||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 44 (Summary in English)


(PS: This is a true translation of the Sanskrit epic which tends to have long descriptive sentences which are retained as they are)||om tat sat||

||om tat sat||

Sarga 44

Ordered by the king of Rakshasas, Jambumaali , the powerful son of Prahasta, with big teeth carrying a bow went for battling Hanuman.

Jambumali was adorned with garland of red flowers and clothes, wearing a chaplet. With beautiful earrings and big round eyes he was fierce and invincible in war. He quickly left for the battle, with big radiant arrows, with a bow like that of Indra's bow, making loud noise as if thundering like the thunderbolt. The great thundering noises of his bow filled all the directions including the sky and other worlds.

Hanuman endowed with great speed, seeing him come with a chariot drawn by donkeys was delighted and and made a loud noise. The powerful Jambumaali hit the great Vanara Hanuman who was standing on the archway with arrows. He troubled the best of Vanaras with a crescent shaped arrow on his face, with ten ear shaped arrows to the head and shoulders. Hit by the arrows his reddish face looked like a full blown lotus in autumn season hit by the rays of Sun. His red face glowing with blood was like a red lotus in the sky sprinkled with drops of red sandal.

Hit by the arrows of the Rakshasa Hanuman was enraged. Then he saw a huge rock on the side. The mighty one having quickly lifted that one hurled the same. The enraged Rakshasa smashed that with ten arrows.

The fierce warrior Hanuman seeing that action being thwarted , saw a big tree , pulled out the same and started whirling. Seeing the mighty Vanara whirling the Sala tree , the mighty Jambumali attacked ( Hanuman) with many arrows. He cut off the tree with four arrows , and hit Vanara with five arrows on his shoulder, one arrow on his chest and ten arrows below the chest.

With arrows all over his body , angry Hanuman took the same iron spear and started whirling again. Hanuman of immeasurable strength, with great speed whirling the iron spear threw it the chest of Jambumali. Then his head was not seen. No shoulders, no knees, no chariot , or the horses were seen. Nothing was left. With all parts of his body smashed to pieces, thus killed the mighty Jambumali quickly fell on the ground.

Ravana hearing the death of Jambumali and the Kinkaras became enraged with blood oozing out of his eyes.

As the mighty Jambumali was killed, the Rakshasa king with his eyes red and rolling in anger ordered the sons of the ministers who are highly valiant warriors.

Thus ends the forty fourth Sarga of Sundarakanda in Ramayana the very first poem composed in Sanskrit by the first poet sage Valmiki.

||om tat sat||