A fierce battle of archery starts between Indrajit and Lakshmana. Indrajit strikes Lakshmana with seven arrows, Hanuma with ten arrows and Vibhishana with a hundred arrows/almost at the same time. In retaliation, Lakshmana strikes Indrajit with a multiple of arrows and Indrajit’s armour breaks up into pieces. Indrajit, in response, strikes Lakshmana with a thousand arrows and breaks up Lakshmana’s armour. A fierce fight ensues for a long time. Meanwhile, Vibhishana joins the battle-field, to relieve Lakshmana’s fatigue.
विभीषणवचः श्रुत्वा रावणिः क्रोधमूर्चितः |
अब्रवीत् परुषं वाक्यं वेगेनाभ्युत्पपात च || ६-८८-१
abraviit paruShaM vaakyaM vegenaabhyutpapaata cha || 6-88-1
Hearing the words of Vibhishana, Indrajit was excited with rage, spoke harsh words and rushed forward in fury.
उद्यतायुधनिस्त्रिंशो रथे सुसमलंकृते |
कालाश्वयुक्ते महति स्थितः कालान्तकोपमः || ६-८८-२
महाप्रमाणमुद्यम्य विपुलं वेगवद्दृढम् |
धनुर्भीमं परामृश्य शरांश्चामित्रशातनान् || ६-८८-३
kaalaashvayukte mahati sthitaH kaalaantakopamaH || 6-88-2
mahaapramaaNamudyamya vipulaM vegavaddR^iDham |
dhanurbhiimaM paraamR^ishya sharaaMshchaamitrashaatanaan || 6-88-3
Indrajit was looking like Yama the lord of Death at the time of dissolution of the world, sitting in a well-decorated and distinguished chariot yoked with black horses, having upraised sword and weapons, raising a big terrific enormous strong and swift bow and laying hold of arrows which can torment the enemies.
तं ददर्श महेष्वासो रथस्थः समलंकृतः |
अलंकृतममित्रघ्नो राघवस्यानुजं बली || ६-८८-४
alaMkR^itamamitraghno raaghavasyaanujaM balii || 6-88-4
The mighty the destroyer of adversaries, wielding a large bow, fully adorned, and seated in a chariot saw that Lakshmana who was embellished with his own splendor.
उवाचैनं सुसंरब्धः सौमित्रिं सविभीषणम् || ६-८८-५
तांश्च वानरशार्दूलान् पश्यध्वं मे पराक्रमम् |
uvaachainaM susaMrabdhaH saumitriM savibhiiShaNam || 6-88-5
taaMshcha vaanarashaarduulaan pashyadhvaM me paraakramam |
Indrajit hurriedly spoke to those foremost of monkeys and to this Lakshmana, who ascended Hanuma’s back with a splendor of the sun shining on Mount Udaya and also with Vibhishana as follows: “You behold my prowess now.” .
अद्य मत्कारुमुकोत्सृष्टं शरवर्षं दुरासदम् || ६-८८-६
मुक्तं वर्षमिवाकाशे धारयिष्यथ संयुगे |
muktaM varShamivaakaashe dhaarayiShyatha saMyuge |
“Now, you can face an unconquerable stream of arrows, like rain, released in the sky, as discharged from my bow in the battle-field.”.
अद्य वो मामका बाणा महाकार्मुकनिःसृताः || ६-८८-७
विधमिष्यन्ति गात्राणि तूलराशिमिवानलः |
vidhamiShyanti gaatraaNi tuularaashimivaanalaH |
“Today my arrows released from my large bow will destroy your bodies, as fire consumes a pile of cotton.”.
तीक्षणसायकनिर्भिन्नान् शूलशक्त्यृष्टितोमरैः || ६-८८-८
अद्य वो गमयिष्यामि सर्वानेन यमक्षयम् |
adya vo gamayiShyaami sarvaanena yamakShayam |
“Today, I will send all of you to the world of Yama the lord of Death, by piercing you with my sharp arrows and hurling the pikes, javelins and lances on you.” .
