History Literature / Ramayana

16th Mar '16 10:21:13 AM Cush1
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** Ravana himself, strangely enough. He is bound by a personal code of conduct, and never forces himself on Sita during the years in captivity, although this might at least be partly attributable to a previous curse [[note]]Ravana tried to marry a woman engaged to his stepson Nalakubara. Nalakubara was angry and said that if Ravana married a woman against her will all of his ten heads would break into pieces[[/note]]. Ravana acquired his great power through performing austerities in honour of Shiva.

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** Ravana himself, strangely enough. He is bound by a personal code of conduct, and never forces himself on Sita during the years in captivity, although this might at least be partly attributable to a previous curse [[note]]Ravana tried to marry a woman engaged to his stepson Nalakubara. Nalakubara was angry and said that if Ravana married a woman against her will all of his ten heads would break into pieces[[/note]]. Ravana acquired his great power through by spending a thousand years performing austerities in honour of Shiva.
25th Jan '16 11:34:07 AM Morgenthaler
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The ''Ramayana'' is a testament to the belief that good will always triumph over evil. Its characters are also what Indians believed to be "ideal" - ie. Rama is the perfect man, Sita is the perfect wife, etc. It has been adapted countless times and reproduced in India, {{Indonesia}}, {{Thailand}}, and most of South East Asia. It is subject to tons of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and SadlyMythtaken. It also bears some similarities to ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' and ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''.

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The ''Ramayana'' is a testament to the belief that good will always triumph over evil. Its characters are also what Indians believed to be "ideal" - ie. Rama is the perfect man, Sita is the perfect wife, etc. It has been adapted countless times and reproduced in India, {{Indonesia}}, {{Thailand}}, UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}, UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}}, and most of South East Asia. It is subject to tons of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and SadlyMythtaken. It also bears some similarities to ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' and ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''.
28th Dec '15 2:15:36 AM priyakm
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The ''Ramayana'' is an [[TheEpic Epic]] NarrativePoem written by one of Ancient {{India}}'s oldest poets, Valmiki.

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The ''Ramayana'' is an [[TheEpic Epic]] NarrativePoem written by one of Ancient {{India}}'s oldest poets, Valmiki.
Valmiki. It has also been influential in Hinduism as many Hindus celebrate Diwali in honor of the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana from exile of 14 years



For a darker, longer ancient Indian epic, see the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''. It forms an integral part of Myth/HinduMythology.

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For a darker, longer ancient Indian epic, see the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''. It forms an integral part of Myth/HinduMythology.
Hinduism.



* AnnoyingArrows: Like all Myth/HinduMythology, all battles LOVE this trope.

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* AnnoyingArrows: Like all Myth/HinduMythology, Hindu tales, all battles LOVE this trope.



** Rama is easily the greatest archer in all of Myth/HinduMythology. Even Arjuna of the {{Mahabharata}} doesn't quite match him there.

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** Rama is easily the greatest archer in of all of Myth/HinduMythology.in Hindu literature. Even Arjuna of the {{Mahabharata}} doesn't quite match him there.



** Hanuman is legendary amongst Hindus as the living incarnation of loyalty. Pretty much all his deeds (and there are MANY) are, beyond anything else, shows of devotion and love to Rama. In fact, Hanuman declared that, as long as Rama's name was known and people were devoted to him, he'd stay on Earth. So yes, ''Hanuman became immortal because of how devoted he is to Rama.'' Let that sink in.

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** Hanuman is legendary amongst Hindus as the living incarnation of loyalty. Pretty much all his deeds (and there are MANY) are, beyond anything else, shows of devotion and love to Rama. In fact, Hanuman declared that, as long as Rama's name was known and people were devoted to him, he'd stay on Earth. So yes, ''Hanuman became immortal because of how devoted he is to Rama.'' Let that sink in.''
19th Dec '15 4:35:01 PM Berrenta
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* ForMassiveDamage: Ravana's belly button.
9th Nov '15 8:40:04 PM Angeldeb82
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The epic begins in the city of Ayodhya whose king, Dasaratha, is in despair since he has no children to inherit his kingdom. He performs a great fire sacrifice and his three wives, in consequence, bear four sons: Rama, Bharata, and twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna. When Rama, his eldest and favorite son, turns sixteen, the sage Vishwamitra requests his help in taking down the demons. In other news, the neighboring King Janaka despairs that nobody can complete the EngagementChallenge to win the hand of his beautiful daughter Sita, as many suitors have tried and failed to even ''lift'' the bow of Shiva (which he ordered must be strung). Rama, naturally, ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill breaks]]'' the bow, and marriages are arranged left and right between the two kingdoms. Rama and Sita reside together in peace for about a decade.

