Ramayana Chapter 1: The Boyhood of Rama

Ramayana Chapter 1: The Boyhood of Rama
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  • The king of Ayodhya, Dasaratha, was growing old and was sad that he did not have an heir to his throne. One day, a sage came and helped him have children by performing a sacred rite to please the Gods. This made Dasaratha very happy and he was joyful.
  • "I will have sons!"
  • Vishnu made a potion that was given to the king’s wives to help with having sons and would grant each son a boon. His three wives had four children named Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Satrughna. Vishnu had been born as a Rama in the form of a human to defeat a demon, named Ravana.
  • Rama
  • Lakshmana
  • Bharata
  • Sutrughna
  • When all of the brothers grew up, another sage came to the kingdom and asked the king for Rama to come on a journey with him to defeat demons that were disturbing his rites. While Dasaratha was sad, he allowed Rama to go, and Lakshmana came with him.
  • "I pray, Dasaratha, that you allow me to take Rama with me to protect my sacred rite."
  • When they arrived at the place where the sage performed his rites, the she-demon Tataka appeared. Rama and Lakshmana helped killed the she-demon, and Rama pierced her heart with an arrow. They continued their journey and help rid the area of demons.
  • As they stopped at another kingdom, Rama was tested to see if he could wed King Janaka’s daughter, Sita, and he succeeded. He was not only able to lift the heavy bow, belonging to Shiva, effortlessly, he broke it in half. The crowd started chanting "Rama. Rama."
  • "Rama. Rama."
  • "Rama. Rama"
  • The news of the wedding was sent back to Ayodhya and Rama returned home. Rama and Sita were completely devoted to each other and were the perfect couple, because Rama was the perfect man.
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