Rama and Lakshman had found the
dying bird Jatayu, who with his last breath had told them what had happened.
They set off through the forest toward the ocean hundreds of miles away.
On the way they were suddenly captured by a giant and terrible demon
named Kabandha. Kabandha had no head, and had arms eight miles long.
Rama and Lakshman fought, severing his great arms, and Kabandha fell
to the ground.
He told them his story: He had
been a demigod, who liked to assume the form of a demon to scare people.
A sage, angered by this behavior, had cursed him to remain a demon.
The sage told him he would be released from this curse the day he was
killed by Rama and Lakshman. Later, in a fight with Indra, he had been
struck by Indra’s thunderbolt which had driven his head into his
Obligingly, Rama and Lakshman
finished killing him and cremated the body. As Kadambha, in his own
beautiful demigod body, assended the sky, he told Rama to find help
from the great monkeys under the monkey King Sugriva.