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Hearing that terrific roar, similar to the sound of Indra s thunderbolt, the Vanaras looking hither and thither, ran away in all directions. Then, Hanuma the son of Marut spoke (as follows) to all those Vanaras, who were running away widely apart, looking dejected, miserable and frightened.

"O, Vanaras! Why are you running away, looking dejected and leaving your zeal to fight? Where has your valour gone?" "Come along closely behind me, while I am marching ahead in the battle. For the valiant who are born in a good family, it is not indeed proper to shrink back from the battle." Hearing the words of that wise Hanuma, the Vanaras in a cheerful mood, took hold of mountain peaks and trees in a great fury.

The foremost of Vanaras, while roaring, rushed towards the Rakshasas. They followed him, by surrounding Hanuma on all sides, in that great battle. That Hanuma, being surrounded by those Vanara chiefs on all sides, began to consume that army of adversaries as a flaming fire. That Hanuma, accompanied by his army of Vanaras, brought about the destruction of Rakshasas, as Yama the lord of death does at the time of universal dissolution.

Filled with inordinate grief and rage, that Hanuma the Vanara chief, threw a large rock on Indrajit s chariot. On seeing that rock rushing towards them, the obedient Horses, yoked to that chariot, carried the chariot off to a far distance. That rock employed in vain, without reaching that Indrajit and his charioteer sitting in the chariot, split itself into fragments and penetrated the ground. The Rakshasas were very much bruised by the falling fragments of the rock. That army of Rakshasas was perturbed over the rock thus falling upon them.

Hundreds of Vanaras with their colossal bodies, lifting up trees and mountain peaks, rushed roaring towards Indrajit. Those Vanaras of terrible prowess, threw trees and mountain peaks towards Indrajit in battle. While shooting a large deluge of trees and rocks, the Vanaras caused destruction of their enemies. They roared in various high tones. Beaten forcibly with trees, by those highly terrible Vanaras, those Rakshasas of frightful appearance, rolled about restlessly in the battle field.

On seeing his army tormented by the Vanaras, that enraged Indrajit, taking hold of his weapons, sallied forth, facing towards his enemies. That Indrajit, of firm fortitude, accompanied by his army, by releasing a multitude of arrows, killed a very many number of Vanaras. In the battle, Indrajit s soldiers too killed the Vanaras with spikes tips of missiles, swords, sharp edged spears and concealed weapons similar to mallets.

The mighty Hanuma played a havoc among Rakshasas of terrible deeds, with Shala trees, distinguished by excellent trunks and branches as with rocks. Keeping the hostile army back, that Hanuma spoke to those Vanaras as follows: "Retreat! This army need not be conquered any more by us." "That Seetha for whose sake we have fought so far, with a wish to do what is pleasing to Rama, making a special effort to win, risking our lives has been killed." "Informing Rama and even Sugreeva about this matter, we shall do that which both of them are prepared to do in return."

Thus speaking and keeping back all the Vanaras, Hanuma the chief of Vanaras, with absence of fear, along with his army, gradually turned back. Seeing Hanuma with drawing to the place where Rama was, the evil minded Indrajit went to a sanctuary called Nikumbhila, seeking to pour oblations into the sacred fire. Arriving at Nikumbhila, Indrajit poured oblations into the sacred fire. Thereupon, while being propitiated by that Rakshasa on reaching sacrificial ground, the sacrificial fire then blazed up on consuming the oblations of flesh and blood.

Swollen up when propitiated with oblations of blood, the highly intense fire, like the evening sun, appeared wrapped in flames. Then, Indrajit, well versed with the technique of performance of rites for the prosperity of the Rakshasas, poured oblations according to the scriptural precepts. Seeing this, those Rakshasas, who knew what was prudent and evil in major battles, stood firm in big piles (by Indrajits side).

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