BOOK 6: YUDDA KANDA
The battle field there, on its part, was strewn on that occasion with those Vanaras whose bodies had thus been torn asunder by Ravana with his arrows.
Those Vanaras could not bear that irresistible descent of arrows loosed by Ravana, any more than moths would bear a blazing fire. Those Vanaras tormented by sharp arrows, fled away roaring, as Elephants run away, when enveloped in flames of fire and getting scorched by them. Ravana was marching forward swiftly in that battle field, blowing away the army of Vanaras, like the wind blows away large clouds. Having brought about with his might the destruction of those Vanaras in battle, Ravana quickly approached Rama on the battle field.
Seeing those Vanaras running away in defeat in that battle, Sugreeva kept Sushena in charge of his army and quickly threw his mind into the fight. Keeping that Sushena who was equal to himself, his substitute, that Sugreeva, armed with the tree as a weapon, marched forward towards the enemy. Taking huge rocks and various kinds of trees, all the Vanara warriors followed Sugreeva at his side and behind.
The gigantic Sugreeva roared at a high pitch in the battle field. Striking with his blows, he crushed various other chiefs of Rakshasas. The colossal bodied Sugreeva smashed the Rakshasas, as the grown up trees are smashed by the wind at the time of dissolution of the world. Sugreeva rained a hail of rocks on the army of Rakshasas, as a cloud rains a shower of hail stones on a host of Birds in a forest.
While those Rakshasas, thus defeated by Sugreeva, falling on the floor and then roaring, get diminished in number from all sides, the indomitable Virupaksha the Rakshasa, holding a bow, pronouncing his name by himself, descended from his chariot and mounted the back of an Elephant. That mighty Virupaksha, mounting that Elephant, then roared a terrific noise and rushed towards the Vanaras. Virupaksha released dreadful arrows on Sugreeva who was at the front rank of the army. He strengthened his support to the worried Rakshasas, by cheering them up. Sugreeva, the king of Vanaras, when he was struck severely with sharp arrows by that Rakshasa, shouted loudly. With profuse anger, he set his mind on killing him.
Uplifting a tree and coming near that huge Elephant, the valiant Sugreeva, a thorough fighter, struck it on its face. That huge Elephant, struck with the blow of Sugreeva, receded to a distance of four yards, sank down and roared too. Descending quickly from his wounded Elephant, that valiant Rakshasa then seizing hold of his sword from a shield made of a bull s hide and advancing in rapid paces, facing towards Sugreeva his enemy, approached him, who stood firm, threatening him as it were.
Taking a huge rock, which looked like a cloud, that Sugreeva, who felt enraged, threw it on Virupaksha. Seeing that rock falling, that highly valiant and excellent of Rakshasas then receding away, struck him with a sword. Wounded by the blow of the sword of that strong Rakshasa, Sugreeva became as though unconscious on the ground, for a moment.
Then, bouncing up suddenly in that great battle, Sugreeva, tightening his fist, brought it down on the Rakshasa s chest violently. Feeling enraged, when struck by the blow of that fist, Virupaksha the Rakshasa brought down the armour of Sugreeva by his sword at the battle front. Thus struck by him, Sugreeva fell down from his feet. Getting up when fallen, Sugreeva gave him a slap, which produced a terrific sound similar to a thunder. Setting himself free from that slap, which was about to be raised by Sugreeva skillfully, Virupaksha the Rakshasa struck Sugreeva on the chest with his fist.
Then, seeing that Rakshasa escaping his blow, Sugreeva the Vanara king for his part, very much enraged. That Vanara saw an opportunity to strike that Virupaksha. Then, with anger, Sugreeva brought down another violent slap on his temple bone. Virupaksha, struck by the blow of that palm, which was like the thunderbolt to the ground, oozing blood profusely from the (nine) apertures of his body, as water flows from the spring.
The Vanaras saw Virupaksha, bathed in foaming blood, with his eyes rolling through anger and as such rendered all the more deformed. The Vanaras saw their enemy, bathed in blood, turning to and from as also throbbing on his sides and roaring piteously. Confronting together in the battle field in that way, those two violent and terrific armies which were extensive as oceans, of Vanaras and Rakshasas, roared like two large oceans which had burst their bounds.
Beholding that mighty Virupaksha killed by Sugreeva, the army of Vanaras and Rakshasas together looked like the agitated river of Ganga.