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Prahasta (Sanskrit: प्रहस्त) was a powerful rakshasa warrior and chief commander of Ravana's army of Lanka.


In the Hindu epic the Ramayana, Prahasta leds Ravana's army in the wars against Yama, Kubera and the Devas, and the Asuras and Daityas, through which Ravana establishes his sovereignty over the three worlds. He also led the initial Lankan response to the invasion led by Rama, Lakshmana, Sugriva and the Vanara Army.

Prahastha was the younger brother of Indrajit, who died at the hands of Lakshmana on the first day of the Battle between the forces of Rama and Ravana on the Soil of Lanka. By some other accounts, he was maternal uncle of Ravana and Kaikesi's brother.

Prahasta was killed by Rama's younger brother, Lakhsman, on day one of the battle. Killing several important warriors of the Sugriva's Army was actually proving to be real threat to the Army of Rama, so Lakshmana had to move in to the rescue of the beleaguered army who was suffering at the hands of the Prahastha (quoted directly from the Tulasidas Ramayana). Valmiki described that Prahastha was a ruthless warrior and Lakshmana had to use all the celestial weapons to kill this warrior.