In the previous episode we had witnessed that Lord Rama is sending Angadha as a messenger to Ravana as a final attempt to broker peace. However, Ravana is not willing to relent from his stance and thus this attempt too met with a deadlock! Now there is no other option other than fighting it out physically!
As Angadha comes back he conveys Ravana’s stance to Rama and thus the decision is made – The war is to commence!
“Gaganam gaganaakaaram saagarah saagaropamam!”
Thus from this point onwards, Vaalmiki Maharishi starts to give a step-by-step accord of the various events that happened during the war. He starts by exclaiming that the build up to the battle is so fierce that even the ocean and the earth and the sky cannot be equal to the magnitude of the battle!
The two sides are getting ready to fight it out. Ravana instructs his troops to follow certain important protocols and similarly Rama and Lakshmana are strategizing their moves to counter Ravana’s troops. There are several gates that lead into Lanka city, as described by Vaalmiki Maharishi. Lord Rama and Sugriva are strategizing as to which gate should be attacked first and who would attack which gate!
As the strategy is planned out, the fierce battle commences. The war goes on for seven continuous days, irrespective of day and/or night! If we compare this with the war that took place in Mahabharata, the war doesn’t happen after sunset. However, the war that we are witnessing here in the Ramayana happens irrespective of day or night!
As the Vaanaras get ready and storm gate after gate, the Raakshasas give it back to them. There is heavy loss of lives on both sides. At one stage, Ravana’s army proves no match to the valor of the Vaanaras’. At this point, the seniors in the team in the likes of Sugriva, Angadha, Hanuman, Jaambhavaan step up their abilities and fight it out. Brihastha (Ravana’s able minister) comes and throws everything that he has got, on the Vaanara army. As the Vaanara army struggles to take him on, Hanuman intervenes and shows his immense strength during the fierce fight. Thus Hanuman’s strength proves no match for Brihastha and his army and thus eventually he gets killed!
As Ravana hears the news that Brihastha has perished, he calls out his son Indrajith to take over the war proceedings. Indrajith is known for his expertise in illusionary warfare. He can fool the enemy with his war tactics and take them on with ease! Indrajith now comes to the battlefield with a huge army to support him. A fierce battle commences between Indrajith and Lord Rama and Lakshmana! Lord Rama’s arrows are so pointed and powerful that Indrajith is unable to withstand it. At this point, it seems that Indrajith is clearly loosing the battle, but however he is now shrewd enough to employ his illusionary powers and suddenly disappears from the place!
As Indrajith disappears, Rama and Lakshmana are not able to trace him out – However, arrows kkeep coming towards them! They can hear Indrajith’s roar of laughter, but are uable to trace out from where is this laughter coming! What happened next? Is Indrajith able to win over Rama and Lakshmana? The action continues in the next episode!