सृजतः शरवर्षाणि क्षिप्रहस्तस्य संयुगे || ६-८८-९
जीमूतस्येव नदतः कः स्थास्यति ममाग्रतः |
jiimuutasyeva nadataH kaH sthaasyati mamaagrataH |
“Who can stand before me, while I release streams of arrows with my swift-hand in battle, thundering like a cloud?”.
रात्रियुद्धे तदा पूर्वं वज्राशनिसमैः शरैः || ६-८८-१०
शायितौ स्थो मया भूमौ विसंज्ञौ सपुरस्सरौ |
shaayitau stho mayaa bhuumau visaMjJNau sapurassarau |
“Earlier on that day, in a nocturnal battle, both of you along with Sugreeva and other followers, were made unconscious by my arrows which were like thunderbolts and tips of missiles as also you were made to fall down on the floor.” .
स्मृतिर्न तेऽस्ति वा मन्ये व्यक्तं यातो यमक्षयम् || ६-८८-११
आशीविषसमं क्रुद्धं यन्माम् योद्धुमुपस्थितः |
aashiiviShasamaM kruddhaM yanmaam yoddhumupasthitaH |
“Do you not have that remembrance? I presume clearly that you are on the road to Yama the lord of Death, since you have come to give battle to me, enraged as I am, like a venomous serpent.” .
तच्छ्रुत्वा राक्षसेन्द्रस्य गर्जितं राघवस्तदा || ६-८८-१२
अभीतवदनः क्रुद्धो रावणिं वाक्यमब्रवीत् |
abhiitavadanaH kruddho raavaNiM vaakyamabraviit |
Enraged in hearing that roaring of Indrajit, Lakshmana then spoke the following words, with a courageous countenance .
उक्तश्च दुर्गमः पारः कार्याणां राक्षस त्वया || ६-८८-१३
कार्याणां कर्मणाम् पारं यो गच्छति स बुद्धिमान् |
kaaryaaNaaM karmaNaam paaraM yo gachchhati sa buddhimaan |
“O demon! It has been proclaimed by you about the successful conclusion of your tasks, eventhough it is difficult to achieve them. He alone is clever, whoever carries through his undertakings in practice.” .
स त्वमर्थस्य हीनार्थो दुरवापस्य केनचित् || ६-८८-१४
वाचा व्याहृत्य जानीषे कृतार्थोऽस्मिति दुर्मते |
vaachaa vyaahR^itya jaaniiShe kR^itaartho.asmiti durmate |
“O evil-minded one! You are thinking that you have accomplished your end, by proclaiming through word alone, the achievement of your end, which is difficult to attain for anyone, though you, as such, lack in capacity to achieve your purpose.” .
अंतर्धानगतेनाजौ यस्त्वया चरितस्तदा || ६-८८-१५
तस्कराचरितो मार्गः नैष वीरनिषेवितः |
taskaraacharito maargaH naiSha viiraniShevitaH |
“The path, which was followed on that day by you, becoming invisible in the battle-field, is the one trodden by thieves and is not the path followed by valiant ones.” .
यथा बाणपथं प्राप्य स्थितोऽस्मि तव राक्षस || ६-८८-१६
दर्शयस्वाद्य तत्तेजो वाचा त्वं किं विकत्थसे |
darshayasvaadya tattejo vaachaa tvaM kiM vikatthase |
“O demon! Having reached the range of your arrows, I am standing before you. Therefore show your prowess today. Why should you brag with your words?.
एवमुक्तो धनुर्भीमं परामृश्य महाबलः || ६-८८-१७
ससर्ज निशितान् बाणानिंद्रजित् समितिञ्जयः |
sasarja nishitaan baaNaaniMdrajit samitiJNjayaH |
Hearing those words, the mighty Indrajit, victorious in battle, reaching his terrific bow, released sharp arrows from it.
तेन सृष्टा महावेगाः शराः सर्पविषोपमाः || ६-८८-१८
संप्राप्य लक्ष्मणं पेतुः श्वसन्त इव पन्नगाः |
saMpraapya lakShmaNaM petuH shvasanta iva pannagaaH |
Duly reaching Lakshmana, the arrows released by Indrajit, which rushed with great speed and were as deadly as the venom of serpents, fell like the hissing of snakes.
