against Aksha's chariot and broke it to pieces. The horses fell dead. The Raakshasa prince
stood on the ground chariotless. Nothing daunted, he rose in the air with bow and sword
and attacked Hanumaan. A great battle took place in the air. In the end Aksha's bones were
crushed and splintered and he fell down dead.
Hearing that the prince had been killed by Hanumaan, Raavana shook with rage, but
controlling himself he called his son Indrajit, the conqueror of Indra.
"You have mastered all weapons," he said. "You have vanquished the Devas
and Asuras in battle. You have by your austerities called Brahma down and secured from him
the Brahmaastra. There is none in the world who can oppose you.
Fatigue cannot approach you. Your knowledge of battle is unique. You
have attained strength through tapasya. Nothing is impossible for you. None can
equal you in foresight. The kinkaras I sent and Jambumaali and the five generals of our
army, and your dear brother Aksha have all been slain by a terrible foe who has raided us
in the form of a monkey and it is yours now to avenge them.