Then Raama told Lakshmana: "Let us not be confused. You will cut off one
arm, I shall cut off the other."
And so they did. The name of the monster
was Kabandha, which means the barrel-shaped one. Once his arms were severed, he was
helpless and began to explain:
"On account of my evil deeds I was
cursed by Indra to bear this form and this name. I believe you are Raama and Lakshmana.
Indra promised me freedom from the curse when you two should come and cut off my arms and
commit this body of mine to the flames."
The princes set fire to his body as desired
by the unfortunate monster and there arose from the flames a lovely being which entered a
heavenly chariot and ascended to the celestial world.