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Meghnad in Ramayana – Story of Meghnad in Epic Ramayana

In the epic Ramayana, Meghnad was the son of demon King Ravana and Mandodari. Meghnad means ‘one whose speech was like the thunder.’ He was the greatest warrior in the army of Lanka and he was noted for his formidability.

Meghnad had defeated Indra, the king of Devas, and had thus got the name Indrajit.

Story of Meghnad in Epic Ramayana

To free Indra, Brahma appeared before Meghnad and gave him the boon that he will not be defeated in any battle if he performs a yajna to his kuldevi Nikumbala. So before venturing into a battle, Meghanad performed the yajna and a chariot would appear and he used to go to battle in this chariot and remained invincible.

Thus Meghnad was able to defeat Sri Ram and Lakshman. He was able to capture both the brothers using the divine weapon Nagapasha. But Garuda appeared on the scene and rescued the brothers.

Lakshman was mortally wounded by Meghanad. He had used his magical powers and disappeared into the sky and use the arrow ‘Shakti’ against Lakshman. Hanuman bought the magical herb ‘Sanjivani’ to rescue Lakshman.

But finally, Lakshman interrupted the yajna and killed Meghanad. It was Vibhishana who informed Lakshman about the yajna performed by Meghanad.

When the yajna was interrupted, Meghnad used Yamastra, Brahmastra, Pashupatastra and Vaishnavastra on Lakshman. But it had no effect and he was finally killed by Lakshman.

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