Ayomukhi

As Rama and Lakshmana plunged through their forest, desperately looking for Sita, they passed a cave, and in the cave 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 you for to be 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 byThe Complete Life of Rama by Vanamali
Notes: This is in Then Painful Trek chapter of the book. It also appears in Valmiki's Ramayana, Aranya Kanda, chapter 69.

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