Kausalya clung to the King's body and cried: "I shall go with the King to
Yama's abode. How can I live without my son and without my husband?"
The elders and officers of the palace
managed to separate her from the dead King and take her away. Then they discussed about
the funeral rites. They could not be performed immediately, for Raama and Lakshmana had
gone to the forest and Bharata and Satrughna were far away in their uncle's place. It was
decided to send for Bharata and to keep the body immersed in oil till his arrival.
The great monarch's remains were thus kept
waiting for Bharata's arrival. Ayodhya, the City of Splendour, was sunk in dark ness and
lamentation. Crowds of women met here and there and reviled Kaikeyi. There was anxiety in
men's hearts. The Crown prince had gone to the forest. Bharata too was far away. Anarchy
was feared, for no one in those days could imagine a people going on without a king.