South wall, lower register
This register must be read from left to right.
Indrajit was requesting to his father, Ravana permission to go out and fight He is shown riding his chariot pulled by a blue reacheasei.
|Lakshmana and his monkey’s troop goes out trying to defeat Indrajit. In the meantime, Indrajit, seeing that he was unable to defeat Lakshmana, retired to perform a meditative ritual to gain more power.|
Together with his soldiers, Indrajit went to fight Lakshmana, riding in his chariot pulled by a white horse, Laksmana goes to confront Indrajit.
To meditate Indrajit went inside a hollow tree to practice asceticism in order to
empower his arrow, the nagaba. On the mural he is designed in a layout of complete
symmetry suggesting a yogic state.
|Detail of Benyakai sitting on the ground, a prisoner, with her neck and feet in irons, tormented by small monkeys. Hanuman took her back to Lanka by flying over the clouds (top part of panel), later making love to her.|
The next mural represents Kampan, a yak of rank, standing on an elephant with his mahout, who was sent to fight Lakshmana, while Indrajit went to empower another arrow. Hanuman and his monkeys attacked Kampan and the yak soldiers.
Indrajit again hidden in clouds, wounded Lakshmana gravely with his magic arrow. Lakshmana is shown on a chariot with Hanuman noticing that the javelin had penetrated deep in the prince’s chest, to the horror of the monkeys below (Fig.12b,S.).
Indrajit was attacked by Hanuman, who leapt upon the heads of Airavata while Indrajit hit him with his bow.
The seriously wounding of Lakshmana is painted on the following episode
Detail of Angada flying quickly to collect with a precious goblet the severed head of Indrajit (top right of picture) because if the head felt on the ground, the Earth would be destroyed.
Note, on the captions it is written that it is Rama who kills Indrajit, following the narrative of Sbek Thom. In the Ramakien and Reamker, it is Lakshmana who kills Indrajit (Rama I, Volume 3, 1; Jacobs 10.8-9).
Bangkok, February-March 2017