After taking a dip in River Tamasa, Sage Valmiki walks through the nearby woods. He sees a pair of love-intoxicated birds singing soul-stirring strains. The feathered lovers are blissfully ignorant of what fate has in store for them. All of a sudden a hunter appears. His arrow strikes down and silences the romantic male bird. The female bird, unable to bear her sorrow, laments piteously. The sage is moved by the scene. He bursts into a curse, “Oh hunter, may you wander homeless as you have killed one of these love-intoxicated birds.” Soka (sorrow) of the sage thus gives birth to the first ever sloka (verse) in the history of mankind. Taking this verse as his model, Valmiki composes the Adi Kavya telling the tale of Maryada Purushottama (Lord Rama) and his consort.