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Book VI : Yuddha Kanda - Book Of War

Chapter [Sarga] 24

Introduction

Seeing Lanka and describing it, Rama instructs Lakshmana to draw up his army in battle-array. Rama orders for release of Shuka who was captured by the army earlier. Shuka approached Ravana and describes the strength of Rama's side of the army. Ravana boasts himself of his own army strength.

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saa viirasamitii raajJNaa viraraaja vyavasthitaa |

shashinaa shubhanakshatraa paurNamaasiiva shaaradii || 6-24-1

1. saa= that; viira samitiH= assemblage of valiant monkeys; raaJNaa= along with the King Sugreeva; viraraaja= looked charmingly; paurNamaasiiva= like a full moon night; shaaradii= in autumn; shashivaa= along with moon; shubha nakShatraa= and bright stars.

That army of valiant monkeys along with the King Sugreeva looked charming like a full-moon night in atumn presided over by the moon and illuminated by bright stars.

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prachachaala cha vegena trastaa chaiva vasundharaa |

piiDyamaanaa balaughena tena saagaravarchasaa || 6-24-2

2.vasundharaa= the earth; piiDyamaanaa= pressed under foot; tena= by that; balaughena= multitude of army; saagara varchasaa= which was energetic like a sea; prachchaala= was trembled; trastaa= with fear; vegena= by the rapid movement of the army.

The earth pressed under foot by that multitude of army, which was energetic like a sea, was trembled with fear by the rapid movement of that army.

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tataH shushruvuraakruShTaM laN^kaayaaH kaananaukasaH |

bheriimR^idaN^gasaMghuShTaM tumulaM romaharShaNam || 6-24-3

3. tataH= then; kaananaukasaH= the monkeys; shushruvuH= heard; aakruShTam= a great tumult; laN^kaayaaH= arising in Lanka; tumulam= and noisy; bheriimR^idaN^ga samghuShTam= sounds of kettle drums and tabours; roma harShaNam= which caused their hair to stand on end.

Then, the monkeys heard a great tumult arising in Lanka and noisy sounds of kettle drums and tabours which caused their hair to stand on end.

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babhuuvustena ghoSheNa saMhR^iShTaa hariyuuthapaaH |

amR^iShyamaaNaastaM ghoShaM vinedurghoShavattaram || 6-24-4

4. hariyuuthapaaH= the leaders of monkeys; samhR^iShTaaH= were rejoiced; tena ghoSheNa= by that sound; amR^iShyamaaNaaH= Not tolerating; tam= that; ghoSham= sound; vineduH= they emitted shouts; ghoShavattaram= that surpassed that uproar.

The leaders of monkeys were rejoiced by that sound. But by not tolerating that sound, they emitted shouts which surpassed that uproar.

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raakShasaastaM plavaN^gaanaaM shushruvuste.api garjitam |

nardataamiva dR^iptaanaaM meghaanaamambare svanam || 6-24-5

5. te= those; raakShasaaH api= demons too; shushruvuH= heard; garjitam= the roaring; dR^iptaanaam= of the wildly delighted the roaring; plavaN^gaanaam= monkeys; svanam iva= which was like the sound; nardataam meghaanaam= of thundering clouds; ambare= in the sky.

Those demons too heard the roaring of the wildly delighted monkeys, which roar sounded like thundering of clouds in the sky.

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dR^iShTvaa daasharathirlaN^kaaM chitradhvajapataakiniim |

jagaama manasaa siitaaM duuyamaanena chetasaa || 6-24-8

6. dR^iShTvaa= seeing; laN^kaam= Lanka; chitradhvaja pataakiniim= dressed with multi-coloured flags and buntings; daasharathiH= Rama; manasaa= by his mind; jagaama= went; siitaam= to Seetha; chetasaa= and his heart; duuyamaanena= was filled with grief.

Seeing Lanka dressed with multi coloured flags and buntings, Rama bethought himself of Seetha and his heart was filled with grief.

