||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 46(Summary in English)


|| om tat sat||
हतान् मंत्रिसुतान् बुद्ध्वा वानरेण महात्मना।
रावणः संवृताकारः चकार मतिमुत्तमाम्॥1||
स॥ महात्मना वानरेण मंत्रिसुतान् हतान् (इति) बुद्ध्वा रावणः संवृताकारः उत्तमाम् मतिं चकार॥
Ravana knowing that the minister's sons have been killed by the great Vanara, concealing his agony, applied his mind.
|| 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.

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

Ravana spoke to the 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. Nor that intellect, nor that strength 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 yourself. 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, 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. Seeing him, who is highly intelligent, speedy, mighty and is with huge form, they positioned themselves with different fearsome weapons everywhere and in all directions. Then they attacked him.

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

Then the powerful Durdhara mounted on his chariot hit him with hundreds of sharp arrows. That Vanara kept away the shower of arrows like wind keeps clouds from raining showers, in the sky. 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 of Durdhara, like a lightning on a mountain.

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

Virupaksha and Yupaksha, the unassailable crushers of enemies, seeing Durdhara fallen to the ground, thus enraged jumped up. The great Vanara with powerful arms having leapt and standing the sky quickly hit by 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 heroes. Then knowing that the three generals have been killed by the Vanara, Praghasa who moves with great speed, violently attacked Hanuman. The courageous and enraged Bhasakarna too brought a 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||
ततः कपिस्तान् ध्वजिनीपतीन् रणे
निहत्य वीरान् सबलान् सवाहनान्।
समीक्ष्य वीरः परिगृह्य तोरणं
कृतक्षणः काल इव प्रजाक्षये॥39||
स॥ ततः वीरः कपिः वीरान् सबलान् स वाहनान् तान् ध्वजिनिपतीन् रणे निहत्य समीक्ष तोरनं परिगृह्य प्रजाक्षये कालः इव कृतक्षणः॥
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 god of death bent on destroying the humanity.
|| om tat sat||