Vishnu Fights with Daityas ||20||
1Narada said: On seeing him, all the Danavas became infuriated. Like bees hovering around wine distilled from grapes all of them were surrounded by their own rc.aspective armies. They obstructed (the path) from aIl sides.
2-3Nimi was seated on a terrible elephant resembling a mountain. With ichor oozing (from its temples) it was irrepressible. There were white banners of various sizes over it. Its cheeks were slightly broken. It had a golden coloor and so the elephant appeared like a mountain covered by forest fire. The strong Daitya, Nimi, mounted that elephant in the course of the battle and marched against Hari.
4Twenty-seven crores of terrible Danavas, shining with crowns and coats of mail were the protectors of that elephant.
5Mathana rode on a horse resembling a mountain and attacked Hari. Jambhaka was seated on a camel with a neck five Yojanas long(?)
6-7Sumlbha marched riding on a ram twelve Yojanas long. The other leading Danavas too got ready with various weapons in their hands. They were enraged against Vishnu who was unwearied (i.e. indefatiguable) in action.
Daitya Nimi came with a Parigha (‘iron bar’); Mathana came with a Mudgara (‘mallet’).
8In the course of that great battle, Sumbha, came with a spear of sharp point; Grasana with a barbed missile; Krathana with a discus; and the infuriated Jambha with a Sakti (‘javelin’).
9-11aThey hit Narayana with aH these weapons. The remaining ones hit him with arrows that could split vital parts. Those missiles discharged (by them) entered Purusottama like the instructions of a preceptor repeated many times entering a good disciple. Then the infuriated Hari took up his bow and excellent arrows. He suppressed the Daitya army in the same manner as Arthavacas (‘talk about Artha’-wealth etc.), suppresses Dharma.
11b-14He pierced Nimi with twenty arrows having fiery splendour; Mathana with ten; Sumbha with five. The infuriated Madhava pierced Mahisha in the chest with a hundred arrows; Jambha with twelve sharp arrows; and all the others with eight arrows each. On seeing his agiJity and dexterity, the Danavas became -excessively infuriated. They exerted themselves much, covering Hari with arrows. Danava Nimi cut off his bowstring with a Bhalla (‘crescent-shaped arrow’).
15With great excitement Mahisaura cut off the bow from his hand, Jambha infficted injury on (i.e. wounded) Garuda by means of thirty thousand arrows.
16Sumbha pierced his arms with ten thousand arrows. Thereupon, Madhava, surprised in mind, seized a mace.
17-18He despatched it with great velocity towards Mathana in the course of the great battle. Even before it reached him, Nimi struck it with thousands of arrows resembJing a threshing rod. He caused it to fall down and roared like a black cloud. Thereupon, the Bhutas (‘Spirits’) began to shout “HA, HA (Alas)”.
19-20Obviously never was such power manifested whereby that mace was shattered to smithereens. On seeing it fallen down like a prayer to a wrong person, Hari seized a mallet of very terrible nature, adorned with divine gems and jewels. With great force he hurled it aiming it at Danava Nimi.
21-23As it was coming, three Daityas warded it off in the firmament itself. Daitya Jambha curbed it with an iron club, Grasana with a sharp-edged spear and Daitya Mahisa with a javelin. All of them roared very loudly. On seeing it destroyed completely like a good man by wicked persons, he took up a very fierce Sakti having the loud sound of a hundred bells. In the course of the terrific battle, he discharged it aimingit at Jambha.
24-25On seeing it coming, Jambha hurriedly jumped from his chariot and sportingly caught hold of it in the same manner as a Jover catching hold of his beloved. That powerful Daitya laughed and struck Garuda on his head with the same (Sakti). Then he went back to his chariot, took up a bow and began to engage himself ( in fighting).
26-28On being hurt and pained by the Sakti in the course of the battle, Garuda became unconscious. Then, O descendant of Bharata, Vishnu laughed and said: “Well-done! Well-done!” With a stroke of his hand he revived the son of Vinata from his state of unconsciousness and consoled him with (gentle) words. Just as everything planned by a man who has a wicked and vile wife, becomes futile, so also the Sakti became futile. Thereupon, he fixed another great bowstring of high durability (to his bow).
29After making a twanging sound by slapping his palms, he released a Raudra missile (with Rudra as its presiding deity). On account of the refulgence of the missile, the entire firmament became invisible.
