Grim and gruesome with- torn nose and ears, Kumbhakarna, like a great blood-red
evening cloud, and raging like Death at the end of Time, returned to the battle-field with
a huge iron mace in his hand.
None could now stop Kumbhakarna. He began
to kill and devour the Vaanaras. The whole army began to disappear in this way. They tried
to deter him by climbing on his mountain-like body and tearing at it with nails and teeth
but without effect for he shook them off as if they were flies. None of the Vaanara chiefs
could hold him.
Lakshmana tried with his arrows to obstruct
his progress but the Raakshasa passed him by and rushed forward to face Raama himself.
For a long time Raama kept aiming powerful
darts at the Raakshasa. The arrow that pierced the seven sal trees and the adamantine body
of Vaali was powerless against Kumbhakarna.