Five Lessons From Rama’s Encounter With Tataka

Krishna's Mercy

[Rama and Lakshmana fighting Tataka]“Rama showed His tremendous knowledge of fighting by killing the demon Tataka. The muni then gave to Him knowledge of secret mantras to be used in fighting.” (Janaki Mangala, 36)

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Belonging to the Yaksha species, though benign at first Tataka turned into a powerful female Rakshasa through a curse from Agastya Rishi. A similar curse was applied to her son, Maricha. Tataka then proceeded to lay waste to a certain region of the forest. The inhabitants lived in fear of her, who could assume any shape at will.

Her history was narrated by Vishvamitra to Rama and Lakshmana, two sons to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. They were raised to be great warriors, fearless in their defense of the innocent. Rama was the eldest son, and He was the leader to the three younger brothers. As He is also an incarnation of the Supreme…

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