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This episode occurs during the years when Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are exiled in the dense Dandaka forest. Their adventures are described in the Aranya Kanda, the 3rd book of the Ramayana, as follows:
One day; when the trio [Rama, Sita and Lakshmana] is in the thick Dandaka forest, a gigantic rakshasa appears. He is hideous, massive, "sunken-eyed, hugemouthed, pointed-eared, his belly deformed.” Clad in a tiger skin, dripping with grease and spattered with blood, he makes a great uproar, seizes Sita in his arms and starts to carry her away, cursing the intruders, proudly declaring himself to be Viradha, the master of the impenetrable forest. He tells them he will marry Sita and kill the two men who he does not fear, having obtained Brahma's boon to be invulnerable to any weapon on earth.
The angered Rama replies by speedily placing seven sharp arrows into Viradha who falls to the ground, letting Sita loose. The two brothers continue to transfix him with flaming arrows, but he vomits them out by virtue of the boon he had received.
Then Rama breaks Viradha's right arm and Lakshmana the left, hurling him to the ground; aware of his boon, they decide to cast him into a pit. On hearing this, Viradha tells his story. In reality - he says - he is the gandharva (celestial being) Tumburu who incurred the wrath of Kubera for having made love to the apsara Rambha. From this boon he will be released by a fight with Rama, assume his natural form, and return to the celestial regions. Having been asked to put an end to his suffering, the brothers bury him in the pit.
Summarised from the Aranya Kanda, chapters 2-4.
Here we see the monster, "as large as a mountain, creating a great uproar and causing the earth to tremble". He was Viradha, the son of Java and Shatarada.
Badly wounded, Viradha attacked the two heroes while roaring and bursting into loud laughter. Rama then shot two powerful arrows that cut the spear of Viradha in half. Despite this, the monster grabbed the brothers and fought on until he was struck down by innumerable arrows and sword blows.
The abduction of Sita happens twice in the Ramayana: first, here, by Viradha who failed and was killed, then by Ravana who was successful and ran away with his prey, commencing the main storyline of the whole Ramayana epic, of which we shall read a lot more in coming entries in My Journal.
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