Chapter [Sarga] 77

Introduction

Seeing Kumbha his brother killed in battle, the enraged Nikumbha with an iron club as his weapon roars and faces the battle. Hanuma directly attacks Nikumbha, by striking his fist forcibly on Nikumbhas breast. Unmoved by that blow, Nikumbha lifts Hanuma, off the ground. Hanuma in retaliation frees himself and throws down Nikumbha on the ground. Hanuma descends on Nikumbha, pounds his chest with his fist, catches his head and tears it off. Thus, Nikumbha dies at the hands of Hanuma.


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inkM-ae atr< va suIve[ inpaittm!,
dhiv kaepen vanreNmudE]t. 6771

1. dR^iShTvaa= seeing; bhraataram= his brother; nipaatitam= stretched (on the ground); sugriiveNa= by Sugreeva; udaikShata kopena= he cast angry looks; (at Sugreeva); pradahanniva= as is would burn him (into ashes).

Seeing his brother stretched on the ground, Nikumbha cast angry looks at Sugreeva, as it would burn him into ashes.

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tt> Gdams<n< dpalm! zu-m!,
Aadde pir"< xIrae mheNizoraepmm!. 6772

2. tataH= then; dhiiraH= Nikumbha of firmness; aadade= grasped; parigham= his iron club; mahendra shikharopamam= stupendous like the crest of Mount Mandara; shubham= which was bright; sragdaama samnaddam= festooned with wreaths; dattapaN^chaaNgulam= and provided with iron plates measuring five digits in breadth.

Then, Nikumbha of firm mind grasped his iron club, stupendous like the crest of Mount Mandara and which was bright, festooned with wreaths and provided with iron plates, measuring five digits in breadth.

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hemppiri]< vivԂm-Ui;tm!,
ymd{faepm< -Im< r]sa< -ynaznm!. 6773

3. hema paTTaparikShiptam= round it ran a broad strip of gold; vajra vidrumabhuuShitam= while diamonds and rubies studded it all over; yama daN^Dopamam= like the death-dealing rod of Yama (it seemed); bhiimam= causing dismay to the monkeys; bhayanaashanam= and nerving the demons with courage.

Round it ran a broad strip of gold while diamonds and rubies studded it all over. Like the death-dealing rod of Yama, it seemed causing dismay to the monkeys and nerving the demons with courage.

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tmaivXy mhateja> zXvjsmaEjsm!,
innnad ivv&aSyae inkM-ae -Imivm>. 6774

4. aavidhya= wielding; tam= that weapon; shakradhvaja samaujasam= which in size resembled the flag-staff of Indra; nikumbhaH= Nikumbha; bhiimavikramaH= of terrific prowess; ninanaada= roared, vivR^ittaasya= with his mouth yawning wide.

Wielding that weapon, which in size resembled the flag-staff of Indra, Nikumbha of terrific prowess, roared with his mouth yawing wide.

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%raegten in:ke[ -ujSwErdErip,
k{fla_ya< c ica_ya< malya c s icya. 6775
inkM-ae -U;[E-aRit ten Sm pir"e[ c,
yweNxnu;a me"> s iv*uTStniyuman!. 6776

5, 6. urogatena= on his chest; niShkeNa= (shone) a medal of gold; bhujasthaiH= his arms were held; aN^gadaiH api= by beautiful bracelets; chitraabhyaam= lustrous; kuN^Dalaabhyaam= pendants depended from his ears; chitrayaa= resplendent; maalayaacha= garland; (enfolded his neck); bhuuShaNaiH= with these ornaments; tena parigheNacha= and with his club; saH nikumbhaH= that Nikumbha; bhaatisma= shone (assumed); meghaH yatha= (the threatening semblance) of a cloud; savidyut stanayitnumaan= with lightning and thunder; indradhamShaa= and shot with (a vivid) rainbow.

On his chest shone a medal of gold. His arms were held by beautiful bracelets. Lustrous pendants depended from his ear. Resplendent garland enfolded his neck. With these ornaments and with his club, Nikumbha assumed the threatening semblance of a cloud, with lightning and thunder and shot with a vivid rainbow.

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pir"ae[ puS)aeq vatiNwmRhaTmN>,
jJval s"ae; ivxUm #v pavk>. 6777

7. parighaagreNa= with his club in front; mahaatmanaH= of the mighty Nikumbha; pushpoTa vaatagranthiH= the noise was like the bursting yell of seven winds of heaven; prajajvaala= and illumined; paavakaH iva= like the fire-god; vidhuumaH= bereft of smoke.

The strong Nikumbha, with his arms as strong as his club, hurled his club having sun-like splendour, on the breast of that mighty Hanuma.

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ngyaR ivqpavTya gNxvR-vnaemE>,
starahn]< scN< smhahm!. 6778
inkM-pir"a"U[ mtIv n->Swlm!,

8. nabhaHsthalam= the sky above; bhramatiiva= appeared whirled around; nikumbha parigha aaghuurNam= in the toss of Nikumbha's club, viTapaavatyaa nagaryaa= as though Alaka the city; gandharva bhavanottamaiH= with the palaces of Gandharvas; (performing rapid revolutions) sa taaraagrahanakShatram sachandram samahaagraham= and moon and the stars and the planets; (joining the rotating race).

