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Indrajit worships Devi before battle Lakshmana kills him on the battle field

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National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi
New Delhi , India

Indrajit, also known as Meghanatha, was a great warrior and played an important role in the great battle of his father Ravana with Rama. Once Brahma had granted a boon to Indrajit that he would never be defeated in the battle if he performs a yajna (sacrifice) to his native goddess before the commencement of the battle. On the third day of the battle between Indrajit and Lakshmana, Indrajit had taken shelter inside the sacred Devi enclosure and was preparing to perform a Yajna which could endow him with undefeatable might before he appeared in the battlefield, but Vibhishana disclosed to Rama about the Brahma's boon and asked him to attack him before he accomplished his new sacrificial rite. He warned that he could not be defeated if he was successful in offering the sacrifice. Vibhishana and other monkeys attack the demons. On hearing the news of his soldiers' sad plight Indrajit abandoned the unfinished sacrifice and hastened to battlefield. Thus he was deprived from obtaining divine assurance of success. In the meantime Lakshmana challenged Indrajit to a dual. The two heroes started a resolute and terrible battle with varying fortunes though it ends with Indrajit death. This Malwa painting divided into three parts depicts the scenes of the battle of Lakshmana with Indrajit. On the left Indrajit is performing a yajna (sacrifice) before the goddess. In the second scene Indrajit, while trying to uphold the dignity of his father Ravana, uses all his might against Lakshmana. While doing this he is beheaded by Lakshmana and the head is seen flying in the sky. Though headless, yet Indrajit is shown in action holding the bow and arrows in the hands. In the lower part monkeys are shown attacking the demons with spears.

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  • Title: Indrajit worships Devi before battle Lakshmana kills him on the battle field
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Art Genre: Central India
  • Accession Number: 51.65/68

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