ACCOMPANIED by the fourteen generals of Khara, Soorpanakha came back to Raama's
aashrama, determined to avenge herself and drink the blood of the princes. Pointing to the
two young men, she told her escort, "Look, there stand the men who insulted and
mutilated me. Slay them immediately."
Raama understood the situation at once and
told Lakshmana: "Take care of Seeta for a while, while I deal with those
Saying this, he took up his bow.
Following the prevailing rules of war,
Raama announced himself to Khara's generals and said, "Tell us the reason that you
come here. Know that we are here in the forest at the bid ding of the rishis for the
purpose of destroying their enemies. If you wish to escape with life, leave us