The Ramayana

by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1891 | ISBN-13: 9788171101566

This page describes Chapter LXXVI of the English translation of the Ramayana, one of the largest Sanskrit epics of ancient India revolving around the characters Rama, Sita and Ravana. It was orignally authored by Valmiki at least over 2500 years ago. This is the first book of the Bāla-kāṇḍa (Bala-kanda) of the Ramayana, which consists of 24,000 Sanskrit metrical verses divided oer seven books.

Hearing Jamadagni’s, words, the son of Daśaratha, in consideration of the presence of his father, said these words in subdued tone,

O Bhṛgu’s son, I have heard of the deeds you have performed, resolved on avenging your sire. O Brāhmaṇa, I acknowledge that.

But, O Bhargava, you insulted me abiding by the Kṣatriya duties, as pusillanimous or devoid of prowess. Do you to-day witness my energy and vigour.

Saying this, the enraged Rāghava, endowed with fleet vigour, took up Bhṛgu’s noble bow, together with the shaft.

And fixing the string upon it he set the arrow. And then Rāma enraged addressed Jamadagni’s son, Rāma, saying,

You are a Brāhmaṇa and through Viśvāmitra, art worthy of my homage. Therefore it is, O Rāma, that I can not let go this life-destroying shaft.

Which of these shall I reduce to aught, O Rāma, Your aerial course, or the merit you have attained through your asceticism of ascending to certain incomparable regions. This wonderful arrow of ours sprung from Viṣṇu, capable of conquering hostile towns, never hit fruitless, with energy destroying the pride of prowess of foes.

And with the object of beholding Rāma holding that foremost of weapons, there assembled in a body the celestials and the saints, with the great-father at their head.

The Gandharvas and the Apsara and the Siddhas and the Cāraṇas and the Kinnaras and the Yakṣas and the Rākṣasas and the Nagas assembled to behold that mighty wonder.

And on Bhārgava’s energy having been observed by Rāma bearing that best of hows, Jamadagni’s son became bereft of prowess, and Rāma (Paraśurāma) kept steadily eyeing Rāma.

And rendered inert in consequence of his energy having been dispelled by Rāma’s own, Jamadagna mildly addressed Rāma of eyes like lotus’ petals, saying,

When formerly I gave away the earth to Kaśyapas, he said to me, You must no longer stay in my dominions.

In consonance with the words of my spiritual guide, ever since that time I have never spent three nights together on earth. Even this had been promised by me, O Kākutstha.

Therefore, O hero, it behove you not to destroy my course, O descendant of Raghu. With the speed of the mind shall I now wend my way to the Mahendra, best of hills.

O Rāma, the regions I have conquered by my asceticism do you destroy with that foremost of arrows: let there be no delay about it.

Even from your handing of this bow I know you to be the chief of the celestials even that eternal one, the slayer of Madhu. Hail to you,

O vanquisher of foes! And all these celestials assembled are beholding you of unparalleled deeds, and without an antagonist in fight.

And, O Kākutstha, neither ought I to be ashamed (because of this discomfiture); I have been baffled by the lord himself of the three worlds.

And it behove, O Rāma to disengage this peerless shaft (from the bow), O you of noble vows; and on your shooting the shaft. I shall repair to that fore most of mountains, the Mahendra.

When Jamadagni’s son, Rāma, had said this, the puissant and graceful son of Daśaratha, had said this, the puissant and graceful son of Daśaratha shot that excellent arrow.

And witnessing the destruction by Rāma of his regions earned by his own austerities, Jamadagni’s son speedily started for that best of mountains, the Mahendra.

Then all the quarters became cleared of gloom; and the celestials and saints fell to extol Rāma when he had shot the arrow.

And that lord, Jamadagni’s son Rāma, having gone round Rāma, the son of Daśaratha, and honoured (by all), set out (for his own quarters).

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