शरैरतिमहावेगै र्वेगवान् रावणात्मजः || ६-८८-१९
सौमित्रिमिन्द्रजिद्युद्धे विव्याध शुभलक्षणम् |
saumitrimindrajidyuddhe vivyaadha shubhalakShaNam |
The swift Indrajit, the son of Ravana, with his arrows of very great velocity, in that battle, struck Lakshmana who was endowed with auspicious body-marks.
स शरैरतिविद्धाङ्गो रुधिरेण समुक्षितः || ६-८८-२०
शुशुभे लक्ष्मणः श्रीमान्विधूम इव पावकः |
shushubhe lakShmaNaH shriimaanvidhuuma iva paavakaH |
That glorious Lakshmana, drenched in blood, with his body very much wounded by arrows, shone like a smokeless flame.
इन्द्रजित्त्वात्मनः कर्म प्रसमीक्ष्याभिगम्य च || ६-८८-२१
निनद्य सुमहानादमितं वचनमब्रवीत् |
ninadya sumahaanaadamitaM vachanamabraviit |
Mulling over his own feat, Indrajit for his part, approaching Lakshmana and emitting an exceedingly loud roar, spoke the following words:.
पत्रिण शितधारास्ते शरा मत्कार्मुकच्युताः || ६-८८-२२
आदास्यन्तेऽद्य सौमित्रे जीवितं जीवितान्तकाः |
aadaasyante.adya saumitre jiivitaM jiivitaantakaaH |
“The sharp-edged and deadly arrows, with their wings, released from my bow, will now take your life, O Lakshmana!” .
अद्य गोमायुसंघाश्च श्येनसंघाश्च लक्ष्मण || ६-८८-२३
गृध्राश्च निपतन्तु त्वां गतासुं निहतं मया |
gR^idhraashcha nipatantu tvaaM gataasuM nihataM mayaa |
“O Lakshmana! Let a number of Jackals, multitude of hawks and vultures descend upon you, when struck down by me, you are dead.”.
क्षत्रबन्धुं सदानार्यं रामः परमदुर्मतिः || ६-८८-२४
भक्तं भ्रातरमद्यैव त्वां द्रख्यति हतं मया |
bhaktaM bhraataramadyaiva tvaaM drakhyati hataM mayaa |
“The exceedingly evil-minded Rama now itself can see you, a mere kshatriya (military class only for a name sake), ever ignoble and his devoted brother, killed by me.” .
विस्रस्तकवचं भूमौ व्यपविद्धशरासनम् || ६-८८-२५
हृतोत्तमाङ्गं सौमित्रे त्वामद्य निहतम् मया |
hR^itottamaaN^gaM saumitre tvaamadya nihatam mayaa |
“O Lakshmana! Rama will see you, struck down by me today, with your armour dropped down, bow thrown about and head dismantled.”.
इति ब्रुवाणम् संक्रुद्धं परुषं रावणात्मजम् || ६-८८-२६
हेतुमद्वाक्यमर्थज्ञो लक्ष्मणः प्रत्युवाच ह |
hetumadvaakyamarthajJNo lakShmaNaH pratyuvaacha ha |
Lakshmana, understanding the sense of the word, replied in the following logical words to the enraged Indrajit thus speaking harshly.
वाग्बलं त्यज दुर्भद्धे क्रूरकर्मासि राक्षस || ६-८८-२७
अथ कस्माद्वदस्येतत्संपादय सुकर्मणा |
atha kasmaadvadasyetatsaMpaadaya sukarmaNaa |
“O evil-minded one! Give up strength of speech in your empty words. O demons! You are doing cruel acts. Why do you indulge in such idle talk? Make it active with your good work.” .
अकृत्वा कत्थसे कर्म किमर्थमिह राक्षस || ६-८८-२८
कुरु तत्कर्म येनाहं श्रद्दध्यां तव कत्थनम् |
kuru tatkarma yenaahaM shraddadhyaaM tava katthanam |
“O demon! Without performing that act, why do you boast yourself here? Perform that act by which I can believe your brag.”.
अनुक्त्वा परुषं वाक्यं किंचिदप्यनवक्षिपन् || ६-८८-२९
अविकत्थन् वधिष्यामि त्वां पश्य पुरुषाधम |
avikatthan vadhiShyaami tvaaM pashya puruShaadhama |
“O the worst of persons! Without speaking even a few harsh words, without abusing you and without bragging myself, Lo! I will kill you.” .
