Ramavijgoya, 33 ing heard these words of Sita, Ravana said tŪ himself, " Sita is very much excited; and unless she becomes calm, I shall not be able to win her heart." So saying to him- self he placed her in the Asoka forest and posted five crores of demonesses with his sister, Trijata, at their head to watch her there with instructions to frighten her and make her marry him at any rate. The demonesses often showed their teeth and opened their hideous mouths as if they were going to devour her, hut Sita was- calm and did not heed them. Trijata, who was kind, encouraged her and told her not to frighten herself. Lakshuman joined Rama in the forest and informed him of what had passed between Sita and himself. Lak- shuman wept and Rama pacified him. They then return- ed to panchawati; and finding that Sita was not in the parnakutika, they were alarmed and went in search of her. They could not find her. They then went "to the Rishi, Agasti, who informed them that Sita was carried off by Ravana. They returned to their abode and saw the footprints of the demon and Sita. They immediately set out in search of Sita in the forest. On the road they met Jatayu, who informed them of what had happened. " I," said Jatayu, "mustered up all my strength and courage to rescue her from the wicked demon, but as soon as he cunningly knew my secret, he pulled off my wings and left me here in a dying stateJ' So saying Jatayu breathed his last. Rama grieved for him and performed the funeral ceremony of his death % The princes proceeded on their journey. On the road Farwati, the wife of Siva, took the form of Sita and stood before him; but he did not receive her, as he knew that she was Parwati. A little further on, a huge demon called Kaband, stretching his arms for some eighteen yojwn.8* and with his head separated from his trunk, sat *.. -TIT^ jofan measures nine miles. "T"~~'