Shabri was a tribal woman, who lived in a small hut in Sage Matang's ashram in the forest. She was a great devotee of Rama. Before he died, Sage Matang told her that her devotion would be rewarded and Rama would visit her one day. Many years passed by and Shabri grew old. Each day, she cleaned her hut and the surroundings and waited patiently for Rama to come and visit her. Finally, one day, Rama and Laxmana stopped by the ashram in their search for Sita, who had been kidnapped by Ravana. Shabri was overjoyed and took them to her hut. She washed their feet lovingly. She had collected berries for Rama. Shabri tasted each berries before giving it to Rama. While Laxmana was very agitated by this action. Rama then gently explained to Laxmana that tasting the berries before giving them to Rama to eat showed Shabri's love and devotion.