इत्युक्त्वा पञ्च नाराचानाकर्णापूरितान् शरान् || ६-८८-३०
विजघान महावेगाल्लक्ष्मणो राक्षसोरसि |
vijaghaana mahaavegaallakShmaNo raakShasorasi |
Thus speaking, Lakshmana stretching five steel arrows upto the ear, dug them into the demon’s chest with a great speed.
सुपत्रवाजिता बाणा ज्वलिता इव पन्नगाः || ६-८८-३१
नैरृतोरस्यभासन्त सवितू रश्मयो यथा |
nairR^itorasyabhaasanta savituu rashmayo yathaa |
The arrows, blazing like serpents and feathered with fine plumes, shone like sun-rays in that demon’s chest.
स शरैराहतस्तेन सरोषो रावणात्मजः || ६-८८-३२
सुप्रयुक्तैस्त्रिभिर्बाणैः प्रतिविव्याध लक्ष्मणम् |
suprayuktaistribhirbaaNaiH prativivyaadha lakShmaNam |
Struck with arrows by Lakshmana, that enraged Indrajit pierced in return three arrows well-directed towards Lakshmana.
स बभूव महाभीमो नरराक्षससिंहयोः || ६-८८-३३
विमर्दस्तुमुलो युद्धे परस्परजयैषिणोः |
vimardastumulo yuddhe parasparajayaiShiNoH |
That fight between Lakshmana, the foremost among men and Indrajit, the formost among demons, who wished to conquer one over the other in battle, was most terrific and tumultuous.
उभौ हि बलसंपन्नावुभौ विक्रमशालिनौ || ६-८८-३४
उभौ परमदुर्जेयावतुल्यबलतेजसौ |
ubhau paramadurjeyaavatulyabalatejasau |
Both were endowed with strength. Both were distinguished for their prowess. Both were exceedingly difficult to conquer and peerless in strength and courage.
युयुधाते तदा वीरौ ग्रहाविव नभोगतौ || ६-८८-३५
बलवृत्राविवाभीतौ युधि तौ दुष्पृधर्षणौ |
balavR^itraavivaabhiitau yudhi tau duShpR^idharShaNau |
Those two heroes, who were difficult to overcome in battle, fought at that moment like two plants figuring in the sky and like Indra and Vritra, the demon.
युयुधाते महात्मानौ तदा केसरिणाविव || ६-८८-३६
बहूनवष्^इजन्तौ हि मार्गणौघानवस्थितौ |
नरराक्षसमुख्यौ तौ प्रहृष्टावभ्ययुध्यताम् || ६-८८-३७
bahuunavaSh^ijantau hi maargaNaughaanavasthitau |
nararaakShasamukhyau tau prahR^iShTaavabhyayudhyataam || 6-88-37
Then, the two warriors, who were engaged in releasing several streams of arrows, fought like two lions. Lakshmana the foremost among humans and Indrajit the foremost among demons fought with rejoice.
ततश्श्रान् दाशरथिः संधायामित्रकर्षणः |
ससर्ज राक्षसेन्द्रय कृद्धः सर्प इव श्वसन् || ६-८८-३८
sasarja raakShasendraya kR^iddhaH sarpa iva shvasan || 6-88-38
Thereupon, Lakshmana the tormentator of enemies, fitting his arrows to his bow, released arrows on Indrajit, hissing like an enraged serpent.
तस्य ज्यातलनिर्घोषं स श्रुत्वा राक्षसाधिपः |
विवर्णवदनो भूत्वा लक्ष्मणं समुदैक्षत || ६-८८-३९
vivarNavadano bhuutvaa lakShmaNaM samudaikShata || 6-88-39
Hearing the twang of the bow-string of Lakshmana, Indrajit the Chief of demons became pale-faced and fixed his gaze on Lakshmana.
विषण्णवदनं दृष्ट्वा राक्षसं रावणात्मजम् |
सौमित्रिं युद्धसंयुक्तं प्रत्युवाच विभीषणः || ६-८८-४०
saumitriM yuddhasaMyuktaM pratyuvaacha vibhiiShaNaH || 6-88-40
Seeing Indrajit (the son of Ravana) pale-faced, Vibhishana spoke as follows to Lakshmana, who was fully absorbed in the fight.
