The war between Rama and Ravana begins. Rama riding on Hanuman’s shoulders and Ravana seated in a chariot come face to face in the battle field. The lord of rakshasas is wounded badly. His crown and chariot are destroyed. He has no weapons with him. Sri Rama could easily have taken advantage of the situation. But he is ‘ripunamapi vatsala’ (compassionate even to his foes). He allows Ravana to withdraw from the battle field.
Panic-stricken, Ravana decides to wake his brother Kumbhakarna, who sleeps for months together. The servants prepare huge quantities of food for Kumbhakarna. They beat drums, blow trumpets and make elephants walk on Kumbhakarna’s body. At last he wakes up. He relishes meat, blood and wine supplied to him. Then Ravana informs him of the grave threat the Rama poses to Lanka. Kumbhakarna goes to the battle field and causes much devastation to the vanara army. In the end, Rama’s arrows fell the heroic brother of Ravana. The vanaras heave a sign of relief.