srngataka gaja-kulair hradiniva ghurna
sa—the place known as Lanka; vanara-indra—of the great chiefs of the monkeys; bala—by the strength; ruddha—stopped, encircled; vihara—pleasure houses; kostha—the places where food grains were stocked; sri—the treasury houses; dvara—the doors of palaces; gopura—the gates of the city; sadah—the assembly houses; valabhi—the frontage of great palaces; vitanka—the rest houses for the pigeons; nirbhajyamana—in the process of being dismantled; dhisana—platforms; dhvaja—the flags; hema-kumbha—golden waterpots on the domes; srngataka—and the crossroads; gaja-kulaih—by herds of elephants; hradini—a river; iva—like; ghurna—agitated.
After entering Lanka, the monkey soldiers, led by chiefs like Sugriva, Nila and Hanuman, occupied all the sporting houses, granaries, treasuries, palace doorways, city gates, assembly houses, palace frontages and even the resting houses of the pigeons. When the city’s crossroads, platforms, flags and golden waterpots on its domes were all destroyed, the entire city of Lanka appeared like a river disturbed by a herd of elephants.
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