निमित्तान्युपपश्यामि यान्यस्मिन् रावणात्मजे |
त्वर तेन महाबाहो भग्न एष न संशयः || ६-८८-४१
tvara tena mahaabaaho bhagna eSha na saMshayaH || 6-88-41
“O the long-armed Lakshmana! I infer on the strength of the indications which I see in Indrajit, that he is disappointed. There is no doubt about it. Make haste.”.
ततस्संधाय सौमित्रिः शरानाशीविषोपमान् |
मुमोच निशितांस्तस्मिन् सर्पानिव विषोल्बणान् || ६-८८-४२
mumocha nishitaaMstasmin sarpaaniva viSholbaNaan || 6-88-42
Thereupon, fitting to his bow sharp arrows, resembling poisonous snakes, Lakshmana discharged those arrows which looked like serpents full of venom to him.
शक्राशनिसमस्पर्शैर्लक्षमणेनाहतः शरैः |
मुहूर्तमभवन्मूढः सर्वसंक्षुभितेन्द्रियः || ६-८८-४३
muhuurtamabhavanmuuDhaH sarvasaMkShubhitendriyaH || 6-88-43
Hit by Lakshmana with arrows, which invaded all his senses, like the hit of Indra’s thunderbolt, Indrajit became stupefied for a moment.
उपलभ्य मुहूर्तेन संज्ञाम् प्रत्यागतेन्द्रियः |
ददर्शावस्थितं वीरमाजौ दशरथात्मजम् || ६-८८-४४
dadarshaavasthitaM viiramaajau dasharathaatmajam || 6-88-44
Regaining his consciousness within a moment, with his senses restored, that Indrajit saw the valiant Lakshmana engaged in the battle.
सोऽभिचक्राम सौमित्रिं रोषात्संरक्तलोचनः |
अब्रवीछैनमासाद्य पुनः स परुषं वचः || ६-८८-४५
abraviichhainamaasaadya punaH sa paruShaM vachaH || 6-88-45
With blood-red eyes in anger, Indrajit walked towards Lakshmana. Approaching Lakshmana, he again spoke the following harsh words to him: .
किं न स्मरसि तद्युद्धे प्रथमे यत्पराक्रमम् |
निबद्धस्त्वं सह भ्रात्रा यदा भुवि विचेष्टसे || ६-८८-४६
nibaddhastvaM saha bhraatraa yadaa bhuvi vicheShTase || 6-88-46
“Don’t you remember my prowess in the first encounter, when you along with your brother, was bound by me and you wriggled on the floor?” .
युवां खलु महायुद्धे शक्रानिसमैः शरैः |
शायितौ प्रथमम् भूमौ विसंज्ञौ सपुरःसरौ || ६-८८-४७
shaayitau prathamam bhuumau visaMjJNau sapuraHsarau || 6-88-47
“At first, both of you along with your foremost warriors in a major encounter, were indeed laid down unconscious on the ground, by my arrows which were equal to Indra’s thunderbolt.” .
स्मृतिर्वा नास्ति ते मन्ये व्यक्तं वा यमसादनम् |
गन्तुमिच्छसि यन्मां त्वमाधर्षयितुमिच्छसि || ६-८८-४८
gantumichchhasi yanmaaM tvamaadharShayitumichchhasi || 6-88-48
“The fact that you desire to attack me means that either the remembrance of it no longer exists in you or I presume you desire to go clearly to the abode of Yama the lord of Death.”.
यदि ते प्रथमे युद्धे न दृष्टो मत्पराक्रमः |
अद्य त्वां दर्शयिष्यामि तिषेदानीं व्यवस्थितः || ६-८८-४९
adya tvaaM darshayiShyaami tiShedaaniiM vyavasthitaH || 6-88-49
“If my prowess was not witnessed by you in the first encounter, I will show it today. Stand ready for it now.” .
