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?

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