Virbahu was in awe when he saw Rama. He was sure this was other than Vishnu in the guise of a human. He got off his elephant and bowed down
at Rama. Rama was in a dilemma. He would not be able to kill someone
who was devoted to him. Virubahu thought if Rama did not kill him, he
would not achieve his aim. He got up and climbed back on his elephant
and was ready to fight. Rama and Virbahu began their fight.
The sky was covered with arrows. A loud noise was produced with the
arrows clashing against each other. When Virbahu invoked the fire
weapon, Rama invoked the water weapon. Virbahu then shot an arrow
which hit Rama on his chest. Rama, controlling his pain, shot an arrow
to cut off the bow of Virbahu. The arrows touched the bow and fell
down. Rama then invoked a crescent arrow which then cut off the bow of
Virbahu. In his mind, Virbahu was happy. He understood that this time
was coming close and the person with whom he was fighting, was none
other than Narayan.
Virbahu got another bow and shot some arrows, which Rama cut off.
Seeing Rama tired and wounded, Lakshmana shot arrows and cut off the
arrows of Virbahu. Virbahu then shot arrows at Lakshmana. The arrows
pierced Lakshmana on his chest, and he fell down. Virbahu then aimed a
mace towards Lakshmana, which Rama cut off.
Virbahu then said this was not fair, Why was someone interfering in
the fight. Why was Ramam cutting off weapons aimed at Lakshmana.
Rama said there was no difference between him and Lakshmana. Virbahu
said he was aware of that. All were part of Narayana. Rama was quiet.
They resumed fighting.
Rama shot arrows which struck Virbahu. Virbahu fell senseless on his
elephant. Seeing his master unconscious, the elephant rose to the sky
with its master. Lakshmana asked Rama to kill the demon using the
weapon of Brahma. Rama said that would not be fair. After all Virbahu
was a noble learned person.
Virbahu regained his senses. Sugriva said he had heard that Virbahu's
life was tied to the elephant. If the elephant died, Virbahu would
also die. Saying this, Sugriva rose to the sky. Sugriva hurled a big
boulder at the elephant. The animal caught the boulder in its tusks
and crushed it. Sugriva then hurled a tree which struck the elephant
on its head and broke. The elephant then grabbed Sugriva in its trunk
and threw him aside.
Virbahu then asked Rama to come and fight and not let any second
Rama said You talk of fairness. Your aunt, Surpanakha, a widow, came
to entice me and Lakshmana and got her ears and nose cut. That was her
character. Your father forcibly abducted my wife. He also pushed out
his elder brother, Kubera, from Lanka, and took over the kingdom.
Saying this, the fight between Rama and Virbahu resumed, with one
cutting off the arrows of the other. Rama was hurt by an arrow and he
fell down. Seeing this, Vibhishana picked up a bow and started
fighting in place of Rama.
Virbahu said Our dynasty is blessed to have a person like you, so
devoted to Vishnu.
Rama regained composure and the fight started again.
Seeing no alternative, Virbahu invoked the weapon he had got from
Brahma and used that. Rama was unable to repel that. Pavan then came
and told Rama to use the weapon he had got from the sage Sarabhanga.
Rama fetched that weapon and released it. The arrow, cut off the arrow
released by Virbahu and then it went and cut off the head of the
Virbahu jumped off the elephant. Rama cut off the bow of Virbahu.
Virbahu then asked Rama to use the weapon of Vishnu and make an end of
him. Rama, Rama was reluctant but then thought, if Vibahu did not die,
Ravana would not get killed. So, he decided to use the weapon.
The weapon went and cut off the head of Virbahu. The cut head was
chanting the name of Rama. Vibhishana got the cut head to Rama. With
Rama's touch, Virbahu was released from the earthly bounds.
Rama asked Vibhishana how many such warriors were there in Lanka. Vibhishana said now only Ravana and Indrajit were left.