Rama shoots Bali

Rama shoots Bali

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Caption: Rama shoots Bali, Sugriva and Bali fight furiously with fists and nails and then tear up trees and rocks, but Bali is the stronger and slowly Sugriva is forced to give ground. When Rama sees that Sugriva is losing, he keeps his promise to assist his ally by shooting an arrow into Bali's chest Bali sinks dying to the ground and the exhausted Sugriva too falls down. Bali reproaches Rama for his treacherous action in basely killing him when engaged in fighting another. But Rama tells him that for stealing his younger brother Sugriva's wife Ruma he deserves death. The earth and all that is in it belong to the Iksvakus and Rama is doing his warrior duty by upholding the rule of law, on behalf of his brother Bharata the king. Bali accepts his fate and commends

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Keywords: 1649-1653, artwork, bali, conflict, fight, fighting, illustration, kishkindha kanda, people, rama, ramayana, religion, sanskrit, shooting, violence, violent

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