will be King?
King Dashratha became sad and weary. He missed Ram and Sita, and he missed Laxman too.
Everyone was so sad when the King died.
his father had died Bharat came rushing back to Ayodhya . No one had told him that he was
to be King instead of Ram. When Bharat returned and was so angry with everyone.
He did not want to be King, he wanted Ram to be King. Bharat
set off to look for Ram
to bring him home
to make him King.
After searching for many weeks he found him. Bharat begged
Ram to return as King, but Ram refused. His father had sent him away for 14 years and for
14 years he would do as his father had told him.
|Bharat and Ram agreed that Bharat
should go back to Ayodhya and be King for 14 years.
Ram would be the true King. His sandals would be put on the royal throne to remind
And just one other thing
Bharat must not live in the
but in a mud hut , like a hermit.
In the forest
One day, they heard a
scream and they came face to face with a hideous demon.
|Rama, Sita and Laxman lived
happily together in the forest. They slept under the stars on beds of leaves and grass and
lived on fruits and berries.
But they became uneasy.
There always seemed to be someone following them, someone watching them
just like a
the shadows of demons.
She had wild bloodshot eyes and tangled hair. Her
voice, when she spoke, was like a growl. She was called Surpanakha, and was the sister of
Ravan, the powerful ruler of Lanka and the king of the demons.
She had never seen such handsome young men like Ram and
Laxman before and she fell in love with them, there and then.
Surpanakha looked at Sita and became jealous. She rushed at
Sita with bared fangs and outstretched claws.
Laxman rushed to Sitas side and cut off the
demons nose and ears. Screaming in agony, the demon rushed off into the depths of
Enter Ravan, the ten headed,
twenty armed King of Lanka
Surpanakha went straight to her brother, Ravan, the mighty
Ravan was angry that Laxman had hurt Surpanaka and promised
his sister that he would not rest till Ram and Laxman had been punished. He swore
that they would suffer and die a horrible death.
Ravan thought for a long time about what he should do.
"Ill Capture Sita
bring Sita to
Lanka," he thought.
Ram would follow to rescue his wife. Ravan would wait
surprise Ram and
KILL him. Ravan was pleased with this plan and decided to kidnap
|He took his flying chariot, Pushpak and
travelled with amazing speed to the house of his friend, Maricha. Maricha agreed to go with Ravan and took the shape of a beautiful
deer. Ravan disguised himself as a poor hermit. They would surprise Sita.