Angad In Ravana’s Court


When the people of Lanka saw Angad approaching they were filled with fear. They told each other that the monkey who destroyed Lanka has come back again. What would he do now? They scattered to make way for him.

Fearlessly Angad reached the court of Ravana. He introduced himself as the envoy of Rama and asksRavana to return Sita to Rama and give himself up. Ravana laughed at Angad. To put Ravana down, Angad made a high seat of his tail and sat on it so he towered overRavana on his throne. Angad said, “I am Bali’s son Angad, you remember Vali, in whose armpit you were stayed for six months.”

Ravana said, “As you are the son of Bali, I will overlook your rude behavior but it does not befit you to become the envoy of the killer of your father Bali.”

They argued on and on. WhenRavana refused the peace treaty that Angad came with he said, “Before you battle with the army, try to move my foot. If you can move it even by a minute measure of a sesame seed, I will give up the fight for Sita.”

Ravana ordered his courtiers to catch Angad by his foot and throw him to the floor. But all of them together could make his foot budge at all. Ravana then came forward. As he bent to move Angad’s foot, he said, “Would it not be better for you to clasp Shri Rama’s feet?”

When Ravana bent down, his crowns fell off. Angad picked up four of them and flung them towards Rama. Ravana was embarrassed and returned to his seat. Angad challenged Ravana and went back to the camp.

Ravana’s mother Kekasi also warned him of the unfortunate outcome of his war with Rama but he did not listen to her.

At night, Mandodari requestedRavana to send Sita back to Rama or there would be devastation but drunk with vanity and self-love, Ravana paid heed to no one.

Angad narrated the events at Ravana’s court to Rama. All of them, Rama, Lakshman and others, praised Angad for his bravery, wit and diplomacy.

Angad In Ravana’s Court, Ramayana – The Epic Story