरोपमः ||६-१०७-५२
रामरावणयोर्युद्धं रामरावणयोरिव |
एवं ब्रुवन्तो ददृशुस्तद्युद्धं रामरावणम् ||६-१०७-५३
52-53. dR^iShTvaa = seeing; anuupamam = that matchless; yuddham = struggle; gaganaakaaram = (and observing) that the sky is its own compeer; saagaraH = and the ocena; saagaropamaH = is its own analogue; raama raavaNayoH yuddham = the battle between Rama and Ravana; raama raavaNayoH iva = can be likened only to the battle between Rama and Ravana; gandharva apsarasaam = the hosts of Gandharvas the celestial musicians and Apsaras; the heavenly nymphs; dadR^ishuH = looked on; tat yuddham = that battle; raama raavaNaam = between Rama and Ravana.
Seeing that matchless struggle and observing that the sky is its own compeer and the ocean is its own analogue, the battle between Rama and Ravana can be likened only to the battle between Rama and Ravana, the hosts of Gandharvas the celestial musicians and Apsaras, the heavenly lymphs, looked on that battle between Rama and Ravana.
ततः क्रोधान्महाबाहू रघूणां कीर्तिवर्धनः |
संधाय धनुषा रामः शरमाशीविषोपमम् ||६-१०७-५४
रावणस्य शोरोऽच्छिन्दच्छ्रीमज्ज्वलितकुण्डलम् |
तच्छिरः पतितं भूमौ दृष्टं लोकैस्त्रिभिस्तदा ||६-१०७-५५
54-55. tataH = thereupon; raamaH = Rama; mahaabaahuH = the great-armed; kiirtivardhanaH = and who augmented the fame; raaghuuNaam = of the kings born in Raghu dynasty; krodhaat = with anger; samdhaaya = stretching; aashiiviShopamam = the serpent-like; sharam = arrow; dhanuShaa = with his bow; achchhindat = chopped off; raavaNasya = shiraH = the head of Ravana; jvalita kuN^Dalam = which was graced with blazing ear-rings; tadaa = then; tat = that; shriimat = glorious; shiraH = head; dR^iShTam = was seen; patitam = fallen; bhuumau = on the ground; tribhiH lokaiH = by the three worlds.
Thereupon, the great-armed Rama who augmented the fame of the kings born in Raghu dynasty, stretching with anger, the serpent-like arrow with his bow, chopped off the glorious head of Ravana, which was graced with blazing ear-rings. Then, all the three worlds saw that head, fallen on the ground.
तस्यैव सदृशं चान्यद्रावणस्योत्थितं शिरः |
तत् क्षिप्तं क्षिप्रहस्तेन रामेण क्षिप्रकारिणा ||६-१०७-५६
56. anyat = another; shiraH = head; sadR^isham = similar; tasyaiva = exactl to that head; utthitam = cropped up; raavaNasya = (on the shoulders) of Ravana; tat = that (second head); kShiptam = was chopped off; raameNa = by Rama kShiprahatena = having swift hand; kShiprakaariNaa = and who performs his act swiftly.
Another head, exactly similar to that head, cropped up on the shoulders of Ravana. That second head was again chopped off by Rama, possessing a swift hand and who was swift in his act.
द्वितीयं रावणशिरश्चिन्नं संयति सायकैः |
चिन्नमात्रं च तच्छीर्षं पुनरेव प्रद्श्यते ||६-१०७-५७
57. dvitiiyam = that second; raavaNaH shiraH = head of Ravana; chhinnam = was cut off; saayakaiH = by arrows; samyati = in the battle; tat shiirSham chhinnamaatram = soon after that head was chopped off; punareva = (it) again; dR^ishyate = rose into view.
The second head of Ravana was cut off by arrows in that battle. Soon after that head was chopped off, it again rose into view.
तदप्यशनिसंकाशैश्छिन्नं रामस्य सायकैः |
एवमेव शतं चिन्नं शिरसां तुल्यवर्चसाम् ||६-१०७-५८
58. tadapi = that head too; chhinnam = was chopped off; raama saayakaiH = by Rama's arrows; ashanisamkaashaiH = which were looking like thunder-bolt; evemeva = in the same way; shatam = a hundred; shirasaam = of heads; tulyavarchasaam = of equal splendour; chhinnam = were chopped off.
Rama chopped off that head too with his arrows looking like thunderbolts. In the same manner, a hundred of Ravana's heads of equal splendour were chopped off by Rama.
