As Rama and Lakshmana plunged through the forest, desperately looking for Sita, they passed a cave, and in the entrance there stood a rakshasi, monstrously large and misshapen.
When the rakshasi saw Lakshmana she shrieked with delight. "You!" she shouted as she reached out and grabbed him. "You will be mine! My name is Ayomukhi, and I want for you to be my husband. We will dwell here together in the forest!"
Lakshmana recoiled in horror. Without a word he unsheathed his sword and sliced off the rakshasi's nose, one ear, and one breast.
Ayomukhi fled, screaming, into the forest.
Inspired by: Valmiki's Ramayana.
Notes: This episode appears in Valmiki's Ramayana, Aranya Kanda, chapter 69.
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