(Last Updated on : 24/03/2010)
Arrival of Garuda was noticed by the monkeys in Lanka while Rama and Lakshmana lay wounded by the deadly arrows showered by Indrajit over them. While Sushena, the monkey chief, told of a magic herb that grows by the Milky Ocean, and the herb possessed the power to restore the dead to life, a stormy wind arose, lashing the sea and shaking the very mountains, and suddenly the monkeys saw Garuda sailing through the air like a flaming fire.
came closer, the arrows fell from the wounded heroes like frightened serpents darting away; and when Garuda bent in salutation and touched their faces with his hands, the sons of Dasaratha
were healed, and they regained their former strength and radiance. After Rama came to senses, he questioned Garuda about his identity and he answered to Rama that he was his friend and came to help him since he was bound by the magic shafts of Indrajit
. He also made Rama aware that the rakshasas fight with magic and cunning means, and he told Rama to never trust them in the field. He also foretold that that Ravana
would be killed by him and he would win back Sita
. With this Garuda, embracing Rama and Lakshmana
and also embracing the monkey-chiefs, rose into the sky and sailed away. Then the monkey-chiefs, finding Rama and Lakshmana restored to power and life, started roaring and frisking their tails and with the striking of drums and kettledrums, and seizing trees, hundreds and thousands of monkeys advanced again upon the gates of Lanka
The rangers of the night were under Dhumraksha
or the Grey-eye, and there was a deadly onset. The monkeys tore and bit and fought with stones and trees, and the rakshasas killed and wounded them with arrows and cleft them with their axes and crushed them with their maces. Witnessing the monkeys hard beset, Hanuman, seizing a heavy rock, advanced on Dhumraksha, and, throwing it down upon his car, crushed it to dust; then Hanuman laid about him lustily, and with a mountain-top he rushed on Dhumraksha again. But the rakshasa brought down his mace on the head of Hanuman and wounded him sore; then Hanuman, despite his wound, let fly the mountain-top at Dhumraksha, and crushed him to the ground like a falling hill. When the rakshasas saw that their leader was killed they fled away.