Wednesday, 4 May 2016

350. Vibhishana jumped into the fray.

                 After pondering for a little while, Vibhishana decided to help Lakshmana by joining the  fight against the rakshashas, himself. Accordingly, wielding his bow, he started hurling powerful arrows on the rakshashas. Those arrows, hitting like fire, tore many a rakshasha into pieces, as thunderbolts would cleave large mountains. Seeing Vibhishana fighting against the rakshashas of Indrajit, his four pals joined him.
          Surrounded by those pally rakshashas, Vibhishana was shining like an elephant in the midst of proud young tuskers. Vibhishana, who by no means a novice to warfare, shouted at the commanders of the vanara army "O chiefs of vanaras! Here stands before you, one who is the last support of Ravana. He is all who is left in his force. When he is killed then we can conclude that the war is almost over. 
    "Dear chaps, You know that Prahasta was killed. The valiant Nikumbha, the mighty Kumbhakarna, Kumbha,  Dhumraksha, Jambumali, Mahamali, the highly swift Ashaniprabha, Suptaghna, Yajnakopa, Vajradamshtra, Samhadri, Vikata, Tapana, Manda, Praghaasa, Praghasa, PrajaN^gha, Janga, Agniketu, Agniketu, Rashmiketu, vidyujjihva, Dvijihva, Suryashatru, Akampana, Suparshva, Chakramali, Kampana and the mighty Devantaka were all killed. After Indrajit, Ravana does not have any mighty warrior to send. He has to fight himself. When he comes Rama will take care of him.
       "O vanaras! Only this much of army here remains to be conquered. For the sake of Rama, do not show any mercy. I, myself can kill this Indrajit, my own brother's son. As his uncle, who is as good as a father, it is not appropriate for me to kill him. I could not even think of killing him, myself. That task is being taken care of by Lakshmana. O vanaras! Now let us join together and finish all the army of Indrajit."
        Thus encouraged, impelled and prompted by Vibhishana, all the vanaras set themselves for the attack. All of them started their attack with stones, nails and teeth.
     The mighty rakshashas, with their various kinds of weapons, surrounded Jambavan, who was creating havoc on them. They struck Jambavan, who was killing many a raksha, with sharp axes, spears with sharp edges, sticks and javelins.
    Hanuman started his action by tearing up a Sala tree, approached the rakshashas and began to kill them with that.
        Indrajit, after a tumultuous fight with his uncle,  rushed towards Lakshmana for obvious reasons. The action of both the warriors were so fast that the movements of their hands to hold their bows, taking off the arrows, fitting them on their bow-strings, adjusting their fists and drawing the bow-string etc. were not visible.
         The sky  looked dark like when covered by dark clouds, by the multitude of arrows discharged by both of them. There were arrows discharged by them in front of them; there were arrows discharged by them to the right of them; there were arrows discharged by them to the left of them and there were arrows behind them, too. In short wherever one looked he was seeing arrows only.
         When the sun  set down, the prevailing darkness became more dark causing a sense of apprehension for all the onlookers. Cruel and carnivorous animals relishing that environment diffused awful sounds with their roaring noise declaring their happiness.
        At last Lakshmana started getting some advantage over his adversary. As a starter he struck the four black gold-adorned horses of Indrajit. Then, he followed it up with that arrow called Bhalla, which was yellowish in colour, with charming plumes, having a good splendour and similar to Indra's thunderbolt and echoing a clapping sound, severed the head of Indrajit's charioteer from his trunk, even as he was circling around.
       Undaunted by the loss of his chauffeur, Indrajit did the chauffeuring  himself. All the onlookers could not suppress their admiration for that hero Indrajit who was minding both his chariot and his bow and arrows, wonderfully dexterously.
        Lakshmana took advantage of the handicap of Indrajit. When he was driving his horses, Lakshmana struck him with arrows. When he was attending to his bow, Lakshamana tormented his horses.
         Unfortunately for Indrajit, he was not able to mind both his chariot and his weapons as efficiently as he liked to. He started becoming tired which pulled his enthusiasm down. 
         Seeing Indrajit looking despondent, the vanara-chiefs became delighted and acclaimed Lakshmana. Then, the four vanara-leaders Pramathi, Rabhasa, Sharabha and Gandhamadana getting impatient, decided to do something drastic which will push that rakshash Indrajit to a more disadvantageous position in the battle. Those four vanaras, having a great might and terrible prowess, quickly bounced and descended on the horses of Indrajit. Blood started flowing from the mouths of those horses pressed under the weight of those rakshashas, as huge as mountains. Those crushed horses, with their limbs broken  fell down dead on the ground. After killing his horses, those vanaras also crushed and crumbled   that great chariot and jumped back by the side of Lakshmana. Indrajit, undaunted by the loss of his charioteer and horses, leaped down from his chariot and continued his battle with Lakshmana from the ground.

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