BOOK 6: YUDDA KANDA
Rama, who was followed by Lakshmana, having made up his mind to ascend Mount Suvela, spoke in a gentle and prime voice to Sugreeva and to Vibhishana who was the knower of what is right, a Rakshasa devoted to him who was experienced in counsel and a knower of prescribed rules (as follows):
"We shall ascend up on high this Suvela mountain, shining well with hundreds of minerals. All of us will stay on this mountain for this night." "We shall see Lanka the abode of that Rakshasa, Ravana the evil minded by whom my wife was taken away for the sake of his own death, by whom virtue was not understood, good character was not known and noble lineage was not seen and by whom that contemptible act was done with an inferior Rakshasa mind." "My anger is increased on hearing the name of that Rakshasa. Because of the offence committed by him, I shall see that all these Rakshasas are destroyed."
"Falling into that power of trap of death, one does an evil act. Because of the offence committed by him the vilest, his lineage is destroyed." Rama, thus thinking of Ravana in anger, approached and ascended the mountain of Suvela with its conspicuous summits. Lakshmana too who took delight in his own valour and steadfastness, keeping ready his mighty bow with arrows, followed behind Rama Sugreeva along with his ministers and Vibhishana ascended the mountain, by following him.
Hanuman, Angada, Nila, Mainda, Dvivida, Gaja, Gavaksha, Gavaya, Sharabha, Gandhamadana, Panasa, Kumuda, Hara, Rambha the chief of the troop, Jambavan, sushena, the greatly wise Rishabha, Durmukha of great splendour, Shatabali the Vanara and other hundreds of Vanaras which are fast moving, which can wander easily on mountains with a speed akin to that of wind, ascended that Suvela mountain which Rama ascended. Having ascended the mountain from all sides within no long time, they saw at its apex, the city of Lanka which appeared as though it was hanging in the sky. The chiefs of Vanara troops saw that beautiful City of Lanka, furnished with excellent gates, enriched with exquisitc ramparts and pervaded all over with Rakshasas. Those excellent Vanaras saw another rampart formed out of the black Rakshasas so standing together scribble on that existing exquisite rampart.
Seeing the Rakshasas who were craving for war, all those Vanaras made various types of noises, while Rama was witnessing the scene. Then, the sun reddened with evening twillight went down and the night shining with full moon arrived. Thereafter, Rama along with Lakshmana as well as Sugreeva the Lord of Vanaras together with troops and captions of troops, duly greeted welcomingly and treated hospitably by Vibhishana, halted happily on the mountain resort of Suvela.