Dasaratha, having grown old, is about to hand over his position to Rama, however his youngest and favorite wife Kaikeyi convinces him to fulfil ThePromise he had made years ago. She then asks that Rama be exiled for fourteen years and her son, Bharata, be crowned. Dasaratha reluctantly does so, but [[DeathByDespair he dies of heartbreak not long after]]. Lakshmana tags along with Rama and Sita, leaving his own wife and twin brother behind in Ayodhya. Meanwhile, Bharata finds Rama in the forest and declares that the throne rightfully belongs to the latter. When Rama refuses, Bharata accepts, but threatens to kill himself if Rama doesn't promptly return when his exile ends.

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The epic begins in the city of Ayodhya whose king, Dasaratha, is in despair since he has no children to inherit his kingdom. He performs a great fire sacrifice and his three wives, in consequence, bear four sons: Rama, Bharata, and twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna. When Rama, his eldest and favorite son, turns sixteen, the sage Vishwamitra requests his help in taking down the demons. In other news, the neighboring King Janaka despairs that nobody can complete the EngagementChallenge to win the hand of his beautiful daughter Sita, as many suitors have tried and failed to even ''lift'' the bow of Shiva (which he ordered must be strung). Rama, naturally, ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill breaks]]'' the bow, and marriages are arranged left and right between the two kingdoms. Rama and Sita reside together in peace for about a decade.

Dasaratha, having grown old, is about to hand over his position to Rama, however his youngest and favorite wife Kaikeyi convinces him to fulfil fulfill ThePromise he had made years ago. She then asks that Rama be exiled for fourteen years and her son, Bharata, be crowned. Dasaratha reluctantly does so, but [[DeathByDespair he dies of heartbreak not long after]]. Lakshmana tags along with Rama and Sita, leaving his own wife and twin brother behind in Ayodhya. Meanwhile, Bharata finds Rama in the forest and declares that the throne rightfully belongs to the latter. When Rama refuses, Bharata accepts, but threatens to kill himself if Rama doesn't promptly return when his exile ends.



The rest of the epic describes the RoaringRampageOfRescue Rama embarks upon with Hanuman -- greatest of the monkey heroes, {{trickster}} archetype, and son of a wind god -- who helps him search for Sita when Sugriva, his leader, is returned to the throne of Kishkinda. Hanuman meets Sita clandestinely in Lanka and asks her to return home with him, but she denies his request, saying that Rama should be the one to rescue her. He is captured by Ravana's forces, but Ravana's righteous brother Vibheeshana convinces Ravana not to kill him and instead only burn his tail. Hanuman then torches the entire city.

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The rest of the epic describes the RoaringRampageOfRescue Rama embarks upon with Hanuman -- greatest of the monkey heroes, {{trickster}} {{t|heTrickster}}rickster archetype, and son of a wind god -- who helps him search for Sita when Sugriva, his leader, is returned to the throne of Kishkinda. Hanuman meets Sita clandestinely in Lanka and asks her to return home with him, but she denies his request, saying that Rama should be the one to rescue her. He is captured by Ravana's forces, but Ravana's righteous brother Vibheeshana convinces Ravana not to kill him and instead only burn his tail. Hanuman then torches the entire city.



* EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys: Rama and Laxman defeat the whole fearsome demon army of Ravana with a ragtag army of monkeys.

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* EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys: EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Rama and Laxman defeat the whole fearsome demon army of Ravana with a ragtag army of monkeys.



* HonourBeforeReason: The unquestioning performance of duty, even if it leads to negative consequences, is one of the major themes of the text.

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* HonourBeforeReason: HonorBeforeReason: The unquestioning performance of duty, even if it leads to negative consequences, is one of the major themes of the text.



* {{Nosebleed}}: [[AWorldWidePunomenon Surpanakha proves that women can get it too.]]

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* {{Nosebleed}}: [[AWorldWidePunomenon [[WorldOfPun Surpanakha proves that women can get it too.]]



* VoluntaryShapeShifting: Suparnaka and Maricha. And Ravana.

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* VoluntaryShapeShifting: VoluntaryShapeshifting: Suparnaka and Maricha. And Ravana.



