In the previous episode we had witnessed that the bridge is getting constructed in full swing, with the help of Nala and the other Vaanaras and squirrils. The work of building a bridge of 100 yojanas is completed within five days! Such was the speed at which the work took place! Not even a single minute was wasted!
As the bridge is complete, Lord Rama along with Lakshmana and the other Vaanaras march across and finally set their feet in Lanka’s soil! As the entire Vaanara army reaches Lanka, this signals alarm bells for Ravana and Co. Ravana is totally surprised and shocked for a moment that his Lanka is made accessible! Initially he was confident that nobody could access Lanka because of its geographical isolation. But now, this confidence has been breached!
As Lord Rama sets his feet in Lanka, he doesn’t intend to invade the place straight away. He again wants to test if Ravana is ready to broker peace with him. Hence he decides to give him another chance of respite – He again sends a messenger to Ravana. Who is that messenger this time? It’s none other than Angadha himself, who is Sugriva’s deputy!
As Lord Rama turns towards Angadha with this intention, Angadha immediately understands what Rama wants him to do! He immediately sets out for the task and hurries his way into Ravana’s magnificient palace. Thus Angadha presents himself in front of Ravana in his courtroom and starts his narration – He talks about his father, Vaali! As Ravana listens on, he thinks within himselves, “Oh wow! Just a few days back we had one monkey talking about this Vaali! Now there is another with the same story! What’s going on here?” 🙂
As Ravana is feeling the fear building within him, Angadha is now quick enough to change the story. He now talks about a person by name “Kaartha-Veerya”. Angadha narrates this story to Ravana – I shall keep it to a small brief for our readers!
Angadha says to Ravana, “Oh Ravana! There was once upon a time a person by name “Kaartha-Veerya” in the banks of the river Narmadha. He had a thousand hands! He once blocked the whole Narmadha river with his thousand hands! At that time you were offering your prayers to Lord Shiva on the riverbank. Because of Kaartha-Veerya’s blockage, the water in the river started to flow in the reverse direction towards you! You got angry because of this act and hence went to fight out this Kaartha-Veerya. At that time, Kaartha-Veerya held you hostage just like how an insect is held hostage by a human being! Moreover, Kaartha-Veerya ditched you into a cage and kept the cage as an “Exhibition piece” in front of his place and insulted you! I know this Kaartha-Veerya very well, however I wonder if this Ravana is the same guy who was caged by him!”:)
Now Ravana is totally puzzled! Previously Hanuman insulted him by taking Vaali’s name and now this Angadha is insulting him by taking Kaartha-Veerya’s name!
Angadha continues.. “Oh Ravana! Lord Parasuraama destroyed this Kaartha-Veerya with a single arrow! And it was this Parasuraama who was neutralized by our Lord Rama with just a single arrow! And it is with this Lord Rama that you are intending to mess up with! I’ve come here as the second messenger from Rama! I warn you again! Please bring back Sita to Rama! If you don’t follow what I say, you shall meet the same end as what Kaartha-Veerya and Parasurama met with!”
Does Ravana relent atleast now? Does he realize that he is committing blunder after blunder of all sorts? Does he realize that just because of his desire, he is going to hold the entire Lanka as a hostage and destroy the whole city? Let’s wait to find out in the following episodes!