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Hanumantha had now completed his mission. But he thought it would be a good thing if he
could manage to get anestimate of the enemy's strength, kill some of the prominent
rakshasas and also give a warning to Ravana.
It occurred to him that he put Ravana in a rage, if he destroyed the Ashokavana so dear to
He set about it and uprooted trees. He pulled from the ground all the creepers bearing
beautiful flowers. He trampled upon other plants. Seeing all this, the rakshasas on duty
there ran to Ravana in fear.
Ravana was furious when he heard the news. But Hanumantha destroyed all the rakshasas he
sent in the twinkling of an eye.
Ravana then sent his son Indrajithu himself to capture Hanumantha. Indrajithu was a great
hero. He fought with Hanumantha for a while and then shot the Brahmasthra. Hanumantha
wanted to show respect to the weapon carrying the power of Lord Brahma and allowed himself
to be tied up by it for a while.
The rakshasas were excited and in great glee. Indrajithu took Hanumantha to Ravana's
The sight of Hanumantha threw Ravana into a towering rage.
The radiance of Ravana's f ace astonished Hanumantha.
Even Devendra, the King of Heaven was afraid of Ravana. But Hanumantha was fearless. He
told Ravana why he had gone there. He said, "Look, Ravana, it is not proper for you
to kidnap Seethadevi and
make her suffer like this. You have performed tapas (long prayer and medi- tation). Just
think, can you face Rama? You will be destroyed, and your friends, relatives and this
city, too, will be des- troyed. Give up this evil way and restore Seetha to Rama."
His words were like adding fuel to the fire. Ravana's anger blazed. He ordered the
rakshasas to kill Hanumantha. But his brother Vibheeshana intervened; he said that it was
not right according to the princi- ples of diplomacy to kill the enemy's messenger.
Ravana agreed with him; he said to his servants, "Tails are ornamental to monkeys. So
set fire to Hanumantha's tail."
At once the rakshasas wrapped some cloth around Hanumantha's tail, poured oil over it and
set fire to it. They paraded Hanumantha all over the city.
Now Hanumantha was in a high rage. Still he was glad that the rakshasas were showing the
whole city to him. He carefully noted the hidden fortresses, the topo- graphy and other
Then all at once he leapt high. He
freed himself from the ropes. He beat up all the rakshasas following him and stood on a
high place. He set fire to all the buildings nearby. The houses of Ravana's ministers
and commanders began to burn. Very soon the whole city of Lanka was in flames.
But suddenly Hanumantha realized his mistake. In his enthusiasm to burn Lanka, he had
forgotten that Seetha was there. His heart was about to burst. Quickly he flew to
Ashokavana. He saw Seetha sitting
under a tree. His anxiety was at an end. He touched her feet and received her blessings;
then he flew back across
Jambavantha, Angada and others were waiting for Hanumantha. The sight of Hanumantha
brought them immense
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