Hanuman, the divine monkey. Photo courtesy: my husband, Arunkumar. Taken en route to Salem, from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Sri’s Rama is my book of verse, based on Vamiki’s Ramayana, the divine epic of India.
A quick recap of the story thus far:
Sage Narada is narrating to Sage Valmiki (who is destined to compose the Sri Ramayana) the story of the divine Rama, in short:
Rama is born to Dasaratha and Kaushalya in the virtuous Ikshvaku clan, with three brothers, Bharath, Lakshmana and Shatrughna. He is married to princess Sita.
Bharatha is away at his uncle’s. Dasaratha decides to crown Rama king. But, Bharath’s mother Kaikeyi traps the king with his earlier promises. She gains the kingdom for Bharatha for 14 years and demands Rama’s exile for the same period.
Rama enters the forest. Sita and Lakshmana insist on accompanying Him. Bharatha returns and is shocked at the turn of events; he rushes after Rama and begs Him to take the kingship—that loyal and loving brother refuses to ascend the throne—he vows to remain Rama’s slave and nothing else. The loving Rama gives His footwear to rule in His stead and sends Bharatha back to their kingdom.
The narrative continues…