So they left Chitrakoota and proceeded to the hermitage of Atri, a rishi who knew
the country, to seek his advice as to where they might establish themselves. They were
most affectionately received and Seeta won the heart of Atri's wife, the saintly Anasooya
who, delighted at finding in her a perfect embodiment of wifely virtues, blessed her and
presented her with beautiful garments and auspicious cosmetics that set out the charms of
lovely young wives.
Anasooya was the embodiment of pure
womanhood and her gifts added beauty and inner strength to Seeta. She received the gifts
and said: "My Lord the Prince loves me with the love of a mother and a father. I am
Then they made enquiries concerning the way
and resumed their journey.
Walking, through the great Dandaka forest,
Raama, Seeta and Lakshmana reached a spot where many rishis lived. Even as they approached
the place, they saw the sacrificial materials, bark garments and deerskins spread out to
dry and they knew it was a colony of holy men.