IN face of the unexpected difficulties that overtook them one after another,
Raama and Lakshmana often lost heart. Their fortitude yielded place sometimes to great
despair. But they managed to encourage each other and proceeded on their way.
Passing through the forest, the two princes
were suddenly caught by a tremendously big Raakshasa of ugly form without head or feet.
His mouth was in his great belly and he had two enormous arms which, without moving from
his place, he would stretch out and clutch tiger, bear or any other living thing within
reach, and swallow them.
He had only one eye which was placed in his chest but which
was terrible to behold.
Caught by this monster, the princes were, for a while,
bewildered and did not know what to do.