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Ravana for his part heard the mournful and plaintive cry of the afflicted female Rakshasas in every house at Lanka. Sighing for a long time and remaining engrossed in reflection for a while, that Ravana was very much enraged and assumed a frightful appearance. Nipping his lips with his teeth, his eyes becoming blood red with anger, and his sight becoming difficult to endure even for the Rakshasas, Ravana looked like the augmented fire of dissolution. Ravana, in words indistinct with anger as though consuming them with his glance, ordered the Rakshasas, standing there near him, viz. Mahodara, Mahaparshva and Virupaksha, the Rakshasa (as follows): "Tell the armies asking them to start immediately, as per my command."

Hearing that command of Ravana, those Rakshasas were tormented with fear and enjoined those armies of Rakshasas, who felt unagitated, in accordance with the orders of the king. Saying, so it be all those Rakshasas of terrible aspect, praying for the blessing of the Almighty for averting evil, sallied forth, with their faces turned towards the battle field. Paying reverence to Ravana according to the rules of propriety, all those great car warriors stood with joined palms, wishing victory to their lord.

Laughing heartily, Ravana then, stupefied as he was with anger, spoke to those Rakshasas viz. Mahodara, Mahaparshva and Virupaksha, the Rakshasas as follows: Today", I will send Rama and Lakshmana to the abode of Death, with my arrows looking similar to the sun at the time of dissolution of the Universe." "By killing the enemies now, I will take vengeance for Khara, Kumbhakarna, Prahasta and Indrajit."

"The sky overcast by my arrows, like clouds, will not be distinctly seen. Neither the quarters, nor the heaven, nor the seas will come to view." "With a multitude of plumed arrows joined with my bow, I will kill, by turns, the troops of Vanara chiefs today." "By mounting on a chariot, having a speed equal to that of wind, I will destroy today the armies of Vanaras, with waves of arrows arising out of the ocean of my bow. "Like an Elephant, today I will destroy ponds in the form of troops of Vanaras shining like the filaments of lotus, with their faces resembling full blown lotuses."

"With their faces transfixed with arrows, the Vanara leaders, lying on the battle field today will adorn the earth as with lotuses together with the stalks." "With each arrow released in battle today, I shall tear one hundred full of Vanaras, the most furious of their troop, fighting with trees." "By killing the enemy today, I shall wipe off the tears of those Rakshasas, who lost their brothers and sons."

"With the Vanaras pierced with my arrows, lying scattered in the battle field and bereft of their lives today, I shall cover the earth so fully, that it would be possible to see its surface only with effort." Today", I shall satiate the Crows, Vultures and all those other creatures which eat the flesh, with the flesh of enemies, struck by my arrows." "Arrange my chariot quickly. Bring my bow swiftly. Let all the remaining Rakshasas here, follow me to the combat."

Hearing that command of Ravana, Mahaparshva ordered the army chiefs, standing there, as follows: "let the army be made ready quickly." Going around the city of Lanka, the army chiefs for their part, with quick resolution, joined hand in hand and hastened the Rakshasas in every house to set out for the battle. The Rakshasas, of terrible aspect and having awful faces, then roaring, with their arms equipped with various weapons viz. swords, sharp edged darts, pikes, maces, clubs, plough like weapons, sharp edged javelins, huge Kutas and Mudgara, staffs, discuses of every kind, sharpened axes, slings for throwing stones, stones or cylindrical wooden pieces with iron pikes and other excellent weapons, rushed out within a moment. Then, as per the orders of Ravana, the army commander hurriedly brought a chariot, moving swiftly, along with a charioteer and yoked with eight Horses. Thereupon, the awful Ravana mounted that chariot, shining with his own splendour.

Then, surrounded by several Rakshasas, Ravana sallied forth quickly, as though he was cracking the earth with a profundity of his strength. Thereupon, a great noise emanated on all sides from tabors, drums, Kettle drums and counches along with the clamour of the Rakshasas. A clamour was heard, saying "There comes the ruler of Rakshasas, the abductor of Seetha, the destroyer of Brahmanas, the enemy of Gods, notorious for his bad conduct, accompanied by his canopy and pair of whisks, to fight with Rama, the foremost among the Raghu dynasty."

By that huge sound, the earth trembled. Hearing that sound suddenly, the Vanaras ran away in fear. The long armed Ravana, for his part, with extra ordinary energy, surrounded by his ministers, turned up for victory in quest of victory. Mahaparshva and Mahodara as also Virupaksha, who was difficult to overpower, as order by Ravana, then ascended their chariots.

Those Rakshasas, roaring elatedly, as though cracking the earth, and emitting an awfull uproar, sallied forth, longing for victory. Then, the powerful Ravana, resembling the all destroying Time in the form of Yama, along with his army troops of Rakshasas, set out for the battle with his raised bow. Then, that Ravana, the great chariot warrior, ascending his chariot driven by swift Horses, sallied forth to the gate, where Rama and Lakshmana were. Then, the sun lost its radiance. The quarters too were enveloped in darkness. The Birds emitted fearful notes. The earth too trembled violently.

The cloud rained blood. The Horses stumbled. A vulture descended on the top of the ensign. Jackals emitted sinister howls. His left eye too throbbed. His left arm trembled. He became pale faced. His voice was a little lowered. When Ravana the Rakshasa was sallying forth for the battle, the following evil phenomena, predicting his death, appeared in the battle field.

A meteor with a sound similar to a thunder, fell down from the sky. Ill omened Vultures together with Crows cried out aloud. Ignoring these dreadful bad omens due to his ignorance, Ravana marched forward for the purpose of the massacre in battle, driven as he was by fate. On hearing the sound of the chariot of those mighty Rakshasas, that army of Vanaras too returned for the fight.

A tumultuous battle ensued between those Vanaras and Rakshasas, who were fond of victory and summoning each other for combat with rage. Thereupon, the enraged Ravana, with his arrows decked with that army of Vanaras. Some Vanaras had their heads chopped off by Ravana. Some had their hearts pierced. Some were made deprived of their ears. Some were struck down breathless. Some were torn in their ribs. Some had their skulls smashed. Some were deprived of their eyes.

Whichever side Ravana was coming in his chariot on the battle field, his eyes rolling in anger, those Vanara warriors, on that side, could not with stand the rapidity of his arrows.

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