Many years passed. Rama, Laxmana, and Sita treavelled through forests, meeting holy sages, and fighting demons. They finally arrived at Panchavati. Here they built a hut and passed their days happily.
One day, Ravana's sister Shurpanakaha, who was wandering in the forests, spotted the handsome Rama outside his cottage and fell in love with him at first sight. Surpanakha was very ugly. To attract Rama, she transformed herself into a beautiful maiden and approached him. She told him that she had fallen in love with him and wanted to marry him. He refused saying that he was already married.
Shurpanakha then spotted Laxmana and her feelings were aroused again seeing the equally handsome brother. She asked Laxmana, who also rejected her offer.
Shurpanakha could not bear this insult and attacked Sita. This angered Laxmana and he took a sword and cut off Shurpanakha's nose and ears.