Illustrated Ramayana – Part 8

Bharata with a huge army hurried to the forest. Soon he reached the banks of the Ganga where Guha was keeping watch over Rama’s camp.

At first, the hunter-chief thought that Bharata and his army had come to attack Rama. When he saw Bharata close at hand, Guha was sorry for his mistake.

Guha was deeply touched by Bharata’s love for his brother and embraced him with affection.

He then took Bharata and his men in a fleet of boat to the other side of the river where Rama was staying.

Rama was deeply moved to hear the sad tale that Bharata told him. Bharata said, “Ayodhya is yours. How can I, a younger brother, bear the burden of ruling it while you pine in be forest? The people of Ayodhya adore you and want you in their midst.

Oh! Rama, how cruel was my mother in asking for your exile!”

Rama consoled Bharata with gentle words. He said “Neither you nor your mother is to blame for what has happened. It is all part of our destiny. You ask me to return to Ayodhya. But how can I? Should I not like a true prince obey my father’s commands? Should you not also do so? “