I have two queries, one related to Ramayan and the other one to Mahabharat.
Recently, in youtube, I watched an old promo/episode of NDTV's Ramayan, which said about a fight between Hanumaan and Shri Ram. I have read several versions of Ramayan, most recently Krittivas Ramayan, and obviously, I have never heard of any such fight. Neither was anything of that sort shown in Sampurna Ramayan. So I wish to know how far is this thing authentic? I might have ignored it as an invention of the director's mind, if it had come from someone like Ektaa. But the Sagar's are renowned for their mythological serials - I don't expect them to show anything baseless. I wish to know if this fight happened and if yes, then how did it conclude? Can anyone throw some light on this? Here's the video of a part of that episode - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me87QrMpvK0
The second instance is regarding the face off between Krishna and Rudra nearing the end of Krishna's life. Banasura was a devotee of Shiva and he had obtained powers from him which had made him virtually invincible. Also Shiva promised to protect Bana. Bolstered by this, he became an Adharmi and once kidnapped and imprisoned Aniruddha, the grandson of Krishna, who wished to marry Bana's daughter Usha. Enraged at this, Krishna attacked Banasura, defeated his army and chopped off his 998 hands out of 1000. But just as Krishna was about to kill him with the Sudarshan Chakra, Shiva appeared before it and ordered the Sudarshan Chakra to go back to Krishna. Shiva requested Krishna to forgive Banasura but Krishna politely refused and requested Shiva to step aside so that He can kill Banasura and punish him for his crimes.
Shiva, bound by his words, said that he cannot do so. So both Shiva and Krishna had only one choice - fight each other.
Now there are two versions of how the fight concluded.:
i) Krishna neutralized Shiva's weapons, defeated Him and Shiva begged for mercy for Banasura. Since Shiva was His greatest devotee, He forgave Banasura. Undoubtedly this is a Vaishnava version. I found this on Google - http://www.krsnabook.com/ch63.html
ii) Krishna and Rudra fought indecisively with each other for days. The Sages and Gods led by Brahma pleaded them to stop as their fight would bring an end to the creation. Banasura himself was intimidated by this and realized his mistake. Krishna and Shiva both smiled at each other and merged their bodies to display their conjoined Universal HariHara form, declaring their unity and non-duality. This is preached by more radical Vaishnavas and the Smartas. I found it on Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aniruddha
Interestingly, Ramanand Sagar's Shri Krishna, completely discounted the fight between the two patriach's of Hinduism. They showed only upto the part where Shiva stops Sudarshan. After that Narad muni declares Hari and Hara as one. Instead of HariHara form, they end the tale with Krishna's Viraat Roop. http://movietime4u.blogspot.com/2009/03/krishna-part-422.html
So how far is this true? Which version seems to be most appropriate? And was there any fight at all between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu?