In the previous episode we’ve seen that the war between Rama’s and Ravana’s troops have begun and is getting fiercer by the minute! Eventually we had also seen that this war chugs on for the next seven days and nights continuously without a break!
As the war begins, both the troops try to show their valor by fighting it out with each other. Ravana initially sends one of his able ministers, Brihsastha, who is neutralized by Hanuman and Co. Next comes one of Ravana’s major powerhouses – Indrajith. Also called by the name “Meghanaadha”, he is known for his expertise in illusionary warfare. This means that he can hide is physical form from the vision of the opponent and yet fight with the same amount of valor.
As Indrajith comes for the war, Rama and Lakshmana prepare to take him on. The fight begins and it is a fierce one! Indrajith fires arrows after arrows, which were completely neutralized by Rama and Lakshmana! At one point, Indrajith could not match the valor of Rama and Lakshmana. He starts to realize that he is going to be defeated by them in no time and thinks of a different strategy – Here comes the illusionary tactics!
As the fight is progressing at a brisk pace, Indrajith suddenly disappears from the spot! Upon seeing this, Rama and Lakshmana are taken aback! They did not expect such a cunning tactics! As Indrajith senses that Rama and Lakshmana are clueless, he starts firing powerful arrows towards them! However, given Lord Rama’s invincibility, he still manages to counter Indrajith’s powerful arrows somehow!
Now Indrajith strategizes – “Oh! It is not going to be possible for me to neutralize these two brothers with arrows! The only way to neutralize them is with “Asthras” (missiles)! Which is that “Asthra” that can be employed now? The best “Asthra” that can fit this situation is the “Naagaasthra”, which is extremely powerful and poisonous like that of a cobra!”
Thinking thus, Indrajith chants the manthra of the “Naagaasthra” and fires it at both Rama and Lakshmana! Unable to take it on, both Rama and Lakshmana are tied by this “Naagaasthra” and they fall on the ground! Not only do they fall on the ground, the poison of the missile starts entering into their bodies and it makes them unconscious! As mentioned before, this poison is extremely powerful that it spreads into Rama and Lakshmana rather too quickly before any remedial measure can be taken!
As the two brothers fall on the ground, the entire Vaanara camp rushes towards them! To their utter grief and disbelief, as Hanuman tries to wake up Rama, he doesn’t succeed! Rama and Lakshmana are now completely unconscious! The entire Vaanara army is in despair and clueless as to how to proceed further! They’ve started to taste defeat – That too, so easily!
On the other side, as Rama and Lakshmana fall on the ground unconscious, celebrations begin in the Raakshasa camp! Indrajith is full of victorious laughter! Even though Rama and Lakshmana are just unconscious, Indrajith quickly concludes that he has killed both of them with the “Naagaasthra” and thus straightaway goes to father Ravana to convey the “good news”!
Upon hearing this “good news” from his son, Ravana is overwhelmed! He feels relieved that atlast his enemy has been neutralized – And that too, so easily! The celebrations begin! The first thing that Ravana does now is to convey this news to Sita! He immediately rushes out to the Ashoka Vana and says to Sita, “Oh Sita! Now you have every reason to marry me and be my wife! Rama is no more! Lakshmana is dead! So what are you waiting for? If you want, I shall show you the dead bodies of Rama and Lakshmana lying on the battlefield!!”
Hearing this, Sita is stunned! This was the worst news that she could get at this testing time of her life! Is it true? Does she believe Ravana’s words? What happens next? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out!