The battle between Suras and Taraka ||29||
1Lomasa said: The two armies, that of Suras and that of Daityas, had all the four divisions of an army. They had many wonderful (weapons and equipments). They roared at each other like clouds at the advent of the rainy season. They shone well.
2In the meantime, Devas and Asuras began to dance and jump with one another. All of them of great strength fought one another.
3The fight between Daityas and Devas was very tumultuous and exciting. Within a moment the whole (battlefield) became marked ( coloured) with mutilated trunks and severed heads.
4Hundreds and thousands fell on the ground. The arms of some were cut off by terrible blows of swords.
5-6Indeed, Mucukunda was very powerful. He was (famous) in the three worlds (as a man) of unmeasured courage and valour. Taraka was then hit in the chest with all might with a sword by the intelligent Mucukunda. Enduring that blow, Taraka laughingly spoke these words:
7“O dull-witted fellow, what is it that has been achieved by you through your strength? I do not wish to fight with you. It is shameful to fight with a human being.”
8-9On hearing the words of Taraka, Mucukunda spoke: “O chief Daitya, you have been (well-nigh) killed on being struck by me. You do not deserve to be otherwise. Experiencing the blow of my sword, you will never stand in front of me. l am going to kill you. See my valour, O king of Daityas; be steady.”
10-11After saying thus, when the heroic Mucukunda of great strength struck with his sword, he was hit with a javelin. The son of Mandhatta fell down in the battlefield. Though fallen, the slayer of inimical warriors got up instantaneously.
12Getting ready to kill Taraka, the lord of Daityas then, the exceedingly powerful son of Mandhata, the sole conqueror of the world, seized a bow and took a Brahmastra (i.e. the miraculous missile with Brahma as its presiding deity).
13That warrior of great force and speed who became very furious and whose eyes were full-blown, got ready to fight with Taraka. At that time Narada, the son of Brahma, spoke thus to Mucukunda, the human warrior:
14“Taraka cannot be killed by a human being. Hence do not discharge this great missile.”
15On hearing the words of Narada, the celestial sage, Mucukunda asked: “Who will then be his slayer?”
16-17Then Narada of divine vision and great splendour said: “Kumara will kill him. This Kumara is the son of Siva. Hence all of you should stand (ready). Fight jointly. Restrain yourself, O Mucukunda of great intellect. Stand ready.”
18On hearing these fascinating and auspicious words uttered by that (sage) of great refulgence, all the Suras became completely calm and quiet along with that most excellent one among human beings.
19Then Dundubhis were sounded. Conchs were blown. Different musical instruments were played by both Suras and Asuras.
20-21Asuras who had prepared (for a fight) with Devas roared. Virabhadra who was born of the anger of Siva, became exceedingly furious. Accompanied by many Ganas, he approached Taraka of great strength, after making Mucukunda and Suras stand behind him.
22-23Then all the Pramathas kept Kumara at the head and fought in the battle. Thel’e the Ganas beginning with Virabhadra killed the enemies with tridents, swords, daggers, nooses, axes and iron clubs. In that mutual clash of Suras and Asuras, all of them struck and killed one another.
24Struck hard by Virabhadra with his trident, Taraka fell down there at once. He was in a swoon for a short while.
25Within a Muhurta (=48 minutes) Taraka, the great Daitya, regained consciousness and got up. He struck (back) Virabhadra with great force.
26Virabhadra, the powerful follower of Siva, whose splendour was great, attacked Taraka who had a javelin, with a terrible trident.
27Fighting thus, they struck at each other. A tumultuous duel took place between those two noble souls.
28-30Then Suras became mere spectators in that war. The three worlds were filled with the loud sounds of Bheris, Mridangas, Patahas, Anakas, Gomukhas and Damarus. By means of that loud sound, those two combatants of great strength shone splendidly. They were exceedingly excited and shattered completely on account of blows. Enraged furiously with each other, they resembled Budha (Mercury) and Angaraka (Mars).
31-32Narada then revealed to Virabhadra the details about his (Taraka’s) death. Virabhadra then did not like those words that Narada said about the death of Taraka. Just as Rudra so also Virabhadra was exceedingly powerful.
33Fighting thus they struck at each other. They vied with each other in roaring like two lions.
34While those two were thus fighting on the ground, Virabhadra was prevented by means of various words by Narada, the noble-souled (sage), the most excellent one among those who had perfect knowledge.
35On hearing those words coming out of Narada’s mouth, Virabhadra who had become very furious replied to Narada:
36-38“I will kill Taraka today. See my valour. Those heroes who make the master come down to the battle-ground are sinners and extremely unrighteous. Those who go to the battlefield but begin to ponder over (what they should do) should be known as cowards. They should never be talked to. O celestial sage, you do not know the reaction of (true) warriors. Those who keep the god of Death behind them, those who are devoid of any pain or distress in the battlefield, and those whose bodies are cut and pierced by weapons and missiles are undoubtedly praiseworthy.”
39-40After saying thus, Virabhadra of great power. Spoke to Devas: “May Devas with lndra as their leader listen to my words. I will undoubtedly make the earth rid of Taraka today.”
41He then took a trident and fought with Taraka along with many (followers) who rode on bulls and held excellent tridents.
42Those Ganas had matted hair; they had bull for their emblem. They struck with force. They kept Virabhadra at their head. They were as valorous as Virabhadra.
43All of them wielded tridents. All of them had serpents as ornaments for their limbs. All of them were adorned with twisted and matted locks of hair. They had the crescent moon as their crest jewel.
