Valmiki Ramayana

Book Two - Ayodhya Kanda

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Contents

1 : Rama, The Hero
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2 : Dasaratha's Desire
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3 : Preparing for the Ceremony
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4 : Dasaratha's Premonition
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5 : Festivities in Ayodhya
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6 : Joy of a city
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7 : The wicked Manthara
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8 : Manthara's sinful words
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9 : Manthara's success in poisoning Kaikeyi's mind
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10 : Kaikeyi enters the house of wrath
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11 : Kaikeyi's evil boons
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12 : Dasaratha's reaction and Kaikeyi's adamant nature
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13 : Dasaratha's grief and anguish
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14 : The night passes
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15 : Sumantra arrives at Sri Rama's chambers
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16 : Jubilant city of Ayodhya
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17 : Rama's arrival at royal court
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18 : Kaikeyi's harsh words
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19 : Rama decides to leave for forest
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20 : Kausalya's grief
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21 :Rama consoles angry Lakshmana
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22 :Rama tries to pacify Lakshmana further
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23 : Lakshmana's angry words
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24 : Rama obtains Kausalya's permission
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25 : Kausalya bids farewell to Rama
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26 : Rama lets Seetha know of King's wish
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27 : Seetha's wish to go to forest along with Rama
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28 : Rama warns Seetha of difficulties of staying in forest
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29 : Seetha's insistence on going to the forest
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30 : Rama agrees to take Seetha to the forest
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31 : Lakshmana too is permitted to go to the forest
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32 : Rama distributes his wealth to Rishis
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33 : Rama pays respects to his father at departure
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34 : Rama consoles Dasaratha
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35 :Sumantra Rails at Kaikeyi
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36 : Siddhartha tries to persuade Kaikeyi
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37 : Kaikeyi offers tree bark to Seetha to wear
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38 : Dasaratha is enraged
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39 : Rama seeks blessings of his mother
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40 : Rama's departure from Ayodhya
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41 : The Grief
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42 : Dasaratha feels dejected
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43 : Lamentation of Kausalya
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44 : Sumitra assuages Kausalya's grief
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45 : Rama requests the citizens to return to Ayodhya
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46 : Rama passes the night on the banks of Tamasa river.
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47 : The people of Ayodhya begin to rebuke themselves
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48: Rama's departure for the forest
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49 : Rama crossed three rivers
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50 : Rama bids farewell to his birth-place
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51 : Guha requests Lakshmana to take rest
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52 : Guha gets a boat ready
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53 : Rama tries to send Lakshmana back to Ayodhya
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54 : The hermitage of Bharadwaja
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55 : Sage Bharadwaja informs the route of Chitrakuta
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56 : The Chitrakuta Mountain
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57 : Sumantra drives back to Ayodhya
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58 : Sumantra delivers the messages of Rama
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59 : Dasaratha falls unconscious
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60 : Sumantra was unable to console Kausalya
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61 : Kausalya rebukes Dasaratha for his evil act
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62 : King Dasaratha loses consciousness
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63 : Dasaratha narrates his sin to Kausalya
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64 : Dasaratha continued to narrate to Kausalya
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65 : Dasaratha passes away
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66 : Kausalya reproaches Kaikeyi
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67 : Brahmins urge Vasishta to select a youth to be the king
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68 : Vasishta instructs messengers to call Bharata and Satrughna
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69 : Bharata experiences a bad dream
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70 : The messengers enter the city of Rajagriha
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71 : Bharata reaches the city of Ayodhya
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72 : Kaikeyi informs Bharata about the death of Dasaratha
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73 : Bharata reproaches Kaikeyi in many ways
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74 : Bharata then promises that he would bring Rama back
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75 : Bharata and Satrughna go to Kausalya's palace
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76 : Advice of Vasishta to Bharata
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77 : Bharata and Shatrughna grieve on cremation ground
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78 : Shatrughna seizes Manthara and threatens to punish her
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79 : The king-makers request Bharata to take over Ayodhya kingdom
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80: Construction of a high-way from Ayodhya to River Ganga
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81: Bharata with Shatrughna enters the assembly
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82: Bharata refuses to rob the throne from Rama.
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83: Bharata goes to see Rama
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84: Guha welcomes Bharata with drink of honey and meat
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85: Bharata thanks Guha for his hospitality
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86: Guha narrates Bharata about Rama's stay
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87: Guha reports further details of Rama
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88: Bharata approaches the foot of Angudi tree
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89: Bharata asks Guha to to ferry them across the river by boats.
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90: Bharata proceeds to see Bharadwaja
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91: Bharadwaja arranges a befitting hospitality to Bharata.
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92: Bharata approaches Bharadwaja
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93: Bharata and his army reach Chitrakuta mountain
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94: Rama shows the captivating scenery of Chitrakuta to Seetha
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95: Rama and Seetha spend some time at Mandakini River
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96: Rama hears a gigantic clamour of an army
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97: Rama pacifies Lakshmana, suspecting Bharata's approach with army
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98: Bharata continues his search for Rama's hermitage
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99: Bharata beholds Rama's hermitage and approaches it
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100: Rama enquires about their father's welfare with Bharata
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101: Bharata informs Rama about Dasaratha's death
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102: Bharata requests Rama to come to Ayodhya
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103: Rama swoons on hearing his father's death
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104: Vasishta advances to the hermitage of Rama.
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105: Bharata requests Rama to accept the kingdom
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106: Bharata gives many reasons to Rama to accept the throne
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107: Rama tells Bharata about Dasaratha's promise of kingdom
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108: Jabali tries to persuade Rama to accept the Kingdom
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109: Rama refutes the atheistic arguments of Jabali
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110: Vasishta gives details of the creation of the world to Sri Rama.
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111: Vashishta urges Rama to grant the prayer of Bharata
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112: The sages requests Bharata to accept Rama's words
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113: Keeping Rama's sandals on his head, Bharata ascends his chariot
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114: Bharata enters Ayodhya city
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115: Bharata expresses his desire to proceed to Nandigrama village
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116: Rama notices anxiety among the sages who live in the vicinity
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117: Rama decides to leave Chitrakuta Mountain
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118: Anasuya instructs Seetha on the role of a devoted wife
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119: Seetha shows the gifts of Anasuya to Rama.
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Here concludes the second book Ayodhya Kanda, in

Valmiki Ramayana.

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