The Battle Between the Armies of Taraka and the Devas ||18||
1-5Narada said: With arrows that pierced through vital and vulnerable points, the quarters were obstructed by the infuriated Jarhbha and the army of Dhanadhipa Kubera was very much afflicted. On seeing that action of the Daitya, the valorous Kubera drew his bowstring as far as his ear and wounded the extremely powerful Jambha in the chest. in the course of the battle by means of a thousand arrows with fire-like splendour. Then the heroic (Daitya) laughed and discharged in a trice thirty thousand, a hundred thousand, a crore and a thousand million arrows. On seeing his quickness, the infuriated Dhanadhyaksa seized a great mace and hurled it at him in the manner in which a person desirous of heaven throws off (i.e. lavishly donates) his wealth. When the mace was discharged, there was a loud noise like one at the destruction of the world.
6Many kinds of frightened cries of the living beings rose up in the sky. A great (violent) wind blew in the sky covered with clouds.
7-11aIndeed that mace of Vaisravana (Kubera) was adored and worshipped in all the three worlds. On seeing that mace approaching, the sight of which was as unbearable as the clusters of streaks of lightning, the Daitya discharged a shower of arrows for restraining the mace. The Daitya of matchless exploits and valour discharged various weapons such as discus, spears, barbed missiles, Sataghnis (‘killers of hundreds’), sharp-edged spears, clubs tipped with iron, iron clubs, trees and mountains. Crushing and disregarding all those weapons, that mace struck against the chest of the Daitya as though it was the dazzling sun at the close of the Kalpa. Vehemently shattered by it, Jarhbha vomited frothy blood. He lost consciousness and fell down from the chariot on the ground.
11b-13On seeing Jambha fallen down, Kujambha of terrible resolve, became highly furious. Filling the quarters with loud shouts, he made a network of arrows around Kubera like a cage around a bird. The powerful lord of Yaksas cut off’ that network of arrows which was as powerful as the network of the illusions of Miya. Further he discharged other arrows at him.
14Like an angry man disregarding the wise advice of good people, the Daitya sportingly cut those arrows.
On seeing those arrows devoid of any effect, Dhanadhipa became angry.
15He took up an unthwartable Sakti (Javelin) that produced a loud noise of hundred bells (fixed on it). Discharged then by him, the Sakti pierced the heart (of the Daitya).
16Just as the misery arising from the worldly existence pierces the heart of a man deficient in enlightenment, so also the Sakti pierced the heart ( of the Daitya) and fell down on the ground.
17-19Within a moment, the Danava of terrible form steadied himself. The Daitya then seized a sharp-edged spear that could split even mountains. Just as a vicious man breaks the heart of a man of nobility and dignity through harsh words that rend all vital and vulnerable points, the Daitya pierced the chest of Dhanada in the course of that battle by means of that sharp-edged spear. On account of the stunning blow of that sharp-edged spear Dhanesa swooned.
20-21Just as a good man on hearing the vile words (of a wicked man breaks down), so Kubera dropped (i.e. sat) on the seat in the driving box of the chariot. On seeing him in that posture as though dead, Lord Niqti, the Rakshasa (Guardian of South-West), followed by the army of Nisacaras (Night-walkers) speedily rushed at Kujambha. Of terrible exploits.
22On seeing the inviolable and unassailable Lord of Raksasas, Kujambha urged and mobilised Daityas against the chariot of the Lord of Rakshsas.
23-27aOn seeing the army that was excessively terrible and that had very powerful missiles, mobilised (against him) Nirriti hurriedly jumped off from his chariot. With a keen-edged sword and a shield in his hands, he rushed at the chief of Rakshasas(?). Just as an elephant enters a lotus pond and srirs it up, so also he entered the army of Danavas and agitated it in many ways. He pulled out thousands of them and chopped them off. With his excellent sword, he cut and pierced hundreds of others. He filled the ground with the faces of Daityas where in the lips had been kept bitten (by them with their teeth). Then, on seeing his own army almost annihilated, the Daitya Kujambha left off Dhanapati (Kubera) and rushed against Nirriti.
27b-29a(In the meantime) Jambha regained consciousness. He captured the foJlowers of Dhanadhyaksa alive and bound them in a thousand ways with nooses and ropes. The jewels in embodied form as well as the treasures such as Padma and others, and all the divine vehicles and aerial chariots(were thus captured by him).
