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Part IV - Ahiravan and Mahiravan are killed! Finally!
"Paatala Arasar Ahi Ravanar!" ----- "Vaazhga!"
"Patala Arasar Mahi Ravanar!" ----- "Vaazhga!"
Those who remain cheer their kings who have been revived by their honey bee creatures.
" No one can kill us!" A confident Ahiravan announces. "But we will finish the others who come against us and give them death," Mahiravan says.
Hanuman looks thoughtful.
Eyes narrowing slightly, Ram pulls out another arrow.
"We present that same death to you as well. You're dead!" Ahiravan shouts to Ram.
They repeat their feats of dark magic again and summon two more weapons which are destroyed by Ram and Lakshman.
Hanuman is still thinking for a way to end this once and for all. A demon soldier rushes towards Jambavan. Jambavan catches his throat and throws him away. Hanuman comes to Jambavan. "Son of Anjana, I cannot believe my eyes. How did those two come back alive after they were killed?" A demon rushes towards Hanuman. Without turning away from Jambavan, Hanuman flicks his mace casually and the demon falls to the ground. "We should learn the secret behind this." Jambavan's words remind Hanuman of Chandrasena. When he was searching for Ram and Lakshman, he had looked into her chambers and heard her speak to her maid. She had said that she knew the secret of how to kill the two demons. Hanuman asks Jambavan permission to go and find out the secret behind the mystery. Jambavan asks him to hurry.
Back to Ram and Lakshman vs Ahi and Mahiravan. More summoning of dark weapons, more shouting, laughing, more hurling them at Ram and Lakshman and then as usual all their dark weapons meet the same fate as their predecessors. Again, more stunned expressions from the two demons.
The demon soldiers guarding Chandrasena's chambers fall one by one beneath Hanuman's mace as he proceeds to meet her.
Ram and Lakshman still engage Ahi and Mahi in a stalemate battle.
Chandrasena sits on her bed. Hanuman comes before her and says, "Maharani Chandrasenaikku, Prabhu Sri Ramarin bhaktan Hanumanin vanakkam." Chandrasena is happy to find a devotee of Sri Ram in front of her. Hanuman bows down to her as she steps down towards him. Chandraena tells Hanuman that it shouldn't be too late to save Lord Ram.
"I too wish the same, Maharani. Even after being killed by Lord Ram's arrows, they have come back alive. I need to know the secret behind this."
"Prabhu Sri Ram's arrows? That means, their sacrifice . . ."
"I have stopped it."
Chandrasena is overjoyed on hearing this. Hanuman continues, "Both Lord Ram and his younger brother Lakshman are safe. But I need to know the secret of how to destroy the two demons."
"Of course, I'll tell you right now. But on one condition. It has been my ardent desire to become Lord Ram's wife. If he accepts me as his wife, then I will reveal the secret. "
Hanuman looks confused. Chandrasena looks confident that he has to agree to the demands.
Hanuman comes to a conclusion and says, "It will happen. After the death of Ahi and Mahiravan I'll bring Lord Ram and his brother Lakshman to this bhavan. But . . . "
"But . . . what?"
"If there be any incident that disrespects my Lord, then this marriage will not take place."
Chandrasena smiles confidently again. "I agree. I have no objection at all. Prabhu Sri Ram is my soul/life. Will anyone disrespect their own soul/life? "
Hanuman looks cunning. It seems that he has some plan of his own.
"Now, I will reveal the secret. Once upon a time, some kids were harrassing some honey bee creatures with thorns. Ahi and Mahiravan happen to pass that way and they saved these creatures from the children. Since then, these creatures have been very grateful to them. They have a pot of amrit where they save their nectar. Whenever Ahi/Mahiravan fall in battle, they take this amrit to them and make them drink it. This brings the two demons back to life and heals all their wounds. " Hanuman decides to pay the honey bees a visit and asks, "Where are the honey bee creatures now?" Chandrasena says that they are in Ahi and Mahiravan's bedrooms.
Hanuman walks between the honey bees. "So, this is all your work. When Ahi and Mahiravan dies, you are the ones who give them life? Let us see who gives you life when you are killed." Saying so he hits the creatures with his mace. They cannot withstand Hanuman's blows and scream out in pain.
"Forgive us! Forgive us, Hanuman. Do not torture us. Please forgive us!"
Hanuman stops and faces the bees.
"We never did any wrong. "
"You are helping those who are unjust. What do you call this as? You all revive Ahi and Mahi even after they are killed. Don't you call this injustice?"
"We are being grateful to those who have saved our lives. To do one's duty is not a fault!"
"If that is your say, you do your duty. All evil will break away at my touch. I have come to fulfill my duty."
"Do you have a duty to accomplish too?"
"Yes. I too have to fulfill my duty. My Lord has come to destroy all evil in the Universe. To assist him and to clear all the obstacles and end evil is my goal too. Also, you are friends of my Lord's enemies. That makes you all my enemies too. The roots of a poisonous tree will also be poisonous. Hence, to uproot you all is my duty."
"One of the honey bee creatures, folds his hands and pleads to Hanuman, "We are your friends, Hanuman. We are not Lord Ram's enemies. Please forgive and grace us. We will never revive Ahi and Mahi ever again. "
"Will you give your word?"
"Yes, we give our word. "
"I will forgive you all on one condition."
"We will do all that you say. "
"You all should help me. You should gnaw and destroy the insides of the bed of Patala Queen, Chandrasena's chambers. It should crumble if anyone sits on it."