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atra saa mR^igashaabaakShii raavaNenoparudhyate |

abhibhuutaa graheNeva lohitaaN^gena rohiNii || 6-24-7

7. saa= that Seetha; mR^igashabaakShii= whose eyes resemble those of a young deer; uparudhyate= was detained; raavaNena= by Ravana; atra= there; rohiNiiva= as Rohini star; abhibhuutaa= is oversadowed; lohitaaN^gena= by red-boded; graheNa= planet (Mars).

'Seetha whose eyes resemble those of a young deer, was detained by Ravana there as Rohini star is overshadowed by the red bodied planet (Mars)'.

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diirghamuShNaM cha niHshvasya samudviikShya cha lakShmaNam |

uvaacha vachanaM viirastatkaalahitamaatmanaH || 6-24-8

8. niHShvasya= sighing; uShNamcha= warmly; diirgham= and deeply; samudviikShyacha= and seeing; lakShmaNam= Lakshmana; viiraH= the heroic Rama; uvaacha= spoke; vachanam= (the following) words; tatkaala hitam= beneficial at that time; aatmanaH= for him.

Seeing Lakshmana after a warm and deep sigh, the heroic Rama spoke the following words which were benefical for him at that time.

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aalikhantiimivaakaashamutthitaaM pashya lakShmaNa |

manaseva kR^itaaM laN^kaaM nagaagre vishvakarmaNaa || 6-24-9

9. lakShmaNa= O, lakshmana!; pashya= look; laN^kaam= at Lanka; kR^itaam iva= which appears as though constructed; nagaagre= on a hill-top; vishvakarmaNaa= by Visvakarma; manasaa= with his imagination; utthitaam= so elevated; aalikhantiim= scraping; aakaasham= the sky."

"O, Lakshmana! Look at this Lanka, which appears as though constructed on a hill-top by Visvakarma with his imagination and so elevated scraping the sky."

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vimaanairbahubhirlaN^kaa saMkiirNaa rachitaa puraa |

viShNoH padamivaakaashaM chaaditaM paaNDubhirghanaiH || 6-24-10

10. laN^kaa= the City of Lanka; puraa= was formerly; rachitaa= constructed; kiirNaa= and filled with; bahubhiH= many; vimaanaiH= seven storied buildings; chhaaditam iva= as though covered; paaNDubhiH= with white; ghanaiH= clouds; aakaasham= the sky; padam= the abode; viShNoH= of Vishnu the all-pervader.

"The City of Lanka was constructed thick with many seven-storied building and appears like a sky the abode of Vishnu (the All-pervader) covered with white clouds."

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puShpitaiH shobhitaa laN^kaa vanaishchitrarathopamaiH |

naanaapatagasaMghuShTaphalapuShpopagaiH shubhaiH || 6-24-11

11.laN^kaa= Lanka; shobhitaa= is made beautiful; vanaiH= by the gardens; chaitraathopamaiH= vying with chaitraratha; naanaa pataga samghuShTaphala puShpopagaiH= with various sounds of birds, fruit-bearing flowers; shubhaiH= and charms; puShpitaiH= in bloom.

"Lanka is made beautiful by the garden vying with Chaitraratha (garden of Kubera the god of riches), with songs of birds of various species, with fruit-bearing flowers and charms in bloom."

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pashya mattavihaN^gani praliinabhramaraaNi cha |

kokilaakulakhaNDaani dodhaviiti shivo.anilaH || 6-24-12

12. pashya= see; (how); shivaH= a gentle; anilaH= breeze; dodhaviiti= sways; kokilaakula khaN^Daani= the branches where the Cuckoos abound; praliina bhraamaraamicha= where bees swarm; matta vihaN^gaani= and where the birds are excited with joy..

"See how a gentle breeze sways the branches where the Cuckoos abound, where bees swarm and wehre the birds are excited with joy."

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iti daasharathii raamo lalShmaNaM samabhaaShata |

balaM cha tatra vibhajachchhaastradR^iShTena karmaNaa || 6-24-13

13. raamaH= Rama; daasharathiH= son of Dasaratha; samabhaaShata= spoke; iti= thus; lakShmaNam= to lakshmana; tatra= there; balam= the army; vibhajachcha= was dvivided into battalions; karmaNaa= according to the methods; shaastra dR^iShTena= found in the scriptures.

