HIDDEN by the branches, Hanumaan sang in a sweet and gentle voice the story of
Raama so that it fell on Seeta's ears:
"King Dasaratha ruled his kingdom
well. His army was mighty and comprised of chariots, elephants and horses. He was virtuous
and a doer of great deeds. He kept his word and was foremost among the famous kings of the
world. He was equal to the rishis in virtue and to Indra in statesmanship. He hated no one
and harmed no one. All his endeavours were crowned with success. There fore men called him
Satya-paraakrama, truly valiant. The richest of the Ikshavaaku race, a king of kings, the
ruler of the world, he enjoyed and communicated happiness.
The eldest of his four sons was
Raamachandra, whose face was like the full moon. Wise, virtuous and a master of the bow,
Raama was beloved of all. And he was full of kindness for all the people in the kingdom, a
warrior wedded to dharma. He was the heir to the throne. And yet, to preserve the honour
of his father, he left the kingdom with his wife Seeta and his brother Lakshmana and lived
in the forest.