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2. Ayodhya Part

  1. King Dasaratha is inclined to resign his throne to Rama and summons a council … 149
  2. The elders and councillors willingly accept Rama as regent … 152
  3. The king resolves Rama shall be installed … 155
  4. Rama and Sita prepare for the ceremony … 158
  5. On Vasishtha's advice they observe a fast … 161
  6. The city of Ayodhya is decorated for the proclamation … 162
  7. The hunchback maid, Manthara, informs Queen Kaikeyi of Rama's coming installation … 164
  8. Manthara persuades the queen that Bharata should be regent and Rama banished … 166
  9. Queen Kaikeyi is resolved on her evil design … 169
  10. The king is deeply afflicted at the sight of the weeping queen … 172
  11. She asks for the two boons promised her by the king … 175
  12. The king suffers bitter agony at the thought of sending Rama into exile … 176
  13. Kaikeyi disregards the king's immeasurable distress … 184
  14. The king is overcome by grief, the queen summons Rama … 185
  15. Sumantra hurries to Rama's palace … 189
  16. Rama in his chariot drives swiftly to the king … 192
  17. He advances to the palace in the middle of the eulogy of his friends … 195
  18. He sees the king full of anguish and speechless; Kaikeyi utters the cruel words … 196
  19. Rama shows no sign of distress and prepares for exile … 199
  20. Queen Kaushalya is afflicted and helpless with sorrow … 201
  21. Rama, in spite of the laments of the queen and Lakshmana, prepares for departure … 205
  22. He appeals to Lakshmana not to grieve … 209
  23. Lakshmana offers to defeat all those who obstruct Rama's installation … 211
  24. The queen realises she has no power to restrain Rama's resolution … 213
  25. The queen gives her blessing and the brahmins their benediction … 216
  26. Rama acquaints Sita of his resolution … 219
  27. She entreats Rama to allow her to accompany him … 221
  28. Rams seeks to dissuade her … 222
  29. Sita continues her entreaties but the prince is unwilling to consent … 224
  30. Seeing her fixed resolve Rama grants her request … 225
  31. Lakshmana is resolved to accompany them … 228
  32. Rama bestows his wealth on the brahmins, his friends and servants … 230
  33. He goes, with Sita and Lakshmana, to King Dasaratha's palace … 233
  34. The king gives his blessing while the whole palace is filled with lamentation … 235
  35. Sumantra arraigns Queen Kaikeyi … 238
  36. She disregards the words of the chief minister and the king … 240
  37. Despite the instruction of Vasishtha, Sita still desires to enter the forest … 242
  38. Rama requests the king to protect his mother during his absence … 244
  39. As they prepare for departure the palace resounds with grief … 246
  40. All Ayodhya is distressed to see Rama's chariot depart … 248
  41. Many grieve for Rama … 251
  42. Without Rama the king's heart can find no rest … 252
  43. The lament of Queen Kaushalya … 254
  44. She finds peace in the consolation of Queen Sumitra … 256
  45. The lament of the brahmins who follow Rama … 258
  46. Rama, with Sita and Lakshmana and the charioteer, drive on alone to the forest … 260
  47. Those who have followed Rama find themselves alone … 262.
  48. Ayodhya without Rama is bereft of beauty … 263
  49. The chariot crosses the boundary of Kosala … 2.65
  50. They reach the river Ganges and meet the chief of ferrymen, Guha … 266
  51. They pass the night on the bank of the sacred river … 270
  52. Sumantra is ordered to return; Rama, Sita and Lakshmana cross the holy river … 271
  53. Determined to follow their destiny they enter on exile … 277
  54. They spend the night at Prayaga in the hermitage of the sage Bharadwaja … 279
  55. They cross the Yamuna and travel on … 281
  56. They reach the mountain Chitttakuta and build a hermitage … 283
  57. Sumantra returns to the stricken city of Ayodhya … 286
  58. He delivers Rama's message to the king … 288
