| Sage Viswamitra started his Yagna. After a few
days of peaceful worship, as the
rites were being performed, there was heard from the sky a great roar.
Rama looked up and saw
two rakshasas Maareecha (son of Taataka) and Subaahu and their
followers preparing to shower unclean things on the Yagna fire.
The army of Raakshasas covered the sky like a great black cloud.
Rama said, "Look
Lakshmana," and let go the (Wind-arrow) Maanava-astra at
Maareecha. As was intended, it did not kill Maareecha, but wrapping
him up in resistless force hurled him a full hundred miles near the
With the (FIRE-arrow)
Aagneya-astra Rama killed Subaahu; and then the two princes
totally destroyed the entire army of Raakshasas.
The sky was bright
supremely happy at the completion of his yagna. "I am grateful to
King Dasaratha," he said. "You have fulfilled the promise,
princes. I admire your fortitude. This aashrama has through you become
again a scene of success, Siddhaashrama." ('Siddha' means
next day, Rama and Lakshmana, after their morning prayers, went to
Viswaamitra and asked for further orders.
Viswamitra knew of the service that he still had to do for Rama. This
was the prince's marriage with Seeta.
All the rishis were going to the
kingdom of Videha where, in the capital city of Mithila, King Janaka,
was performing a great sacrifice. They invited the Princes to
accompany them and see the marvellous bow in the court of the king.
Viswamitra agreed and all of them proceeded to Mithila where they were
received with great honor.