(Last Updated on : 31/03/2010)
Defeat of Indrajit and his subsequent death in the hands of Lakshmana after a furious battle shocked Ravana very much and he prepared himself to kill Rama and Lakshmana. Just after the death of Kumbhakarna, while Ravana was deeply grieved, Indrajit came to his father and took leave from him in order to kill Rama, Lakshmana and the monkey hosts. Indrajit showered deadly weapons at his enemies and wounded them severely and returned to Lanka victorious. After that, Hanuman brought healing herbs from Himalaya and cured the wounded warriors. Then Sugriva, along with his monkey army attacked Lanka once again and ravaged the city and wrought havoc in the heart of the rakshasas. Indrajit came out once again and with an illusory image of Sita, he rode up and down and holding by the hair of the illusory image of Sita, cut her down and before the monkey hosts and returned altar at Nikhumbila to make sacrifices to the god of Fire. Hanuman brought the news to Rama that he saw that Indrajit killed Sita and Rama was utterly shocked.
Vibhishana however told Rama it was a trick of Indrajit
to delay the monkey army till he had completed a sacrifice to Fire and won as a boon to be invincible in battle. Thus, he requested Rama not to grieve and waste his valuable time and be ready to stop his offerings, unless the very gods would be in danger if had completed them. Then Rama rose up, and along with Lakshmana
pursued the son of Ravana
. They overtook him before he could reach Nikhumbila, mounted on a fiery car and then the most ferocious and the worst of conflicts that was yet to be seen in the world took place. Lakshmana bore the brunt of that battle, and it was believed that the gods and ancestors, the snakes and birds, protected Lakshmana from the deadly shafts.
Lakshmana then took an Indra shaft and making an act of truth, he prayed its indwelling deity and drawing the straight-speeding arrow to his ear, he loosed it, and it severed the neck of the rakshasa Indrajit, that head and trunk fell to the ground, and all the rakshasas, seeing the son of Ravana slain, cast down their arms and fled away. All the monkeys rejoiced, for no rakshasa hero was alive in the kingdom of Lanka
except Ravana. Rama then welcomed the wounded Lakshmana with great affection, and gave orders to Sushena to provide medicines to him and to the wounded monkeys; and the monkey-chief applied a potent drug to Lakshman's nose, and, smelling it, he was healed.
Ravana bitterly grieved for his son Indrajit and told that the world looked empty to him without his son. Thus, he determined to slay Sita
in revenge, but his good counselor Suparshwa held him back and told him that he would not kill a woman and after killing Rama he would possess her. The entire kingdom of Lanka was resounding with the lamentations of the rakshasis for the rakshasas slain in battle, and Ravana sat in fury, inventing means to conquer Rama. He gnashed his teeth and bit his lips and laughed, and went with Squint-eye and Big-belly and Great-flank to the battle field followed by the last of the demon army to fight against Rama and Lakshmana.