The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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SECTION CCLXXVII

“Markandeya said, ’That heroic king of the vultures, Jatayu, having Sampati for his uterine brother and Arjuna himself for his father, was a friend of Dasaratha.  And beholding his daughter-in-law Sita on the lap of Ravana, that ranger of the skies rushed in wrath against the king of the Rakshasas.  And the vulture addressed Ravana, saying, ’Leave the princess of Mithila, leave her I say!  How canst thou, O Rakshasa, ravish her when I am alive?  If thou dost not release my daughter-in-law, thou shalt not escape from me with life!’ And having said these words Jatayu began to tear the king of the Rakshasas with his talons.  And he mangled him in a hundred different parts of his body by striking him with his wings and beaks.  And blood began to flow as copiously from Ravana’s body as water from a mountain spring.  And attacked thus by that vulture desirous of Rama’s good, Ravana, taking up a sword, cut off the two wings of that bird.  And having slain that king of the vultures, huge as a mountain-peak shooting forth above the clouds, the Rakshasa rose high in the air with Sita on his lap.  And the princess of Videha, wherever she saw an asylum of ascetics, a lake, a river, or a tank, threw down an ornament of hers.  And beholding on the top of a mountain five foremost of monkeys, that intelligent lady threw down amongst them a broad piece of her costly attire.  And that beautiful and yellow piece of cloth fell, fluttering through the air, amongst those five foremost of monkeys like lightning from the clouds.  And that Rakshasa soon passed a great way through the firmament like a bird through the air.  And soon the Rakshasa beheld his delightful and charming city of many gates, surrounded on all sides by high walls and built by Viswakrit himself.  And the king of the Rakshasa then entered his own city known by the name of Lanka, accompanied by Sita.’

“And while Sita was being carried away, the intelligent Rama, having slain the great deer, retraced his steps and saw his brother Lakshmana (on the way).  And beholding his brother, Rama reproved him, saying, ’How couldst thou come hither, leaving the princess of Videha in a forest that is haunted by the Rakshasa?’ And reflecting on his own enticement to a great distance by that Rakshasa in the guise of a deer and on the arrival of his brother (leaving Sita alone in the asylum), Rama was filled with agony.  And quickly advancing towards Lakshmana while reproving him still, Rama asked him, ’O Lakshmana, is the princess of Videha still alive?  I fear she is no more!’ Then Lakshmana told him everything about what Sita had said, especially that unbecoming language of hers subsequently.  With a burning heart Rama then ran towards the asylum.  And on the way he beheld a vulture huge as a mountain, lying in agonies of death.  And suspecting him to be a Rakshasa, the descendant of the Kakutstha race, along with Lakshmana rushed

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