|RAAMA went to Queen Kausalya's
dwelling. Many visitors were assembled there, eagerly awaiting the coronation. In the
innermost apartment, the Queen, clad in white silk, was before the sacrificial fire
invoking blessings on her son.
As soon as Raama entered, she embraced him
and showed him, who she thought, was to become the Yuvaraaja, to a specially raised
"Mother, this seat is now too high for
me," said Raama. "I am a hermit and should sit on grass spread on the floor. I
have brought you news, which may sadden you. Listen, and give me your blessings."
And he told her briefly what had happened:
"The King wishes to give the crown to Bharata. His command is that I should spend
fourteen years in the Dandaka forest. I must leave today, mother,
and I come for your blessings before I go."