Rama the son of Dasaratha spoke as aforesaid to Lakshmana. The army there was divided into battalions according to the procedure found in scriptures.

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shashaasa kapisenaaM taaM balaadaadaaya viiryavaan |

aN^gadaH saha niilena tiShThedurasi durjayaH || 6-24-14

14. aadaaya= taking; taam= these; kapisenaam= troops of monkeys; balaat= from the army; (let); viiryavaan= the valiant; durjayaH= and the invincible; aN^gadah= Angada; tiShThaat= take up his position; niilena saha= with nila; urapi= at the centre of the formation.

"Taking these troops of monkeys from the army, let the valiant and the invincible Angada take up his position with Nila at the centre of the formation."

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tiShThedvaanaravaahinyaa vaanaraughasamaavR^itaH |

aashrito dakShiNaM paarshvamR^iShabho naama vaanaraH || 6-24-15

15. vaanaraH= (Let) the monkey; R^iShabhonaama= named Rishabha; vaanaraugha samavR^itaH= along with the multitude of monkeys; tiShThet= take up his position; aashritaH= having recourse to; dakShiNam= to the right; paarshvam= side; vaanara vaahinyaaH= of the monkey-troops."

"Let Rishabha along with the multitude of monkeys take up his position, having recourse to the right side of the army."

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gandhahastiiva durdharShastarasvii gandhamaadanaH |

tiShThedvaanaravaahinyaaH savyaM pakShamadhiShThitaH || 6-24-16

16. gandhamaadanaH= "(Let) Gandhamadana; tarasvii= the strong; durdarShaH= and the unconquerable; gandhahastiiva= like an elephant in rut; tiShTet= take his position; adhiShThitah= superintending; svayam pa, take his kSham= the left side; vaanara vaahinyaaH= of the monkey-troops."

"Let Gandhamadana, the strong and unconquerable, resembling an elephant in rut, take his position, superintending the left side of the monkeys-troops."

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muurdhni sthaasyamyahaM yatto lakSmaNena samanvitaH |

jaambavaaMshcha suSheNashcha vegadarshii cha vaanaraH || 6-24-17

R^ikShamukhyaa mahaatmaanaH kukShiM rakShantu te trayaH ||

17. aham= "I; sthaasyaami= shall stand; yattaH= alert; muurdhni= in the forefront (of the army); samanvitaH= along with; lakShmaNena= Lakshmana; jambavaashcha= and Jambavan; suSheNashcha= Sushena; vegadarShii cha= and Vegadarshi; vaanarah= the monkey; te= those; trayaH= three; mahaatmaanaH= exceedingly wise persons; R^ikShamukhyaaH= the leaders of the bears; rakShantu= protect; kukShim= the belly."

"I shall stand alert in the forefront of the army along with Lakshmana and let Jambavan, Sushena and Vegadarshi the monkey those three exceedingly wise persons and the leaders of bears-protect the belly-portion of the army."

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jaghanaM kapisenaayaaH kapiraajo.abhirakShatu || 6-24-18

pashchaardhamiva lokasya prachetaastejasaa vR^itaH |

18 (Let) kapiraajaH= Sugreeva, the King of monkeys; abhirakShantu= protect; jaghanam= hips and loins; kapisenaayaaH= o.f the monkey-troups; the god of water); vR^itaH= who remains encircled; tejasaa= with splendour; (protects); pashchaardhamiva= the western quarter; lokasya= of the earth.

"Let Sugreeva the king of monkeys protect the rear-guard of the army, resembling Varuna (the god of water) who remains encircled with splendour and protects the western quarter of the earth."

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suvibhaktamahaavyuuhaa mahaavaanararakShitaa || 6-24-19

aniikinii saa vibabhau yathaa dyauH saabhrasaMplavaa |

19. saa aniikinii= that army; suvibhakta mahaavyuuhaa= with innumerable divitions being skilfully distributed; mahaa vaanara rakShitaa= led by the foremost of monkeys; vibabhau= shone; yathaa dyouH= like heavens; saabhra samplavaa= with mass of clouds.

