We are at a juncture wherein all of Ravana’s army chiefs, sons, brothers, etc. have lost their lives in the war. The war has also witnessed heavy loss of lives and materials. The damage is such that the army has to go to each and every household to recruit fresh personnel to fight for the country! The entire Ravana’s palace, which was once a paradise on earth, has transformed into a place of glum and darkness. All of them are in tears. Nobody could bare the loss of lives, especially those of Kumbhakarna, Indrajith, etc. who were the pillars of Ravana’s army. Mandodhari (Ravana’s wife) is sobbing uncontrollably over the loss of her son Indrajith. She goes to Ravana’s chamber with tears in her eyes and requests him to relent from his stance and to put an end to this war, so as to save the rest of Lanka to be destroyed by Rama and Co.
But does Ravana relent atleast now? Instead, as Mandodhari advises him, his anger again starts to grow! His ego is hurt! Ravana consoles Mandodhari and exudes confidence in her that her husband is capable of accomplishing anything in this world. This time, he decides to go to the battlefield all by himself to test the strength of Rama’s Vaanara army. He is in turn wondering within himself as to how come all of his chiefs, sons and brothers fell prey to this one person called Rama.
Thus, Ravana gets ready to face the enemy. He comes out on his golden chariot, followed by a mammoth population of soldiers. As Ravana makes his way to the warfield, the Vaanara army is up on its feet quickly to counter the enemy. Little did the army know that Ravana himself would stride into the field. As Ravana arrives in close quarters with Lord Rama for the first time, Lord Rama asks Ravana a set of questions before the fight commences. Here is where the magnanimity of Lord Rama comes into limelight – He wants to give Ravana one more chance to realize his mistake. Even at this point if Ravana apologizes, Lord Rama is ready to forgive him for all his misdeeds. It is to be remembered that Lord Rama is a strict follower of the “Raaja-Dharma” (Righteous principles of a king).
As Ravana arrives at the battlefield, Lord Rama addresses him, “Oh Ravana! I was anticipating your arrival in front of me for a long time. However, my intention is not to kill you. I’ve been waiting to ask you a few questions. Firstly, what is the reason behind your enemity with me? I don’t know you and you don’t know me and hence, why is there a need to be an enemy of mine? Secondly, even if there is an enemity between you and me, why didn’t you try and approach me to settle scores? As a righteous king, you should have approached me and negotiated, which you failed to do. Even if you have failed to negotiate and even if you want to fight with me, why didn’t you fight with me directly to settle scores? Why did you engage in “proxy wars” with my army and me? Moreover, even if you had to do proxy wars with me, what prompted you to kidnap my innocent Sita? What wrong did she do? If you had issues with me, you should have dealt with me face to face and the approach that you’ve taken is totally wrong. Hence Ravana, I’m giving you one final chance. I’ve explained your wrongdoings. Please realize your mistake. Please relent your stance and I shall call off this war immediately. Let us not put innocent lives of these soldiers to hostage because of the rivalry between you and me!”
Such is the magnanimity of Lord Rama. However, is Ravana ready to relent atleast at this stage? Is Ravana going to budge, or is he going to continue his stance? What is Ravana’s reply? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out.