BOOK 6: YUDDA KANDA
That tumultuous sound, set up by the Vanaras who were full of martial ardour, arrested the attention of Ravana and his Rakshasas.
Hearing that mighty clamour, sounding smooth and deep, Ravana spoke to his ministers who surrounded him. "A great uproar, resembling the rumbling of clouds, has arisen from that horde of rejoiced Vanaras. Undoubtedly their joy is great, their mighty roars are agitating the briny ocean itself. "Those two brothers Rama and Lakshmana were tied by sharp arrows. This sound of a great magnitude being heard by me, is begetting an apprehension in me."
Having spoken thus to his ministers, Ravana the Lord of Rakshasas said to his Rakshasas who stood round him there (as follows) "You immediately discover from what cause this general rejoicing among all these Vanaras coming for the their present grievous situation! Thus commanded by Ravana, they mounted the rampart very briskly and saw the army lead by the high souled Sugreeva and also the highly fortunate Rama and Lakshmana who were relieved of the terrific shackle of arrow a and risen up together. All the Rakshasas felt desponded on seeing it.
With their hearts trembling with fear and faces turning pale, all those terrific Rakshasas descended from the rampart and approached Ravana. With downcast faces, those Rakshasas skilled in speech, faithfully informed Ravana of those unpleasant tidings, saying: "The two brothers, Rama and Lakshmana, whom Indrajit had bound with his benumbing shafts and whose arms he had pinioned, are free from the arrows which paralyzed them and now appear on the field of battle, as two strong Elephants who have snapped their fetters." Hearing their words, the might Ravana was filled with anxiety and fury. His face became pale (and he spoke as follows):
"If my adversaries, having thus been bound by Indrajit are freed, despite their injuries in battle by his formidable arrows which were infallible those rare boons, resembling serpents, bright as the sun, I perceive my entire army in jeopardy." "Those very arrows, bright as fire, which in battle have taken the life of my enemies, have now been rendered void indeed!" Having spoken thus in furious tones, hissing like a snake, he addressed a Rakshasa called Dhumraksha who was seated amidst the Rakshasas and said.
"You, with a terrific prowess, go quickly with a considerable force of Rakshasas and slay Rama, Lakshmana and his Vanaras." Thus commanded by Ravana, the intelligent Dhumraksha, going past from there, quickly departed front her royal palace. Having crossed that gate, he spoke to the General of the Forces as follows: "Mobilize the army. Hasten quickly. What need is there for the delay?"
Hearing the words of Dhumraksha, the general of forces, having the army which followed him, kept the army ready quickly, as per Ravana s command. Those strong Rakshasas of terrific form, making sounds with bells hung on their bodies, joyously surrounded Dhumraksha. Furnished with every kind of weapon, brandishing spears, hammers, maces, harpoons, sticks, iron cudgels, bars, clubs, javelins, missiles, nooses and axes, those terrible Rakshasas sallied forth with the noise of thunder. Clad in mail, mounted on chariots that were magnificently dressed with flags and decorated with bands of pure gold, harnessed to mules of many heads or steeds of exceeding fleetness or Elephants in furious rut, some other excellent Rakshasas went forth like veritable Tigers.
Dhumraksha, with a mule like clatter, set out in a celestial chariot to which mules adorned with gold and heads of deer and Lions were hitched. That Dhumraksha of mighty prowess, surrounded by Rakshasas, set forth amidst mocking laughter, through the western gate where the army chief Hanuman was stationed. As he mounted and advanced in an excellent chariot harnessed to mules, whose voices he emulated, Birds of ill omen in the sky obstructed that advancing Rakshasa of very terrible and fearful appearance.
A highly terrible vulture alighted on the top of his chariot, while those devourers of corpses clustered on the point of his standard. Streming with blood, a huge decapitated trunk fell to earth, emitting inarticulate noise in Dhumraksha s vicinity and the sky rained down blood. The earth trembled. The wind with noise resembling a thunder blew adversely. Every quarter, obscured by abundant darkness, did not dazzle.
Seeing those terrible amones that appeared in all their horror to the Rakshasas, Dhumraksha became perturbed. Terror seized all the Rakshasas who were advancing in front of Dhumraksha. Then, Dhumraksha, the highly terrible and strong Rakshasa, surrounded by a multitude of Rakshasas, eager to enter into combat, set out and beheld that army of a multitude of Vanaras, resembling a flood, protected by the arms of Rama.