“What would King of Mithila, Janak, think of himself to get Rama – a woman in the form of a man – as his son-in-law?”
“It is a pity that the people of Ayodhya are preaching a falsehood that Rama is like the blazing sun and full of valor”
We would be surprised to know that these strong statements about Rama came from none other than Sita!
Rama tells her that he has to go to the forest and that she cannot accompany him as life in the forest is full of hardships. Sita tries her best to persuade Rama to take her, but fails as he is steadfast in his decision. First, she pleads and then she requests. But nothing moves Rama. Then she becomes aggressive and utters the above two statements to him after which she makes him understand that she is totally dependent on him and cannot imagine a life without him. Rama finally agrees to take her with him.
In the forest, they are living a peaceful life, till Surpanaka enters the scene. She lusts for Rama and Lakshmana, gets her ears cut by Lakshmana and reports this to her brother Khara. She misguides him to think that she has been punished unjustly and this act needs to be avenged. Khara first sends 14 demons to Rama. Rama asks Lakshmana to stay away from the fight and takes on the 14 dreaded asuras himself. Rama easily slays them in no time. Surpanaka reports the slaying to Khara and asks him to wage a war on the brothers, adding that they might ask khara to a battle, if not attacked first. Khara hesitates to do that, but finally succumbs to his sisters’ pressure tactics and comes to fight Rama with 14,000 asuras.
On seeing the big army, Rama is very happy. Although Laskhmana gets ready for the fight, Rama stops him once again and assigns him, the duty of guarding Sita. The younger brother takes her to a distant cave, although puzzled at why Rama insisted on fighting alone. He knows that Rama possesses an array of missiles that they obtained from Vishwamitra, but he also knew that if both stood together, the army of asuras was nothing and could be destroyed without breaking a sweat.
So, why would Rama, who does not want unnecessary fights, happy to get into this fight wantonly and alone at that?