That army with innumerable divisble being skilfully distributed, led by the foremost of monkeys, resembled heavens with their mass of clouds.

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pragR^ihya girishR^iN^gaaNi mahatashcha mahiiruhaan || 6-24-20

aasedurvaanaraa laN^kaaM mimardayiShavo raNe |

20. mimardayiShavaH= with a desire to crush (the demons); raNe= in battle; vaanaraaH= the monkeys; pragR^ihya= seizing; girishR^iNgaaNi= peaks of mountains; mahataH= and gigantic; mahiiruhaan= trees; aaseduH= reached; laN^kaam= Lanka.

With a desire to crush the demons in battle, the monkeys, seizing peaks of mountains and gigantic trees, reached Lanka.

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shikharairvikiraamainaaM laN^kaaM muShTibhireva vaa || 6-24-21

iti sma dadhire sarve manaaMsi haripuN^gavaaH |

21. sarve= all; haripuN^gavaaH= the heroic monkeys; dadhire= held, manaamsi= in their minds; iti= the following (resolve): "shikharaiH= with the peaks of mountains; muShTibhireva vaa= or with one bare fists; vikiraama= we shall shatter into pieces; enaam= this; laN^kaam= Lanka."

All the heroic monkeys held the following resolve in their minds, "It is with peak of mountains or with our bare fists even, we shall shatter this Lanka into pieces."

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tato raamo mahaatejaaH sugriiva midamabraviit || 6-24-22

suvibhaktaani sainyaani shuka eSha vimuchyataam |

22. tataH= then; raamaaH= Rama; mahaatejaaH= with great splendour; abraviit= spoke; idam= these words; sugriivam= to Sugreeva; "sainyaani= our forces; suvibhaktaani= are properly marshalled; eShaH shukaH= Let this Shuka; vimuchyataam= be released."

Then, Rama with great splendour, spoke the following words to Sugreeva, "Our forces are properly marshalled. Let this Shuka be released."

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raamasya tu vachaH shrutvaa vaanarendro mahaabalaH || 6-24-23

mochayaamaasa taM duutaM shukaM raamasya shaasanaat |

23. shrutvaa= hearing; vachanam= the words; raamasya= of Rama; vaanarendraH= Sugreeva the Lord of monkeys; mochayaamaasa= released; shukam= Shuka; tam duutam= that messenger; shaasanaat= by the order; raamasya= of Rama.

Hearing the words of Rama, Sugreeva the lord of monkeys released Shuka the messenger, as per the order of Rama.

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mochito raamavaakyena vaanaraishcha nipiiDitaH || 6-24-24

shukaH paramasaMtrasto rakShodhipamupaagamat |

24. shukaH= Shuka; nipiiDitah= who was herassed; vaanaraiH= by monkeys; mochitaH= and released; raama vaakyena= through the words of Rama; parama samtrastaH= was trembling with great fear; upaagamat= and reached; rakShodhipam= Ravana.

Shuka, who was herassed by the monkeys before and released then as per the words of Rama, was trembling with great fear and reached Ravana.

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raavaaNaH prahasanneva shukaM vaakyamuvaacha ha || 6-24-25

kimimau te sitau pakShau luunapakShashcha dR^ishyase |

kachchannaanekachittaanaaM teShaaM tvaM vashamaagataH || 6-24-26

25, 26. raavaNaH= Ravana; prahasanneva= even while laughing; uvaacha ha= enquired; shukam= Shuka; vaakyam= (with the following) words; kim= why; imau= these; te= your; pakShau= wings; sitau= were tied up?; dR^ishyase= you are appearing; luuna pakShashcha= with your wings plucked up; tvam na aagataH kachchit= have you not fallen; teShaam= into their; aneka chittaanaam= various (fickled) minds?

Ravana even while laughing, enquired Shuka with the following words; "Why were your wings tied up? You appear with your wings plucked up. Have you not fallen as a victim to their various fickled minds?"