44-45They were blue-throated. They had ten arms, five faces and three eyes. They had the royal insignia of umbrellas and chowries. All of them had fiercely powerful arms. With Virabhadra at their head (the Ganas), with the valorous exploit of Hara, fought with Daityas who were the dependents of Taraka for their subsistence.
46Those Asuras were defeated again and again by the Ganas. They were forced to turn their faces (to retreat). Then an exceedingly frightful battle ensued between them and the excellent Daityas.
47Though Daityas were experts in the use of great missiles, the Ganas could not brook them. The Ganas became victorious. Defeated by the Ganas and therefore distressed very much, they (Asuras) intimated their discomfiture to Taraka.
48Taraka who was desirous of fighting, was noble-souled and the most excellent one among Daityas, entered the army after keeping the bow well-bent, in the same way as a fish enters the ocean.
49Indeed Virabhadra of great power fought (With Daityas) in the company of the Ganas. The excellent Daitya of great strength, who became very furious, pounded and shattered all the Suras, the chief of whon was lndra, and the Ganas, Yakshas, Pisacas and Guhyakas.
50Then a tumultuous, exciting battle ensued between Devas and Danavas, wherein Devas, Danavas and Yakshas took part collectively.
51Roaring bulls killed the horses along with the horsemen. They struck at the chariots and killed the charioteers. They killed the elephants along with the elephant drivers.
52All the Asuras were shattered and pierced (by the Ganas) who were driving in the chariots or riding on the bulls.
53-54Many were completely destroyed. Some who were struck. fell down on the ground. Some entered Rasatala. Many fled (from the battlefield). Some of them sought refuge with the followers and servants of Rudras. Thus seeing his army destroyed and scattered, Taraka, the protector of Asuras, became infuriated and he went ahead in order to kill the groups of Devas.
55Taraka, the king of Daityas, assumed ten thousand arms. He suddenly mounted a lion and killed them (i.e. the Ganas) in battle.
56By the lion that had been equipped with an armour, some bulls were torn asunder. Similarly many Gai:ias were killed by Taraka himself.
57This was done by the noble-souled Taraka then. The great Taraka could not be tackled by all the Devas.
58-59That Daitya of great and powerful arms became the destroyer of all the three worlds. The Daitya followers of Taraka became superior in strength and invincible. They rode on great vehicles. They were terrific and fully equipped with armour. They were terrible strikers. The Ganas were swallowed by those Daityas and the bulls were killed by the lions.
60Thus those Grutas were being killed in the battlefield. Vishnu laughed and said to Kumara, the favourite (son) of Siva:
61Vishnu said: Excepting you, O son of Krittikas, there is no one else who can kill this sinner. Hence, O mighty one, my suggestions should be carried out by you.
62Son of Siva, you are born for slaying Taraka. Henee slaying of Taraka should be performed by you.
63On hearing it, the great lord, the son of Parvati became angry. He laughingly said these proper words to Vishnu:
64-65“The wonderful ways of fighting of the noble-souled (warriors) are being observed carefully by me. O Vishnu, I am nut well-versed in deliberating upon what should be done and what should not be done. I do not at all know who are those who belong to us and who arc our enemies. I do not know even why they are fighting and killing each other.”
66On hearing the words of Kumara, Narada spoke these words:
67Narada said: You are Kumitra, O mighty-armed one, born of a part of Sankara. You are the master and saviour of all the worlds. You are the ultimate goal of Devas.
68O heroic one, a very severe penance was performed by Taraka formerly, whereby Devas have been defeated and heaven conquered.
69He attained invincibility by means of severe penance. lndra and the Guardians of the Quarters have been defeated by him.
70-71All the three worlds have been conquered by this vicious-souled one himself. Hence Taraka, the sinful person, should be killed by you. The welfare of everyone should be caused by you, the lord. On hearing the words of Narada, Kumara, the great lord, descended from his aerial chariot and began to walk on foot.
72-74The son of Siva in the form of an infant-boy, began to run about on foot. He took up in his hand a javelin of great potentiality, endowed with much refulgence Jike a great comet. On seeing (the Infant-Lord) who was advancing towards him, who was very fierce, whose form was unmanifest and who was the most excellent one among mighty persons, the Daitya spoke: “This Kumara (the Infant-Leader) belonging to the excellent Suras is the destroyer of the enemies (of the excellent Suras). I shall be the sole warrior fighting with him. I shall kill all heroic Ganas. the great Isvaras and the Guardians of the Quarters immediately.
75After saying this that ever mighty one proceeded towards Kumara in order to fight. That Taraka seized a javelin of exceedingly wonderful nature and spoke these words:
76Taraka said: How and why is an infant placed in front of me by you all? O ye Devas, you are all shameless ones whose king happens to be Purandara.
77-80Whatever has been done by him is all known (to me). Sleeping ones were bound and tortured; beings within the womb have been aborted and caused to fall down. Bahurupa, the Asura, was killed by the son of Kasyapa. Namuci, a great hero, was killed. Vritra was killed too. This Devendra, the slayer of Bala, is desirous of killing Kumara. This Kumara, O Devas, shall undoubtedly be killed by me to-day. Formerly, O Virabhadra, many Brahmanas have been killed by you in the course of Daksha’s Yajna. I shall show you today the fruit of that action, O highly intelligent one, in the course of the battle, O you expert in battle.”
81-82After saying thus that noble-souled lord of Daityas, the sole and excellent hero, took up his Sakti of great and wonderful qualities. That Taraka is the most excellent one among those conversant with fighting. Thus, the son of Diti was attacked by the greatest Purusha (Lord). He was surrounded by leading Asuras. That powerful Taraka who usually came out victorious in battlet resolved to fight and kill (the Lord).