Magical poisoned arrows
After Laksman recovers from his poisoned spear wound, Rama enters battle directly to meet Ravana's brother Kumprakarn, who speared Laksman. Rama kills Kumprakarn, further enraging the demon king Ravana who turns to his son Intarachit. Intarachit has special powers of invincibility and can make magic weapons such as deadly arrows poisoned with serpent venom. Hanuman, disguised as a bear, interferes with the demon magic and ensures that the arrows will not be fatal, but rather will turn into snakes as they fall. (Learn more)
Hanuman in disguise as a bear watches Ravana’s demons making magical poisoned arrows, as seen in a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple.
Ravana’s demon son Intarachit sits upon a royal daybed in the forest in front of a giant tree stump as he makes the arrows. The poisoned arrows are treated with serpent venom and are intended to kill any enemy they strike. Ravana’s demon courtiers watch in two groups at the lower left and right, while sepents providing the venom wriggle on the ground in the center.
Unnoticed, Hanuman is seen here in normal appearance at the right of the tree stump. Then, disguised as a bear, he watches from the giant tree stump above the demons as they make their arrows.
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