What happened to the Vanara Sena after the Ramayana? describes about the vanaras who had returned from the war with their lives.

But What happened to those Vanara Sena who had died in the war, who had given their lives fighting for truth?

I heard that, all of them again got their lives and freed from pains by lord Rama.

Why and how did lord Rama live them again?

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As I discuss in this question, during the time of Sita's Agni Pariksha, the Devas came down to the battlefield of Lanka. During that time, Indra offered Rama a boon, and Rama asked that the Vanaras who died in battle be brought back to life, as described in this chapter of the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana:

When Dasaratha returned, the Lord Indra, the destroyer of Paka the demon, was very much pleased and spoke to Rama, who stood there with his joined palms. "O Rama, the foremost among men! Your sight of us, should not go in vain. Therefore, tell us whatever is desired by you." Hearing the words of the great souled Indra the lord of celestials, after having been pleased, Rama with the most placid mind spoke the following words with rejoice: "O the foremost among the eloquent! O Indra! If you have affection in me, I shall speak out my words. Make my words real. Let all the monkeys, who reached the abode of death, after displaying their energy for my sake restore their life and get up. O the bestower of honour! I wish to see all those monkeys, who for my sake, were removed from their sons and wives, be delighted at heart. They were all valiant, proving their energies and did not take their death into account. They made their strenuous efforts and died. O Indra! Restore their lives to them. Those monkeys - who counted death as nothing and who were fond of doing favour to me - let them get re-united with their near and dear ones by your grace. I seek this boon of you. O bestower of honour! I wish to see the monkeys and bears, free from wounds and pains, with augmented strength and valour. Wherever the aforesaid monkeys live, let there be rivers with crystal-clear water, flowers, roots and fruits even in an off-season."

Hearing the words of that great-souled Rama, Indra the lord of celestials endowed as he was with delight, again spoke the following words: "O beloved Rama! This boon, which has been sought by you is hard to grant. No offer has, however, been revised by me in the past. Therefore this will come to be. Let all those monkeys and bears along with long-tailed monkeys, who have been killed in battle, by the demons and whose heads and arms have been severed, be alive and active again. Without any ill-health and wounds and with boosted strength and valour, the monkeys will rise again, as those fallen asleep would do at the end of their sleep. All of them, full of delight, will get re-united with their friends, relatives, kinsmen and family members. O the wielder of a great bow! The trees will look colourful with flowers and fruits even in the off-season. Rivers too will remain constantly with water." Thereupon, all those monkey-warriors got up, as if from a sleep, with all their limbs completely healed of wounds. All the monkeys felt surprised, saying to one another "What miracle is this?"

  • How Indra can make someone alive? He don't have that power! Only Vishnu and Shiva can give life. Indra himself become immortal by drinking nectar then how he can revive someone?
    – Vishvam
    Jan 3, 2018 at 7:28
  • @Rishabh No, Devas can bring people back to life, Even Rishis can bring people back to life. Jan 3, 2018 at 7:55
  • Those Rishis who has Sanjivani vidya, can revive. But who/when gave sanjivani to devas?
    – Vishvam
    Jan 3, 2018 at 8:00
  • @Rishabh You don't even need to use the Sanjivini mantra, you can just sprinkle Amrita on the dead body. Jan 3, 2018 at 8:02
  • "sprinkle Amrita on the dead body" Then it's not deva's power. It's power of amrita given to devas. Indra himself don't have power to revive someone. But with help of amrita anyone can revive someone. Am I right?
    – Vishvam
    Jan 3, 2018 at 8:04

As per Yuddha Kaanda when the Devas came down after Sita's Agni Pariksha, Indra asked Sri Rama to ask for a boon. Sri Rama asked Indra to sprinkle Amrita on the Vanaras and Bears killed during the war with Raavana. Indra did so and all the Vanaras and Bears of Sri Rama killed in the war were revived and brought back to life. [Valmiki Ramayana - Yuddha Kaanda - Sarga 120 - Verses 4 to 17].

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