Manifestation of Vishnu as Rama (continued) ||6||
1-2Narada said: After Bharata had gone, Rama saluted the parents and others. King Dasaratha said to Rama, “Raghava (Rama)! listen to me, you have been anointed mentally by the people as ruler on account of (your) qualities. I shall make you the heir- apparent (next) morning.”
3-4“In the night you observe (the necessary) rites (vows) along with Sita.” And the eight ministers of the king—Srishti, Jayanta, Vijaya, Siddhartha, Rashtravardhana, Aioka, Dharmapala and Sumantra and also Vasishtha spoke.
5After hearing the words of the father and others, Raghava. said that he will do accordingly. He worshipped the gods and informed the news to Kausalya.
6The king told Vasishtha and others to gather the materials required for the coronation of RAma and went to Kaikeyi.
7After seeing the decoration of the city of Ayodhya and knowing that the coronation of Rama is to take place, Manthara informed her friend Kaikeyi (accordingly).
8Having been pulled by Rama by the foot by mistake, on account of that enmity she desired of Rama’s sojourn to the forest.
9“O! Kaikeyi! you get up (and see) the anointment of Rama. There is no doubt (that it is) death (itself) for your son, to me and to you” (said Manthari).
10-11She (Kaikeyi) heard the words of the kubja (hunchbacked) (Manthara) and gave her an ornament. She said “Just as Rama is (my son) so also Bharata is my son. I do not find any plan, by which Bharata may get the kingdom.” The angry Manthara after rejecting the ornament (given by Kaikeyi) said to Kaikeyi:
12“O! stupid girl you protect Bharata, yourself and me from Raghava. Raghava will be the king in future and then his son.”
13-15O Kaikeyi, “The royal lineage will be taken away from Bharata. Once when the people were persecuted by Sam- bara at the time of the battle between the gods and demons, when the king went there for (rendering help), you protected him by your art and skill. Then the king gave you two boons. (You) Ask for them now from the king. (The boons are) the stay of Rama in the forest for fourteen years and the conferment of the heir-apparentship on Bharata. These (the king) will give.”
16She (Kaikeyi) being encouraged by the deformed lady (Manthara), who saw meaning in the worthless thing, said (to her), “(Tell) me a good plan which would make it work.”
17-18(Kaikeyi) having entered the anger apartment (remained) in a swoon fallen to the ground. Then the king Dafa- ratha having honoured the twice-borns (came there and) saw the angry Kaikeyi (and) said, “How (is) she such? Is she sick or agitated by fear,” (and said) “I shall do as you wish”.
19“Without which Rima, I cannot live (even) a moment, I swear by him that I will do as you wish O beautiful woman!”
20-22“Speak the truth”, said she to the king (and added), “The two boons (you) granted me formerly, you give me (now) (as you swear) by truth, O King! Let Rima live in the forest for fourteen years being self-controlled (and) with these preparations let Bharata be installed here this day itself (and) if you do not grant (these boons) O King! I shall die (after) drinking poison?” Having heard these (words) the (king) fell into a swoon on the earth as if struck by a mace.
23-25After a moment he regained his consciousness and said, “What (harm) was done to you by Rama or by me, O lady, determined to do sins! What you tell me in this manner is unpleasant to all the people. By merely doing (something) pleasing to you, I will be censured. What a kind of wife (you are) like the night of destruction at the end of the world. Bharata is not such a kind of son. (You) rule the kingdom as a widower after I have died and the son has gone.”
26-29Being bound by the noose of truth, (he) called Rama and said (to him), “O! Rama, I have been cheated by Kaikeyi; restraining me (you) rule the kingdom. You have to live in the forest and Bharata, (the son of) Kaikeyi (is to be) the king.” Having saluted his father and Kaikeyi, after doing a circumambulation, and bowing down to KauSalya and having consoled her and with Laksmana, with (his) wife Sita and with Sumantra in the chariot and having made the gifts for the brahmins, poor and destitutes, he left the city with the mothers, brahmins and others stricken with grief.
30Having spent the night on the banks of the (river) Tamasi (he went away) leaving the people. Not finding him in the morning they all returned to Ayodhya again.
31The lamenting king also went to the apartments of Kausalya extremely grief-stricken. Being separated from the king all the citizens and women wept.
32Rama, being seated in the chariot and wearing the bark garments went to Sringaberapura. Being entertained by Guha there, he resorted to the foot of the Indgudi (tree).
33-34And during the nights Laksmana and Guha kept awake. Leaving Sumantra together with the chariot in the morning, Rama, Laksmana and Sita crossed the river Jahnavi (Ganges) by boat and reached Prayiga. (They) paid their obeisance to (the sage) Bharadvaja (and then) reached the Citrakuta mountain.
35Then (they) having performed the Vastupuja (propitiatory rites at the house site), stayed on the banks of the Mandakini (Ganges). And (then) Raghava showed the Citrakuta (mountain) to Sita.
36With an arrow (Rama) plucked one of the eyes of the crow which was tearing her (Sita) with (its) nails. Then the crow sought refuge in the celestials.
37-40On the sixth day after Rama had gone to the forest, the king told Kausalya in the night the past story of how in (his) youth he had killed unknowingly with (his) Sabdabheda (weapon) the ascetic youth Yajnadatta as (he was filling) the pot raising a sound. Lamenting his father cursed (Daaaratha). His mother felt grief-stricken and wept again and again and the (two) said, “We will die without the son. You will also die of grief.” “O Kausalya! without the son and remembering (the past) my death (will come off now) on account of grief.” After narrating this story and uttering (the words) “Alas! Rama!”, the king passed away.
41-42Thinking that the king was sleeping, Kausalya also slept on account of pangs of grief. Early in the morning the singers and bards such as the sutas magadhas, the awakeners attempt ed to wake him up. He did not wake up and was dead. Knowing him as dead, Kausalya said, “O I have been ruined.”
43The men and women then wept. Then Bharata along with Satrughna was hurriedly brought to the city from the royal palace by Vasishtha and others.
44Having seen the grief-stricken Kaikeyi he reproached (her) out of grief. “(You) have made censure fall on the head” and praised Kausalya.
45-46Having done the funeral rites of his father (whose body was kept preserved) in oil in oval vessel on the banks of the river Sarayu, when (he) was asked by Vasishtha and others to rule the kingdom, he said, “I go now to bring back Rama. Rama is the king stronger than myself”. (He went) to Sringavera and to Prayaga where he was entertained by Bharadvaja.
47-48Having saluted Bharadvaja, (Bharata) came to Rama and Lakshmana (and said), “O Rama! Our father has reached the heaven. You become the king of Ayodhya. I will go to the forest adhering to your command.” Having heard this, Rama (after) giving him water asked him to go (back) taking the sandals.
49(Bharata said), “I will not go to the city. I swear, I will be remaining with matted locks.” On being urged by Rama, Bharata returned to Nandigrama and stationed there with his army, leaving the sandal at Ayodhya and worshipping it ruled over the kingdom.