The Ramayana (Life in Ayodyha)
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"I have lived long enough," he thought. "I must be sure my throne goes to Rama, the most worthy of my sons. What a great blessing it would be to see him as king before I go to heaven. Then it will be done," Dasaratha concluded, "I shall step down and Rama shall be made king."
As king Dasaratha gets older he thinks to himself how he must pass his role as king to his son Rama.
"If Rama takes the throne, you would lose all your control over the king. If Rama is crowned, his mother will have control of the kingdom. Your rule will come to an end. Awake. Act now. You must convince Dasaratha that it is your son who should be king."
Manthrara, one of the maid servants, did not not want Rama as king so she convinces Kaikeyi, the last and youngest of the king's three wives, to persuade Dasaratha to forbid Rama from becoming king.
"I wish to have my son, Bharata, placed upon the throne of Ayodhya. Second, I want Rama banished from the kingdom for a period of no less than fourteen years."
Kaikeyi convinces Dasaratha to prevent Rama from becoming king. Even though Dasartha is very upset about it he still obliges with her request.
Rama, his wife Sita, and his brother Lakshmana all leave the kingdom and set up a hut in the forest to settle in.
Rama and Lakshmana's brother Bharata visits their hut asking that Rama comes back home to rule the kingdom.
"My heart is filled with grief and shame. Grief for the loss of our noble father. Shame for being offered the throne that you rightfully deserve. Come back to Ayodhya and be our king."
Rama refuses to leave because he doesn't want to break his promise so Bharata took Rama's sandal and placed it on the throne to represent Rama ruling the kingdom until he returns from the forest.
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