The Battle between Vishnu and Kalanemi ||19||
1-2Narada said: The infuriated Kalanemi did not recognize their (real) forms. He thought Nimi, the great Daitya to be a Deva. Hence with great dexterity and rapidity he caught hold of that hero by the hair and dragged him and roared. Thereupon Nimi said thus to the extremely powerful Kalanemi.
3-4“I am Nimi, O Kalanemi, do not kill me thinking me to be a Sura. Know that deluded as you are in the course of this battle, ten crores of Asuras, your own people, who were unvanquishable to Suras, have been killed by you mistaking them to be Devas. Hence hurry up. Discharge the Brahmastra that foils all other missiles.”
5On being enlightened by him, that Daitya became agitated and let him off. Hurriedly he duly discharged an arrow charged with Brahmastra.
6Thereupon, that Brahmastra blazed in the sky in an extremely miraculous manner. The entire army of Devas became frightened and excited.
7Counteracted by the Brahmastra, the Sarhbara missile became ineffective. When his missile was repulsed, the Sun-god became angry.
8He resorted to a great Indrajala (Magic) and made his body extremely terrible. He occupied the whole of the three worlds by means of his exploding, dazzling, mass of rays.
9The Lord scorched the army of Danavas whose marrows, bones and blood began to melt away. He made the eyes of the great Danavas blind.
10-12The fat of the elephants trickled down; chariots fell on the ground. The horses and the charioteers who were distressed by the scorching heat, heaved deep sighs. Suffering from thirst they went about here and there in search of water. They roamed over valleys and chasms between mountains, the ridges of mountains and the forests. Even as they sought water hovering round one another, an extremely fierce forest-fire raged there burning down all the trees (around).
13-14The seekers of water saw in front of them waves of water. Though it was in front of them, they could not reach it or get at it. Here and there the great Daityas were seen lying down dead on the ground, without getting water quickly very near them, on the ground.
15Chariots and elephants fell down. Horses became excessively tired. They ran about here and there. They vomited (blood). Fats got melted. Blood trickled down.
16-18Crores and crores of Danavas were seen dead. When such a huge destruction of the Danavas occurred, Kalanemi became afflicted with fury. Excessive anger made his eyes coppercoloured. He assumed the form of a black cloud. Hundreds of his shining hair were like streaks of lightening. The majestic sound that he produced by striking his arms was like the thunder clap through which he made the hearts in the universe tremble. Covering the entire sky he destroyed the lustre of the Sun completely.
19He showered cool water over the army of the great Danavas. Getting that shower, Daityas gained relief gradually.
20-22Just like the seedlings and sprouts that had got withered (due to heat) and became (fresh) on getting a good shower on the earth (the Daityas became refreshed). Thereafter, in the form of a cloud, Kalanemi, the great Asura, who could not be defeated, made a terrible shower of weapons on the armies of Devas. On being afflicted through that shower by Daityas and others, Devas could not see any way out like the cows afflicted by chillness. Extremely frightened, they took shelter under one another, among the elephants, horses and the chariots. They concealed themselves in various places.
23-25While they were trying to hide themselves, they were killed by Kalanemi. Devas were seen falling down with the joints of their limbs broken by the weapons. Their heads were torn asunder; their heads were shattered; their thighs and knees were broken. The chariot wheels were turned upside down. Strong flagstaff’s fell down. Thousands of horses and ten thousands of elephants (were killed). On account of the terrible flow of their blood the whole ground became impassable.
26-28Thus in the course of that battle, Kalanemi, the great Daitya of immense power, killed within a short period a hundred thousand Gandharvas, five hundred thousand Yaksas, five hundred thousand Kinnaras and seven hundred thousand leading Pisacas (ghosts). There is no count of the other species of Suras. Infuriated Kalanemi who had become excessively haughty and furious killed crores of them fearlessly.
