BOOK 6: YUDDA KANDA
Having taken his bow, Rama of great brilliance and prowess, then beheld the bulky Kumbhakarna, adorned with a diadem. Seeing that paramount Rakshasa, whose appearance was in the form of a mountain and looking like Lord Narayana taking strides across space, Rama became vigilant. Beholding him again, who was appear like a rainy black cloud and wearing a golden bracelet as an ornament on his upper arm, that huge army of Vanaras took to their heels in full speed.
Seeing the army running away and the Rakshasa increasing his body, Rama with a surprise, spoke to vibhishana as follows: "This eminent Rakshasa, appearing as a mountain, with a diadem and tawmy eyes and looking like a cloud with a flash of lightning, is seen in Lanka. Who is he?" "He alone with a huge body here on this earth, is appearing like a solitary meteror, by seeing whom all the Vanaras are running away hither and thither."
"Who is he with such a colossal body? Tell me whether he is a Rakshasa or a Pisacha. I have not seen such a creature earlier at any time." Thus asked by Rama the prince, who was unweary in action, the highly intelligent Vibhishana replied to Rama as follows: "He is the powerful Kumbhakarna, the son of Visravasa. He conquered Yama and Indra in battle. There is no other Rakshasa, corresponding to the size of his body." "O Rama! He conquered thousands of Devas, Danavas, Yakshas, Bhujangas, Pishitashanas (raw flesh eaters), Gandharvas, Vidyadharas and Pannagas in battle."
"Seeing the mighty Kumbhakarna with ghastly eyes and a spear in hand, the Devas were not able to kill him, having confused to think that he was Yama." "This Kumbhakarna, by his very nature, is energetic and mighty. The strength of the other Rakshasa chiefs is attributable to boons." "Soon after his birth, this great souled Rakshasa, afflicted as he was by hunger, ate thousands of living creatures."
"While the living being were being eaten, the frightened people sought refuge with Indra and even reported the matter about him." That Mahendra wielding a thunder bolt was enraged and struck Kumbhakarna with his weapon of the white thunderbolt. The great souled Kumbhakarna struck by Indra s thunderbolt was quite agitatated at it and roared loudly with anger." "Hearing the roar of that Kumbhakarna, the Rakshasa, wh was howling loudly, the grigthened people were further frightened."
"Enraged as he was on Mahendra, the mighty Kumbhakarna then pulled out a tusk of Airavata, Indra s Elephant and struck it into Indra s chest." "That Devendra, tormented by the hit of Kumbhakarna, was burning with rage. The Devas, Brahmarshis and Danavas were suddenly aggrieved. Even Indra with his people went to the abode of Brahma." "They informed about the evil mind of Kumbhakarna to Brahma, how he devoured the living creatures, his assault on Devas, the destroyal of hermitages and his taking away of others wives." "If he eats away the created beings continuously like this, the world will become desolate just soon after some time."
"On hearing the words of Indra, Brahma, the great grandfather of the entire world, called for the Rakshasas and saw Kumbhakarna too along with them." "Just on seeing Kumbhakarna even Brahma was frightened. Thereafter on restoring his confidence, Brahma cursed Kumbhakarna as follows: "It is sure that you were created by visravasa for the destroyal of people. On that account, you will be sleeping apparently dead from now onwards."
"Humbled by Brahma s curse, Kumbhakarna then fell down in front of Ravana. Thereupon, the highly perplexed Ravana spoke the following words:" O Brahma! You are cutting off a well grown golden tree, just at the time of yielding its fruit. It is not fair on your part to curse your own great grandson like this." "Your words can never prove to be in vain. There is no doubt about it. He will have to sleep certainly. Let some space of time be fixed for his sleeping and waking."
"Hearing the words of Ravana, Brahma spoke as follows: He will indeed sleep for six months and wake up for a day." "On that single day, this male Rakshasa, having starved for six months, will wander over the earth and eat the human race with his month wide open, like an augmented fire." Ravana", the king of Rakshasas, who got into an evil plight and frightened as he was in seeing your prowess, now got Kumbhakarna awakened." "This Kumbhakarna the male Rakshasa with a terrific prowess started his tent. The highly enraged Kumbhakarna devourincg the Vanaras on is way, is running towards us."
"Even on merely seeing Kumbhakarna, the Vanaras have now fled away. How can the Vanaras check him, who is thus enraged in battle?" "Let all the Vanaras be told that it is a kind of machine, advancing forward. By knowing this, they can become fearless by now." On hearing Vibhishana s words, which were well founded to make the Vanaras well inclined to fight the battle, Rama then spoke the follwoing words to neela, the chief of army:
"O Neela the son of Agni. Go, marshalling the entire army. Occupying the door ways, high ways and bridges of Lanka, stand ready for operation." "Draw together the mountain tops, trees and even the rocks. Let all the Vanaras with their weapons and rocks in hand, stand ready." As directed by Raghava, Neela the commander in chief and the foremost of the Vanaras, ordered the Vanara troops suitably.
Then, Gavaksha, Sharabha, Hanuma and Angada looking like mountains, reached the gate, taking the mountian tops. On hearing Rama s words, the fearless Vanaras started their operation. The heroic Vanaras began to torment the enemy troops with uplifted trees. That terrific army of Vanaras, with uplifted rocks and tress in their hands, shone like a big collection of gigantic clouds, hanging close to a mountain.