Kusha chased the army like a whirlwind. Nearing it, he shouted, "Stop! Stop!" The
soldiers did not pay heed to his words and were marching on. Kusha
became enraged. He shot an arrow. It flew with a hissing sound and pierced the back of a soldier
who fell down. At once the whole army stopped and turned
to Kusha. The soldiers
got ready to fight with this new boy. But in no time Kusha rained his arrows
on them. Many soldiers fell victims to his arrows and were aground. Shatrughna
turned to him and said, "You are like the young of a deer and do you want
to fight with tigers?" Kusha laughed and replied, "You are no tiger
but a fox. When I was not there you have stolen my brother and are going away." With
these words he shot four arrows, which killed the four horses of Shatrughna's
chariot. Another arrow brought down the charioteer.
|KUSHA FIGHTING WITH SHATRUGHNA
Shatrughna jumped down from his chariot and with great wrath shouted, "You
wicked boy, I'll kill you now." But an arrow shot by
Kusha pierced Shatrughna's chest. Loudly uttering "Rama! Rama!" he fell down on the ground with
Seeing Shatrughna collapsing on the ground, all the army-men
trembled with fear. They dropped their weapons and stood quietly. A messenger
on horseback was sent to Rama. Kusha went near Shatrughna's chariot. Just then
Luv also regained consciousness.As soon as he saw Kusha, he shouted, "O, brother!" and jumped from
the chariot. They embraced each other. Luv said, "Brother, my bow was broken
in the fight. I will now pray to the Sun-God as taught by our preceptor Valmiki
and obtain a new bow." Kusha said, "Yes, please do so." Luv closed
his eyes and chanted the Surya-mantra, or the hymn to the Sun. Then the Sun favored
him with a new bow. Both Luv and Kusha were overjoyed at this. The two again
dragged the sacrificial horse and tied it to a tree.
|KUSHA AND LUV WITH THE
The messenger from the war field went straight to Rama, who was sitting in the
pavilion being consecrated to perform the Ashwamedha sacrifice. The soldier told
him all that had happened. Rama at first would not believe that a mere boy had
defeated Shatrughna. But the soldier swore by it. Then Rama became worried as
to who that boy could be.
He sent his brother Lakshmana with a new army to help
Shatrughna. Seeing him, the soldiers on the war field were renewed with courage.
The whole army together attacked the boys again. But it was unavailing. The arrows
of the boys felled many of them.
Looking at the bad shape of his army, Lakshmana entered the fray. Kusha left
his brother to fight the army and faced Lakshmana. A fierce fight ensued between
them. Kusha shot the arrow of fire, but Lakshmana used the arrow of water and
extinguished it. Kusha then sent a snake-arrow. Lakshmana destroyed it with an
|LAKSHMANA FELLED BY KUSHA
Kusha was now very angry. He shot a very mighty arrow, the
use of which Valmiki had taught him. The arrow went straight to Lakshmana and
hit him. It hit him
so powerfully that Lakshmana tottered and fell down on the
ground. By then all
the soldiers had also fled from the battlefield, unable to bear Luv's arrows.