Kumara’s March against the City of Tarakasura ||31||
1Narada said’. After granting blessings unto him they requested Guha for the boon: “This alone is our boon: Kill Taraka, the sinner.”
2After saying “Let it be so” to them, the enemy of Taraka possessing great splendour mounted his peacock saying “Yoga, Yoga”.
3-4With the Sakti in his hand Guha roared and then announced to the Devas, “O excellent Suras, if I do not kill Taraka the sinner today, I shall clearly attain the state of those who slight and disrespect cows and Brahmanas.” When this was solemnly promised by him there arose a loud sound.
5-6At the behest of Sarajanman (Kumara, born in the forest of reeds) they said, “Yoga, Yoga”. Clad in two dust-free red clothes the son of Parvati stationed at the head of all the Devas joyously moved (ahead). His banner shone well being rendered splendid by the emblem of a cock.
7-8Even with his feet he was able to split mountains in the course of a battle. In his hand the Guhasakti (Guha’s weapon Sakti) shone splendidly. It was loved by all living beings and it was full of quiescent lustre and excessive strength. Its hardness (was famous) in all the worlds and the armour too was full of that.
9-10From the body of (the Lord) of great heroism, who was about to fight, the following qualities manifested themselves: Virtue (Dharma), Truthfulness, Absence of delusion, Splendour, Refulgence, Unimpairedness, Power, Prowess and Mercy. Joining the pair of hands (in reverence) they all stood in front of the noble-souled Lord, ready to carry out his commands.
11As he went ahead, Lord Hara along with Parvati closely followed him in a chariot having the colour of the sun.
12The chariot had been playfully made by Lord Hara himself. A thousand lions had been yoked to that excellent chariot.
13-16O tiger among men, Brahma himself held the reins. The lions of that chariot had beautiful manes. As they moved ahead they roared loudly. They appeared ready to drink up the sky. They frightened the mobile and immobile beings. Seated in that chariot along with Uma Pasupati shone like the sun accompanied by clouds and rainbow and embellished by the streak of lightning. In front of him went Lord Dhanesha Kubera, Naravahana (‘whose vehicle is drawn by men’) along with the Guhyakas. He had occupied the beautiful Pushpaka (aerial chariot). Riding on Airavaija Sakra along with the Suras closely followed the Bull-emblemed Lord, the bestower of boons.
17-22aTo his right Devas and Maruts, the fighters in diverse ways, went along with Vasus and accompanied by Rudras. Accompanied by Mrityu and surrounded on all sides by terrible Ailments in hundreds infuriated Yama went on his left side. Behind Yama went the terrible white trident of Rudra named Vijaya. It had three spikes and had been made by Rudra himself. Behind him went Lord Varuna, the lord of waters, with a terrible noose. He was surrounded by hundreds of different kinds of aquatic animals. Rudra’s sharp-edged spear went behind Vijaya surrounded by the excellent weapons beginning with maces, iron clubs, Saktis etc.
22b-28The great missile Pasupata followed the sharp-edged spear, O son of Pritha. It had only a single foot, but it was extremely terrible with many head and bellies. Behind it went his Kamandalu (‘water-pot’) that was served by groups of great sages. To its right shone the staff that went ahead encircled by glory and splendour. It was accompanied by Bhrigu and Angiras and was adored by Devas. Rakshasas, the other Devas, Gandharvas, Serpents, Rivers great and small, Oceans, sages, groups of celestial damsels, Con-stellations, Planets, the mobile and immobile beings and the Mothers followed the great Lord, and they were hungry. Behind everyone was the intelligent Hari seated on Tarksya (Garuda). He guarded the entire army surrounded by his own retinue. Thus, accompanied by the army the son of the Three-eyed Lord came to the northern shore. He resorted to the copper rampart and stood there.
29Seeing the prosperity and excellent glory of the city of Taraka Mahasena was surprised. He praised his (i.e. the Demon’s) power of penance.
30Seated on his peacock and surveying (everything), with the umbrella held over him, shone Guha who was on a par with the moon in his lustre.
31The Lord of great lustre was fanned by Vayu and Agni with chowries. He was surrounded by his own retinue and groups of attendants given to him by the Mothers and Suras.
32-36Thereafter, amidst Devas, Sakra bowed down to him and spoke these words: “O Mahasena, see, see (the army) of the extremely powerful Daityas who do not fully comprehend you, their annihilator, like men engrossed in (the activities of) the household. Let a messenger be sent to their abode. Let him mention about you to Taraka. This is customary among heroes. It is the bestower of fame on great people.” With the permission (of the Lord), O Dhananjaya, Sakra directed me, a devotee of Skanda, and sent me to the leader of Asuras. He considered me fit for the job of a messenger. I was myself desirous of going and was sent by Sakra. In his palace in the midst of thousands of women I spoke (to him) thus: “O base Asura, O demon of wicked mind, Sakra says this to you. Listen:
37-38‘O Danava, much sin has been committed by you by torturing and harassing the universe. I shall destroy that sin of yours today. If you are a man, O excessively sinful one, come out. If you do not come out, I will cast your city into the ocean within a moment for the sake of its purification.”
39On hearing these harsh words the demon who had been surrounded by the groups of women became infuriated. He raised his closed fist and rushed at me. I was frightened and so I ran away (from that place).
40Being excited and bewildered, I reported the incident to Kumara. When I came back, the Daitya began to think in his mind.
41‘Without getting a support Sakra does not dare to say like this. The terribly awful omens produce fear in me.’
42-45After thinking thus, he got up and climbed on to the window-sill. Seated on the window-sill of the topmost storey of his abode consisting of a thousand storeys he saw the army of Devas that had covered up the earth and the firmament. The ten quarters reverberated with the sounds of chariots, elephants and horses, aerial chariots of wonderful shapes and sizes, the loud songs of Kinnaras, of Dundubhi drums, horns of cows, cymbals and conchs. On seeing that army that could not be stirred up or agitated he thought thus, ‘These had already been defeated by me. Why have they come again?’
46The Daitya who was thinking thus, heard the harsh and terrible words proclaimed by the divine bards. They were heart-rending to Taraka:
47“O Lord, be victorious; the entire army of Devas has been illuminated by your arms that have became red by means of the lustre of the rays of your matchless Sakti. O Lord Kumara who causes bloom in the face of the Destroyer of the Puras like the moon amongst the cluster of lilies, be victorious. You are like the submarine fire to the ocean of the race of Daityas, O Lord having the peacock with sweet voice for your vehicle. With the sprout-like nail of the feet you have pounded the crowns of Asuras; O Mahasena, you are like the forest-fire unto the dry grass (in the form) of the family of Taraka; O Lord of Yogins, O Skanda, be victorious. Your lotus-like feet have been rendered brilliant by the rows of nails resembling the sun that dispels the darkness of the worrying thoughts spreading in the sky of the heart of Yogins, O seven-day old boy-god, the burner of the grief of all the worlds.
48Hail, Hail to you, the charming one. Obeisance to you, the dispeller of the fear of good people. Salute to you, O infant Lord, having the mountain (for your abode); obeisance, obeisance, destroy the enemies of Devas.”