In the previous episode we had witnessed that Lord Rama has managed to kill Maharaaksha and has instilled a definite fear in Ravana’s mind. Upon hearing the news, Ravana is stunned and is looking around for other options. Unfortunately he doesn’t have any! All his army chiefs, his dear brother Kumbhakarna, etc. have lost their lives in the war. It is only his son Indrajith who is left now! The entire city of Lanka is in distress. The palace has lost its glory and has entered into a deep gloom! All people in the palace are looking glum with sorrow!
Now Ravana’s only trumpcard is Indrajith. But he is not convinced with the way Indrajith is dealing with the current situation. His illusionary powers have started to fail! The opponents are having answers for every tough question that Indrajith has posed to them so far! What does he do now?
Indrajith decides to take it upon himself to answer his father’s doubts on his ability. He is clearly frustrated and ashamed on himself. Hence he decides to go to war immediately to put all the doubts about his credibility to rest. As Indrajith starts with all his fury, Ravana stops him. He gives his son an important piece of advice.
Ravana says to Indrajith, “My dear son! I know you are trying to prove a point to me. But you should be cautious now. Now you know the capability of the enemy. You should strategise your move according to that. Rather than going directly to the battlefield, equip yourself with more illusionary and destructive powers by going into penance. The more you equip yourself, the more you shall become invincible! Think and act accordingly!”
As his father says thus, Indrajith has got the lesson – He should now equip himself with more destructive illusionary powers. For that, he selects a spot amidst a distant cave and decides to do immense penance there, so as to gain invincible powers. But there is a small possibility of a backfire here – If Indrajith’s penance is disturbed by someone or some thing in the middle, all the powers that he is supposed to gain would be lost permanently and he would become totally powerless! But at this point in time, Indrajith is also running out of options and despite this probability of a downfall, decides to go ahead with the plan.
Accordingly Indrajith sets out in his horse towards that particular spot. As he travels, there is a change in the climate – The world is unable to bare the wrath of Indrajith’s extraordinary quest of power. There’s a sudden flash of lightning and thundering across the sky. All this happens in the middle of the night and this awakens the entire Vaanara camp. Rama and Lakshmana are up on their feet as well. They clearly sense that something is going wrong and there’s clearly a ploy that is being created! But what was that ploy? It is Vibhishana who figures it out at once! Because, Vibhishana has already seen such things happen whenever Indrajith sets out to undertake penance for the want of destructive powers. He immediately guesses that this might be Indrajith’s strategy. Now what do we do? How do we combat this?
Vibhishana explains everything to Rama quickly and briefly thus, “Oh Lord! This is clearly Indrajith’s act! If Indrajith succeeds in his penance of gaining the destructive powers, he would become totally invincible and nobody in this world would be able to take him on even in their wildest dreams!” Upon hearing this from Vibhishana, Lord Rama and Lakshmana are stunned! Immediately Rama quips, “Oh Vibhishana! I totally acknowledge your words! But how on earth to we cross this obstacle? There should be some solution right?”
Now Vibhishana explains the strategy clearly: “Oh Lord! You are right! There is a solution to this! The first thing we need to do is to prevent Indrajith from succeeding in the penance. We can do that by diverting his attention and uprooting him from that particular place. That would disturb his penance. Once his penance is disturbed, he would become powerless and thus it would become easy for us to take him on!”
Lord Rama listens very carefully to Vibhishana’s advice and strategy. The counter plan is clear – Someone should go immediately and try to stop Indrajith from gaining the destructive powers. Who is going to do that? Who is going to take up the responsibility? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out!