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tatassa bhayasaMvigna stadaa raajJNaabhichoditaH |

vachanaM pratyuvaachedaM raakShasaadhipamuttamam || 6-24-27

saagarasyottare tiire.abravaM te vachanaM tathaa |

yathaasaMdeshamakSliShTaM saantvayan shlakShNayaa giraa || 6-24-28

27, 28. tataH= then; saH= that Shuka; bhaya samvignaH= agitated with fear; tadaa= then; abhichoditaH= prompted; raaj^Naa= by the king Ravana; pratyuvaacha= replied; idam= with these; uttamam= excellent; rachanam words; raakShasaadhipam= to Ravana; 'uttare tiire= on the northern shore; saagarasya= of the ocean; abravam= I spoke; tathaa= as; te= your; vachanam= words; shalkShNayaa= with a smooth; giraa= voice; saantvayan= conciliatingly; yathaa sandesham= as per your instructions; akliShTam= without any ambiguity.

Asked as aforesaid by the King Ravana, Shuka agitated as he was with fear, gave him the following excellent reply: "On the northern shore of the ocean, i conveyed your message in a smooth tone, conciliatingly and without any ambignity exactly as per your instructions."

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kruddhaisairahamutplutya dR^iShTamaatraH plavaN^gamaiH |

gR^ihiito.asmyapi chaarabdho hantuM cha muShTibhiH || 6-24-29

29. aham= I; dR^iShTamaatrah= on just being seen; gR^ihiitaH asmi= was seized; utplutya= jumpingly; taiH plavaN^gamaiH= by those monkeys; kruddhaiH= in rage; apicha= and; aarabdhah= started; hantum= beating; aarabdhaH= sarted; hantum= beating; loptumcha= and plucking; muShTibhiH= with their fists."

"Just on seeing me, the enraged monkeys jumped on me and seized me. They soon started beating and plucking me with their fists."

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na te saMbhaaShituM shakyaaH saMprashno.atra na vidyate |

prakR^ityaa kopanaastiikShaNaa vaanaraa raakShasaadhipa || 6-24-30

30. raakShasaadhipa= "O, lord of demons!; te= those monkeys; na shakyaaH= are not capabale of being; sambhaaShitum= spoken to; na vidyate= nor possible; samprashnaH= of being questioned; atra= in this matter; vaanaraaH= monkeys; prakR^ityaaH= by their nature; kopanaaH= are angry; tiikShaNaaH= and ferocious."

"O, Lord of demons! Those monkeys are not capable of being spoken to, nor possible of being questioned in this matter. Monkeys, by their very nature, are angry and ferocious."

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sa cha hantaa viraadhasya kabandhasya kharasya cha |

sugriivasahito raamah siitaayaaH padamaagataH || 6-24-31

31. sah raamaH= that Rama; hantaa= the killer; viraadhasya= of Viradha; kabandhasya= kabandha; kharasya cha= and Khara; aagataH= came; sugriiva sahitaH= along with Sugreeva; padam= to the place; siitaayaah= of Seetha.

"That Rama the killer of Viraadha, Kabandha and Khara came along with Sugreeva to the place of Seetha."

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sa kR^itvaa saagare setuM tiirtvaa cha lavaNodadhim |

eSha rakShaaMsi nirdhuuya dhanvii tiShThati raaghavaH || 6-24-32

32. kR^itvaa= Having constructed; setum= a bridge; saagare= across the sea; tiirtvaa= and having crossed; lavaNodadhim= the salty ocean; nirdhuuya= and expelling; rakShaamsi= the demons; raaghavaH= Rama; eShaH= as such; tiShThati= stands; dhanvii= wielding a bow."

"Having constructed a bridge across the sea and crossed the salty ocean and expelling the demons, here stands Rama wielding a bow."

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R^ikShavaanarasaMghaanaamaniikaani sahasrashaH |

girimeghanikaashaanaaM chaadayanti vasundharaam || 6-24-33

33. sahasrashaH= "Thousands; aniikaani= of divisions; R^ikSha vaanara samghaanaam= of crowds of bears and monkeys; girimegha nikashaanaam= resembling mountains and clouds; chhaadayanti= cover; vasundharaam= the earth."

