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March 3, 2022 13 mins

At first light, Arya and the vanaras begin their descent to the dark side. They reach the place where Arya has to plavang — jump, leap and fly, to get to the Ramayana. He is terrified but with the Rakshasas closing in he doesn’t have a choice. He digs deep into his being, seeking energy from Brahman Shakti, and before his own eyes, he is transformed into a powerful warrior. He leaps and soars from island to island, getting closer to the funeral pyre where the Ramayana is poised to burn. The vanaras follow, fighting the Rakshasas as they go. As soon as Arya lands near the book, the pyre beneath him erupts in flames, set by none other than Ravana. Arya had fallen perfectly into Ravana’s trap. He intended to burn Arya along with the book. Arya commands the other vanaras to retreat, but one lone vanar stays behind to fight. Through the flames, Arya realizes the rogue vanar is none other than Hanumana, the great warrior!



  • [00:01] Previously on Shadow Realm
  • [00:31] At first light, they begin their journey to the canyon
  • [03:58] Arya transformed into a powerful warrior
  • [05:08] Arya leaps and soars from island to island
  • [06:44] The army of vanaras and monkeys descend upon the Rakshasas
  • [08:33] The vanaras help Arya when he’s trapped on an island
  • [09:25] Ravana sets the funeral pyre on fire
  • [10:50] The vanaras retreat on Arya’s command
  • [11:20] A lone vanar stays behind to fight
  • [13:14] How to support and connect with The Arya Chronicles
  • [13:32] Next episode teaser


  • At the call of the leopard, Arya and the vanaras begin their journey to the dark side
  • Arya digs deep, accessing the energy of Brahman Shakti and was transformed into a warrior
  • Arya’s skin glistened with the essence of creation and he was able to leap hundreds of feet from island to island, getting closer and closer to the Ramayana
  • The army of vanaras and monkeys revealed themselves from behind the trees and distracted the Rakshasas
  • The vanaras and Arya fight against the Rakshasas, making their way further into the canyon
  • Just as Arya reaches the pyre with the book, Ravana sets it on fire. The  Brahman Shakti protects Arya from being burned
  • Arya commands the other vanaras to retreat, but a lone vanar stays to fight. Arya realizes it is Hanumana!
  • On the next episode: Arya comes face to face with Ravana


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Shadow Realm was written and executive produced by Reenita Hora. Based on her middle-grade novel When Arya Fell Through the Fault, this story constitutes ‘Part 1 of The Arya Chronicles.’ 

An original soundtrack was composed for this story by Kanniks Kannikeswaran (

Audio adaptation by Shane Sakhrani. Audio Direction and Production by Daniel Gonzalez and Gabe Mara. 

The narrative for the trailer was voiced by Carnie Wilson (

The podcast features 

Recorded at Studio City Sounds and The Room at Melrose.

Chapter 13 uses “Lake Waves Hjalmaren” by Owl 

Chapter 17 uses “New Holland Honey Eaters 32x Slower” by digifishmusic


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