The sky above appeared whirled around in the toss of Nikumbha's club, as though Alaka the City with the palaces of Gandharvas performed rapid revolutions and the moon and the stars and the planets joining the rotating race.

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rasd s<j}e pir"a-r[->. 6779
aexeNxnae inkM-aiyuRgaNtaiirvaeiTwt>,

9. nikumbhaagniH= the hot tempered fire of nikumbha; parighaabharaNaprabhaH= which had club and ornaments for its flame; samjaJNe= became; krodhenahanaH= and his fury as its face, duraasadaH= dangerous to be approached; utthitaH yugaantaagniH iva= like the fire risen at the time of dissolution of the world.

The hot tempered fire of Nikumbha, which had his club and ornaments for its flame and his fury as its fuel, became dangerous to be approached, like the fire rising at the time of dissolution of the world.

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ra]sa vanraaip n zek> SpiNdtu< -yat!. 67710
hnumaMStu ivv&TyaerStSwaE muotae blI,

10. raakShasaaH= the demons; vaanarashchaapi= and even the monkeys; bhayaat= out of fear; na shekuh= were unable; spanditum= to move; balii= the strong; hunumaat tu= Hanuma for his part; tasthau= stood (alone); uraH vivR^itya= with his breast bared (to the fury of the attack); pramukhataH= in front (of Nikumbha).

The demons and the monkeys too, out of fear, were unable even to make the slightest movement. The mighty Hanuma, on his part, stood alone among them, with his breast bared to the fury of the attack, in front of Nikumbha.

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pir"aepmbaStu pir"< -aSkr-m!. 67711
blI blvtStSy patyamas v]is,

11. balii= the strong Nikumbha; parighopama baahuH= with his arms as strong as his club; paatayaamaasa= hurled; parigham= his club; bhaaskara prabham= with a splendour of the sun; vakShasi= on the breast; tasya balavataH= of that mighty Hanuma.

The strong Nikumbha, with his arms as strong as his club, hurled his club having sun-like splendour, on the breast of that mighty Hanuma.

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iSwre tSyaeris VyUFe pir"> ztxa kt>. 67712
ivkIyRma[> shsa %LkaztimvaMbre,

12. parighaH= the (titanic) club; tasya urasi= that fell on his breast; sthire= which was rock-like; vyuuDhe= and wide; sahasaa= at once; kR^itaH shatadhaa= shattered into hundreds of fragments; ulkaashatamiva= like hundreds of meteors; vikiiryamaaNaH= shattered; ambare= into the sky.

The titanic club, which fell on the wide and rock-like chest of Hanuma, at once shattered into hundreds of fragments, like hundreds of meteors shattering into the sky.

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s tu ten hare[ ivccal mhakip>. 67713
pir"e[ smaxUtae ywa -Uimcle=cl>,

13. saH mahaakapiH= that Hanuma; samaadhuutaH= struck; tena= by that; prahaareNa= blow; parigheNa= of the club; vichachaala= was unmoved; achalaH yathaa= like a mountain; bhuumichale= in an earthquake.

That Hanuma, struck by that blow of the club, was unmoved like a mountain in an earthquake.

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s twai-htSten hnuman! pvgaem>. 67714
mui< sMvtRyamas blenaitmhabl>,

14. tathaa= thus; abhihataH= struck; tena= by him; saH atmahaabalaH hanuman= that mighty Hanuma; plavagottamaH= the foremost of monkeys; samvartayaamaasa= clenched; muShTim= his fist; balena= forcibly.

Thus struck by him, the mighty Hanuma the monkey-chief clenched his fist forcibly.

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tmu*My mhateja inkM-aeris vIyRvan!. 67715
Ai-ic]ep vegen vegvan! vayuivm>,

15. mahaatejaaH= the greatly splendoured; viiryavaan= powerful; vegavaan= and swift; vaayuvikramaH= Hanuma, with the violence of the wind-god, his father; udyamya= lifting; tam= that fist; abhichikShepa= struck it against; nikumbhorasi= Nikumbhas breast; vegena= with force.

The greatly splendoured, powerful and swift Hanuma, with the violence of the wind-god, his father, lifting that fist, struck it against, Nikumbhas breast with force.

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t puS)aeq vmaRSy suav c zaei[tm!,
muina ten s<j}e me"e iv*uidvaeiTwta. 67716

16. tena muShTinaa= by that fist; tatra= then; asya varma= his armour; pusphoTa= got split up; shoNitamcha= and red blood; prasusraava= profusely oozed out; meghe iva= as a black cloud; samJNe utthitaa= streaked suddenly; vidyut= with (fierce) lightning.

By the blow of that fist there, his armour got split up and red blood profusely oozed out, as a black cloud streaked suddenly with fierce lightning.

