Sage Visvamitra ordered Rama to kill Tataka. ‘Please accept my apologies, I do not fight or kill women,’ Rama said humbly. ‘Rama, as a Kshatriya, it is your bounden duty to protect the innocent and slay the wicked. You are a prince and the future king of Ayodhya; you are responsible for the welfare of your subjects. As your elder and guru, I am ordering you to kill Tataka and rid this forest of her.’ Without another word, Rama strung his bow and shot an arrow, which pierced Tataka’s heart and she fell down.
Saptarshis by H.A. Padmini
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