We are now at a very important point wherein the first phase of Rama vs. Ravana is over. We had witnessed the marquee battle between the two invincibles in detail during the previous episode. During the course, we witnessed the intensity of the battle as described by Vaalmiki Maharishi. The ever-calm Rama defends whatever Ravana throws at him. However, when Ravana extends his arrogant attack over Hanuman in a brutal way, Rama has had enough! He unleashes his full powers towards Ravana, which makes the entire world shiver with fear! Eventually Ravana begins to lose to Lord Rama’s fury and is finally left weaponless towards the end of the war.
At this point in time, Lord Rama could have easily finished proceedings by killing the helpless Ravana, however he doesn’t do that. Here’s a person who implements “Dharma” exactly as per the “Rule-Book”! 🙂 Finally, Rama says to Ravana, “The war for today is called off since you are weaponless! Hence, go back to your palace today and come back with fresh ammunition tomorrow!”
Moving on thus, Ravana comes back to the palace in deep thoughts of frustration and anger. He has clearly been insulted here! Ravana is unable to bear the insult in Rama’s hands! He fumes his way into the palace and this sound of intense fury frightens Ravana’s wife Mandodhari. She comes running to the courtroom, looking for Ravana. As she looks at her husband, the first question that comes out from her mouth is, “Are you safe and secure?” Upon hearing this from his wife, Ravana becomes even more furious and shouts back at her thus, “Oh dear Mandodhari! Do you think your husband is a coward? What can happen to me? I’m invincible! Nobody in this earth has the courage to touch me and test my invincible powers!”
Upon hearing this, Mandodhari begins to advise her husband thus, “Oh my dear husband! I know and I’m fully aware of your invincible powers. But the only issue here is that, you are trying to exhibit your invincible powers in front of a person to whom you should not be doing so! Don’t you realize that this Rama and army have demolished the entire city of Lanka? Even your own brother Kumbhakarna hasn’t been spared! Vibhishana has joined Rama and his powers had only increased since then! Hence Ravana.. Please realize that enough is enough! Give Sita back to Rama and finish off things peacefully. This is my ardent advice. Please pay heed to my advice atleast now. Till now you have done innumerable blunders and I’ve kept quite all this while. However, please realize that you are at the brink of destruction. The entire city of Lanka has been held hostage to your unwarranted desire towards women! Please realize that this Sita, whom you think is a “Goddess of Love” is none other than an “Instrument of Destruction”. Please pay heed to your dear wife’s advice and do accordingly!”
Does Ravana pay heed atleast now? Does Ravana’s heart mend its ways to his dearest Mandodhari? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out!