Hoping to pacify him, Kaikeyi said: "My son, Raama put on the garments of an
ascetic and, taking Lakshmana and Seeta with him, went to the Dandaka forest."
Bharata's amazement now knew no bounds. He
asked: "I understand nothing of what you are saying. What sin did Raama commit that
he should undertake such expiation? Did be rob any Brahmana or cause bodily hurt to any
innocent person or desire somebody else's wife? Why did he have to go to the forest? Who
laid on him this penance?"
In those days people went of their own will
or were sent to the forest as a purifying punishment for such and other heinous crimes.
Now Kaikeyi shaken out of silence by this tempest of questions came out with the truth
foolishly hoping for the best.