29b-31aOn regaining consciousness, Dhanesa saw such a situation and he heaved a deep hot sigh. Due to fury his eyes turned copper-coloured. He meditated on the divine missile of Garuda. Fixing an arrow on his bow, he discharged that arrow that could tear into the enemies, in the middle of the army of Danavas.
31b-34At the outset the bow was seen with flames of fire blazing from it. Then crores of sparks arose from the bow. Then the missile made the entire sky all round filled with flames. On seeing that missile, Jambha of terrible exploits, immediately released the Samvarta missile. Then the Garuda missile became queJled thereby. Thereafter the Danava, highly excited with wrath, looked at Kubera. He roared and rushed against Dhanada on foot.
35On seeing the Daitya coming towards him, Kubera became bewildered, and he was about to flee.
36As he was running away, his brilliant crown adorned with gems and jewels fell on the ground, like the disc of the sun falling from the sky.
37-40(His followers thought thus:) ‘The defeat and breakup of the Yaksas of great nobility, has begun in this battle. It is proper to die in the front line of the battle. It is an ornament for us.’ Thus resolved the inviolable followers of Dhanada. Equipped with different kinds of weapons and missiles in their hands they were determined to fight. Those Yaksas who valued their honour as the greatest wealth stood encircling the crown. Looking at them with great indignation the Danava, full of vehement heroism, took up a Bhusundi missile as weighty as a mountain and very terrific in shape and size. He then thrashed and pounded the Night-walkers who were protecting the crown.
41-42After crushing them down, who numbered a hundred thousand, and after defeating Dhanada in battle, the foe of immortal ones placed the crown, the treasures and the wealth (looted) in his own chariot. Taking all these (he went back to his camp) surrounded by his own army. With a loud shout he routed Devas everywhere.
43Kubera also who was deprived of all his wealth and had the hair on his scalp dishevelled was excessively frightened. He returned on foot alone and remained in a dejected mood like a wretched person.
44-48The deJighter of Rajanicaras (i.e. Nirriti) clashed with Kujambha. Resorting to never-tailing Maya (i.e. illusion-creating power) of Tamas (Darkness) the lord of Rakshasas, the great Daitya (? i.e. Nirrti) made the universe filled with darkness and bewildered them (everyone). Thereupon, the armies of Danavas lost the power of sight. They were unable to proceed ahead even from one step to another. There upon, Lord Nirriti killed the great armies of Danavas by showering different kinds of missiles. Those armies were very much covered with thick darkness. When the Daityas were being killed, when Kujambha was in a perplexed state of mind, Mahisha, the leader of Danavas, who resembled the cloud at the close of the Kalpa, discharged the missile Savitra (i. e. having Savitr, tbe Sun-god, as its deity) adorned with a mass of meteors.
49When the blazing supreme missile Savitra manifested and spread everywhere the extremely terrible darkness was dispelled.
50Marked by the sparks and flames of the missile, the darkness turned white, like a lake full of full-blown lotuses and devoid of impurities (turning white) in autumn.
51Then, when the darkness disappeared the chief Daityas regained (the power of) their eyes. With ruthless vigour and speed, they wrought wonderful (havoc) in the army of Devas.
52Then, taking up his terrific bow and the arrow comparable to a serpent, Kujambha rushed hurriedly towards the army of Raksodeva (Nirriti).
53On seeing him approaching, the leader of Rakshasas (Nirriti) went close to him and pierced him with sharp arrows having the sound similar to that of Kala (‘god of Death’) and thunderbolt.
54-56Neither the taking up, nor the fixing, nor the release was visible in the case of those arrows. With terrible clusters of arrows he split and cut those arrows with great rapidity and facility. He broke the flagstaff of the foe of the immortal ones by means of a very sharp arrow. With (another) sharp-pointed arrow he removed the charioteer from the inner seat of the chariot. With (another) arrow resembling the god of Death he struck him in his chest. Afflicted much by that blow he trembled terribly.
57-58The great Daitya was afflicted much by the great Rakshasa (i.e. Nirriti) like a mountain at the time of earthquake. Considering him invincible in battle the Daitya approached Nirrti’s chariot on foot. With his left hand he caught hold of Nirriti and kept him pressed down with his knee.
59Extremely infuriated he then wished to cut off his head with his sword. On seeing that Nirriti was held under his control by Kujambha in the course of the battle a great tumultuous uproar was caused among Devas.
60In the meantime Lord Varuna (came there) surrounded by noose-bearing followers. With a noose he fastened both the hands of the great Danava.
