Rama and Lakshmana saved

Bound by that formidable network of arrows, the two high-souled sons of Dasaratha lay bathed in blood, breathing like serpents. In the meantime, the mighty Rama by virtue of his native strength awoke from his swoon, despite the shafts that held him captive. But Lakshmana is still unconscious.

The elder of the Raghu clan is stricken with grief on seeing his brother’s body lying nearby without any movement. He tells everyone around him that the rescue of Seetha means nothing to him if he were to lose his dear brother in the process. He feels that he can never face Sumitra if he were to return to Ayodhya without Lakshmana. He is so badly shaken that he thinks he cannot fight anymore and even asks Sugriva to return home immediately.

Vibishana enters the scene and is totally taken aback to see Rama in this plight. He consoles him by saying that Lakshmana would be fine and would get up soon. He is also angry that the son of his brother has deceived two honorable fighters using his cunning demonic mind. Sushena, the father in law of Sugriva, tells him that there are herbs of sacred formulas in the ocean of milk, which the celestials used to treat all their injuries during their war with the demons. He also asks his son in law to send some monkeys to get them so that he could treat the fallen brothers.

When they are discussing thus, a great wind arises, accompanied by massive clouds and lightening. The wind whips up salty waves in the ocean and makes the mountains tremble. Trees are uprooted from the mountains. The animals and snakes from the mountains plunge into the ocean.

From the winds arose Garuda, he king of birds and son of Vinata like a blazing torch. Naturally, on seeing him, the snakes released their grips on the brothers and fled away. Taking them into his hands, Garuda caresses their faces with affection. Touched by him, Rama and Lakshmana are healed of their wounds. They regain their shine, radiance, strength, valor, endurance and memory all of which are now doubled.

Would Garuda himself come down to our world to save some ordinary human bound by serpents? His arrival proves that Rama is God. But then, the conversation that happened next will make you tizzy.

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Rama slayed by Indrajit

Vibishana chooses the side of Dharma when he chooses Rama as his mentor. Soon the war starts. Monkeys are fighting the mighty asuras with mountains, trees, nails and every other thing they could lay their hands on.

Monkey army engages in hand to hand combat to which the asuras have no answers. They realize that they cannot defeat Rama’s army in daylight. So they wait for the sun to set as their strengths increase in darkness and they can fight with renewed vigor. Angada is fighting Indrajit, Hanuman is pitted against Jambumali and Nala is fighting Pratapana. Warriors from each side pick their opponents and engage them in a fierce personal battle. While the asuras use arrows, maces, and other weapons, the monkey army is using their strong hands, nails, and trees. Sugriva kills Praghasa after being hit by a volley of arrows.

When Angada hits Indrajit, he becomes invisible along with his chariot. The monkeys think that Indrajit is dead and are in a jubilant mood. They hail Angada as a true hero who killes Ravana’s son. But soon Indrajit starts sending out fierce serpentine arrows which entwine all the monkeys rendering them incapable. Rama and Lakshmana are also hit by these arrows and fall down unconscious.

Sugurva’s entire army is desponded on seeing the two brothers tied by the serpents and lying unconscious in the battle field. They don’t know what to do. The arrows are shot with such precision that the brothers are bounded by them in a twinkling of an eye. They are covered by numerous arrows and fall down like a cut tree. Blood is gushing from them like water from a tap.

The entire monkey army is now gathered around the brothers of the Raghu Clan. They are depressed. Vibishana comes to the spot and identifies Indrajit through his powers. He realizes that it was Indrajit who fell the brothers with magic and the serpentine arrows. He then tries to encourage his army by saying that both Rama and Laskhmana are not dead and would surely raise from this position.  Meanwhile, Indrajit informs Ravana that he has killed both Rama and Lakshmana. Ravana is overjoyed.

Is Rama really dead? Can God die? Is Rama proving us that he is humane by dying?