Shurpanakha then went to Lanka
and wailed before Ravana. She narrated her humiliation and the defeat of Khara and his
army. She also told him about Sita's beauty.
Ravana felt sad; anger welled up in him. Should a sister of such a hero as himself
suffer such humiliation? Hearing her description of Sita's beauty, an evil thought entered
his mind - that he should abduct Sita!
How to bring it about?
Ravana thought of many ways and finally decided to seek the assistance of Mareecha, who
was his relative. Mareecha shivered at the mention of Rama. He explained to Ravana about
the fury of Rama's arrows. He advised Ravana: "To abduct Sita is a bad idea. Forget
But Ravana was insistent. "If you do not listen to me, your life is
finished," he threatened Mareecha, who then realized that any amount of advice to
Ravana would be futile.
Ravana's plan was to see that Rama and Lakshmana would be lured away from the
hermitage; he could then go there and kidnap Sita. He conceived a plan and Mareecha was
asked to execute it.