30-31The earth, the cardinal points and the intervening spaces shone as though they were full of arrows. On seeing the great power of that missile, Asura Grasana, the Commander-in-chief, immediately discharged a Brahma-missile that could oust and ward off (and quell) all the other missiles. On account of that, the Rudra-missile that had been terrible unto all the worlds became subsided.
32When that missile had been repelJed, Vishnu, the slayer of Danavas, discharged Kaladandastra that terrified all the worlds.
33When that missile was being fixed (invoked) and discharged, a tempestuous wind began to blow. Goddess Earth quaked and the oceans were split asunder.
34On seeing the fierceness of that missile, Danavas became very ferocious in the battle. They made use of various kinds of divine missiles in the course of the battle.
35Grasana made use of Narayana missile. Nimi discharged the excellent missile of Tvastri, Jambha made use of Aisika missile for the purpose of fighting and repelling the Danda missile (i.e. Kaladanda).
36By the time the missiles of Narayana etc. were being fixed and were ready to be discharged for the purpose of repelling (that missile), the Kaladanda had killed in a moment, a crore of leading Daityas.
37-38Afterwards on account of the clash with the missiles of Daityas, the missile of Kaladanda had its fearful nature subsided. On seeing his own missile subdued, Hari out of anger, assumed a form of the deadly fire ( at end of world). He took up his discus which had the lustre of ten thousand blazing suns. Its spokes were very fierce. It appeared like his second self. It was ablaze (with fiery flames). The Four-armed Lord gripped it well and hurled it against the Commander-in-chief in the course of the fight.
39On seeing that discus advancing, the excellent Daityas tried to ward off that extremely terrific discus completely in every respect by means of their own prowess, but they could not (do so) in the same manner as the fierce destiny due to the accumulation of past Karmas cannot be dispelled.
40That discus which was like the fresh blazing rays of the sun and the movement of which could not be comprehended, fell on the neck of Grasana. Its terrible nave became red by the flowing stream of blood of that (Daitya). Then once again it returned to the hand of the enemy of Mura.
41In the course of that battle, the Danava was struck down by the discus. He fell on the ground and died. The remaining Daityas became excessively sad and angry. Some of them struck (their arms) and wrung their hands.
42Thereupon, when Grasana, the Daitya-Chief of the army, was killed the (other) Danavas fought with Hari without any check or restraint.
43They fought with sharp-edged spears, threshing rods, barbed missiles. maces and iron lances and bars. They fought with arrows of very sharp points, discuses and javelins.
44With arrows comparable to the flames of fire, Janardana who took perfect aim split into a hundred pieces each one of those volleys of missiles discharged by them.
45The infuriated Janardana killed crores and crores of them. Thereupon (they all gathered together) suddenly and fell upon Kesava.
46Some of them seized Garuda by both the feet. Hundreds of Asuras hung suspended from his wings. Others hung down from his beak.
47The great Daityas roared frequently and hung down from the bow of Kesava, his two arms and his head.
48On seeing that great wonderful feat Siddhas, Caranas and the emissaries (of Devas) cried loudly “HA, HA” (Alas). They eulogized Hari.
49Hari shook them off and caused them to fall on the ground, like an enlightened man shaking off all the blemishes arising from the worldly existence.
50Vishnu drew out his excellent sword Nandaka from its scabbard and took up the stainless shining shield as well. He rushed after them on foot.
51Within a Muhurta ( = 48 minutes) Kesava cut off on the way, one thousand billions of excellent Daityas after moving about many times (on the battlefield).
52Then the excellent Asuras Nimi and others roared. Those areat warriors rushed at Kesava who was coming on foot.
53-54Garuda too came there quickly. Hari climbed on to its back. In that tumultuous battle he said to Garuda: “O Tarksya, if you are not tired, proceed towards Mathana. If you are tired go away from the battlefield for a short while.”
55-59Tarksya said: O Lord of the worlds, I am not at all fatigued because I remember (with regret) something, viz. the fact that Taraka has made my sons his vehicle. Saying this he went towards Daitya Mathana. On seeing the Lord holding the conch, discus and the iron club, face to face, he struck him on his chest with a Bhindipala (i.e. a small javelin hurled from a sling) that had very sharp edges. Without minding that blow at all in the course of that great battle, Vishnu struck him with five arrows that could pierce through even lordly mountains. On being hit in the chest with ten arrows drawn as far as the ear he swooned. But Mathana regained consciousness within a short while. He took up a Parigha (‘iron bar’) and hit Janardana on his head.
