BOOK 6: YUDDA KANDA
Guessing the mind of that great souled Rama, Indrajit turning away from that battle, entered the City.
Then, recalling the killing of those energetic Rakshasas like Kumbhakarna and others, that valiant Indrajit sallied forth (for the fight) with red hot eyes in anger. That Indrajit, of very great prowess, the adversary of Gods and who was born in Sage Pulastya s dynasty, accompanied by an army of Rakshasas, came forth from the western gate. Seeing the two valiant brothers, Rama and Lakshmana, who were prepared for the encounter, Indrajit for his part, then started to demonstrate his conjuring tricks.
Placing an illusory image of Seetha on his chariot and a large army surrounding the chariot, Indrajit intended to kill her. Making up his mind to purposefully confuse all, by playing a trick to kill Seetha s illusory image, the exceedingly evil minded Indrajit sallied forth towards the direction of the Vanaras. Seeing him coming forth towards their direction, all those Vanaras were enraged and bounced towards him, with rocks in their hands and with an intent to fight. Hanuma, the foremost among the Vanaras, taking hold of a very large mountain peak, which was difficult to be reached by others, marched in front.
That Hanuma saw Seetha, the wife of Rama, the best among women, bereft of joy, wearing only a single braid of hair, looking miserable, with her face emaciated due to fasting, dressed in a single worn out clothing, unadorned and with all her limbs covered with dust and dirt in the chaiot of Indrajit. On seeing her for a moment, Hanuma ascertained her as Seetha and became dejected. That Seetha was indeed seen by him, not long ago. Seeing her stricken with grief bereft of joy, looking distreseed, miserable and sitting under the sway of Indrajit, Hanuma wondered as to what his intention might be. Thus thinking, he along with those leaders of mnkeys, rushed towards Indrajit.
Beholding that army of Vanaras, Indrajit was excited with anger, pulled Seetha by the hair on her head and unsheathed his sword. While those Vanaras were seeing, Rakshasa began to strike that woman who was placed in the chariot by the dint of his conjuring trick and who was crying Rama"! Rama!" On seeing her seized by the hair Hanuma the son of Marut was confounded with affliction and shed tears, in agony from his eyes.
On seeing Seetha with all her charming limbs, the beloved wife of Rama, Hanuma angrily addressed the foolowing harsh words to Indrajit: "O evil minded one! Born in a dynasty of Brahmanical sages, but belonging to Rakshasa race, you touched a lock of her hair, for your hair, for your own ruin." "O cruel, vulgar and mean fellow! O wicked Rakshasa of sinful prowess! O pitiless fellow! Woe be to you, of sinful conduct, in whom such a resolve has taken place. Such an act is worthy of a barbarian. There is no pity in you." "O pitiless one! Seetha came away from her house, from her kingdom and from her huband s Rama( s) protection. What wrong has Seetha done to you, that you are killing her?"
"By killing Seetha, you will not survivie for long in any way. O Rakshasa, desrving of death! By your act, you indeed fell into my hands." "Abandoning your life in this world, you shall, after death, descend to those worlds which are the lot of the killers of women and are condemned even by those who deserved to be killed by the people." Thus speaking, Hanuma surrounded as he was by Vanaras with their weapons and very much enraged, rushed headlong towards Indrajit.
The army of Rakshasas of terrible rage intercepted that army of mokeys possessing a high prowess and advancing towards them. Stirring up that army of mokeys with a multitude of his arrows, Indrajit replied to Hanuma, the foremost of mokeys as follows: "For whose sake, Sugreeva, yourself and Rama came here, I am going to kill Seetha now itself, while you stand looking on."
"O Vanara! After killing her, I will make a short work of Rama, Lakshmana, yourself too, Sugreeva and that vulgar Vibhishana thereafter." "O Vanara! What you have said just now viz. that women are not to be killed, is correct. But that which causes tormentation to the enemies indeed needs to be done." Having spoken thus to Hanuma, Indrajit personally killed that illusory Seetha, who ahd been sobbing all the while, with his sharp edged sword. Split asunder by him diagonally, that miserable lady of broad hips and pleasant to the sight, fell down on the ground.
After killing that woman, Indrajit told Hanuma as follows: "See, I killed Rama s wife with my weapon. This Seetha is dead and all your labour is in vain." After killing her with a large sword personally, that Indrajit then sitting on his chariot, pleasurefully roared loudly. The Vanaras standing in vicinity heard his roar, even as he shouted with his mouth wide open, while comfortable sitting in that tower of the aerial chriot, which was actually difficult of access for others.
After killing Seetha in that way, the evil minded Indrajit became exceedingly glad. Seeing him exceedingly pleased, the Vanaras looked dejected and suddenly ran away.