THE two brothers searched every mountain, forest and river-bank calling Seeta's
name aloud. But all in vain, and they did not so much as find a clue anywhere. Baffled and
grief-stricken, Raama cried out against the river Godaavari, against the gods and against
the five elements.
The Poet-Sage ascribes the silence of the
rivers and the gods and elements to their fear of the powerful Raakshasa king. A herd of
deer, however, moving southwards seemed to indicate to Raama and Lakshmana that they too
should travel in the same direction. They did so and, after a time, found some flowers
scattered on the way.
Raama at once recognised the flowers and
cried excitedly: "These are the very flowers I gave her. They must have fallen from
His grief and anxiety grew greater and he
sobbed aloud fearing the worst for Seeta.