||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 46(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 46

Ravana knowing that the minister's sons have been killed by the great Vanara, concealing his agony , applied his mind on the next course of action.

The Ten-headed one commanded the five army generals Virupaksha, Yupaksha, Praghasa, Bhasakarna and Durdhara who are warriors skilled in statecraft, to capture in the battle Hanuman who equals wind god in speed

Ravana spoke to teh five generals.

"Oh Army Generals ! All of you accompanied by large army along with horses, elephants, and chariots punish the Vanara. Approaching the forest dweller, he should be engaged with all efforts which are not against the time and place and even actions done by him. Judging by the actions, I do not think he is a Vanara. That great being is endowed with great strength".

' He might have been created only to fight us by Indra along with Naga Yaksha Gandharva Devas or asuras or Maharshis. With your help I have defeated them all. Certainly even a little harm should be done. There is no doubt. The Vanara may be captured with force.The warrior of heroic strength should not be insulted '.

" Earlier I have seen immensely powerful mighty Vanaras like Vali , Jambavan, and Sugriva. Nila Dvivida and other army generals too. They do not have his speed or valor. Not that intellect, not that stregth and energy or the ability to change form at will. This great being has taken the form of a Vanara. You have to put extraordinary efforts to capture him. Along with Indra and all Suras Asuras and Manavas there is no one in the three worlds who is competent to stand in front of him. Even so desiring victory in the battle make all efforts to protect your self. The result of battle is uncertain".

Those powerful generals, resplendent like the sacrificial fire, taking the leader's words moved together with their army of chariots , intoxicated elephants, with horses of great speed, and many kinds of sharp weapons,

Then the five generals saw Hanuman, the great Vanara the mighty intelligent being, shining by his own effulgence, rising and shining like a Sun, perched on the archway, Looking at him who is highly intelligent, speedy, mighty and is with huge form, they positioned themselves with different fearsome weapons here and there and in all directions. Then they attacked him.

Five arrows made of iron with powerful sharp steel shafts and polished yellow tips by Durdhara pierced his head, they were like shining like petals of lilies (for Hanuman). That Vanara hit by the five of them in the head , making a loud noise in all directions jumped up into the sky.

Then the powerful Durdhara mounted on his chariot hit him with hundreds of sharp arrows. That Vanara in the sky kept away the shower of arrows like wind keeps clouds from raining showers. Being attacked by Durdhara, the son of wind god fought the battle. Speedily he again increased his size. That Vanara having grown very fast, fell on the chariot like a lightning on a mountain.

Then he ( Durdhara) lost the chariot with eight horses killed and the axle broken, lost his life and fell down on the ground.

The unassailable crushers of enemies Virupaksha and Yupaksha seeing Durdhara fallen to the ground, thus enraged jumped up. The great Vanara with powerful arms having leapt and standing the sky quickly hit both of them on the chest with iron hammers. The mighty one with the speed of Suparna, while resisting again fell on the ground.

The Vanara, the son of wind god, seized a Sala tree. Uprooting the same, he killed the two heros. Then knowing that the three generals have been killed by the Vanara, Praghasa who moves with great speed violently attacked Hanuman. The courageous Bhasakarna too enraged brought the spear to attack Hanuman.

The renowned, tiger among the Vanaras on the one side was attacked by Praghasa with sharp crowbar, Bhasakarna the Rakshasa attacked with a spear. Attacked by both of them with his body smeared with blood the Vanara shining like a rising Sun became angry.

Hanuman, the best of Vanaras, plucked the peak of a mountain along with all animals and trees, using the same killed both the Rakshasas. After the five generals were killed , the Vanara then started to destroy the rest of the forces. Like Indra destroying the Asuras, the Vanara destroyed the horses with horses, the elephants with elephants, the warriors with warriors, the chariots with chariots.

With dead elephants, horse, broken chariots, and the dead Rakshasas the whole ground was filled up.

Then the hero Vanara having killed the generals along with their forces and vehicles and reviewing the same went back to the archway much like the Time bent on destroying the humanity.

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

|| om tat sat||