इत्युक्त्वा सप्तभिर्बाणैरभिविव्याध लक्ष्मणम् |
दशभिस्तु हनूमन्तं तीक्षणधारैः शरोत्तमैः || ६-८८-५०
dashabhistu hanuumantaM tiikShaNadhaaraiH sharottamaiH || 6-88-50
Thus speaking, he struck Lakshmana with seven arrows and Hanuma with ten excellent sharp-edged arrows.
ततः शरशतेनैव सुप्रयुक्तेन वीर्यवान् |
क्रोधाद्द्विगुणसंरब्धो निर्बिभेद विभीषणम् || ६-८८-५१
krodhaaddviguNasaMrabdho nirbibheda vibhiiShaNam || 6-88-51
Then, the valiant Idnrajit with anger and with twice as much vehemence, wounded Vibhishana with a hundred well-aimed arrows.
तद्दृष्ट्वेन्द्रजिता कर्म कृतं रामानुजस्तदा |
अचिन्तयित्वा प्रहसन्नैतत्किंचिदिति ब्रुवन् || ६-८८-५२
मुमोच च शरान् घोरान् संगृह्य नरपुंगवः |
अभीतवदनः क्रुद्धो रावनिं लक्ष्मणो युधि || ६-८८-५३
achintayitvaa prahasannaitatkiMchiditi bruvan || 6-88-52
mumocha cha sharaan ghoraan saMgR^ihya narapuMgavaH |
abhiitavadanaH kruddho raavaniM lakShmaNo yudhi || 6-88-53
Seeing that feat accomplished by Indrajit, yet disregarding it, deriding it by saying “This is noting” and taking up terrific arrows, the fearless and enraged Lakshmana the younger brother of Rama and foremost among men, then discharged them against Indrajit in battle.
नैवं रणगताः शूराः प्रहरन्ति निशाचर |
लघुवश्चाल्पवीर्याश्च शरा हीमे सुखास्तव || ६-८८-५४
laghuvashchaalpaviiryaashcha sharaa hiime sukhaastava || 6-88-54
“O demon! Heroes who come to battle do not strike like this. These arrows of yours are light, weak and mild indeed.”.
नैवं शूरास्तु युध्यन्ते समरे जयकांक्षिणः |
इत्येवं तं ब्रुवन् धन्वी शरैरभिववर्ष ह || ६-८८-५५
ityevaM taM bruvan dhanvii sharairabhivavarSha ha || 6-88-55
“Warriors, who wish to win in battle, do not fight like this.” Thus speaking, Lakshmana the wielder of a bow, streamed forth arrows on him.
तस्य बाणैः सुविध्वस्तं कवचं काञ्चनं महत् |
व्यशीर्यत रथोपस्थे ताराजालमिवाम्बरात् || ६-८८-५६
vyashiiryata rathopasthe taaraajaalamivaambaraat || 6-88-56
A large golden armour, broken to pieces by Lakshmana’s arrows, slipped down in the middle of chariot, like a cob-web of stars falling from the sky.
विधूतवर्मा नाराचैर्बभूव स कृतव्रणः |
इन्द्रजित्समरे वीरः प्रत्यूषे भानुमानिव || ६-८८-५७
indrajitsamare viiraH pratyuuShe bhaanumaaniva || 6-88-57
The valiant Indrajit, with his armour disheveled by the steel arrows, was wounded in battle and looked like the sun at dawn.
ततः शरसहस्रेण संक्रुद्धो रावणात्मजः |
बिभेद समरे वीरो लक्ष्मणं भीमविद्रमः || ६-८८-५८
bibheda samare viiro lakShmaNaM bhiimavidramaH || 6-88-58
Thereafter, the valiant Indrajit of terrific prowess was enraged and wounded Lakshmana with a thousand arrows in battle.
व्यशीर्यत महद्दिव्यं कवचम् लक्ष्मणस्य तु |
कृतप्रतिकृतान्योन्यं बभूवतुरभिद्रुतौ || ६-८८-५९
kR^itapratikR^itaanyonyaM babhuuvaturabhidrutau || 6-88-59
The large celestial armour of Lakshmana broke into pieces. The two warriors vied with each other in offence and retaliation in their attack.
