BOOK 5: SUNDARA KANDA
Then, after fulfilling his heart s wish, Hanuma, looking over Lanka, thought about the remaining act to be done, with an augmented energy. "Which act indeed is remaing nowto be done by me here, that may further create anguish to these Rakshasas?" "I have demolished the garden. I have killed excellent Rakshasas. I destroyed a portion of the army. The demolition of the fort is still remaining." "When the fort gets destroyed, the task (of Rama s battle) will be devoid of fatigue. Even with a small effort in this task, the work will become fruitful."
"It is justified to satisfy this blazing flame on my tail, by feeding it to the full, with these excellent houses (in the city of Lanka)." Then, Hanuma, with his burning tail, strolled over the house tops of Lanka, like a cloud charged with lightning. Surveying the gardens and lofty palatial mansions, that Hanuma, without fear, passed from one house to another, of the Rakshasas.
Jumping down on Prahasta s house, the valiant Hanuma, with great swiftness, having strength equal to wind, scattering fire on it, jumped over from there, to another house belonging to Mahaparshva. Hanuma, with great swiftness, having strength equal to wind, scattering fire on it, jumped over from there, to another house belonging to Mahaparshva. Hanuma scattered a fire there resembling a flame of fire that is to destroy the world. That Hanuma, of great splendour, then leapt to the houses of Vajradamshtra, Shuka and Sarana, the intelligent. Leaving the house of Vibhishana, Hanuma of great splendour, went successively to the houses of Rashmiketu, Surya shatru, Hrasvakarna, Damshtra, Romasha the Rakshasa, Yuddhonmatta, Matta, Dhvajagreeva the Rakshasa, the terrific Vidyujjihva, Hastimukha, Karala, Pishacha, Shonitaksha, Kumbhakarna, Makaraksha, Yajnashatru, Brahmashatru, Narantaka, Kumbha as also the evil minded Nikumbha and burnt the houses.
That Hanuma of great fame burnt away wealth in the mansions of the rich. Having passed over all the houses, the mighty and glorious Hanuma thereafter approached the house of Ravana the king of Rakshasas. Thereafter, scattering a blazing fire located at the tip of his tail, on that principal house, decorated with various kinds of precious stones, resembling Mounts Meru and Mandara as also embellished with all good work, the valiant Hanuma roared like a cloud thundering at noon time in a rainy season. In contact with the wind, the fire escalated with a great speed and intensity, blazing like a fire that is to destroy the world.
The wind carried the blazing fire to other houses. In conjunction with the wind, the fire became very swift. Those large houses, with golden windows, embedded with pearls, gems and precious jewels were shattered to pieces. The Rakshasas, who were running hither and thither to protect their houses and who lost their spirits and abundant wealth, created a tumultuous nose, saying "Alas! The Agni has come really in a form of this Vanara!"
Some women crying and carrying their sucklings with their hair dishevelled, fell down from their houses, which were enveloped with fire, and shone like flashes of lightning falling from clouds in the sky. That Hanuma saw molten metals mixed with diamonds, corals, cat s eye gems, pearls and silver, surging from every marvellous house. As the fire does not get satisfied with any amount of firewood and straw fed to it, Hanuma was not wearied in killing any number of Rakshasas. The earth was not then wearied in receiving the number of Rakshasas killed by Hanuma (in her lap).
Flames of fire glittered like Kimshuka flowers at some places, blossoms of Shalmali tree at some places and like saffron flowers at some other places. The high souled Hanuma, the swift Vanara scorched the city of Lanka, as Rudra scorched the city of Tripura. Then, the fire having a terrific prowess, diffused by the swift Hanuma, stretching out a circle of flames, blazed and rose up to the summit of the mountain on which the city of Lanka. That fire diffused on those buildings, together with the wind picked up a speed equal to that of a fire at the time of dissolution of the world. It grew taller, touching the sky with a smokeless splendour. Those flames of fire shot up, as inflamed by ghee
The great fire persisted, surrounding the entire Lanka, having a good splendour equal to that of millions of suns and blazed like a broken up hemi sphere of the world, creating many sounds of a wide spread thunderbolt. The fire with a fierce splendour there, extended fully to the sky, shooting flames like Kumshuka flowers. The clouds, bearing the colour of blue lotuses, shone as covered by smoke formed out of the extinguished fire. "He is not a Vanara. He is either Indra wielding a thunderbolt, or Yama, or Varuna, or Vayu or Agni or Rudra or Arka or Kubera or Soma. He may be Kala himself."
"Whether the rage of four faced Brahma, the grand father of all and the creator of all has arrived here in the guise of a Vanara, playing the role of a destroyer of Rakshasas?" "Or whether a supreme bright energy of Vishnu, the lord of maintenance of the Universe, unthinkable, unmanifest, infinite and pearless, arrived now, assuming the form of a Vanara for the destruction of Rakshasas, by virtue of Her extraordinary power?" Thus spoke all those excellent troops of Rakshasas in multitude, gathering together there, on seeing that city scorched so soon, with its host of living beings, houses and trees.
Then, Lanka having been scorched with its Rakshasas, Horses, Chariots, Elephants, multitude of Birds, animals and trees, cried pitiably with tumultuous noise. Making a very terrific noise with a dreadful sound, the Rakshasas cried in various ways as follows: "O my dear beloved son! O my beloved husband! O my friend! O my very auspicious life, filled with enjoyments!" That Lanka appeared as though afflicted by a curse, as defeated by a strong fury of Hanuma, enveloped by flames of fire, with its distinguished heroes killed and with its warriors in retreat. Hanuma, with his great mind, saw Lanka with its dazed, frightened and dejected Rakshasas, marked by blazing flames of fire and afflicted by the fury of Brahma the creator of the universe.
After demolishing the garden which was full of excellent trees, killing great Rakshasas in battle and burning that city endowed with a series of excellent houses, Hanuma the Vanara and the son of Vayu, stood at ease. Standing there on the wonderful flat summit of Mount Trikuta, Hanuma the foremost leader of the Vanaras, having a garland of flames formed by his blazing tail, shone like the sun having a garland of rays. Killing those multitudes of Rakshasas, demolishing that garden endowed with several trees and scattering fire on the houses of Rakshasas, the high souled Hanuma sought Rama with his mind.
Then, all the multitude of Devas enlogised that Hanuma, the principal warrior of the Vanaras, possessing great strength and swiftness similar to the wind, greatly intelligent and the most excellent. Demolishing the garden, killing the Rakshasas in battle, Hanuma of great splendour shone brightly, after burning the beautiful City of Lanka. Seeing that city of Lanka burnt there, Devas, Siddhas and great sages along with Gandharvas, got a colossal surprise.
Seeing that Hanuma, the foremost among the Vanaras and a mighty Vanara, all the created beings were frightened, thinking of him as a fire that is to destroy the world. There, all the Devas, Sages, Gandharvas, Vidyadharas, Nagas, Yakshas, the Bhutas and all great living beings attained a great joy.