We are currently at a crucial juncture wherein Rama and Lakshmana have fallen down unconscious to Indrajith’s “Naagaasthra”. The poison of the missile is too powerful and intense that it has started to trickle inside their bodies. Every minute is crucial now! If Rama and Lakshmana have to be reviewed, a miracle should happen from nowhere!
At this point, Ravana goes to Ashoka Vana to convey the news to Sita that Indrajith has successfully killed Rama and Lakshmana! He is roaring with laughter as he announces this to Sita! Hearing this, Mother Sita couldn’t believe her ears! She is stunned! How can such a thing ever happen? Is this Ravana way too powerful to accomplish this?
As Sita is coming back to her senses, Ravana proposes to her that he would show the dead bodies of Rama and Lakshmana and she can see it if she wishes to! He forcefully asks her to come with him to see the ghasty sight! Mother Sita at this point is in tears and she is sobbing bitterly! She shouts out helplessly “Oh my dear Rama! Look at what kind of an end has come to you! It is only because of me that you’ve reached such a ghasty end to your life! If you weren’t married to me, maybe you would have led a better life! I have just been a disgrace to your life! It is because of me you’ve suffered and finally how am I going to witness you in this deplorable condition?” At this point, Mother Sita gives in to Ravana’s words and believes that Rama is no more!
As Sita was crying bitterly thus, Ravana makes her to enter into the “Pushpaka Vimana”. Vibhishana’s daughter Trijadha (about whom we’ve already discussed in one of the episodes during Sundara-Kaanda) is accompanying Mother Sita in the “Pushpaka Vimana”. She now consoles Sita and says, “Oh Mother! Please do not believe in Ravana’s words! Rama is very much alive! I’m saying this because if you had become a widow, you would not be able to step into this Pushpaka Vimana at all! This is a divine thing and one cannot step inside this Vimaana if he or she is a widower or a widow!”
Listening to this, Mother Sita gets half of her breath back! Now she slowly gains confidence that her husband is very much alive. Now as she nears the battlefield, she sees Rama and Lakshmana lying on the floor and the entire Vaanara army including Hanuman around them. They are clueless as to what is going to happen next!
At this point, Mother Sita musters up her courage, anger and confidence and prays to Lord Shiva, Goddess Paarvathi (Lord Shiva’s consortium) and all the Celestial Beings! She prays thus – “If it is true that this Sita is a sincere “Pathi-Vrath” and if it true that Rama loves this Sita with all his heart, please protect my beloved husband and bring him back to his normalcy! If Rama has to win over the “Adharma” please make him get up from this state!”
As Mother Sita prays thus, immediately the king of eagles, Lord Garuda responds to her prayers! It is to be remembered that Garuda is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. (Lord Rama is the incarnate of Lord Vishnu). Seeing his Lord in trouble, Garuda comes from nowhere! He rushes towards his Lord! As it is known that eagles are the enemies of snakes and the eagle has the capacity to neutralize the snake’s poison, Garuda comes near Lord Rama and Lakshmana, sucks out all the poison from their bodies, neutralizes the poison and flies away! What a miracle!
As the poison is getting neutralized, Lord Rama and Lakshmana slowly get back to their senses! They are up and running now! Upon seeing this, the entire Vaanara camp starts rejoicing! They shout slogans of victory upon seeing Rama and Lakshmana getting up from the ground! As Rama gets up, he acknowledges Garuda’s timely help and blesses him! Garuda returns to Vaikunta.
As the Vaanaras are up and excited, they are getting ready to face Ravana and Co. again! For today, we shall also rejoice the “almost re-birth” of Lord Rama and Lakshmana and keep praying for their victory over “Adharma”! Who is going to come to attack the Vaanara army next? What is the next set of events? The action continues in the next episode! 🙂