29-33In that great terrible holocaust of Devas, the heroic Asvins became excessively enraged. They shone brilliantly with their various missiles and armours of variegated shapes. They struck everyone of the Daityas in the battle with sixty arrows. All those arrows pierced through (the bodies of) the great Daityas and entered the earth along with the feathers fixed to their extremities. (Kalanemi) somehow came to his senses on account of their hitting with the arrows. He took up a discus with a hundred thousand spokes that had been smeared with oil and that (was considered) a superior weapon in battle. With that discus he cut off the shaft of the chariot of Asvins. Then the Daitya took up a bow and arrows comparable to serpents. He showered (volleys of arrows) on the head of the Physicians (i.e. Asvins), covering the sky above (with the arrows). They too cut off all the arrows of the Daitya by means of missiles invoked by them.
34On seeing this feat of those two, (the Daitya) was surprised and got enraged. He took up a mallet as terrible as the baton of Kala (‘god of Death’).
35-39He whirled it with great force and hurled it against His(?) chariot. On seeing that mallet approaching, even while it was in the sky, both the Asvins left off their chariots with great speed. That mallet resembling a mountain pounded and thrashed both the chariots. That mallet adorned with a number of gold (plates) tore off the ground (beneath). On seeing that action of his, the Physicians with wonderful ways of fighting, fought with the great Danava assaulting him with the adamantine missile(‘Vajrastra’). On account of terrible strokes from the thunderbolt, the Danava was wounded. Even as the entire army was watching it, the chariot, the flagstaff, the bow, the umbrella and the armour got split into a hundred pieces in a moment.
40On seeing that marvellous (i.e. difficult to be performed) deed of the Asvins, the Daitya of terrible exploits and great strength discharged the Narayana missile in the course of that battle.
41Thereupon the Vajrastra (the adamantine missile, thunderbolt) became quiescent. Kalanemi then angrily attempted to catch hold of Asvins alive.
42On getting his intention both of them abandoned the battlefield. With all their limbs trembling. they fled on foot to the place where Vasava (Indra) was present.
43-45Kalanemi, the Daitya, closely pursued them roaring frequently. The cruel Daitya followed by his entire army
entered the army of lndra. When he rushed at lndra like the god of Death at the close of a Kalpa, all the living beings became agitated on seeing him. Giving out loud cries of distress, Devas thought that it was a defeat of Mahendra leading to the destruction of all the worlds.
46All the big mountains quaked. Meteors fell down from the sky. The clouds roared and rumbled. There was a loud sound in all the quarters.
47On seeing the ominous happenings of all the Bhutas (elements, living beings) Devas including lndra became frightened. They mentally sought refuge in Vasudeva, the Lord of the universe.
48-49‘Obeisance to Brahmanyadeva, to the Lord helpful to the welfare of cows and Brahmanas; obeisance to Krishna, the benefactor of the universe. Repeated obeisance to Govinda. May that Govinda save us.’ Thus the Suras who were overwhelmed by fright, prayed repeatedly.
50-52aKnowing what they were thinking of the Garuda emblemed Lord woke up. Shaking off his Yogic slumber, the Lord got up from his bedstead-the Lord whose Jotus-like feet were gently pressed and caressed by the lotus-like pair of hands of Lakshmi, the brilliant complexion of whose body was akin to the lustre of the autumnal sky and the blue lotus, whose chest shone with the jewel Kaustubha, whose beautiful armlets were as brilliant as the Sun. And he pondered over the agitation of Suras and sent for Vainateya (Garuda).
52b-54On being called, Garuda who had been very dejected, came and stood (ready). The Lord who had the powerful brilliance of various kinds of divine missiles, mounted (Garu9a) and went to the battlefield of Suras. There he saw Devendra who was frightened and attacked by great Danavas whose colour was like that of fresh clouds and who were excessively furious. And he (Devendra) was like a man who had been (mobbed) by unfortunate wretches seeking some monetary help.