"Thousands of divisions of hordes of bears and monkeys resembling mountains and clouds, cover the earth."

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raakShasaanaaM balaughasya vaanarendrabalasya cha |

naitayorvidyate saMdhirdevadaanavayoriva || 6-24-34

34. na vidyate= there is no more possiblity; samdhiH= of an alliance; etayoH= between these two armies; balaughasya= the army; raakShasaanaam= of demons; vaanarendra balasya= and the army of Sugreeva, the lord of monkeys; deva daanavayoriva= than between a god and a demon.

"There is no more possibility of an alliance between these two armies - the army of demons and the army of monkeys than between a God and a demon."

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puraa praakaaramaayaanti kShipramekataraM kuru |

siitaaM vaasmai prayachchhaashu yuddhaM vaapi pradiiyataam || 6-24-35

35. puraa aayanti= very soon, (they) can come; praakaaram= to the rampart; kuru= do; ekataram= any one of the two acts; kShipram= immediately; prayachchha vaa= either to restore; siitaam= Seetha; yuddham vaapi= or combat; pradiiyataam= may be offered; asmai= to him; aashu= soon.

"Very soon, they can come to our rampart. immediately, do any one of these two acts, either to restore Seetha or to offer a combat to him."

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shukasya vachanaM shrutvaa raavaNo vaakya mabraviit |

roShasaMraktanayano nirdahanniva chakShuShaa || 6-24-36

36. shrutvaa= hearing; vachanam= the words; shukasya= of Shuka; raavaNaH= Ravana; roShasamrakta nayanaH= with his eyes becoming blood-red in anger; abraviit= spoke; vaakyam= (these) words; nirdahanniva= as if he would consume him; chakShusaa= with his glance.

Hearing the words of Shuka, Ravana with his eyes becoming blood-red in anger, as if he would consume him with his glance, said as follows:

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yadi maaM pratiyudhyeran devagandharvadaanavaaH |

naiva siitaaM praadaasyaami sarvalokabhayaadapi || 6-24-37

37. sarva loka bhayaadapi= even if I were frightened by all the worlds; maam pratiyuddhye= frightened by all the worlds; maam pratiyuddhyerannapi= or even if I were to face a battle; deva gandharva daanavaaH= with celestials; Gandharvas (celestial singers); or demons; naiva pradaasyaami= I would not give back; siitaam= Seetha.

"Even if I were frightened by all the worlds or even if I were to face a battle with celestials; Gandharvas (celestial singers) or demons, I would not give back Seetha."

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kadaa samabhidhaavanti maamakaa raaghavaM sharaaH |

vasante puSpitaM mattaa bhramaraa iva paadapam || 6-24-38

38. tadaa= when; maamakaaH= will my; sharaaH arrows; samabhidhaavanti= soon fall; raaghavam= upon Rama; bhramaraaH iva= as large black bees; mattaaH= excited with joy; (fall upon); paadapam= a tree; puShpitam= in bloom; vasante= at spring-time?

"When will my arrows soon fall upon Rama, as alrge black bees excited with joy fall upon a tree a bloom at a spring-time?"

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kadaa shoNitadigdhaaN^gaM diipaiH kaarmukavichyutaiH |

sharairaadiipayiShyaami ulkaabhiriva kuJNjaram || 6-24-39

39. kadaa= when; aadiipayishyaami= shall I consume; diiptaiH= by the blazing; sharaiH= arrows; kaarmuka vichyutaiH= released from my bow; shoNita digdhaaN^gam= his body flowing with blood; ulkaabhiriva= as flaming torches; (destroy); kuN^jaram= an elephant?

"When shall I consume his body flowing with blood, by the blazing arrows released from my bow, as flaming torches destroy an elephant?"

