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(Hindu Demon)TARAKA

A Daitya who was changed into a Rakshasi by Agastyaa.

She lived at the aptly named Taraka forest on the Ganges which was the epi-centre of her rampage of destruction, something Rama and Lakshmana sought to put an end to.

At first Rama was reluctant to slay a woman and ONLY shot off both of her arms while Lakshmana cut off her nose and ears. But Taraka wasn't going to hold back! She was irate, and through her powerful sorcery was now invisible, and started slinging boulders and anything else she could pick up at our intrepid heroes.

Finally Rama decided enough was enough. Praying that he wasn't going to get stuck with a 'woman beater' tag he took aim with his eyes closed. Relying on sound alone he let fly with an arrow and shot the demon straight through the heart. Job done.
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'TARAKA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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