BOOK 6: YUDDA KANDA
While highly wise Vanara troops and the Rakshasas were fighting a terrible military ferocity arose in them. Those Rakshasas, the best of Rakshasas, doing terrific acts and eager to triumph in Ravanas name, marched ahead on steeds with golden trappings or Elephants resembling pointed flames, or in chariots flashing like the sun and themselves wearing beautiful armours, creating reverberant sounds in the ten regions. The great army of Vanaras, also eager to triumph, marched opposite to those troops of Rakshasas of terrible acts.
Extra ordinary duels arose between those Rakshasas and Vanaras, who ran up towards each other. The Rakshasa Indrajit of immense energy fought with Angada the son of Vali, as the Rakshasa Andhaka fought with Shiva the Lord of destruction. The ever indomitable Sampati fought with Prajangha and Hanuman the Vanara measured his strength with Jambumali.
The Rakshasa with great fury, Vibhishana the younger brother of Ravana confronted with Shatrughna possessing fiery velocity in battle. Gaja of great strength fought with a Rakshasa called Tapana and Nila too of great energy fought with Nikumbha. Sugreeva the king of Vanaras confronted well with Praghasa and the glorious Lakshmana confronted with Virupaksha in the battle.
The invincible Agniketu, Rashmiketu, Mitraghna and Yajnakopa confronted with Rama. Vajramushti confronted with Mainda and Ashaniprabha with Dvivida. Those principal Vanaras Mainda and Dvivida confronted with those highly terrific Rakshasas. Pratapana, the valiant, terrific and invincible in battle fought well with Nala of intense speed in battle. That great Vanara called Sushena, the strong son of Yama fought with Vidyunmali.
Some other dreadful Vanaras, having finished their fight with many Rakshasas, swiftly got a duel with some other Rakshasas. A very great tumultuous battle, which caused hair to stand on end, continued there between heroic Rakshasas and Vanaras, who were eager to triumph. Streams of blood flowed from the bodies of Vanaras and Rakshasas, with turfs of hair and carrying bodies in the stream, like timber.
The enraged Indrajit struck the valiant Angada (who can tear asunder the enemy forces) with a mace, like Indra with his thunder bolt. The swift Vanara, Angada struck his chariot, having a variegated body of gold, along with Horses and the charioteer in the battle. Sampati, who was struck by Prajangha with three arrows, killed Prajangha by an Ashvakarna tree, at the zenith of the combat.
Jambumali, standing in his chariot, full of strength and fury banged on Hanumans breast, with a javelin kept in his chariot, on the field of battle. Hanuman, the son of the wind god, ascended his chariot and soon overthrew it together with the Rakshasa, with the palm of his hand. That terrific Pratapana, while roaring, ran towards Nala. Nala suddenly scratched out Pratapanas eyes. Pierced in the limbs by sharp arrows by Praghasa the swift handed Rakshasa, Sugreeva the Lord of Rakshasas immediately killed Praghasa (who was appearing to swallow the Vanara troops) with a Saptaparna tree.
Lakshmana with a terrific look, having tormented Virupaksha the Rakshasa with a shower of arrows, finally killed him with an arrow. The invincible Agniketu, Rashmiketu, Mitraghna and Yajnakopa wounded Rama by arrows. The enraged Rama on his part chopped the hands of those four Rakshasas in the battle by his four terrific arrows having fire like points.
Struck with a fist by Mainda in the battle, Vajramushti along with his chariot fell to the ground like a watch tower on a city wall. Nikumbha chopped Nila, having a radiance of a mass of collyrium in battle, by his sharp arrows, like a cloud by the rays of the sun. Then, Nikumbha the swift handed Rakshasa again wounded Nila by a hundred arrows in the battle and laughed continuously.
Nila chopped the head of the charioteer of Nikumbha by the wheel of the same chariot in that fight, as Vishnu in a battle. Even Dvivida, whose impact was like a flash of lightening of a thunder bolt, struck Ashaniprabha with a rock before the eyes of all the Rakshasas. That Ashaniprabha wounded Dvivida the Vanara leader by his thunder bolt like arrows, while Dvivida was fighting with trees in the battle. With his limbs struck by arrows, that Dvivida agitated as he was by anger, struck with a Sala tree, Ashaniprabha, his chariot and the Horses.
Vidyunmali, seated in a chariot, struck Sushena repeatedly with arrows adorned with gold and made a roaring sound. Sushena the excellent Vanara, seeing him mounted on a chariot, quickly caused the chariot to fall down, by a huge rock. Retreating soon from the chariot, Vidyunmali the Rakshasa endowed with a skill, stood on the ground with a mace in his hand.
Then, the excellent Vanara, Sushena engulfed as he was with anger, seizing a very huge rock in his hands, chased that Rakshasa. Vidyunmali the ranger of the night struck that approaching Sushena the excellent Vanara, quickly with a mace on his chest. Not minding that terrific blow with the mace in the great battle, Sushena the excellent Vanara silently threw that huge rock on his chest.
Struck by the thump of that rock, Vidyunmali the Rakshasa, his chest crushed, fell lifeless on the earth. Those strong Rakshasas were destroyed thus by those valiant Vanaras there in a series of hand to hand encounters, as the Daityas were destroyed by the blows of the Devas. The battle field became frightening with extra ordinary spears, other arrows, maces, javelins, lances and some other weapons with three points, shattered chariots and military steeds Elephants in rut, Vanaras and Rakshasas which had been killed, wheels axles and yokes broken and lying on the ground and frequented as it was by herds of Jackals. The headless trunks of Vanaras and Rakshasas sprang up here and there in the midst of that tumultuous conflict, which resembled the war between Devas and Asuras.
Then, the rangers of the night, with their limbs anointed with blood after being attacked by the excellent Vanaras, longed for sun set and again with strength, assembled for a good combat.