* WeakSauceWeakness: Vali was blessed by Shiva that whoever fight him will loss half of their strength, while Vali himself gain equal strength to their losing power. However, this ability doesn't work on Hanuman, for he's embodiment of Shiva's power as well.

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* WeakSauceWeakness: WeaksauceWeakness: Vali was blessed by Shiva that whoever fight him will loss half of their strength, while Vali himself gain equal strength to their losing power. However, this ability doesn't work on Hanuman, for he's embodiment of Shiva's power as well.



* {{Xenafication}}: Sita in a later, Shakta re-adaptation of this story, which also acts as a sequel, ''The Adbhuta Ramayana'', Rama must now fight Ravana's even-more-powerful brother ([[NamesTheSame also named ''Ravana'']]). However, things are going pretty darn crappy for Rama until Sita [[BigDamnHeroes comes along and morphs into the Goddess, Kali,]] lays waste to Ravana & his army and saves the day!

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* {{Xenafication}}: Sita in a later, Shakta re-adaptation of this story, which also acts as a sequel, ''The Adbhuta Ramayana'', Rama must now fight Ravana's even-more-powerful brother ([[NamesTheSame also named ''Ravana'']]). named]] ''[[NamesTheSame Ravana]]''). However, things are going pretty darn crappy for Rama until Sita [[BigDamnHeroes comes along and morphs into the Goddess, Kali,]] Kali]], lays waste to Ravana & his army and saves the day!
1st Aug '15 1:43:49 PM SpukiKitty
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* {{Xenafication}}: Sita in a later, Shakta re-adaptation of this story, which also acts as a sequel, ''The Adbhuta Ramayana'', Rama must now fight Ravana's even-more-powerful father ([[NamesTheSame also named ''Ravana'']]). However, things are going pretty darn crappy for Rama until Sita [[BigDamnHeroes comes along and morphs into the Goddess, Kali,]] lays waste to Ravana & his army and saves the day!

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* {{Xenafication}}: Sita in a later, Shakta re-adaptation of this story, which also acts as a sequel, ''The Adbhuta Ramayana'', Rama must now fight Ravana's even-more-powerful father brother ([[NamesTheSame also named ''Ravana'']]). However, things are going pretty darn crappy for Rama until Sita [[BigDamnHeroes comes along and morphs into the Goddess, Kali,]] lays waste to Ravana & his army and saves the day!
9th Jun '15 7:40:13 PM TastySauce
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[[caption-width-right:350:Ravi Verma's depiction of Ravana abducting Sita]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Ravi Verma's depiction of Ravana abducting Sita]]Sita being abducted]]



''The Ramayana'' is a testament to the belief that good will always triumph over evil. Its characters are also what Indians believed to be "ideal" - ie. Rama is the perfect man, Sita is the perfect wife, etc. It has been adapted countless amount of times and has been reproduced in India, {{Indonesia}}, {{Thailand}}, and most of South East Asia. It is subject to tons of {{alternative character interpretation}} and SadlyMythtaken. It also bears some similarities with ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' and ''JourneyToTheWest''.

For a darker, longer ancient Indian epic, see ''The Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''. It forms an integral part of Myth/HinduMythology.

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''The Ramayana'' The ''Ramayana'' is a testament to the belief that good will always triumph over evil. Its characters are also what Indians believed to be "ideal" - ie. Rama is the perfect man, Sita is the perfect wife, etc. It has been adapted countless amount of times and has been reproduced in India, {{Indonesia}}, {{Thailand}}, and most of South East Asia. It is subject to tons of {{alternative character interpretation}} AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and SadlyMythtaken. It also bears some similarities with to ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' and ''JourneyToTheWest''.

''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''.

For a darker, longer ancient Indian epic, see ''The Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''.the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}''. It forms an integral part of Myth/HinduMythology.



9th Jun '15 7:37:18 PM TastySauce
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[[caption-width-right:350:Ravi Verma's depiction of the abduction of Sita in the Ramayana]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Ravi Verma's depiction of the abduction of Sita in the Ramayana]]Ravana abducting Sita]]
9th Jun '15 7:36:35 PM TastySauce
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Dasaratha, having grown old, is about to hand over his position to Rama, however his youngest and favorite wife Kaikeyi convinces him to fulfil ThePromise he had made years ago. She then asks that Rama be exiled for fourteen years and her son, Bharata, be crowned. Dasaratha reluctantly does so, but [[DeathByDespair he dies of heartbreak not long after]]. Lakshmana tags along with Rama and his Sita, leaving his own wife and twin brother behind in Ayodhya. Meanwhile, Bharata finds Rama in the forest and declares that the throne rightfully belongs to the latter. When Rama refuses, Bharata accepts, but threatens to kill himself if Rama doesn't promptly return when his exile ends.

Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita eventually settle into a life of exile. Surpanakha, a sister of the demon king Ravana, is entranced by the brothers' good looks and tries to seduce them. Ever faithful, Rama and Lakshmana deny her advances, and the latter cuts her nose. When Ravana hears of this, he's of course pissed and orders the shapeshifting demon Maricha to turn into a golden deer. Sita is entranced by the deer, and asks Rama to capture it for her. He reluctantly leaves her in Lakshmana's guard, but when Sita hears his cries of help, she convinces Lakshmana to go after him. Of course, it was all a distraction, as Ravana kidnaps Sita when he leaves, bringing her to the island city of Lanka, separated from the mainland by a giant ocean, and tries to force her to marry him.

The rest of the epic describes the RoaringRampageOfRescue Rama goes on, as they meet Hanuman, greatest of the monkey heroes, {{Trickster}} archetype, and son of a wind god, who helps them search for Sita when Sugriva, his leader, is returned to the throne of Kishkinda. Hanuman meets Sita clandestinely in Lanka and asks her to return home with him but she denies his request, saying that Rama should rescue her, not Hanuman. She gives him a token to give Rama. He is captured by Ravana's forces, but Ravana's righteous brother Vibheeshana convinces Ravana not to kill him and instead only burn his tail. Hanuman then burns down the entire city.

What follows is Rama and company attacking Lanka by building a giant bridge. A lengthy battle then happens, in which Ravana is defeated. Sita is returned to Rama, but he doubts her chastity. She then goes through the ''Agni Parishka'', where she steps into a fire to prove that she did not sleep with Ravana. The fire does not burn her, she is declared innocent, and the party returns to Ayodhya where they rule peacefully.

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Dasaratha, having grown old, is about to hand over his position to Rama, however his youngest and favorite wife Kaikeyi convinces him to fulfil ThePromise he had made years ago. She then asks that Rama be exiled for fourteen years and her son, Bharata, be crowned. Dasaratha reluctantly does so, but [[DeathByDespair he dies of heartbreak not long after]]. Lakshmana tags along with Rama and his Sita, leaving his own wife and twin brother behind in Ayodhya. Meanwhile, Bharata finds Rama in the forest and declares that the throne rightfully belongs to the latter. When Rama refuses, Bharata accepts, but threatens to kill himself if Rama doesn't promptly return when his exile ends.

Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita eventually settle into a life of exile. Surpanakha, a sister of the demon king Ravana, is entranced by the brothers' good looks and tries to seduce them. Ever faithful, Rama and Lakshmana deny her advances, and the latter cuts off her nose. When Naturally, when Ravana hears of this, he's of course pissed off and orders the shapeshifting shape-shifting demon Maricha to turn into a golden deer. Sita is entranced by the deer, and asks Rama to capture it for her. He reluctantly leaves her in under Lakshmana's guard, but when Sita thinks she hears his cries of him cry for help, she convinces Lakshmana to go after him. Of course, it was all a distraction, as Ravana kidnaps Sita when he leaves, bringing and brings her to the island city of Lanka, separated from the mainland by a giant ocean, and where he tries to force her to marry him.

The rest of the epic describes the RoaringRampageOfRescue Rama goes on, as they meet Hanuman, embarks upon with Hanuman -- greatest of the monkey heroes, {{Trickster}} {{trickster}} archetype, and son of a wind god, god -- who helps them him search for Sita when Sugriva, his leader, is returned to the throne of Kishkinda. Hanuman meets Sita clandestinely in Lanka and asks her to return home with him him, but she denies his request, saying that Rama should be the one to rescue her, not Hanuman. She gives him a token to give Rama.her. He is captured by Ravana's forces, but Ravana's righteous brother Vibheeshana convinces Ravana not to kill him and instead only burn his tail. Hanuman then burns down torches the entire city.

