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In the Araṇyakāṇḍa – the third book of the Rāmāyaṇa – dramatic events occur during the years of Rāma’s forest exile. Rāma, Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa entered the Daṇḍaka forest, a wilderness inhabited only by pious ascetics and fierce rākṣasas. When Rāma arrives, the ascetics ask him to protect them from the demons, and so Rāma agreed to their request. While Rāma, Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa are dwelling in the woodlands of Pañcavatī, they are visited by a rākṣasa woman, Śurpaṇā, the sister of Rāvaṇa. Śurpaṇakhā attempts to seduce Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. However, failing in her attempt, she tries to kill Sītā. Lakṣmaṇa prevents Śurpaṇakhā’s attack and mutilates her. Śurpaṇā, then, runs away into the forest and calls for help from her brother, the demon Khara, who sends a group of rākṣasas to Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. When Rāma kills all these demons, Khara himself comes with an army of fourteen thousand rākṣasas to kill Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. Yet again all of the rākṣasas are killed by Rāma.

Upon hearing this news, Rāvaṇa resolves to destroy Rāma by kidnapping Sītā. In order to do so, Rāvaṇa calls upon Mārīca for help. Mārīca thus transformed himself in a golden deer (‘kidang mas’) in order to attract Sītā’s attention, while at the same time luring Rāma off into the forest. Rāma told Lakṣmaṇa not to leave Sītā whilst he was away. However, Sītā becomes so fascinated by the Golden Deer, and asks Lakṣmaṇa to catch the wonderful animal for her. Thus, at Sītā’s urging, Lakṣmaṇa disregards Rāma’s orders and leaves her to catch the Golden Deer. At that moment, Rāvaṇa appears in the form of an old and wise ascetic, and asks Sītā for food. Before Rāma left, he drew a circle around the hut in which Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa stayed; they both were not allowed to cross that line at any time during Rāma’s absence, for this circle functioned as a magical means for protection against the demons. Rāvaṇa, however, manages to persuade Sītā to hand over some food to him, thereby she crosses the line of the magical protection circle. And thus Sītā got kidnapped by Rāvaṇa, who escorted her to his Kingdom in Laṅkā.

The philosophy of luk 9 teaches man to be able to control the 9 holes in the body. These holes represent carnal desire; one who can control them effectively, will naturally be a wise man and able to reach a high spiritual level and experience profound happiness. This keris functions as a means of attracting good luck. That is also why this keris bears the pamor of Udan Mas (‘Golden Rain’), which is considered suitable for the purpose of increasing the welfare of the owner of the keris. This type of pamor is suitable for everybody, but especially for business men and for people who want to increase their family’s welfare.

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