A choice of greed gone wrong – Sinister Shurpanakha

Life gives many choices and it is left to us to select the right ones. There is a fine line between what we need, and what we desire. Sometimes, what we desire may not actually the right thing to acquire, and we need a self-restraint over such situations. A perfect example for this is Shurpanakha who had all what she needed, but went for a choice of desiring something which was not hers, and that led to the doom of her whole clan.
Shurpanakha was the youngest child of Rishi Vishrava and Kaikesi. She was the sister of Ravan, Kumbhakarn and Vibhishan. Shurpanakha married the Danav king Vidhutjihva, but he was killed in battle by her brother Ravan itself, as they were enemies. Shurpanakha gets distressed by this, but is consoled by Ravan. Ravan sends her to Jansathan, to be with Khar and Dushan their brothers from another mother, and roam freely as she pleases in the Dandak forest.
Meanwhile, Shri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman were spending their exile time in the borders of Janasthan at Panchavati. In the forest, days are passing peacefully for Shri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman. One day, they are seated outside their hermitage talking about the beauties of the season. Shurpanakha who was taking a stroll in the jungle notices them and gets instantly smitten by Shri Ram’s handsome looks. She approaches him in the form of a
beautiful young woman. Shri Ram is surprised to see this unexpected visitor and asks her as to who is. She introduces herself as the sister of Ravan and asks Shri Ram to marry her. Shri Ram kindly rejects her advances saying that he is already married and faithful to his wife and would never take another woman for a wife.
If Shurpanakha had stopped here and went her way respecting Shri Ram’s words, things would have been different. But greed blinds her and arrogance that she is the sister of Ravan makes her even more stubborn. She immediately turns to Lakshman to marry her.
But, Lakshman also rejects her saying that as he is a servant of Shri Ram, and if she married him, even she would have to lead a life of a servant, and advises her to go back and request Shri Ram rather than him. Humiliated that both the brothers rejected her, Shurpanakha advances towards Mata Sita to kill her so that the brothers would accept her. But her
advances are stopped by Lakshman who immediately comes ahead and cuts of Shurpanakha’s nose and ears.

This act of Lakshman becomes the triggering point for the greedy woman to act for vengeance. Blinded with rage, she vows for revenge with the two brothers and thus leads to all the events which lead to the mighty battle of Shri Ram and Lanka.
After this incident, not much is known about Shurpanakha and it is understood that she stayed with Vibhishan in Lanka after the war. She is known to perish in the sea a few years later the battle of Lanka. It was the moment of greed overcoming reason and thought which made Shurpanakha takes a wrong choice of revenge, rather than repentance. Her
choice of falling for lust proved to be a costly choice for which not only her but Ravan and his entire clan too who had to pay a heavy price of being destroyed in the hands of Shri Ram.