अभीक्षणम् निःश्वसन्तौ तौ युध्येतां तुमुलं युधि |
शरसंकृत्तसर्वाङ्गौ सर्वतो रुधिरोक्षितौ || ६-८८-६०
sharasaMkR^ittasarvaaN^gau sarvato rudhirokShitau || 6-88-60
Those two warriors, with their entire bodies lacerated in combat, smeared with blood all around and breathing heavily, fought the battle tumultuously.
सुदीर्घकालं तौ वीरावन्योन्यं निशितैः शरैः |
ततक्षतुर्महत्मानौ रणकर्मविशारदौ || ६-८८-६१
tatakShaturmahatmaanau raNakarmavishaaradau || 6-88-61
Thos mighty warriors, skilled in warfare, were cutting through each other, for a long time, with sharp arrows.
बभूवतुश्चात्मजये यतौ भीमपराक्रमौ |
तौ शरौघै स्तथाकीर्णौ निकृत्तकवचध्वजौ || ६-८८-६२
सृजन्तौ रुधिरं चोष्णं जलं प्रस्रवणाविव |
tau sharaughai stathaakiirNau nikR^ittakavachadhvajau || 6-88-62
sR^ijantau rudhiraM choShNaM jalaM prasravaNaaviva |
Those two heroes f terrific prowess stay on strenuously trying to secure their own victory, covered as they were, all over with a multitude of arrows as also their armour and standards torn to pieces. They stood emitting hot blood, as two water-falls gushing hot water.
शरवर्षं ततो घोरं मुञ्चतोर्भीमनिःस्वनम् || ६-८८-६३
सासारयोरिवाकाशे नीलयोः कालेमेघयोः |
तयोरथ महान् कालो व्यतीयाद्युध्यमानयोः || ६-८८-६४
न च तौ युद्धवैमुख्यं श्रमं चाप्युपजग्मतुः |
saasaarayorivaakaashe niilayoH kaalemeghayoH |
tayoratha mahaan kaalo vyatiiyaadyudhyamaanayoH || 6-88-64
na cha tau yuddhavaimukhyaM shramaM chaapyupajagmatuH |
Much of a time lapsed while the two warriors fought loosing terrific stream of arrows, then with an awful clamour, like two dark destructive clouds raining from the sky. They neither trned their back from the battle, nor experienced any fatigue.
अस्त्राण्यस्त्रविदां श्रेष्ठौ दर्शयन्त् पुनः पुनः || ६-८८-६५
शरानुच्चावचाकारानन्तरिक्षे बबन्धतुः |
sharaanuchchaavachaakaaraanantarikShe babandhatuH |
Displaying their missiles again and again, the two warriors, who were excellent among those skilled in the use missiles, fastened a net work of arrows both large and small, in the sky.
व्यपेतदोषमस्यन्तौ लघु चित्रं च सुष्ठु च || ६-८८-६६
उभौ तु तुमुलं घोरं चक्रतुर्नरराक्षसौ |
ubhau tu tumulaM ghoraM chakraturnararaakShasau |
Loosing their arrows faultlessly, gracefully and easily in a wonderful way, both the man and the demon carried on a tumultuous and terrific war.
तयोः पृथक् पृथग्भीमः शुश्रुवे तुमुलः स्वनः || ६-८८-६७
सुघोरयोर्निःस्वनतोर्गगने मेघयोरिव |
sughorayorniHsvanatorgagane meghayoriva |
Their terrific and tumultuous sound could be heard one by one repeatedly. That sound created a tremble in people, like a violent thunder-storm.
तयोः स भ्राजते शब्दस्तथा समरयत्तयोः || ६-८८-६८
सुघोरयोर्निःस्वनतोर्गगने मेघयोरिव |
sughorayorniHsvanatorgagane meghayoriva |
That clamour of those two warriors, who were engaged thus in that martial act, resembled the rumbling of two dreadful thundering clouds in the sky.
सुवर्णपुङ्खैर्नाराचैर्बलवन्तौ कृतव्रणौ || ६-८८-६९
प्रसुस्रुवाते रुधिरं कीर्तिमन्तौ जये धृतौ |
prasusruvaate rudhiraM kiirtimantau jaye dhR^itau |
Those two mighty and glorious warriors, who were determined to gain victory over one another, wounded with golden-shafted steel arrows, were profusely giving out blood.