55On being frequently eulogized by Suras. Vishnu went there for protecting them like a pure meritorious deed for protecting (one) from misfortune.
56Then the chief Daitya saw an orb of lustre in the sky like that of a hundred suns rising simultaneously.
57Danavas wished to know the source of that refulgence. Then they saw Garuda as terrible as the fire at the close of the Kalpa.
58They saw four-armed Hari of matchless splendour seated thereon. On seeing him the chief Asuras became highly delighted in their minds.
59“This is that lord Kesava, the slayer of enemies, the refuge unto all. If this (Lord) is defeated an the Devas are also defeated. There is no doubt about it.
60-61It is by depending upon hiln that Guardians of the Quarters and the immortal ones partake of their shares in the Yajnas”. Saying thus the ten great warriors of Daityas, Kalanemi and others, gathered together from various places, encircled him from all sides, and hit him with various weapons.
62Kalanemi pierced Janardana with sixty arrows; Nimi hit him with a hundred arrows and Mathana with eighty arrows.
63Jambhaka struck him with seventy arrows and Sumbha with ten arrows. The remaining Daitya leaders hit Vishnu with an arrow each.
64-67They hit Garuda with ten darts each in the battle. Unable to brook that action of theirs Vishnu, the slayer of Danavas, killed (i.e. struck) each of the Danavas with six arrows discharged straight. Kalanemi once again pierced the chest of Vishnu by three arrows (each) drawn as far as the ear. Due to anger Kalanemi’s eyes had become red. Those three arrows resembling heated gold, on his (Vishnu’s) chest shone like the brilliant rays of Kaustubha of sparkling lustre. Pained a little on account of those arrows Hari seized a mallet.
68-69Raising it he discharged it withgreat velocity towards the Danava. Even before it reached him, the great Danava who had become infuriated split it into small pieces like gingelly seeds, with hundred arrows, even as it was still in the space. Thereby he exhibited his dexterity and rapidity of action. Thereupon Vishnu who became infuriated seized a terrible barbed missile.
70-71With that he speedily struck the heart of the Daitya. Regaining consciousness in a moment, Kalanemi, the great Asura, seized a Sakti, the tip of which was very sharp and which produced a loud sound like that of a boisterous laughter, with the golden bells (attached to it). The delighter of Diti pierced the left arm of Vishnu by means of that Sakti.
72As blood trickled from it, his arm that had been pierced by the Sakti, shone like a blue cloud from which lightning streak flickers frequently.
73-75Then the infuriated Vishnu took up a huge bow and seventeen arrows that had sharp tips which could pierce vital parts. With six and three arrows he pierced the heart of the Daitya with four the charioteer and the flagstaff with a single arrow. He cut the bowstring and the bow with two arrows and the arm with one arrow. Like a man deluded by defects, he was deeply hurt in the heart.
76He became red (all over the body) on account of the blood that had flowed down. He was tall and his mind was agitated by pain. Like a Kimsuka (‘Butea frondosa’) tree shaken by the wind, he trembled much.
77On observing him trembling, Kesava seized a mace. With great force (i.e. velocity) he hurled it at Kalanemi for killing him.
78-79That terrible (mace) immediately fell on Kalanemi’s head. The Asura’s crown was shattered and his head was shattered to pieces. From all the pores (in his body) blood oozed out. He appeared like a mountain from which the minerals flowed out. Broken down, devoid of consciousness, he fell down in his own chariot with the life still clinging to him.
80As the Danava fell within the chariot, Acyuta, the slayer of enemies, the Lord with the discus as his weapon, spoke these words with a smile:
81-82“O Asura, you are left off. Go. You can have some relief now. Be alive. Within a short while I alone shall be your annihilator.” On hearing these words of Vishnu, the Lord of all, the charioteer who was afraid of the Lord of all the worlds, took away the chariot of Kalanemi very fa.r away within a moment.