Rama and Lakshmana fearlessly sliced off Kabandha's arms. As he lay dying, the monster thanked them. "I was once a gandharva named Vishwavasu," he said, "ravenous for music, food, drink, everything. My all-consuming greed turned me into a monster, but now I am free."
When Rama and Lakshmana cremated Kabandha's corpse, his gandharva form emerged. "Seek the monkeys of Kishkindha. They will help you," he said, ascending into the sky.