A gist of epic Ramayana Part XII-A
Hanuman with sanjeevini hill, slaying of Indrajit.
Sanjeevi Hill and the fall of Indrajit.
As i have omitted an important episode before Kumbakarna's arrival in the battle, i narrate this as Part XII-A. This episode deals about the valor of Indrajit, the mighty son of Ravana. He was really a great warrior and he possessed many magical skills to hoodwink the enemies. After many demons met their doom in the battle, Ravana started feeling concerned. It is his mighty son who dispelled the anxiety of his father. Indrajit entered the battle field. The monkeys, unable to bear the terrific hit of arrows from Indrajit, flew all over. Rama sent Lakshmana to face Indrajit. Though Lakshmana was a mighty warrior, and he was able to vanquish many demons in the battle field, he found that Indrajit was an equal foe who utilized his magical spell and vanished from the field and rose in the cloud often. But the arrows of Lakshmana sought him from the cloud and the fierce battle took a long time. Unable to face Lakshmana, Indrajit shot a very potent arrow called "Shakthi". It pierced the heart of Lakshmana and he fell down due to the mortal wound. The monkeys safely carried him to the presence of Rama.
Though Rama was an Avatar, he behaved like an ordinary human. He shed tears. He started crying, "Who will equal you? I may retrieve other relations. But I can never again get one equal to you! Finding that Rama was inconsolable, Vibhishana commissioned Hanuman to bring the physician Suhruta from Lanka. However Hanuman removed the mansion in which the physician lived and brought it to the presence of Lakshmana. Vibishana told him to revive Lakshmana who is lying unconscious. Suhruta told all, that only a herb named "sanjeevini" could revive Lakshmana but it is located far away from Lanka. Hanuman ascertained the direction of the hill and flew in a trice to bring the herb. He knew that the herb will emit a glow. As soon as he reached the hill, he found many herbs emitting a glow. He could not distinguish the correct one. Hence he removed the entire hill Sanjeeva and he was flying along with it. As he was passing through the place where Baratha lived, it created a doubt in the mind of Baratha who tried to stop the monkey. Fearing delay, Hanuman revealed Baratha that the hill containing the herb is needed for the revival of Lakshmana who is wounded in the battle. Bharata was sad and he sent Hanuman without further delay. Hanuman reached Lanka in time and the physician Suhruta plucked the leaves and poured drops on the face of Lakshmana. To the surprise of all, Lakshmana was revived and he fell on the feet of Rama.
Having come to know that Lakshmana was revived by the herbs, Ravana could not contain his anger. Indrajit sustained injuries when the old Jambavan, king of bears fought with him. Somehow Jambavan inflicted injuries on Indrajit and he escaped from the scene unseen by any. Now Indrajit has planned a ritual to propitiate the evil spirits and to gain more strength. Vibhishana caught the news and he warned Hanuman and other monkey leaders to utilize their skills to thwart the rituals. Once he complete the ritual, none can fight with him. Immediately all the valiant monkey leaders headed to Nikumbala where the ritual takes place. Indrajit was already performing the ritual invoking the evil spirits, sacrificing buffaloes and their blood. The monkeys caught hold of his hair and pulling him from all sides. Unable to tolerate the mischief he used a trident to kill them. But all escaped from his attack. Soon Lakshmana came there, seized the trident from his hand and broken it into two. Again Indrajit came to the battle field and in a fierce battle, he was killed by the arrow of Rama. Hanuman carried his body and deposited near the palace entrance.
Ravana could not contain his grief. Indrajit was his darling son. The wife of Indrajit, Sulochana came to know about the death of her husband. She started questioning the wisdom of Ravana in engaging all in the battle. Ravana could not stomach her accusations. Then he sent Kumbakarna to the battle field. That episode has been written under Part XIII.