Friday, 27 May 2016

357. Sugreeva killed Virupaksha.

            The action of Ravana to cool his intolerable rage by killing at the rate of four score and seven vanaras per minute, resulted in filling the battle-field with bundles of vanaras like moths would be in a blazing fire.
          The vanaras were absolutely terrorized by the action of Ravana, fled away roaring, as elephants run away, when enveloped in flames of fire and getting scorched by them. Marching forward in this manner, Ravana reached the vicinity of Rama on the battle-field.
       In the meanwhile, seeing the hordes of vanaras running away in terror, Sugreeva kept Sushena in charge of his army and rushed to the help of those terrorized vanaras. On the way, Sugreeva armed himself with a large tree as his weapon. Taking huge rocks and various kinds of trees, many vanaras followed Sugreeva.
       Sugreeva, accompanied by his followers started to counterattack the rakshasha army of Ravana. They rained a hail of rocks on the rakshas, as a dark cloud rains a shower of hail-stones on a host of birds in a forest. The rakshasha army could not withstand the attack of Sugreeva and his followers and their strength started to diminish. Seeing the appalling  devastation caused to the army of rakshashas, the  indomitable Virupaksha, taking his bow, jumped out of his chariot and mounted the back of an elephant. Then roaring something like the mixture of lion, tiger and the like, he rushed towards the vanaras, crying out in-between his roars, who he was. (He was under the impression that hearing his name, all the vanaras would run away with their tails between their legs.) Seeing that his name did not have any reaction on the vanaras, the very disappointed Virupaksha started hurling dreadful arrows on Sugreeva who was at the focal point of his army. Simultaneously he shouted some cheering words for his rakshasha army.
          Sugreeva, the king of vanaras, when he was struck severely with sharp arrows yelled loudly out of pain. The acute pain made him to resolve to kill that rakshash who was instrumental for the pain. Sugreeva,  uplifting a tree and marching deliberately and vigilantly towards that huge elephant on which that rakshash was perching, struck it on its face with a good deal of force.
         That huge elephant  staggered and receding about four yards, sank down and roared with pain. Quickly jumping out of his wounded elephant, that rakshash, seizing hold of his sword advanced rapidly towards Sugreeva.
       Anticipating such or something similar to that move by that rakshash, Sugreeva was ready with a huge rock, which looked like a cloud. He hurled it on Virupaksha when he was absolutely sure that it would not miss. Unfortunately for Sugreeva, that rakshash was very much alert. Seeing that rock coming, that highly valiant rakshash dodging it admirably, struck Sugreeva with his sword. Sugreeva feeling giddy by that hit fell on the ground. But he stayed in the terra firma  only for a moment. Then, bouncing up suddenly, Sugreeva, tightening his fist, brought it down  violently on the chest of that rakshash. It hurt  him very much. Feeling enraged by the pain caused by the hit of Sugreeva, Virupaksha brought down the armour of Sugreeva by his sword. Thus struck by him, Sugreeva fell down but got up immediately. Sugreeva then gave him a slap, which produced a terrific sound similar to a thunder. Virupaksha, as a requital, struck Sugreeva on the chest with his fist.
         Sugreeva then brought down another violent slap, which was like the thunderbolt to the ground, on the temple-bone of Virupaksha, causing him to ooze  blood profusely from all the nine apertures of his body, as water flows from a spring. And that was the end of Virupaksha.

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