  59. The king bewailing the absence of Rama is drowning in a sea of sorrow … 290
  60. The charioteer attempts to console Queen Kaushalya . … 292
  61. Queen Kaushalya reproaches the king . … 293
  62. The king is overcome with grief … 295
  63. He recalls a former evil deed which is the cause of his present distress … 296
  64. Overcome by grief the king yields up his life . … 299
  65. The palace is filled with the sound distress … 304
  66. The inhabitants of Ayodhya mourn for their lord … 305
  67. The elders recommend at a member of the house of Ikshwaku be appointed king … 307
  68. Messengers are sent to Bharata … 309
  69. Bharata's inauspicious dream … 311
  70. The message is delivered, Bharata and Shatrughna leave the palace … 312
  71. Prince Bharata sees Ayodhya filled with unhappy people … 314
  72. Queen Kaikeyi begins to relate what has occurred … 316
  73. Prince Bharata reproaches his mother … 319
  74. He laments the death of his father and the exile of Rama … 321
  75. He seeks to console Queen Kaushalya … 323
  76. The prince commences the performance of the funeral rites … 326
  77. The ceremonies are continued … 328
  78. The hunchback, Manthara, incurs Prince Shatrughna's displeasure … 330
  79. Prince Bharata decides to go to the forest and bring back his brother … 331
  80. A royal highway is constructed for the prince … 333
  81. Vasishtha summons the royal assembly … 334
  82. The chiefs of the army prepare for departure … 335
  83. The whole army reaches the river Ganges … 337
  84. Guha, the chief of ferrymen, is filled with apprehension … 339
  85. He is filled with joy on hearing Prince Bharata's intention … 340
  86. Guha tells of Rama's stay by the sacred river … 342
  87. How Rama spent his first night of exile … 343
  88. Prince Bharau sleeps on the same spot where Rama had rested … 345
  89. The army crosses the holy river … 347
  90. Prince Bharata with Vasishtha visit Bharadwaja's hermitage … 348
  91. Bbaradwaja entertains the whole army … 350
  92. Prince Bharata with the army departs for Mount Chittrakuta … 355
  93. They behold the hermitage of Rama … 357
  94. Rama decides to spend his exile on the mountain … 359
  95. He points out the beauties of nature to Sita . … 360
  96. They see the army approaching and Lakshmana vows to destroy it 362
  97. Rama cannot believe Bharata comes as an enemy … 364
  98. Prince Bharata goes on foot to meet Rama … 365
  99. The four brothers meet with tears of joy … 366
  100. Rama enquires of Bharata about the discharge of his royal duties … 369
  101. Rama hears the account of his father's death … 375
  102. They are all afflicted with grief … 376
  103. Rama greets the queens … 378
  104. He requests Bharata to ascend the throne … 380
  105. Prince Bharata appeals to Rama to return and rule the kingdom … 382
  106. In spite of entreaties Rama remains steadfast in his vow … 384
  107. He instructs Bharata to return and be installed … 387
  108. A brahmin utters words contrary to dharma … 388
  109. Rama replies in words based on the Vedas … 389
  110. Vasishtha proclaiming the tradition of the dynasty, calls on Rama to return … 392
  111. Prince Bharata still entreats Rama who is resolved to follow his father's command … 394
  112. Following the advice of the celestial sages, Prince Bharata is reconciled to becoming Rama's deputy … 396
  113. Prince Bharata commences the return journey … 398
  114. He finds Ayodhya desolate … 400
  115. Prince Bharata retires to Nandigrama and rules the kingdom from that city … 402
  116. The holy men of Chittrakuta depart, fearing the coming oppression of the asuras … 403
  117. Rama decides to leave the hermitage and comes to the ashrama of the sage Atri .. … 405
  118. Princess Sita receives gifts of love from the sage's wife … 407
  119. The holy ascetics bless the exiles who enter the forest … 410

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