Epics

Shurpanakha and Maricha: The Germination of Ravana's Enmity

According to Agastya’s instructions, when Sri Rama goes and resides in Panchavati, the major events in the story occur there. Shurpanakha sees Sri Rama, becomes infatuated with him, approaches him and pleads with him, “become my husband.” As Rama rejects her proposal, he makes fun of her.

anujaḥ tu eṣa me bhrātā śīlavān priya darśana
śrīmān ak
ṛta dāraḥ ca lakṣmaṇo nāma vīryavān  (Aranyakanda: Sarga 18:3)