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INDRAJIT. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Meghanada, son of Ravana.

When Ravana went against Indra's forces in Swarga, his son Meghanada accompanied him, and fought most valiantly. Indra himself was obliged to interfere, when Meghanada, availing himself of the magical power of becoming invisible, which he had obtained from Siva, bound Indra and carried him off to Lankha.

The gods, headed by Brahma, went thither to obtain the release of Indra, and Brahma gave to Meghanada the name Indrajit, 'conqueror of Indra.' Still the victor refused to release his prisoner for anything less than the boon of immortality. Brahma refused, but Indrajit persisted in his demand and achieved his object.

One version of the Ramayana states that Indrajit was killed and had his head cut off by Lakshmana, who surprised him while he was engaged in a sacrifice.

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