What follows is Rama and company attacking Lanka by building a giant bridge. A lengthy battle then happens, in which Ravana is defeated. Sita is returned to Rama, but he doubts her chastity. She then goes through the ''Agni Parishka'', where she steps into a fire to prove that she did not sleep with Ravana. The fire does flames do not burn her, she is declared innocent, and the party returns to Ayodhya where they rule peacefully.
9th Jun '15 6:41:08 PM TastySauce
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The epic begins in the city of Ayodhya whose king, Dasaratha, is in despair since he has no children to pass his kingdom to. He performs a great fire sacrifice and his three wives, in consequence, bear four sons: Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. When Rama, his oldest and favorite son, turns sixteen, the sage Vishwamitra requests his help in taking down the demons. In other news, King Janaka of a neighboring kingdom despairs that nobody can do the EngagementChallenge he put to anybody wanting to marry his beautiful daughter Sita, as many suitors have tried and failed to even ''lift'' the bow of Shiva (he had ordered it to be strung). Rama, naturally, ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill breaks]]'' the bow, and marriages are arranged left and right between the two kingdoms. Rama ends up marrying Sita, and the characters reside in peace for about a decade.

Dasaratha, having grown old, is about to hand over his position to Rama, his oldest son by his first wife, Koushalaya. However his youngest and favorite wife Kaikeyi convinces him to grant ThePromise he had promised her years ago. She then asks for the exile of Rama for fourteen years and the coronation of her son Bharata. Dasaratha reluctantly does so, but [[DeathByDespair he dies of heartbreak not long after]]. Lakshmana tags along with Rama and his wife Sita. Meanwhile, Bharata finds Rama in the forest and declares that the throne is rightfully the latter's. When Rama refuses to return, Bharata accepts, but threatens to kill himself if he doesn't return.

Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita eventually settle into life in exile. Surpanakha, a sister of the demon king Ravana, is entranced by the brothers' good looks and tries to seduce them. Ever faithful, Rama and Lakshmana deny her advances, and the latter cuts her nose. When Ravana hears of this, he's of course pissed and orders the shapeshifting demon Maricha to turn into a golden deer. Sita is entranced by the deer, and asks Rama to capture it for her. He reluctantly leaves her in Lakshmana's guard, but when Sita hears his cries of help, she convinces Lakshmana to go after him. Of course, it was all a distraction, as Ravana kidnaps Sita when he leaves, bringing her to the island city of Lanka, separated from the mainland by a giant ocean, and tries to force her to marry him.

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The epic begins in the city of Ayodhya whose king, Dasaratha, is in despair since he has no children to pass inherit his kingdom to. kingdom. He performs a great fire sacrifice and his three wives, in consequence, bear four sons: Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata Bharata, and twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna. When Rama, his oldest eldest and favorite son, turns sixteen, the sage Vishwamitra requests his help in taking down the demons. In other news, the neighboring King Janaka of a neighboring kingdom despairs that nobody can do complete the EngagementChallenge he put to anybody wanting to marry win the hand of his beautiful daughter Sita, as many suitors have tried and failed to even ''lift'' the bow of Shiva (he had (which he ordered it to must be strung). Rama, naturally, ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill breaks]]'' the bow, and marriages are arranged left and right between the two kingdoms. Rama ends up marrying Sita, and the characters Sita reside together in peace for about a decade.

Dasaratha, having grown old, is about to hand over his position to Rama, his oldest son by his first wife, Koushalaya. However however his youngest and favorite wife Kaikeyi convinces him to grant fulfil ThePromise he had promised her made years ago. She then asks for the exile of that Rama be exiled for fourteen years and the coronation of her son Bharata.son, Bharata, be crowned. Dasaratha reluctantly does so, but [[DeathByDespair he dies of heartbreak not long after]]. Lakshmana tags along with Rama and his Sita, leaving his own wife Sita. and twin brother behind in Ayodhya. Meanwhile, Bharata finds Rama in the forest and declares that the throne is rightfully belongs to the latter's. latter. When Rama refuses to return, refuses, Bharata accepts, but threatens to kill himself if he Rama doesn't return.

promptly return when his exile ends.

Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita eventually settle into a life in of exile. Surpanakha, a sister of the demon king Ravana, is entranced by the brothers' good looks and tries to seduce them. Ever faithful, Rama and Lakshmana deny her advances, and the latter cuts her nose. When Ravana hears of this, he's of course pissed and orders the shapeshifting demon Maricha to turn into a golden deer. Sita is entranced by the deer, and asks Rama to capture it for her. He reluctantly leaves her in Lakshmana's guard, but when Sita hears his cries of help, she convinces Lakshmana to go after him. Of course, it was all a distraction, as Ravana kidnaps Sita when he leaves, bringing her to the island city of Lanka, separated from the mainland by a giant ocean, and tries to force her to marry him.
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