Rāmāyana |Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa| Chapter 101

101. Bhārata tells about Daśaratha's Death

[Bhārata tells Rāma that according to Dharma, he is not fit to rule and asks him to return. He also tells him about the death of Daśaratha, their father.]

After hearing the words of Rāma, Bhārata replied, "When I am bereft of Dharma, how am I concerned with royal Dharma?" 101.1

"Oh best of men, there exists a permanent Dharma in our clan that when the elder son is alive the younger son never becomes the king." 101.2

"So oh Rāma, return with me to the prosperous Ayodhyā, and consecrate yourself as king for the good of our clan." 101.3

"People consider king as another man but I consider him as God, because such a king along with Dharma and Artha is beyond the definition of humanness." 101.4

"When I was in Kekaya and when you had come to the forest, the revered, virtuous, esteemed king who was fit to do fire sacrifices went to the heaven." 101.5

"As soon as you left along with Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa, the king who was affected by sorrow and grief, went to heaven." 101.6

"Oh tiger among men, arise and offer the ritualistic libations with water to father. Śatrughna and I have already offered such libations." 101.7

"Oh Rāma, whatever has been offered with love becomes eternal in the world of manes and so as you are most loved by father, please offer such libations." 101.8

"Sorrowing about and not being able to see you and keeping his mind fixed only on you and nothing else and remembering you, our father went to heaven." 101.9

This is the end of One Hundred and One Sarga of Ayodhyā Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.