Ravana orders Makaraksha to proceed to the battle-field with an army and to kill Rama, Lakshmana and the monkeys. Makaraksha, surrounded by his army of demons, set out for the encounter. Makaraksha's whip and flag staff fall down all of a sudden, by the will of providence and a dust-storm ensued. Ignoring those portents, Makaraskha's army march forward in the battle-field, to reach Rama and Lakshmana.
nikumbhaṃ nihataṃ śrutvā kumbham ca vinipātitam |
rāvaṇaḥ paramāmarṣī prajajvālānalo yathā || 6-78-1
1. shrutvaa = hearing; nikumbham = Nikumbha; nihatam = was killed; kumbham cha = and Kumbha also; vinipaatitam = was lost; raavaNaH = Ravana; paramaamarShii = was very much enraged; prajajvaala = fiercely analoyathaa = like fire.
On hearing of Nikumbha and Kumbha having been killed, Ravana was very much flared up like fire.
nairṛtaḥ krodhaśokābhyāṃ dvābhyāṃ tu parimūrcitaḥ |
kharaputra viśālākṣaṃ makarākṣamacodayat || 6-78-2
2. parimuurchchhitaH = pervaded with; dvaabhyaam krodha shokaabhyaam = both anger and sorrow; nairR^itaH = Ravana; achodayat = impelled; vishaalaakSham = the wide-eyed; makaraakSham = Makaraksha; kharaputram = the son of Khara (as follows):
Engulfed with both anger and sorrow, Ravana ordered the wide-eyed Makaraksha, the son of Khara (as follows):
gaccha putra mayājñapto balenābhisamanvitaḥ |
rāghavaṃ lakṣmaṇam caiva jahi tau savanaukasau || 6-78-3
3. aaJNaptaH = commanded; mayaa = by me; abhisamanvitaH = and accompanied; balena = by an army; gachchha = go; putra = my son; jahi = and kill; tau = those; raaghavam = Rama; lakShmaNam chaiva = and even Lakshmana; savanaukasau = together with the monkeys.
"I am commanding you! Accompanied by an army, go my son! Kill Rama, Lakshmana and the monkeys."
tāvaṇasya vacaḥ śrutvā śūramānī kharātmajaḥ |
bāḍhamityabravīddhṛṣṭo makarākṣo niśācāram || 6-78-4
4. shrutvaa = hearing; raavaNasya vachah = Ravana's words; makaraakShaH = Makaraksha; kharaatmajaH = the son of Khara; shuuramaanii = thinking himself as a hero; hR^iShTaH = was please; abraviit = and spoke; nishaacharam = to Ravana; baaDham iti = that (he would do it) certainly.
Hearing Ravana's words, Makaraksha, the son of Khara, thinking himself as a hero, was rejoiced and assured Ravana that he would do it certainly as commanded.
so.abhivādya daśagrīvaṃ kṛtvā cāpi pradakṣiṇam |
nirjagāma gṛhācchubhrādrāvaṇasyājñayā balī || 6-78-5
5. abhivaadya = having respectfully saluted; pradakShiNam kR^itvaa chaapi = even by performing circumambulation; balii = the mighty; saH = Makaraksha; aaJNayaa dashagriivam = by the orders of Ravana; nirjagaama = came forth; shubhraat gR^ihaat = from the shining palace (of Ravana).
Having respectfully saluted, even by performing circumambulation, the mighty Makaraksha, by the orders of Ravana, came forth from these shining palace of Ravana.
samīpasthaṃ balādhyakṣaṃ kharaputro.abravīdvacaḥ |
rathamānīyatāṃ tūrṇam sainyaṃ tvānīyatāṃ tvarāt || 6-78-6
6. kharaputraH = Makaraksha the son of Khara; abraviit = spoke; vachaH = the following words; balaadhyakSham = to the commander of an army; samiipastham = who was in the vicinity (as follows); ratham aaniiyataam = let a chariot be brought; tuurNam = quickly; sainyam = and the army; aaniiyataam = be arranged; tvaraat = swiftly.
Makaraksha the son of Khara asked the commander of an army who was in the vicinity to bring a chariot and the army swiftly.
tasya tadvacanam śrutvā balādhyakṣo niśācaraḥ |
syandanaṃ ca balaṃ caiva samīpaṃ pratyapādayat || 6-78-7
7. shrutvaa = hearing; tasya tadvachanam = his words; nishaacharaH = a demons; balaadhyakShaH = being the commander of an army; pratyapaadayat = brought; syandavamcha = the chariot; balamchaiva = and the army; samiipam = to his proximity.