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s tu ten hare[ inkM-ae ivccal h,
SvSwaip injah hnUmNt< mhablm!. 67717

17. tena prahaareNa= by that blow; saH= that; nikumbhaH= Nikumbha; vichachaalaha= was unmoved; svasthashchaapi= and even recovered; nijagraaha= and grasped; mahaabalam= the mighty; hanuumantam= Hanuma.

But, by that blow, Nikumbha was unmoved, recovered soon and grasped the unwieldy bulk of Hanuma.

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cuzu tda s<Oye -Im< lainvaisn>,
inkM-enae*t< va hnUmNt< mhablm!. 67718

18. dR^iShTvaa= seeing; mahaabalam= the mighty; hanuumantam= Hanuma; udyatam= lifted off (the ground); samkhye= in battle; laN^kaanivasasinaH= the demons; tadaa= then; chukrushuH= roared; bhiimam= terribly.

Seeing the mighty Hanuma lifted off the ground in battle, loud roar of exultant joy rose from the ranks of demons.

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s twa iyma[ae=ip hnuma<Sten r]sa,
Aaj"anainlsutae vkLpen muina. 67719

19. saH hriyamaaNaH api= eventhough he was being carried off; tathaa= in that way; tena rakShasaa= by that demon; hanuman= Hanuma; anila sutaH= the son of wind-god; aajaghaana= struck (him); muShTinaa= with his fist; vajrakalpena= which was like a thunder-bolt.

Eventhough he was being carried off in that way by that demon, Hanuma the son of wind-god, struck him with his thunderbolt-like fist.

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AaTman< mae]iyTvaw i]tav_yvp*t,
hnUmanuNmmawazu inkM-< mataTmj>. 67720

20. mokShayitvaa aatmaanam= freeing himself (from Nikumbha); hanuman= Hanuma; maarutaatmajaH= the son of wind-god; atha= then; abhyapadyata= threw him down; kShitau= on the ground; aashu= and quickly; unmamaatha nikumbham= treated Nikumbha with blows.

Freeing himself from Nikumbha, Hanuma the son of wind-god then threw him down on the ground and treated him with blows.

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ini]Py prmayae inkM-< ini:ppe; c,
%TpTy caSy vegen ppataeris vegvan!. 67721

21. nikShipya= throwing down; nikumbham= Nikumbha; vegena= by main force; paramaayattaH= with a supreme effort; papaata= descended on him; utpatya= leaping; asya urasi= on his chest; niShpi peShacha vegavaan= and pounded it mercilessly.

Throwing down Nikumbha by main force and with a supreme effort, Hanuma descended on him, leaped on his chest and pounded it mercilessly.

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pirg& c ba_ya< pirv&Ty izraexram!,
%TAqyamas izrae -Erv< ndtae mht!. 67722

22. baahuubhyaam= with both hands; parigR^ihya= catching; shirodharaam= the enemys neck; parivR^itya= twisted it about; utpaaTayaamaasa= and tore off; mahat shiraH= his huge head; bhairavam nadatam= while he was horribly roaring.

Then with both hands, he caught the enemys neck, twisted it about and tore off his huge head, while Nikumbha was horribly roaring.

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Aw inndit saidte inkM-e,
pvnsuten r[e b-Uv yum!,
dzrwsutra]seNsUNvae,
-&Rztrmagtrae;yae> su-Imm!. 67723

23. atha= then; ninadati nikumbha= while the roaring Nikumbha; saadite= was killed; raNe= in battle; pavanasutena= by Hanuma; babhuuva= there ensued; bhR^ishataram= and exceedingly; subhiimam= terrific; yuddham= struggle; dasharathasutaH= between Rama; aagata roShayoH= the enraged; raakShasendra suunvoH= and Makaraksha, son of Khara a ruler of demons.

Then, while the roaring Nikumbha was killed in battle by Hanuma, there ensued an exceedingly terrific struggle between the enraged Rama and Makaraksha, son of Khara, a ruler of demons.

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Vypete tu jIve inkM-Sy a,
ivne> Plv<ga idz> sSvnu,
ccalev caevIR ppatev sa aE,
bRl< ra]sana< -ym! caivvez. 67724

24. nikumbhasya jive vyapete= when it was clear that Nikumbha had expired; plavaNgaaH= the monkeys; nineduH= shouted; hR^iShTaaH= with glee; dishaH= the quarters; sasvanuH cha= thundered with satisfaction; urvii= the earth; chchaalena= rocked with joy; dyouH= the heaven; papaatena= appeared to crumble; bhayam= and fear; aviveshacha= seized; raakShasaanaam balam= the army of demons.

When it was clear that Nikumbha had expired, the monkeys shouted with glee, the quarters thundered with satisfaction, the earth rocked with joy, the heaven appeared to crumble and fear seized the army of demons.

 

#Tya;eR Imamay[e vaLmIkIye AaidkaVye yuka<fe ssittm> sgR

Thus, this is the 77th chapter in Yuddha Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana, the First Epic poem of India.


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July 2008, K. M. K. Murthy