GAZING across the river Ganga, Guha, the hunter-king, noticed unusual commotion
on the bank opposite. A great army had en camped there. He pointed it to his
kinsmen standing by his side and said:
"Who is this and why has he come here
with a large army, apparently to cross the river? The flag suggests that it is Kaikeyi's
Son Bharata and his army. Yes, I see the flag flying on the
top of the chariot and I can recognise the tree painted on it. That is the flag of the
King of Ayodhya.
"Is not Raama's enemy, Bharata, the
King of Ayodhya to ? Having secured the kingdom unjustly through his mother Kaikeyi, it
looks as though he has pursued Raama here to slay him. Get together our warriors and
kinsmen and friends. Let them stand ready on this bank. Gather all the boats and fill them
with armed, men ready for battle. Let us wait and see. If the newcomers are well disposed
towards Raama, we shall help them to cross the river and come over to this side. But, if
their intention is hostile, we shall prevent them from crossing the Ganga."