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Kidnapping of Sita from Panchvati – Chapter 7

Kidnapping of Sita from Panchvati – Chapter 7 

On the way to Panchavati, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana met Jatayu. He said that he was a friend of Dashratha, and therefore he would guard Sita while they lived there. Rama told him that as a friend of his father, Jatayu would henceforth be as venerable to him as his own father. He would later help in the kidnapping of Sita from Panchvati. 

 

They located a pleasant place in Panchavati (place where five trees grow) to build their simple home. On the banks of the river Godavari, they spend many happy, pleasant days.

 

One day, however, the sister of the demon king Ravana, Shoorpanakha, came there. As soon as she saw Rama, she fell in love with him. She took the form of a lovely young woman and proposed to Rama. Rama pointed to Sita and indicated he was already married, but he hinted in jest that Lakshmana was at the moment single. Shoorpanakha then proposed to Lakshmana. Lakshmana said, “I am a servant of Rama. If you marry a servant, you will also become a servant like me.”

They located a pleasant place in Panchavati (place where five trees grow) to build their simple home. On the banks of the river Godavari, they spend many happy, pleasant days. (present day Nasik)

Shoorpanakha was enraged at their response, and assumed her fierce demonness form, and began to threaten Sita. Lakshmana drew his sword and cut off Shoorpanakha’s ears and nose. She ran off, and immediately went to her brothers Khar and Dooshana and showing them her bleeding and mutilated face, asked them toattack and kill Rama and Lakshmana.

 

 

Meanwhile Rama placed the real Sita in the care of Agni (the fire god), while they were alone and created a Maya (illusionary) Sita who appeared identical to the real one. He called Lakshmana and asked him to take Sita to a safe cave in the mountain while he fought the demons.

 

 

 

Then when Khar and Dooshan and Trishala attacked with their army of fourteen thousand demons, Rama was ready for them; he destroyed the entire army along with Khar, Dooshan, and Trishala.

Meanwhile Rama placed the real Sita in the care of Agni (the fire god), while they were alone and created a Maya (illusionary) Sita who appeared identical to the real one. He called Lakshmana and asked him to take Sita to a safe cave in the mountain while he fought the demons.

Shoorpanakha now hurried to Lanka, to the court of Ravana, and related the entire story and the news of the death of the army and the demon brothers. She also praised the beauty of Sita and urged Ravana to attack Rama, to avenge the insult given to her.

 

 

 

Ravana took his aerial chariot and flew to see Mareech, his maternal uncle, who was living an ascetic life in the forest. He requested Mareech to take the form of a golden deer in order to lure Rama away from the hermitage, so that he could kidnap Sita while she was alone at the ashram. Mareech tried to convince Ravana that Rama and Lakshman were not ordinary mortals and it was unwise to plot against them.

 

But Ravana threatened to kill Mareech if he did not obey him and help him in his plan. Mareech felt helpless before the terrifying might of Ravan and obediently took the form of a golden deer near the Panchavati ashram of Rama as ordered, reflecting that it would be better to die at the hands of Lord Rama than this demon.

He requested Mareech to take the form of a golden deer in order to lure Rama away from the hermitage, so that he could kidnap Sita while she was alone at the ashram. Mareech tried to convince Ravana that Rama and Lakshman were not ordinary mortals and it was unwise to plot against them.

When Sita saw the golden deer, she asked Rama to capture it for her. On her insistence, Rama went to hunt the deer, and followed it as it ran away into the forest. Before doing so, he made Lakshmana promise him that he would not leave Sita alone under any circumstances. When they were far away, and Rama was about to shoot an arrow, Mareech, in the form of the deer cried out. He shouted in a piteous tone, imitating Rama’s voice, “O Lakshmana!!” Sita heard the cry for help and persuaded Lakshmana to go to help Rama.

 

Lakshmana tried to explain to her that even in his dreams, Rama couldn’t be threatened by anyone, so this must be a trick. But Sita was adamant; she even accused Lakshmana of not going to save Rama on purpose. This accusation forced Lakshmana to break his promise to Rama, and he followed the direction of the cry.

When they were far away, and Rama was about to shoot an arrow, Mareech, in the form of the deer cried out. He shouted in a piteous tone, imitating Rama’s voice, “O Lakshmana!!” Sita heard the cry for help and persuaded Lakshmana to go to help Rama.

When Sita was left alone in the ashram, Ravana took the disguise of a sadhu and appeared in front of the hut. He called for alms outside the hut. While leaving Sita alone, Lakshmana had drawn a line outside the hut and bade Sita not to cross it. Sita tried to give the sadhu the alms while staying inside the line drawn by Lakshmana. But the Sadhu insisted that he would accept the alms only if she stepped forward. As soon as Sita crossed the “Lakshman Rekha” (the line drawn by Lakshmana), Ravana was then able to seize her and take her away with him on his aerial chariot, racing southward with his prize.

 

When Rama and Lakshmana returned to the ashram, they realized Sita was nowhere to be found. Rama at once suspected that something was amiss and began calling out for her. He ran around shouting “Seete, Seete!” in the forest, followed in his search by Lakshmana. As they roamed around the forest, they found Jatayu, who had been fatally wounded while fighting with Ravana and attempting to rescue Sita. He told them about Ravana carrying Sita off in his aerial chariot. Then, succumbing to his wounds, the aged Jatayu laid his head on Rama’s lap and died. Rama performed his last rites.

 

In Lanka, Ravana placed Sita in a garden of Ashoka trees and set demonnesses to guard her. He told the guards Trijata and others they were to harass and intimidate Sita into marrying him, and then returned to his palace.

 

 

On Reaching Panchmati Rama, Sita and LAkshman Met Jatayu..Jatayu Said that he was a friend of King Dashrath and that He will guard Sita till they are in Panchvati.. Shri rama, Sita and Lakshman made themselves a hut and Started living there..One day Raavan’s Sister ‘Shoorpnakha’ Came there and proposed Rama to marry her……Ram Said that he is already married…So She then proposed Lakshman..After getting a denial from Lakshman , She got Angry..and appeared in her Demoness form and Started Threatening Sita…..Lakshman cut her nose and ears by his sword..SHoorpnakha went to his Brothers Khar and dooshan to take revenge and attack Rama..On her demand Khar, Dooshan and Trishala Attacked Rama with a Army of 14 thousand demons. Shri Ram killled All of Them.. After This,Shoorpnakha Went to Raavan’s Palace ANd asked him to take revenge from Ram and Lakshman..Raavan went to His uncle Maareech and asked him to disguise into a Golden Deer and Trick Rama to go away from their hut….So that he can Kidnap Sita meanwhile. As soon as SIta saw the Deer SHe REquested Ram to Bring it.To her. Rama asked Lakshman to take care of Sita..and then Went After deer… Rama was About shoot the deer..But just then Maareech called Lakshman in Rama’s Voice… ON hearing this,Sita asked Lakshman to go and help Rama.. Before leaving from there..Lakshman drew a Line and Asked SIta not to cross it… Raavan Comes in a Disguise of Saint..and asked for alms…When SIta gave alms from inside the Lakshman Rekha.. Raavan Denied. Them…As sooon as Sita crossed “Lakshman” Rekha…Raavan Kidnapped her….While looking for Sita in Forest…They Saw Jatayu who was badly injured while rescuing Sita from Raaavan…Jatayu Told Rama that Raavan took Sita towards South…and then he Died. Website : https://www.sagarworld.com Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/sagarworldmu… Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/sagar.world

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