60On account of that blow Vishnu reeled a bit. Thereupon, rolling his eyes in anger, Madhava seized the iron club.
61With that he hit Mathana forcefully on the chest. With his limbs shattered to pieces, he fell on the ground and died.
62When Mathana fell on the ground after being utterly thrashed, all those Daityas became utterly tired, exhausted and dejected on the battlefield.
63When those Danavas of great honour and prestige became spiritless and despondent, Mahisa, the Lord of the Danavas, became angry with his eyes turned red.
64That terrible Mahisa who rushed at Hari depending solely on the strength of his arms attacked Hari with a keenedged lance.
65-70The hero forcefully struck Garuda on the chest with his Sakti. Thereupon the Daitya opened his mouth which
resembled a cave in a big mountain. In the course of that battle he wished to swallow Acyuta along with Garuda. On coming to know the intention of the Danava, the highly powerful lord filled his mouth with divine weapons. On being injured and struck by those (missile-charged) arrows, Mahisa who resembled a mountain, fell down and died. Half of his body rolled down. On seeing Mahisa fallen down, Hari resuscitated his life and said to Mahisa: “O Danava, you do not deserve death from me. You are to be killed by a woman as mentioned by the Lotusborn Lord himself. Get up. You have been released by me. Go quickly from this great battle.” On being told thus by Hari, the Asura went away from that spot.
71-72When Daitya Mahisa was turned away, Danava Sumbha bit his lips sternly and knitted his eyebrows making the whole face (appear) crooked. He thrashed one of the hands with the other and took up a terrible bow. Stringing the bow (and drawing) he released hundreds of very terrible arrows.
73-76He fought in a wonderfully diverse manner. He hit hard with his fists. Then the Daitya hit Vishnu and Garuda with many arrows resembling the flames of blazing fires, discharged without any abstacle. On being afflicted much by the arrows of the leading Daitya, Vishnu took up a Bhusundi missile resembling the Lord of Death. With that he pounded to powder the shoulder bone of Sumbha in the course of the battle, the collar bone that shone like a mountain. He smashed his face also. With arrows drawn as far as the ear and having the colour and refulgence of fire and the sun, he hit them. With three arrows, he hit Sumbha’s arm, the head of the charioteer with sixty-two arrows and with ten arrows he hit the flagstaff of the Daitya. On being hit by them and frustrated by them, the leading Daitya was smeared with the blood that flowed (from his body). He appeared to be losing his courage. Then the Lord with a conch, lotus and Sarnga bow in his hands spoke to him:
77“O inauspicious Surhbha, you are destined to be easily killed in a very few days by a woman. You do not deserve to be killed by me, 0 deluded one. It is futile.” Thereupon that Danava Sumbha went away.
78On hearing those words from Vishnu’s mouth Jambha roared loudly like a lion. Shaking the world with his loud boisterous laughter in the course of the battle, he spoke the (following) words sportively:
79-81“O resider in waters, what have you to do with these Daityas deficient in exploits. Come to me in the course of this battle, if you have (any) manliness left anywhere. It was because Jambha was not present then that Hiranyaksa and other Daityas could be killed by you formerly. See me standing ready now. O Hari, have a look at these arms of mine resembling palm trees or the excessively hard chest resembling the thunderbolt. Strike me; that will be a pleasure.”
82On being told thus by him Kesava licked the corners of his mouth angrily and hurled a terrible iron bar that could split even mountains.
83Then, immediately thereafter Vishnu hurled a hard mallet which was made of iron and which appeared like a second mountain.
84On seeing those two weapons, Jarhbha placed his bow on the chariot. He jumped down and seized the (coming) iron bar. With that he hit Garuda.
85After that he took up a second weapon, a maJiet. Roaring in the course of the battle and using all his vital airs and force he hit Govinda on the head.
86On account of those two severe blows, both of them, Garuda and Kesava, fell into a swoon. They were unconscious and were almost like dead.
87On seeing that great wonderful feat, the excellent Daityas roared. This universe did not brook them as they were swayed with delight and pride.
88They encouraged Jarilbha with leonine roars, sounds of the slapping and clapping of the hands, the twangs of the bowstrings and the sounds of the arrows. They waved their clothes.
89-90They filled the conchs (with blowing sounds) and hurled the Devatas. Hari regained consciousness in the course of the great battle. Along with Vainateya, he embraced Jambha. Then he turned his face away from the unavoidable fight and rapidly fled.