Taraka is slain ||30||
1Lomasa said: As the demon Taraka came there leaping and bouncing, boasting and swaggering, Indra. The most excellent among the intelligent ones, hit him with great force with his Vajra (thunderbolt).
2Due to that blow of Vajra, Taraka was made alarmed and afflicted. Although he fell down, he got up and struck his (lndra’s) elephant with his javelin.
3He made Purandara who was on his elephant, fall down on the ground. When Purandara fell down, there was a great cry of distress.
4-5Hear what was done by Taraka there itself, O Lord. He stamped his foot on Indra who had fallen and snatched the Vajra from his hand. Looking at Indra who had been struck, he struck him with Vajra with great force.
6Virabhadra raised his trident. That infuriated lord of great strength wanted to protect Purandara. With his trident of great lustre, he struck Taraka, the Daitya.
7On being struck by the trident, Taraka fell on the ground. Although he fell down, Taraka of great splendour rose up again (to his feet).
8With his great javelin, he struck Virabhadra on his chest. Virabhadra fell down due to the blow from his javelin.
9Devas along with the Ganas, Gandharvas, Serpents and Rakshasas lamented again and again with a great cry of distress.
10The exceedingly powerful Virabhadra, the slayer of enemies, suddenly got up. He lifted up his trident whose lustre was like that of lightning. It (i.e. the trident) shone continuously and brilliantly with its radiance. It illuminated the canopy of the-cardinal points with its refulgence and had the splendour of the discs of the Sun and the Moon, the fire and the galaxy of stars.
11-13When (the lord) of great strength was about to kill him with his trident, he was prevented by Kumara (saying), “O highly intelligent one, do not kill him.” Karttikeya of great strength and lustre roared. Then he was greeted by “Jaya” (‘Be victorious’) by the living beings stationed in the sky. The hero then attempted to kill Taraka with his great javelin.
14The fight between Taraka and Kumara there became unbearable. It was extremely terrible and it caused fear (in the minds) of all living beings.
15With Saktis (javelins) in their hands. They fought each other. As they took the risk (and fought furiously) the hands of both of them became pierced by the Saktis.
16-17Like two lions of great strength, they dodged each other. They ( resisted and) struck each other’s Sakti (with a clang). The two great warriors continued the excellent fight following the tactics known as Vaitaliki Gati (‘the movement of a conjurer?’), the Khecari Gati (‘the movement of a sky-walker’) and the Parvata Mata (“opinion of Parvata, mountain or a Gandharva of that name”).
18-20Taking their respective advantageous position, those two warriors of great strength and valour, who were experts in fighting, struck each other with the edges of their Saktis in the course of the battle. They hit, cut and pierced, the head, the neck, the arms, the knees, the hips, the chest and the back. Thus the warriors of great strength desired to kill each other and continued to fight. All the Devas, Gandharvas and Guhyakas became mere spectators.
21-22They said to one another: “Who will win in this fight?” At that time an ethereal voice said consoling them: “O Suras, indeed this Kumara will kill Taraka today. O Suras, do not be anxious. All of you stay happily in heaven.”
23-24On hearing that voice uttered in the sky at that time, Kumaraka who was surrounded by Pramathas became desirous of killing Taraka, the lord of Daityas of fierce form. Kumara of great strength and superior power struck Taraka, the excellent Asura, between the nipples with his Sakti.
25Without minding that blow, Taraka, the leading Daitya, who became furious, struck Kumara also with his Sakti.
26On account of that blow from the Sakti, the son of Sankara became unconscious. Within a short while he regained consciousness and was eulogized by the great sages.
27Just as a haughty and excited lion becomes desirous of striking (elephants), so also the valorous Kumara struck Taraka, the Daitya.
28Thus Kumara and Taraka fought with each other. They were excessively agitated and they were engaged in a duel with Saktis.
29-30With a desire to defeat each other. They exerted themselves to a very great extent. While they engaged themselves in fighting each other with great force, they had wonderful (facial) expressions. They struck each other with the keen edges and sharp points of their Saktis. Wielding them dexterously. All Gandharvas, Devas and Kinnaras remained (as mere) onlookers.
31They became exceedingly surprised. They did not say anything. (Even) the wind did not blow. The Sun became devoid of lustre.
32-35The following Mountains came there to meet Kumara: Himalaya, Meru, Svetakata, Dardura, Malaya. Mahasaila, Mainaka, Vindhya Mountain, the great Mountain Lokaloka, Manasottara Mountain, Kailasa, Mandara, Malya(van), Gandhamadana, Udayadri, Mahendra, the great Mountain Astagiri-these and many other Mountains of great lustre came there to meet Kumara. They were prompted by sincere love.
36On seeing that the Mountains were frightened, the son of Girija and Sankara spoke to them enlightening them:
37Kumara said: O highly fortunate ones, do not be afflicted and distressed. O Mountains, do not be worried. Even as all of you remain watching, I will kill the greatest sinner.
38After thus consoling those Mountains accompanied by the groups of Devas and mentally bowing down to Sambhu. The intelligent Infant-Lord, fond of Hari, bowed down to his mother.
39Thereafter Karttikeya cut off the head of his enemy by means of his Sakti. That head of Taraka fell down on the ground immediately. Thus Karttikeya, the great lord, gained victory.
40The groups of Devas, sages, Guhyakas, birds, Kinnaras, Caranas, serpents and the groups of celestial damsels saw him with great delight. They eulogized Kumara. Vidyadharis danced and the musicians sang.
41-44On seeing him victorious thus, all of them became filled with joy. Girija came there with great delight and placed her son in her lap. Embracing him closely, she became very glad. Placing Kumara endowed with the splendour of the sun in her lap, the slender-bodied Parvati of charming eyes fondled him. Sambhu along with Parvati was honoured by the sages.
45Seated in a noble seat, the chaste lady of measured speech, shone splendidly on being eulogized by the ascetics, Siddhas, Caranas and serpents.
46The Narayana rite was performed by Devas then to Parvati accompanied by Sambhu and Kumara. The chaste lady shone splendidly.
47Himalaya came then surrounded by his sons as well as other Mountains beginning with Meru, by whom he was eulogized much.
48Then all the groups of Devas beginning with Indra along with the sages, made a great shower of flowers on Kumara of unmeasured splendour. Keeping him in front and waving the lights ceremoniously for him, they shone well.
49With the sound of songs and musical instruments as well as repeated chantings of different kinds of Vedic Mantras, he was well eulogized by those who were experts among the knowers of the Vedas.
50This narrative named Kumaravijaya is very wonderful. It dispels all sins. It is divine. It yields all desired things unto men.
51Those who glorify this exalted story of the greatness of Kumara and his valorous exploits, become pure souls equipped with unmeasured good luck. They will assume infinite forms without old age or death. This story yields pleasure to men. Whatever is desired in the mind will be achieved.
52He who recites or listens to the story of the noblesouled Kumara named Taraka(-vadha) is released from all sins.