ते गात्रयोर्निपतिता रुक्मपुङ्खाः शरा युधि || ६-८८-७०
असृग्दिग्धा विनिष्पेतुर्विविशुर्धरणीतलम् |
asR^igdigdhaa viniShpeturvivishurdharaNiitalam |
Fallen on their limbs, the golden-shafted arrows, dropped on the battle-field, smeared with blood and pierced into the surface of the earth.
अन्ये सुनिशितैः शस्त्रैराकाशे संजघट्टिरे || ६-८८-७१
बभञ्जुश्चिच्छिदुश्चैव तयोर्बाणाः सहस्रशः |
babhaJNjushchichchhidushchaiva tayorbaaNaaH sahasrashaH |
Some more arrows released by those two warriors clashed in thousands with sharp weapons in the sky and shattered and tore them.
स बभूव रणे घोरस्तयोर्बाणमयश्चयः || ६-८८-७२
अग्निभ्यामिव दीप्ताभ्यां सत्रे कुशमयश्चयः |
agnibhyaamiva diiptaabhyaaM satre kushamayashchayaH |
The terrific pile of arrows in battle appeared like a mass of sacred Kusha grass by the side of two blazing fires at a sacrifice.
तयोः कृतव्रणौ देहौ शुशुभाते महात्मनोः || ६-८८-७३
सुपुष्पाविव निष्पत्रौ वने किंशुकशाल्मली |
supuShpaaviva niShpatrau vane kiMshukashaalmalii |
The wounded bodies of those two mighty warriors shone like Kimshuka and Shalmali (silk-cotton) trees in full blossom, deprived of leaves.
चक्रतुस्तुमुलं घोरं संनिपातं मुहुर्मुहुः || ६-८८-७४
इन्द्रजिल्लक्ष्मणश्चैव परस्परजयैषिणौ |
indrajillakShmaNashchaiva parasparajayaiShiNau |
Indrajit and Lakshmana who were time and again wishing to attain victory one over the other, carried out tumultuous and terrific battle.
लक्ष्मणो रावणिं युद्धे रावणिश्चापि लक्ष्मणम् || ६-८८-७५
अन्योन्यं तावभिघ्नन्तौ न श्रमं प्रतिपद्यताम् |
anyonyaM taavabhighnantau na shramaM pratipadyataam |
In the combat, Lakshmana was striking Indrajit and Indrajit too was striking Lakshmana. Both of them were striking each other and did not experience any weariness.
बाणजालैः शरीरस्थैरवगाढैस्तरस्विनौ || ६-८८-७६
शुशुभाते महाविर्यौ प्ररूढाविव पर्वतौ |
shushubhaate mahaaviryau praruuDhaaviva parvatau |
With a multitude of arrows dug deep into their bodies, those two warriors, of great prowess and swiftness, shone like two mountains shooting forth plants from them.
ततो रुधिरस्तिक्तानि संवृतानि शरैर्भृशम् || ६-८८-७७
बभ्राजुः सर्वगात्राणि ज्वलन्त इव पावकाः |
babhraajuH sarvagaatraaNi jvalanta iva paavakaaH |
At that time, all their limbs, dampened with blood and thickly covered with arrows shone very much like blazing fires.
तयोरथ महान् कालो व्यतीयाद्युध्यमानयोः || ६-८८-७८
न च तौ युद्धवैमुख्यं श्रमं चाप्यभिजग्मतुः |
na cha tau yuddhavaimukhyaM shramaM chaapyabhijagmatuH |
A lot of time lapsed in the meanwhile past the two warriors. They neither turned their back from the battle nor experienced any fatigue.
अथ समरपरिश्रमं निहन्तुं |
समरमुखेष्वजितस्य लक्ष्मणस्य |
समरमु पेत्य विभीषणोऽवतस्थे || ६-८८-७९
samaramukheShvajitasya lakShmaNasya |
samaramu petya vibhiiShaNo.avatasthe || 6-88-79
Then, to relieve martial weariness of Lakshmana, who did not experience defeat in any facet of war, the great-souled Vibhishana, offering agreeable and salutary words, took up his position, on reaching the battle-field.