The cry of Maricha in Rama’s voice makes Sita think that her husband is in real danger. She asks Lakshmana to go for help. Lakshmana who is in charge of Sita’s security refuses to obey. He says he is confident that no danger can ever occur to Rama. Sita loses her self-control. She censures poor Lakshmana severely, driving him after Rama.
Taking advantage of this situation Ravana appears before Sita in the guise of a mendicant. Sita treats him with reverence due to a sanyasi. Ravana then announces his intention to marry her. Sita, who is purer than purity itself, explodes with uncontrollable indignation. Ravana catches hold of her hair with one hand and lifts her up with the other, and takes her off in an aerial car.
Seeing the plight of Sita, Jatayu, the elderly king of the eagles, attacks Ravana. Ravana sends many arrows at him. Jatayu uses his wings and talons, and smashes Ravana’s aerial chariot into a thousand pieces. Ravana falls on to the ground. At last Ravana pulls out his sword and cuts off Jatayu’s wings and talons. Jatayu loses his mobility and falls on to the ground. Overwhelmed with grief, Sita runs towards the king of eagles and embraces him. Ravana lifts her and flies to Lanka. The princess has not lost her presence of mind and she drops her ornaments on the way to give Rama a sense of the direction in which she is being taken away.