Here in Ayodhya, Dasaratha never recovered from his grief. Soon the land was without a ruler and Bharata, who had gone to his uncle’s place, was sent for. The son of Kaikeyi arrived in a desolate, grief-stricken city and was shocked to hear what had happened.
Bharata was angry with his mother for having caused Rama’s exile. He would not accept the crown, which was Rama’s by right.
The ministers and wise men of the realm begged Bharata to heed his father’s dying wishes but Bharata would not listen. He said Rama alone was the Emperor wherever he was and he would go to the forest to bring him home.