Worried about Rama's eagerness to fight rakshasas in the forest, Sita told Rama a story.
"A hermit once lived peacefully in the forest," she said, "forever performing rituals and reciting prayers. Indra feared the hermit's spiritual powers, so he visited the hermit disguised as a soldier. 'Take this,' he said to the hermit, giving him a sword. 'You will find it useful.' The hermit had always lived at peace, but he began carrying the sword with him everywhere. He no longer performed rituals; instead, he practiced using the sword. Eventually, the hermit lost his powers, just as Indra had hoped."