न चैव रावणस्यान्तो दृश्यते जीवितक्षये |
ततः सर्वास्त्रविद्वीरः करुसल्यानन्दवर्धनः ||६-१०७-५९
मार्गणैर्बहुभिर्युक्तश्चिन्तयामास राघवः |
59. na antaH chaiva = yet no certainty; jiivita kShaye = about the death raavaNasya = of Ravana; dR^ishgate = could be seen; tataH = then; viiraH = the valiant; raamaH = Rama; kausalyaanandavardhanaH = the augmentor of the joy of Kausalya yuktaH = and endowed with; bahubhiH baaNaiH = many arrows; sarva astravit = and the knower of all missiles; chintayaamaasa = became thoughtful (said to himself as follows:)
Yet, no certainty about Ravana's death could be seen. Thought equipped with many arrows and well-versed with all kinds of missiles, the valiant Rama, the augmentor of Kausalya's joy, then became thoughtful (said to himself as follows):
मारीचो निहतो यैस्तु खरो यैस्तु सदूषणः |
क्रौञ्चावने विराधस्तु कबन्दो दण्डके वने |
यैः साला गिरयो भग्ना वाली च क्षुभितोऽम्बुधिः ||६-१०७-६०
त इमे सायकाः सर्वे युद्धे प्रात्ययिका मम |
किं नु तत्कारणं येन रावणे मन्दतेजसः ||६-१०७-६१
60-61. kim = what; tat kaaraNam = is that reason te ime saayakaaH = these arrows; yaiH = by which maariichaH = Mareecha; nihataH = was killed; yaiH = by which; kharaH = Khara; saduuShaNaH = along with Dushana; kabandhaH = kabandha; krounchavane = in Krouncha forest; viraadhuH tu = Viradha; daN^Dakaavane = in the forest of Dandaka (were killed); yaiH = by which; saalaaH = Sala trees; girayaH = and mountains; bhagnaaH = were broken; vaaliicha = Vali too was killed; ambudhiH = the ocean; kShubhitaH = was skaken up; sarve = all these arrows; praatyayikaaH = kShubhitaH = was shaken up; sarve = all these arrows; praatyayikaaH = which provided immediate help; mama = to me; yuddhe = in battle; manda tejasaH = have proved of little efficacy; raavane = in the case of Ravana.
"What is the reason, these arrows by which Mareecha, Khara, Dushana, Kabandha in Kroucha-forest, and Viradha in Dandaka-forest were killed, by which seven Sala trees and the mountains were burst, by which Vali was killed and the ocean shaken up all these arrows which provided immediate succour to me in battle, have proved of little efficacy in the case of Ravana."
इति चिन्तापरश्चासी दप्रमत्तश्च संयुगे |
ववर्ष शरवर्षाणि राघवो रावणोरसि ||६-१०७-६२
62. iti = thus; chintaaparaH = absorbed in thought; raaghavaH = Rama; aasiit = remained; apramattashcha = vigilant; samyuge = in the battle-filed; vavarSha = (He) showered; sharavarShaaNi = streams of arrows; raavaNorasi = in Ravana's chest.
Thus absorbed in thought, Rama remained vigilant in the battle-field. He showered streams of arrows in Ravana's chest.
रावणोऽपि ततः क्रुद्धो रथस्थो राक्षसेश्वरः |
गदामुसलवर्षेण रामं प्रत्यर्दयद्रणे ||६-१०७-६३
63. tataH = thereupon; raavaNaH.api = even Ravana; kruddhaH raakShaseshvaraH = the enraged king of demons; rathasthaH = who was seated in the chariot; pratyardayat = tormented; raamam = Rama; gadaa musale varSheNa = by showeing maces and mallets (on him); raNe = in the combat.
Thereupon, even Ravana, the enraged king of demons, who was seated in his chariot, tormented Rama by showering maces and mallets on him in the combat.
तत्प्रवृत्तं महद्युद्धं तुमुलं रोमहर्षणम् |
अन्तरिक्षे च भूमौ च पुनश्च गिरिमूर्धनि ||६-१०७-६४
64. tat = that; mahat = great; tumulam = tumultuous; yuddham = battle; romaharShaNam = which caused one's hair to stand on end; pravR^ittam = took place; antarikShe cha = in the sky; bhuumau cha = on the ground; punashcha = and furthermore; girimuurdhani = on the mountain.
That great tumultuous battle, which caused one's hair to stand on end, took place in the sky, on the ground and furthermore on the mountain.
देवदानवयक्षाणां पिशाचोरगरक्षसाम् |
पश्यतां तन्महायुद्धं सप्तरात्रमवर्तत ||६-१०७-६५
65. devadaanava yakShaaNaam = (while) the gods; the demons; Yakshas the supernatural beings pishaachoragarakShasaam = the devils; the serpents and the ogres; pashyataam = were witnessing; tat = that; mahaayuddham = great battle; avartata = occurred; saptaraatram = for seven days.
While the gods, the demons, Yakshas the super-natural beings, the devils, the serpents and the ogres were witnessing, that great battle occurred for seven days.
नैव रात्रिं न दिवसं न मुहूर्तं न च क्षणम् |
रामरावणयोर्युद्धं विराममुपगच्छति ||६-१०७-६६
66. na viraamam = there was no respite; raatrim upagachchhati = occurred in the night; na = nor; divasam = in the day; na = nor; muhuurtam = for an hour; na kShaNan = nor for an instant; yuddhan = in the battle; raama raavaNayoH = between Rama and Ravana.
There was no respite in battle between Rama and Ravana, either in the might or in the day-time or for an hour or even for a instant.
र्जयमनवेक्ष्य रणे स राघवस्य |
रणरतराममुवाच वाक्यमाशु ||६-१०७-६७
67. anavekSya = not beholding; dasharathasuta raakShasendrayoH = between Rama and Ravana; saH = that; mahaatmaa = great souled; suravarasaarathiH = Matali the charioteer of Indra; aashu = quickly; uvaacha = spoke; vaakyam = the following words; raNarataraamam = to Rama; who was still engaged in fighting.
Not beholding the victory of Rama in the combat between Rama and Ravana that great-souled Matali, the charioteer of Indra quickly spoke the following words to Rama, who was still engaged in fighting.
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