Surpanakha narrates to Ravana what has happened to her, and to Khara, Dushana and Trisiras. She becomes eloquent about the good looks of Sita to endanger the princess. Ravana decides to abduct Sita. For that he seeks the help of Tataka’s son, Maricha. Though initially reluctant, Maricha yields to Ravana’s pressure in the end.
Maricha transforms himself into a golden deer with silver spots and appears near Rama’s asrama. Sita’s heart is stolen by the beautiful deer. She begs Rama to capture the deer alive or at least bring its golden skin home. After directing Lakshmana to take charge of Sita’s security, Rama pursues the golden deer. The deer ensures that Rama is far away from the asrama. Exhausted, Rama shoots an arrow which brings down the deer. The deer resumes the form of Maricha and dies calling out “Oh Sita, Oh Lakshmana” in Rama’s voice.