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tachchaasya balamaadaasye balena mahataa vR^itaH |

jyotiShaamiva sarveShaaM prabhaamudyandivaakaraH || 6-24-40

40. vR^itaH= endowed with; mahataa= a huge; balena= army; aadaasya= I shall eclipse; tat= the aforesaid; balam= army; asya= of Rama; prabhaamiva= as the brilliance; sarveShaam jyotiShaam= of all stars; udyan= at the rising; divaakaraH= of the sun.

" Endowed with a huge army, I shall eclipse the aforesaid army of Rama, as the brilliance all-stars is obscured at the rising of the sun."

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saagarasyeva me vego maarutasyeva me balam |

na cha daasharathirveda tena maaM yoddhumichchhati || 6-24-41

41. me= My; vegaH= rashness; saagarasyeva= is like that of the sea; me= my; balam= strength; maarutasyeva= is like that of the wind; daasharathiH= Rama; na cha veda= is not aware 9of it); tena= that is why; ichchhat he desires; maam yoddhum= to meet me in combat."

"My rashness is like that of the sea and my strength is like that of the wind. Rama is not aware of it. That is why, he is desirous of meeting me in a combat."

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na me tuuNiishayaan baaNaan saviShaaniva pannagaan |

raamaH pasyati saMgraame tena maam yoddhumichchhati || 6-24-42

42. raamaH= Rama; na pashyati= has not seen; me baaNaan= my arrows; saviShaan pannagaaniva= resembling venomous serpants; tuuniishayaan= in my quiver; tena= that is why; ichchhati= he desires; yoddhum= to fight; maam= with me..

"Rama has not seen my arrows resembling venomous serpants lying in my quiver. That is why, he desires to fight with me."

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na jaanaati puraa viiryaM mama yuddhe sa raaghavaH |

mama chaapamayiiM viiNaaM sharakoNaiH pravaaditaam || 6-24-43

jyaashabdatumulaaM ghoraamaartagiitamahaasvanaam |

naaraachatalasaMnaadaaM taaM mamaahitavaahiniim || 6-24-44

avagaahya mahaaraN^gaM vaadayiShyaamyahaM raNe |

43, 44. saH raaghavaH= that Rama; puraa= formerly; na jaanaati= was not aware; mama= of my; viiryam= prowess; yuddhe= in battle; vaadayiShyaami= I shall cause to resound; viiNaam= Vina; mama chaapamayiim= in the form of my bow; naaraachatala samvaadaam= which is played on, with the heads of my arrows; jyaashabda tumulaam the bow-string producing a tumultuous sound; aartagiita mahaasvanaam= the huge cries of the wounded; ghoraam= its terrible accompaniment; sharakoNaiH= the darts; pravaaditaam= sounding its innumerable notes; (when); aham= I; avagaahya= enter; mahaaraN^gam a vast stage; maam ahita vaahiniim= in the form of my enemy ranks; taam= in that; raNe= battle.

"That Rama formely was not aware of my prowess in battle. I shall cause to resound Vina (a musical instrument) in the form of my bow, which is played on with the heads of my arrows, the bow-string producing a tumultuous sound, the huge cries of the wounded its terrible accompaniment, the darts soundiing its innumerable notes, when I enter a vast stage in the form of my enemy-ranks in that battle."

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na vaasavenaapi sahasrachakShuShaa |

yuddhe.asmi shakyo varuNena vaa svayam |

yamena vaa dharShayituM sharaagninaa |

mahaahave vaishravaNena vaa svayam || 6-24-45

45. vaasavenaapi= neither by Devendra, the god of celestials; sahasra chakShuShaa= the thousand eyed; varuNenaapi= nor by Varuna, the god of svayam= in person' dharShayitum= to be attacked; mahaahave= in a great battle.

"Neither by the thousand-eyed Indra the god of celestials nor by Varuna the god of waters in person in a combat, nor by Yama the god of death with the fire of his arrows, nor by Kubera the lord of riches in person, can I be able to be attacked in a great battle."

 

ityaarshhe shriimadraamaayaNe aadikaavye yudhakaaNDe chaturviMshaH sargaH

Thus, this is the 24th chapter in Yuddha Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana, the First Epic poem of India.

 

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