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Soorpnakha- The woman behind Ramayana

There is a saying which says that woman are the reason for every fight. The same applies to epic Ramayana. It is a known theory that kidnapping of Sita led to Ramayana war. But not many know that the main reason for this is Soorpnakha.
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There is a saying which says that woman are the reason for every fight. The same applies to epic Ramayana. It is a known theory that kidnapping of Sita led to Ramayana war. But not many know that the main reason for this is Soorpnakha.

Soorpnakha is a demoness character in Valmiki’s epic, the Ramayana. She has the ability to shape shift, and uses it to first seduce Rama who refuses her advances because he loved Sita. Surpanakha then harasses Sita, and tries to kill her in order to free up Rama. Lakshmana catches her, brings her in front of Sita and Rama, then cuts her nose.

However other accounts of the Ramayana, except that of Valmiki, suggest that Soorpnakha, the sister of Ravan, had no romantic interest in Ram. Valmiki’s account suggests that Soorpnakha, or Minaxi, approached Ram because she had a romantic interest in him, but was rejected as Ram was committed to Sita. Soorpnakha also approached Laxman but Laxman too rejected her. Seeking revenge, Soorpnakha enticed Ravan to capture Sita, which he did, triggering the Battle of Lanka.

Other accounts however suggest that Soorpnakha, who was first married to Dushtabuddhi Rakasha, enticed Ravan to kidnap Sita to seek revenge for her husband’s death. Dushtabuddhi maintained good relations with Ravan until he started demanding more power: this resulted into Ravan killing Dushtabuddhi.

Deeply disturbed by the death of her husband, it is said that Soorpnakha realised Ram could well be the only person to be powerful enough to kill Ravan, and thus got her nose chopped from Laxman (by proposing her) and then enticing Ravan to abduct Sita.

Despite Ravan’s family’s reservations and fears, considering Ram’s power, Ravan did abduct Sita causing the Battle of Lanka. It is thus believed that Soorpnakha played a pivotal role in making of the Ramayana and her absence would have ensured no such story to come into existence!

Family rivalry is said to be the reason for Ramayana. If Ravan had not killed Dushtabuddhi Rakasha, then there would have not been Ramayana at all. All these were said to be planned by Soorpnakha to avenge revenge on her own brother Ravan.

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