"What is the connection between this and Ahi/Mahiravan?"
Hanuman shakes his head and takes up his mace menacingly.
Frightened, the honey bee creatures echo, "We'll do it! We'll do it! We'll destroy all the furniture of Maharani Chandrasena's chambers from the inside."
Satisfied, Hanuman lowers his gada "Jai Sri Ram" and moves away from there.
In the battlefield, Ram raises his bow for one last time. Eyes closed, he chants the sacred mantra to summon his astra. The arrow appears in a sharp glow of light illuminating the bow itself. Ram faces the two demons and arms moving gracefully in an arc, Ram aims for the two evil demons. The shaft of the arrow blazes alive
spitting fire and rushes through the sky as Ram lets it go.
Maayamai meendezhum Ahi Mahi Raavanar
Maaindhidum azhivena Raghuvarar arivadhum
Thooyavar dhidathudan dhushtarai azhithida
Paainndhidum sinathudan kanai dhanai eduthaar
Arakkarin urudhiyum azhindhida ozhindhida
Aranaiyum ninaithe kanai dhanai thoduthaan
Thittamaai vettriyai kuriyena kondaan
Thidumena arakarin sirasinai aruthaan
The arrow flies past across the battlefield and cuts of Mahiravan's head. The headless body falls a moment after the head falls to the ground. Seeing his brother dead on the ground, Ahiravan is outraged, "Adei Raamaa! I am not going to leave you alive." Ahiravan summons his demon weapon again. Ram aims for Ahiravan this time. The arrow splits into two and both pierce Ahiravan though the heart. Ahiravan staggers and falls dead. Praising the two victorious brothers, Hanuman, Jambavan, Nal, Neel, Angad come to them. Hanuman says that Ahiravan and Mahiravan will not get up again and that Ram has killed them both for good. Hanuman explains that they will not get the amrit which they had obtained before. A small smile graces Lord Ram's face as they all survey the battle field.
"Maharani! ... Maharani! Happy News!"
Chandrasena's maid (the one who was sentenced to death) comes running into her chambers.
"Vanakkam Maharani. Maharaja Ahi-mahiravan are dead. Sri Ram has killed them. "
Chandrasena could not contain her joy. She removed a gold-pearl chain from her neck and gave it to her maid.
"Keep this. My life long desire is going to be fulfilled. Prabhu will come to my room. He will accept me as his wife."
She dances around with joy and her maid is also happy for her.
In the court of the palace, Maharadhwaja is crowned king of Patala. Everyone showers flowers on him and Sri Ram himself keeps the tilak on his forehead. Hanuman proudly showers flowers on the new king. Maharadhwaja bows down and touches Lord Ram's feet. Ram raises him up and gestures towards Hanuman. Maharadhwaja goes to Hanuman and falls at his feet as well. Hanuman raises his son up and embraces him warmly. When Hanuman lets go, Maharadhwaja turns to Lord Ram with palms joined.
(A song was played in the background when Maharadhwaja was crowned. It did not make much sense to me hence I am not posting it here.)
"Patala Arase, Maharadjwaja" Lord Ram steps forward a bit. "Follow the ways of justice and righteousness. Bring all good to this Patala World as well. All the places you look upon will be free of evil."
"Thangal vaake vedhavaaku Prabhu."
Maharadjwaja bows down again.
Maharaja Maharadhwajar! ----- Vaazhga!
Maharaja Maharadhwajar! ----- Vaazhga!
Maharaja Maharadhwajar! ----- Vaazhga!
Praises echo throughout the palace.
"Hanuman," Ram addresses Anjeneya. "We have to speed to the Earth as fast as the wind. When we were not there, everyone would have been doubtful (of our welfare). And our enemies would also be insulting us."
"Prabhu, a request. Without your permission, I have promised on your behalf to someone. "
Ram smiles. "Hanuman, naam iruvarum veru veru alla. Nee karam neeti kodutha vaakai siram koduthenum kaapom. Idhu emadhu vaakaahum. Sollin selvanukku indha villin selvan kadamai pattullom."
Hanuman is happy to hear Lord Ram's graceful words. "Now tell. What should I do to keep up your promise."
"Prabhu, you have to go to Patala's Queen Chandrasena's chambers to meet her."
"Hanuman, I understand that you have a reason for sending me there. "
In her chambers, Chandrasena looks at herself in the decorated oval shaped mirror. A broad smile decorating her face, she adjusts her other ornaments and clothes. A different maid comes running into her room.
"Greetings Maharani. Sri Ram is coming here."
The moment Chandrasena has been waiting for has arrived. She adjusts her ornaments and sees if her long tresses are in place and rushes away from the mirror.
A single shadow darkens the steps leading down to Maharani Chandrasena's chambers. A moment later the lotus feet of Lord Ram appears on the first of the steps. With easy grace, Lord Ram's feet move down the steps of the Queen's chambers. Lord Ram walks down the steps calmly. Chandrasena prepares the Arti plate. With soft strides, Lord Ram comes into the half lit yet pleasingly bright chambers of Maharani Chandrasena with a calm face and a trace of a pleasant smile across his lips.
The end of a fabulous episode.
These were the songs I was waiting for and I was not disappointed at all. All three were excellent. In the original Hindi version, there was only one song that was repeated for all the three scenes. Also the background music for the last scene was so beautiful.
Edited by Vibhishna - 20 January 2010 at 7:41am
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