On the battlefield, the monkeys and bears wept over the bodies of the two princes, but Vibhishana said, "The serpent-arrows have only paralyzed them; they are not dead."
Then the eagle-god Garuda, enemy of all serpents everywhere, hurtled down from the sky like lightning. When the serpent-arrows saw Garuda, they fled underground, hissing in terror.
Garuda then bent over the bodies of Rama and Lakshmana, caressing their faces, and the two princes revived. At his touch, their wounds were healed. Even better: Rama and Lakshmana were now stronger than before, imbued with Garuda's powers.
All bowed before Garuda in thanks.
Inspired by: Valmiki's Ramayana.
Notes: This is the Yuddha Kanda (Book 6), sarga 46. The arrival of Garuda takes place in sarga 50.
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