Hearing his words, the army-commander of the demons brought the chariot and the army to his proximity.
pradakṣiṇaṃ rathaṃ kṛtvā samāhūya niśācaraḥ |
sūtaṃ saṃcodayāmāsa śīgraṃ vai ratha māvaha || 6-78-8
8. pradakShiNam kR^itvaa = walking clockwise round; ratham = the chariot; samuuhaaya = and calling; suutam = the charioteer; nishaacharaH = Makaraksha; samchodayaamaasa = incited him; aavaha = to drive; ratham = the chariot; shiighram = quickly.
Walking clockwise round the chariot and ascending it, Makaraksha asked the charioteer to drive forward the chariot quickly to the battle-field.
atha tān rākṣasān sarvān makarākṣo.abravīdidam |
yūyaṃ sarve prayudhyadhvaṃ purastānmama rākṣasāḥ || 6-78-9
.9. atha = then; makarakShaH = Makaraksha; abraviit = spoke; idam = these words; sarvaan = to all; raakShasaan = demons; sarve = all; yuuyam = of you; prayudhyadhvam = begin to fight; mama purastaat = in my presence; raakShasaaH = O; demons!.
Then Makaraksha spoke the following words to those demons, "O demons! All of you begin your fight before my presence."
ahaṃ rākṣasarājena rāvaṇena mahātmanā |
ājñptaḥ samare hantuṃ rāvubhau rāmalkṣmaṇau || 6-78-10
10. aham = I; aJNaptaH = was commanded; mahaatmanaa raavaNena = by the mighty Ravana; raakShasa raajena = the king of demons; hantum = to kill; tau raamalakShmaNau = both Rama and Lakshmana; samara = in battle.
"The mighty Ravana, the king of demons commanded me to kill both Rama and Lakshmana in battle."
adya rāmaṃ vadhiṣyāmi lakṣmaṇam ca niśācarāḥ |
śākhāmṛgaṃ ca sugrīvaṃ vānarāṃśca śarottamaiḥ || 6-78-11
11. adya = today; vadhiShyaami = I will kill; raamam = Rama; lakShmaNam cha = Lakshmana; sugriivam cha = Sugreeva; shaakhaamR^igam = the monkey; vaanaraan cha = and the (other) monkeys; sharottamaiH = with my excellent arrows; nishaacharaaH = O; demons!.
"Today, I will kill Rama, Lakshmana, Sugreeva the monkey and the other monkeys with my excellent arrows, O demons!"
adya śūlanipātaiśca vānarāṇāṃ mahācamūm |
pradahiṣyāmi saṃprāptāṃ śuṣkendhanamivānalaḥ || 6-78-12
12. shuulanipaataiH = by the hurlings of spears; pradahiShyaami = I will completely destroy; mahaachamuum = the huge army; vaanaraaNaam = of monkeys; sampraaptaam = who arrived ; adya = today; analaH iva = like when the fire; shuShkendhanam = destroys dry wood.
"By hurling the spears, I will destroy completely the huge army of monkeys who arrived today to the battle-field, as the fire destroys the dry wood."
makarākṣasya tacchrutvā vacanaṃ te niśācarāḥ |
sarve nānāyudhopetā balavantaḥ samāhitāḥ || 6-78-13
13. shrutvaa = hearing; tat vachanam = those words; makaraakShasya = of Makaraksha; sarve = all; te = those; balavantaH = strong; nishaacharaaH = demons; naanaayudhopetaaH = wielding various kinds of weapons; samaahitaaH = were steadfast (to fight).
Hearing those words of Makaraksha, all those strong demons, wielding various kinds of weapons, were steadfast to fight.
te kāmarūpiṇaḥ krūrā daṃṣṭriṇaḥ piṅgalekṣaṇāḥ |
mātaṅga iva nardanto dhvastakeśā bhayāvahāḥ || 6-78-14
parivārya mahākāyā mahākāyaṃ kharātmajam |
abhijaghnastato hṛṣṭāścalayanto nabhastalam || 6-78-15
14; 15. te kruuraaH = the cruel demons; kaamaruupiNah = who can change their forms at will; damShTriNaH = with their protruding tusks; piN^galekShaNaaH = with tawny coloured eyes; dhvantakeshaaH = with their disheveled hair; bhayaavahaaH = creating terror; mahaakaayaaH = with their colossal bodies; tataH = then; nardantaH = roaring; maataNgaaH iva = like elephants; parivaarya = having surrounded; mahaakaayam kharaatmajam = the huge-bodied Makaraksha; hR^iShTaaH = were overjoyed; abhijaghnuH = and marched forward; chaalayantaH = shaking; nabhastalam = the firmament.
