THE BIRTH OF RAMA

Ayodhya was a magnificent city on the banks of the river Soraya in Kosala kingdom. It had wide roads, huge buildings, beautiful parks and glittering shops. The people of the city lived a happy and contented life as they were ruled by a noble king called Dasharatha, who cared for…

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THE VALIANT PRINCES

The four princes grew up to be strong and handsome. Under sage Vashishta’s guidance, they excelled themselves in archery, riding and hunting. They also learnt about the holy books and how to look after the welfare of the people. They respected their Gurus and the elders and gained the love…

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SITA’S SWAYAMVAR

Vishwamitra, Rama and Lakshmana reached Mithila in time for Sita’s Swayamvar. As per Janaka’s wish, the mighty Siva Bow was hauled to the wedding hall. The hall wore a grand look and was occupied by many kings and princes. Ravana, the king of Lanka was also present and was confident…

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KAIKEYI AND HER WISHES

Soon after Rama’s, marriage with Sita, King Dasharatha wanted to crown him the king as he himself was getting older. Dasharatha therefore consulted his ministers about this. All of them whole-heartedly welcomed his decision. Dasharatha felt very happy and enthusiastic. He looked forward to the Coronation of Rama. He therefore…

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THE DEMONS IN THE FORESTS

Many of these forests had sages living in them. Many more had demons in them, destroying everything and at times even disrupting the lives of the sages. Dandakaranya was one such forest. When Rama, Sita and Lakshmana entered this forest, the Rishis welcomed them, offered them fruits and nuts. A…

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THE KIDNAPPING OF SITA

Maricha turned himself into a golden deer and roamed in front of Sita’s hut when she came out to pluck (lowers. Sita was enchanted to see such a beautiful creature and called out to Rama, “Can you please catch this exquisite creature for me? Let us l ake it to…

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RAMA SEARCHES FOR SITA

When Lakshmana reached the spot where Maricha lay dead, both Rama and Lakshmana at once knew that Sita was in danger. So they hurried back to Panchavati but were shocked to find it empty. They searched and searched for her. Rama went to the Godavari bank but could not find…

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THE LAND OF THE MONKEYS

Even when Sri Rama tried to take ome rest, he always pined for Sita. I le could not eat, nor could he sleep. Lakshmana who sadly watched his brother’s condition, tried to instil some hope and confidence in him. “Dear brother,” he told Rama, “Please do not lose heart. I…

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HANUMAN MEETS SITA— LANKA IS DESTROYED

Hanuman was also applauded by Suras who showered flower petals on him. The Sun God silently blessed Hanuman by radiating less of heat. The Wind God, Vayu, turned into a gentle breeze in his direction and wished his son success. To test Hanuman’s devotion towards Rama, the Devas sent Surasa,…

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THE WAR

Rama too was very happy that Hanuman was successful in finding Sita. Sugriva had kept up his word and Rama now had to plan about reaching Lanka to kill Ravana and rescue Sita. He therefore talked to Sugriva about this. “Sugriva, you have proved to be my true friend. I…

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