warriors saw with amazement a mighty Vaanara seated on the garden gate, who at their
approach grew to still bigger size and formidable menace.
"Oh! You have come, have you?" he said and, jumping down, brandished his tail,
and striking the ground with it, roared till the four quarters shook. He snatched the huge
iron bar from the gate and, armed with this weapon, began to attack them all.
He sprang and leaped in all directions and, whirling the iron rod, struck the Raakshasas
down, one by one. After finishing them thus, he resumed his seat on the top of the
pillared entrance, and roared once again.
"Long live Raama! Long live Lakshmana!" he loudly proclaimed. "Long live
King Sugreeva! Oh! Ye Raakshasas of Lanka, your doom are near. The great warriors Raama
and Lakshmana and King Sugreeva have sent me here to destroy you. Come on in your
thousands. I stand here ready to hurl you to destruction. I have saluted Seeta and
received her blessings. And now I am going to
destroy your city!"