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In Ramayana, Indrajit was able to hit Laxman by his special weapon named Shakti. Due to this Laxman went very near to death. Now Lord Hanuman went to Himalaya & brought Sanjivani. This way Laxman was saved.

The next day Indrajit uses all three main weapons i.e. Bramhastra, Narayanan's Sudarshan Chakra & Shiva's Pashupatra (Trishul). These weapons are considered as most deadly weapons but none of this weapon was able to harm Laxman.

Video Source from Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan. All the sources of this Ramayan are based on the Valmiki's Ramayan & Tulsidas's Ramcharitmanas.

So how come shakti weapon was able to harm Laxman?

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    The TV serial may use sources, but that doesn't mean it stays completely accurate to those sources. There's plenty of artistic license taken. Jul 24, 2014 at 18:26
  • Lax man was defeated 2 times by indrajeet.
    – user5194
    Mar 31, 2016 at 17:56
  • i dont think Indrajit actually had the Chakra, Trishula, Brhamastra etc. If he did then it means Indra > Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma. Nov 13, 2017 at 3:41

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First of all, Indrajit never tried to use a Brahmastra, Narayanastra or Pashupatastra in the war (although he did use a Brahmastra against Hanuman during Hanuman's pror visit to Lanka, as I discuss in this answer). But he did once use another weapon of Shiva, the Raudrastra, although as I'll discuss below that was just to fight off one of Lakshmana's weapons. Second of all, the TV serial is conflating a bunch of different incidents:

  1. There is one occasion where Indrajit fatally wounded Lakshmana, but that's an occasion where he fatally wounded both Rama and Lakshmana. As described in this chapter and this chapter of the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana, early on in the war, Sugriva's nephew Angada defeated Indrajit in battle, so Indrajit turned invisible and then launched numerous Nagastras (snake weapons) at Rama and Lakshmana, which put them in a state very close to death. But then Vishnu's mount Garuda came to the battlefield, eating all the snakes and healing the wounds of Rama and Lakshmana. (Rama asked him who he was and why he was helping them, but Garuda refused to answer because Rama wasn't supposed to know that he was an incarnation of Vishnu.)

  2. The only direct confrontation between Lakshmana and Indrajit happened later on in the war, and its conclusion is described in this chapter of the Yuddha Kanda. Indrajit fired a Yamastra (weapon of Yama god of death), but Lakshmana destroyed it with a Kuberastra (weapon of Kubera god of wealth). Then Lakshmana launched a Varunastra (weapon of Varuna the ocean god), but Indrajit destroyed it with a Raudrastra (weapon of Shiva). Then Indrajit fired an Agneyastra (weapon of Agni the fire god), but Lakshmana destroyed it with a Saurenastra (weapon of Surya the sun god). Then Indrajit launched an Asurastra (weapon of the demons), but Lakshmana destroyed it with a Maheshwarastra (another weapon of Shiva). Finally Lakshmana hit Indrajit with an Indrastra (weapon of Indra king of the gods), killing him. Now after killing Indrajit, Laskhmana did have some wounds, but those wounds were very easily healed by Sugriva's father-in-law Sushena.

  3. The incident you mentioned involving Hanuman carrying a mountain happened even later in the war and had nothing to do with Indrajit. As described in this chapter of the Yuddha Kanda, during the battle between Rama and Ravana, Ravana's brother Vibhishana killed Ravana's horses, so Ravana got down from his chariot and threw a powerful spear at Vibhishana, but Lakshmana shot the spear down with three arrows. Angered by this, Ravana threw an even more formidable spear at Lakshmana, fatally wounding him. So as described in the next chapter, Sugriva's father-in-law Sushena sent Hanuman to retrieve the herbs called Vishalya Karani, Savarni Karani, Sanjiva Karani, and Sandhana Karani from the peak of Mount Oushadi. Hanuman couldn't identify the herbs on that mountain, so he brought the mountain peak itself to Lanka, and then Sushena used the herbs to heal Lakshmana.

So there's not even a question of Lakshmana being vulnerable to some Astras (magical weapons) and not others, because there iss never an occasion where he shows any invincibility against Astras.

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    Very nice answer Sir! Sep 23, 2018 at 8:01
  • "Angered by this, Ravana threw an even more formidable spear at Lakshmana, fatally wounding him". Why didn't he just finish him off instead of leaving him injured? Apr 15, 2020 at 16:00

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