स दृष्ट्वा राघवः श्रीमान् तापसाश्रममण्डलम् । अभ्यगच्छन् महातेजा विज्यं कृत्वा महद्धनुः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अरण्यकाण्डे प्रथमोध्यायः (९ श्लोक)

On entering the Dandaka forests ShriRaama saw a group of Ashramas. The Ashramas were glowing with sacred articles like Sruk, Sruva, Darbha etc. The place was reverberating with sounds from birds, Veda chantings by Brahmanas, and dances by Apsaras. The rushis there were leading an extremely calm and ahimsa-ic life. Due to their tapashakti, even the animals near-by were leading a calm and peaceful living.

This shloka means that ShriRaama un-armed His bow before entering such a divine group of Ashramas.

Through this shloka Valmiki maharshi is teaching us to completely leave himsa and lead a pure living when performing teertha-yaatras.