61The Noose-bearing (Lord Varuna) ruthlessly struck with his iron club, the Daitya whose hands had been tied and whose prowess was (thus) rendered futile.
62Shedding blood through the tubular vessel on account of that blow, he assumed the form of a black cloud having streaks of lightning.
63-65On seeing Kujambha in such a plight the demon Mahisha wished to swallow both the Suras, viz. Nirriti and Varuna, The keen curved teeth made his mouth powerful. Without making any noise he opened his mouth. Both of them observed the evil intention of that Daitya and became frightened. Abandoning the chariot, they quickly fled from the place on foot. Afraid of Mahisha, both of them sought refuge in the Chastiser of Paka (i.e. Indra).
66-69The infuriated Daitya, Mahisha rushed at Varuna, On seeing him about to fall into the jaws of Death, the Moongod discharged a weapon in the form of a thick boulder of ice. The Moon-god sent a second matchless missile presided over by the Wind-god. The limbs of the armies of Asuras burned all round because of the dry fierce wind, the cold and huge boulder of ice and the weapons wielded by the Moon-god. All the Danavas were distressed much because their manliness and courage was chilled (and frozen).
70-71They were unable to take up any weapon. They were unable to move too. With his mouth quaking with chillness, Mahisha remained inactive. He sat with his face turned downwards and the hands clasping the shoulders. All those Daityas who could not take any counter-move were conquered by the Moon-god.
72They abandoned altogether all their desire for battle. They stood there eagerly trying to save their lives. Thereupon Kalanemi who blazed with anger, spoke to the Daityas:
73“O impassioned ones, you have mastered all missiles and weapons; you are cruel. Each of you is competent to hold aloft the entire universe by means of your arms.
74Each of you is competent to swallow the entire universe consisting of the mobile and immobile beings. The entire horde of heaven-dwellers is no match unto each of you severally.
75Why are you then frightened with your eyes indicating the excess of fear you have? Why have you been defeated in the battle? This is not proper on the part of heroes especially of those born as (i.e. in the family of) Daityas.
76What face will you show to our king Taraka? With his fury aroused, he will do away with your lives as you have desisted from fighting.”
77-81Though addressed thus, those great Asuras did not say anything. On account of chillness, they had lost the power of hearing and the ability to utter words. The Daityas had become dumb and almost dead in the course of the great battle. On seeing those Daityas absent-minded and utterly a.fllicted with chillness, and thinking about his duty befitting the occasion, Kalanemi, the great Asura, resorted to Manavi Maya. He expanded his huge body and filled the sky, the quarters and the intervening spaces. The great Danava created ten thousand suns in his body. He filled the quarters and the intermediate spaces with fires. Then within a moment the entire region of the three worlds became filled with flames.
82On account of that cluster of flames, the Snow-rayed Lord (Moon) went away quickly. Then gradually the chilly, bad (climate of the) day vanished. It shone brightly.
83Thanks to the Maya of Kalamemi, that army of the great Danavas, shone brightly and splendidly. On seeing that the army of the Danavas had regained consciousness, the Sun-god was so furious that the extremities of his eyes became excessively red. He spoke to Aruna:
84-87The Sun-god said: Take the chariot quickly to the place where Kalanemi has his chariot. In the fierce conflict there, all the living beings will be destroyed. The Moon has been defoated-the Moon whose strength we had relied upon. On being told thus, the eJder brother of Garuda, though seated within the chariot itself, drove the horses that had white Camaras (i.e. streamers adorning the heads) over their heads. The Lord of the light of the universe, seized a well-strung bow, O son of Pandu. The groups of arrows had immediately a lustre like that of poison.
88He fixed a missile presided over by Sathbara (the demon juggler) and discharged an arrow. He discharged a second arrow too combined with Indrajala (Magic).
89The Sambara missile created an interchange in their forms within a moment. Devas were given the form of Danavas and Danavas were given the form of Devas.
90Overwhelmed by anger like Kritanta (‘god of Death’) at the time of the annihilation of the world, Kalanemi killed his own people, the ‘Rakshasas(?), through the awful dexterity in the use of missiles, because he thought them to be Suras.
91He kiIled some of them with the sword with a very keen edge; some with showers of iron-tipped arrows; some with terrible iron clubs; and some with terrific axes.
92He made the heads of some, the arms of some and the charioteers of great energy (of others) fall down from the chariot. Some he pounded by the speed of the chariot. Some he thrashed by the fierce blows of his fists.