Valmiki describes the young princes Rama and
Lakshmana, with their swords, bows and arrows in place,
following Vishwamitra to the forest. It is the prevailing
belief that contemplating this picture of the well-armed
Lord confers a sense of security and freedom from fear,
said Oragadam Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy in a
It is symbolic of the omniscience, omnipresence and
omnipotence of the Lord which sustains and protects the
When Vishwamitra requests Dasaratha to send Rama
and Lakshmana with him to the forest to protect the yagna
from the rakshasas Maricha and Subhahu, the king
hesitates because he fears for their safety. Both Vasishta
and Vishwamitra are aware of Rama’s Paratva and hence
are able to view the situation impartially, unlike Dasaratha
who is moved by parental love alone.
Vasishta intervenes and advises Dasaratha to send Rama
and Lakshmana as promised. He assures the king that no
harm will befall Rama and Lakshmana.
Vasishta knows how destiny had led Vishwamitra, a
Kshatriya by birth and a powerful ruler, through a series of
events to rightfully earn the status of a Brahma Rishi.
There is none to equal him in the mastery of weapons. He
can protect the yagas by the sheer power of his penance,
but it is for the good of the princes that he has come and
appears to seek Dasaratha’s help. The trip will be
beneficial to them in the long run for Vishwamitra is wellversed in archery and has many powerful mantras which
he would impart to them. On Vishwamitra’s advice, Rama
kills Tataka and shields Vishwamitra’s yagna from the
atrocities of the rakshasas. Subhahu is killed but Maricha
escapes only to be killed later by Rama.