Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Shurpanakha - Sister of Ravana


Shurpanakha was the sister of Ravana, the Asura king of Lanka. Their father was a sage named Vishrava and their mother a Asura woman named Kaikasi. They had two more children, Vibhishana and Kumbhakarna. Kubera is her half-brother, born to another wife of Vishrava.

She saw Rama in the forest, while he was in exile, accompanied by his wife Sita and his brother Laxmana, and fell in love with him. She transformed herself into a beautiful woman and tried to get Rama to marry her, but he refused, since he was already married to Sita. Enraged, she resumed her natural form and tried to kill Sita. Laxmana defeated her in battle, but, obedient to Rama's command, he did not kill her. Instead, he cut off her nose and ears, deeming the humiliation sufficient punishment for her attempt to kill Sita.

Shurpanakha then fled to Lanka, where she persuaded her brother to take revenge on her behalf. So much did her description of Sita's beauty captivate Ravana, that he kidnaped Sita by employing a ploy to draw Rama and Laxmana away from the hermitage in the forest, leaving Sita unguarded. This was the cause of the great war in Ramayana, which resulted in Ravana's death and the complete destruction of the Asuras in Lanka.

Last Modified At: Fri Dec 31 21:00:28 2004