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Lakshmana Fights Indrajit

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RT offers the following help with understanding this beautiful image: Lakshmana was the brother of Rama, who is the seventh avatar of the God Vishnu in Hinduism,[1] and a king of Ayodhya in Hindu scriptures. Indrajit was the son of the king Ravana. Indrajit played an active role in the great war between Rama and Ravana. He was said to be invincible in battle because of a Yajna he used to perform before every battle. He twice defeated Lakshmana and even Rama once, but on the third occasion Lakshmana disrupted the Yajna with the help of Vibhishana and fought with him for three days and three nights and finally killed him.

Got all of that straight?

Notice the monkeys fighting in the melee. They’re under the command of Hanuman, who was a devotee of Rama. If RT is reading his Wikipedia correctly, Rama’s army is opposed by an army of demons. Under ordinary circumstances, RT might be tempted to plunge into the Ramayana, the Hindu epic this scene is taken from, But the Ramayana is not exactly light reading: its 24,000 verses are contained in seven books (kāṇḍas) and 500 cantos (sargas), The Epic uses a 32-syllable meter called anustubh.

Maybe Gilgamesh isn’t so hard, after all.    RT

Painting: Lakshmana Fights Indrajit. (1775-1800). Walter Arts Museum. WikiCmns. Public Domain.

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  1. Mo
    September 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    It basically signifies the battle between good and evil and eventually the triumph of good over evil. I think the monkey brigade was under the command of monkey king Sugreeva although Hanuman was the most powerful among them and played the greatest role in garnering victory for Rama

  2. September 18, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Mo: thanks for your explanation and clarifications! RT

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