The news that Lakshmana too was defeated and was aground
reached Rama. Rama was upset. The people around whispered, 'This Rama unjustly sent away his virtuous
wife Sita to the forest. This is the result of that sin.' Bharata told Rama: "Brother,
don't be sad. I will go and punish those boys and bring back the brothers who
have swooned." Hanuman and Jambavanta also went to the battlefield along
|BHARATHA ARRIVING AT THE
WITH HANUMAN AND JAMBAVANTA
When Hanuman saw Luv and Kusha standing in the battlefield, he said to Bharata, "Look
at those boys. They bare resemblance to Ramachandra." Bharata looked
at them and felt it was indeed so. The boys bore a very strong resemblance to
Rama. Bharata felt very affectionate towards them. He spoke to Kusha, "My
dear boy, who are you? Who is this other boy? You two have killed our whole army.
You have also brought down my brothers. Now at least, leave that horse. Why this
ill will between you and us? Go to your mother and be happy."
Kusha laughed and said: 'well, we belong to the hermitage of Valmiki. I am Kusha
and this is my younger brother Luv. I won't leave this horse. You have by yourself
come for a fight. We have given a proper reply. We will make you also fall to
the ground like your brothers. Only then will we go to our mother." Even
as he spoke he shot arrows at Bharata.
In the fight that ensued between the two, Bharata collapsed
on the ground unable to face the boy's arrows. The entire army ran away, not being able to withstand
Luv's attack. Even Hanumanta and Jambavanta stood far away, where the arrows
of the boys would not reach them. Some messengers ran to Rama from the battlefield
and gave him the news. He was in turmoil. With no other way left, he himself
had to go now to the battlefield.
|RAMA ARRIVING TO THE BATTLEFIELD
Rama came to the battlefield and saw that everywhere soldiers
were lying on the ground. And nearby lay his brothers, unconscious. A little
further was the horse, tied to a tree. Near the horse stood
two boys, holding bows and arrows. What havoc had been wrought by such a small boys! Rama could
not believe his eyes. He gently spoke to the children, "My dear boys, where from are you? Who
is your father? And who is your mother? Who taught you archery? But why this
wicked obstinacy to tie this horse? And how did you get this might to conquer
such a huge army?"
To all these questions, Kusha replied merely: "Great king, you have come
to free this horse and take it. If you have that power, well, conquer us and
take the horse. Or else go away from here. Why such useless talk?"
But Rama said, "Alas! Should I fight with children like you? I do feel angry
when - I look at my brothers lying unconscious. But I just don't have the mind
to fix the arrow in my bow. I love very much to know about you. Do please tell