Episode 246 – Lanka on fire!!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed a very important event wherein Ravana decides to punish Hanuman in a different way, other than the death sentence. What does he do? He orders Hanuman’s tail to be burnt! He wants to inflict the same level of insult to Hanuman as a “tit-for-tat” for what Hanuman did to him and Lanka! Hence, Ravana is under the impression that Hanuman has succumbed to Indrajit’s “Brahmaasthra” and can be insulted to any extent. But what does Hanuman do? Let’s see on!

Little does Ravana know that Hanuman is just trying to fool everybody around by pretending to be under arrest! As Ravana humiliates Hanuman by his order of taking him around Lanka with the burning tail, Hanuman decided to teach a bigger lesson to Ravana and Co. He is now furious for what Ravana has metted out to him at the end! Now Hanuman thinks and makes a quick plan for what further has to be done before he leaves Lanka. The plan is made – The agenda is set – Hanuman now wants to inflict endless pain and sufferings to the Lankans! He wants the Lankans to reel under extreme sadness and sorrow, as a punishment for what Ravana has done to Sita! What could he do?

“Veekshamaanastatho lankaam kapih kritha manorathaha!

Vardhamaanassamuthsaahaha kaarya sesham achinthayath!!”

At this point Hanuman decides to spread the fire in his tail to the entire city of Lanka! He quickly enlarges his form once again and releases himself from all the scuffings. He quickly goes on top of a huge building, uproots one of it’s huge pillars in his hands and starts killing all the Raakshasaas around him!

Now Hanuman is back with his full form again! The drama is over! Hanuman is now switching over to each and every building in the city and starts to burn all of them in order. He starts with Brihastha (Raavana’s minister) house. As he progresses, he sets fire to all the houses of Ravana’s ministers. Then he goes on to set fire to the houses of Ravana’s army chiefs. Gradually with that, the entire city starts to be engulfed with the fire! It becomes massive! All the immense wealth and the property of the Raakshasaas start getting destroyed by the huge fire. Finally Ravana comes to Ravana’s palace and sets fire to a portion of the magnificent building too! Thus he did not spare anybody! Of course there is one person whom Hanuman spares – He is Vibhishana! Hanuman does not want to harm Vibhishana in any way because he was the only one person in Ravana’s cabinet, who stood for “Dharma”!

As Hanuman was going from building to building with the fire, Agni Bhagawan and Vaayu Bhagawan (Lords of Fire and Wind) see this as a great opportunity and joined hands to start destroying Ravana’s Lanka! As the wind speed increases, the fire spreads to almost all places of Lanka city! As Hanuman is looking on with great fury, people are crying, running here and there to save their family, property and of course themselves!

This is a mammoth disaster that knows no size! Trijadha’s dream has come true! Lankini’s words have come true! Lanka’s doomsday has arrived! Every nook and corner of the city is filled with cries of people running here and there! There are now huge casualties! The damage is unexplainable and extensive! Innumerable people lose their lives! There is heavy loss to property – What was once a city of luxuries and richness is being reduced to just rubbles! This is the extent of Hanuman’s fury.

As Hanuman takes an aerial view of the burning Lanka city, he goes to the shore and immerses his burning tail into the ocean waters to put it off! His fury comes down as time passes by. Simultaneously, the extent of damage inflicted to Lanka becomes unimaginable beyond words!

As Hanuman is deciding the next course of action, something very important strikes his mind. In fact, it is a huge worry! As the worry strikes Hanuman’s mind, he begins to shake with fear and frustration! What is that fear? Why is Hanuman feeling so all of a sudden? What was running in Hanuman’s mind? Does it get solved? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out!

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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