~ 143. The Army Meets the Enemy ~


Rama and his army were about to march onto the shore of Lanka when Vibhishana shouted a warning.
"Stop, Rama! Stop!" he yelled. "Do you see that rakshasa coming towards us?"
"Yes!" said Rama. "He's wearing a blindfold. Who is he?"
"That's Bhasmalochana," Vibhishana explained. "His eyes incinerate everything that he gazes at. I brought this just in case!" Vibhishana handed Rama a mirror. 
Rama grasped the mirror and pointed it in the direction of Bhasmalochana. 
Then, as soon as the rakshasa removed his blindfold, he found himself gazing into the mirror and incinerated himself.
Rama had thwarted Ravana again.


Inspired by: Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik.
Notes: This story is on p. 217 of the book. The legend of Bhasmalochana comes from the Bengali Ramayana.


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