RamaayaN by Valmiki 17
Last attempt from Ram to stop the war
Army of Ram took position,early in the morning at all the crucial points to attack on Lanka.
Mighty monkey - soldiers and bears from different battalions, under the wise and experienced, control of their commanders, were eagerly waiting for their order to march ahead and attack on Lanka.
However Ram was worried. He knew that the end of the war will bring heavy loss of life from both sides and some races may be extinguished forever. He felt like giving last trial from his side to stop the war.
Ram discussed the same with Laxman, Vibhishan, Sugreeva, Hanuman and some other senior members, but none of them had any hope of success, however, they agreed to send the message to Ravan and see what happens.
Ram chose Angad, the youngest among all, but famous for his courage, strength and enthusiasm, to convey his message to Ravan. He told him-‘o mighty Angad! Ravan is left with no any other option than to die now. I am aware of what destruction this war is going to cause. I still want to save mighty warriors from its effects, if Ravan agrees to return Sita to me. You take a leap and enter into Lanka fearlessly and convey my message to him like this- o Ravan, the meanest among all monsters! You have committed unpardonable crime against the Gods, Saints, Gandharvas, Apsaras, Nagas, Yakshas and all who believe in virtues and higher values. The time of the final judgment against you has arrived. I, Ram, the ruler has arrived here to punish you. You have pained me deeply by abducting my wife Sita in my absence deceitfully. If you don’t come to me taking Sita with you respectfully, I will suffice you all forever and no any trace of ogres race will be left on the earth any more..It is my suggestion that better you finish your last rituals now only otherwise nobody will be left to perform the same for you. High -soul Vibhishan will be the king of Lanka after I kill you. O monster! Follow the religion of brave people and fight with me. You will be rescued from your sinful body. O Ravan, the meanest among monsters! there is no any power on the earth or heaven to save you from me. Even if you try to fly like a bird to hide yourself, you will not be spared from my arrows in any lokas.’
Mighty Angad kept every word of Ram in his mind, bowed his head before him and took a strong leap. He was now standing in front of Ravan. He saw him for the first time. He was having some serious discussion with his senior ministers. Angad went closer to him. Saluted him and introduced himself as son of well known Vaali and messenger of shri Ram. He fearlessly conveyed his message word by word with the same feeling and intensity to Ravan as Ram had delivered to him. This made Ravan furious. He asked his soldiers to catch the monkey and kill him immediately. His four strongest possible soldiers forwarded to Angad and they took him tightly in their arms. Angad took a strong jump upwards, carrying them all and left them lose to fall free from above. Angad took further jump and reached at the top of the castle of Ravan. He hit the floor of the main castle so hard with his feet that a huge part of it fell down. Ravan and his ministers saved themselves by running out fast.
Angad created a crackling sound of victory and jumped back to shri Ram as he had come here.
Angad was the addition after Hanuman and Sugreev’s dreadful deeds.
This filled Ravan with fear and he realized that his death is not far away, but he controlled his feelings cleverly.
(Inspired by Valmiki)