Ravana ……………..goes to garage!!

After the death of Khara and Dusha it was Akampana (a spy) who first reports to Ravana(3-31-XX). Reports many demons and Khara and Dusha have also been killed. Ravana was infuriated and enquires who did this? Ravana boasts about his ability to bring demise of even gods. Then Akampana describes Rama as young and handsome. Akampana also says Rama is a mighty archer with powerful arrows and conducts a war with honor. When Ravana says that he will kill Rama, Akampana describes Rama’s proficiency in warfare, and thus warns Ravana against launching combat singly. Then Akampana describes Seetha to him and assures Rama will not exist without Seetha. Ravana agrees to bring Seetha into Lanka. Then he proceeds in his chariot to Maareecha. This is the line to be noted as Valmiki does not describe what happened after Akampana revelation, instead he fast forwards the scene to Ravana travelling by chariot to Maareecha. Maareecha dissuades him and he returns. Now comes the Shuurpanakha (3-32-XX). First she throws scorn at Ravana (3-33-XX). She condemns him as one who is not aware of happenings around. Then she extols the abilities of Rama who single handedly eliminated 14000 demons with Khara and Dusha. Hearing his Ravana enquires about Rama and his skill in fighting. Shuurpanakha recants about the battle and describes Rama and Lakshmana. And gently starts describing Seetha. She boasts that she intended to bring her as his (Ravana’ s) wife. Then she rushes him into action. Hear Valmiki changes the track. When Akampana told the same thing Valmiki fast forwarded the scene to Ravana flying in chariot to Maareecha. But now Valmiki says Ravana sent off the ministers (meaning not consulting them) then thought about the methodology to be adopted. Then secretly goes to chariot garage (3-35-XX). The word used is (यान शालाम् ) (3-35-4). This way Valmiki shows how when Ravana was stricken by hatred he was still rational. But when he is stricken with passion secrecy and determination overcomes rational. Thus when fate calls, even a king like Ravana goes to garage driving himself to frenzy and destruction. This time he has no intention of listening to Mareecha’s advice. Valmiki understands human behavior and is writing with intricate knowledge of actions performed under different level of stress. He is not only a good poet but a knower of human character par excellence.

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