"The boon I secured prevents my liberation. If you could somehow kill
me, I shall recover my original form and go to heaven."
Accordingly Raama and Lakshmana smashed him
without weapons and buried him in a pit they dug in the earth. And the raakshasa
returned to the world of Gandharvas.
Then the Princes went back to the place
where Seeta stood terrified and told her all that happened.
They proceeded to the aashrama of
Sarabhanga. Indra was there with other gods, talking to the rishi. Knowing that Raama had
arrived, he cut short his talk and went away. Then Raama, with his brother and wife,
approached the rishi and humbly saluted him.
The old ascetic said: "It is for you I
have been waiting. It is time for me to leave the body but my wish was to see you first.
And so I have been waiting. Now my desire is fulfilled, I pass on to you all the merit of