~ 169. Indra Grants Rama a Boon ~

Indra then appeared, descending from the heavens in his celestial chariot.
"You have done well, Rama," he said, "and the devas have sent me to grant you a boon. Tell me what you wish."
"Restore life to all my monkey and bear soldiers who fell in battle so that their mothers and wives may rejoice in their return," Rama replied. "Let them rise up stronger than before!"
Indra nodded and as he ascended into the sky, the monkeys and bears were restored to life, staring at one another in amazement.
"Let's hurry now to Ayodhya," Rama shouted. "Bharata awaits us."

Inspired by: Valmiki's Ramayana.
Notes: This is the Yuddha Kanda (Book 6), sarga 120.

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