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Prologue
Coursing through the sky in his celestial chariot, Rāvaṇa appeared like a blazing comet. His dark body shone with a …
Chapter 1
King Daśaratha’s Longing King Daśaratha paced his palace balcony. His handsome brow was furrowed. In a pensive mood, he surveyed …
Chapter 2
The Birth of Rāma Daśaratha, his desire fulfilled, dwelt happily in Ayodhya awaiting the birth of his sons. The Brahmins …
Chapter 3
With the Sage Viśvāmitra Viśvāmitra walked ahead of the two princes, who each carried a bow in hand and had …
Chapter 4
The Trial of Strength A beautiful sunrise over the Sone heralded the dawn. The sounds of birds and forest animals …
Chapter 5
Crooked Advice for Queen Kaikeyi The aging Daśaratha, thinking of his retirement, gradually entrusted more and more of the state …
Chapter 6
The King’s Heartbreak Daśaratha, having seen that all the arrangements for the installation were underway, made his way toward Kaikeyi’s …
Chapter 7
Rāma Agrees to Depart Towards the end of night, Vasiṣṭha, accompanied by numerous disciples, hastily entered Ayodhya from his hermitage …
Chapter 8
Grief and Fury Kaushalya had spent the night in undisturbed prayer and penance on behalf of her son. She was …
Chapter 9
Sītā’s Plea Rāma moved along the royal highway towards Sītā’s quarters, praised by the many Brahmins who lined the road. …
Chapter 10
Sad Farewells It was time for Rāma and His two companions to say Their farewells. Holding Their weapons and followed …
Chapter 1
Into the Forest After their father had returned, Rāma and Lakṣman left the city and went along country paths toward …