Those cruel demons, who can change their forms at will, who had protruding tusks, had tawny coloured eyes, had their disheveled hair, creating terror with their colossal bodies, then marched forward like roaring elephants, shaking the firmament and surrounded the huge-bodied Makaraksha.
śaṅkhabherīsahasrāṇāmāhatānāṃ samantataḥ |
kṣvelitāsphoṭitānāṃ ca tatra mahānabhūt || 6-78-16
16. tatra abhuut = there arose; aahataanaam = sounded; samantataH = on all sides; mahaan = a great; shabdaH = tumult; shaN^kha bherii sahasraaNaam = of thousands of couches and kettle-drums; kShvelitaasphoTitaanaam cha = leonine roars and clapping of arms.
There arose a great tumult sounded, on all sides, of thousands of couches and kettle-drums including leonine roars and clapping of arms.
prabhraṣṭo.atha karāttasya pratodaḥ sārathestadā |
papāta sahasā daivāddhvajastasya tu rakṣasaḥ || 6-78-17
17. atha = thereupon; tasya saarathaH karaat = from that charioteers hand; pratodaH = the long whip; tadaa = then; prabhraShTaH = fell down; dhvajaH = and the flag-staff; tasya rakShasaH = of that demon; sahasaa = suddenly; papaata = fell down; daivaat = by the will of the province.
The long whip then slipped down from the hands of Makaraksha's charioteer and the flag-staff of that demon also suddenly fell down by the will of the province.
tasya te rathasamyuktā hayā vikramavarjitāḥ |
caraṇairākulairgatvā dīnāḥ sāsramukhā yayuḥ || 6-78-18
18. te hayaaH = those horses; tasya ratha samyuktaaH = yoked to his chariot; vikramavarjitaaH = deprived of their diversified gait; gatvaa = were walking; aakulaiH charaNaiH = with flurried feet; yuyuH = and went; dinaaH = timidly; sasrumukhaaH = with tears in their eyes.
Those horses, yoked to his chariot, deprived of their diversified gait, were walking with flurried feet and went timidly, with tears in their eyes.
pravāti pavanastasmin sapāṃsuḥ kharadāruṇaḥ |
niryāṇe tasya raudrasya makarākṣasya durmateḥ || 6-78-19
19. tasmin niryaaNe = at the time of marching; tasya makaraakShasya = of that Makaraksha; raudrasya = of dreadful appearance; durmateH = and of bad disposition of mind; pavanaH = the wind; sapaamsuH = with dust; khara daaruNaH = which was dreadfully harsh; pravaati = blew forth.
At the time of marching of that dreadful and evil-minded Makaraksha, a harsh and fearful dust-storm blew forth.
tāni dṛṣṭvā nimittāni rākṣasā vīryavattamāḥ |
acintya nirgatāḥ sarve yatra tau rāmalakṣmaṇau || 6-78-20
20. dR^iShTvaa = (Though) seeing; taani = all those; raakShasaaH = demons; viiryavattamaaH = of high prowess; achintya = ignoring (them); nirgataaH = set out; yatra = where; raamalakShmaNau = those Rama and Lakshmana (were there).
Though seeing those portents, all those highly valiant demons ignored them and set out to the place, where both Rama and Lakshmana were there.
ahamahamiti yuddhakauśalāste |
rajanicarāḥ paribabhrāmurnadantaḥ || 6-78-21
21. nadantaH = saying thunderously; aham aham iti = "I shall take the lead; I shall take the lead"; te rajaniicharaaH = those demons; ghanagajamahiShaaN^ga tulya varNaaH = who resembled black clouds; elephants and buffaloes in hue; gadaasi bhinnaaH asakR^it = who had been wounded with a pointed weapon more than once by maces and swords; samara mukheShu = in the battle-front; yuddha kaushalaaH = and who were skilled in martial art; paribabhramuH = moved hither and thither (in the battle-field).
Saying thunderously, "I shall take the lead", those demons who resembled black clouds, elephants and buffaloes in hue, who had been wounded pointedly more than once by maces and swords in the battle-front and who were skilled in martial art, moved hither and thither in the battle-field.
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