Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā K| Chapter 36

36. Daśaratha's Proposal

[Daśaratha wants Rāma to lead a luxurious life in forest. Kaikeyi objects and points out that one king Sagara banished his eldest son. It is pointed out to her that Asamanjā was a wicked prince.]

Then Daśaratha, the scion of Ikshvāku clan, becoming afflicted by his oath, with tears, breathing with difficulty, again and again told these words to Sumantra. 36.1

"Oh charioteer immediately arrange, the four divisions of army along with precious gem to escort Rāma to his journey to forest." 36.2

"Also arrange pretty ladies with musical voice, courtesans, very rich people, traders, well spread men as well as sons of people of the army to accompany him and make it graceful." 36.3

"To those who depended on Rāma for living and to those who were companions in sports Of Rāma, give them lot of compensation and make them participate in this procession." 36.4

"Let important weapons, people of the city, carts, conductors in the forest and fowlers follow that son of Kākutstha clan." 36.5

"By hunting for deer and elephants, drinking the honey of the forest and seeing pretty rivers, he would think of the kingdom." 36.6

"Let both the entire contents of my granary as well as that of the treasury, follow Rāma when he goes to the desolate forest." 36.7

"Performing sacrifices in holy places, liberally giving fees to Brahmins, Rāma will live in the forest along with sages." 36.8

"The greatly heroic Bhārata would look after Ayodhyā and let all auspicious things for enjoyment be furnished to Rāma". Thus spoke Daśaratha. 36.9

When Daśaratha was talking like this fear gripped Kaikeyi and her mouth dried up and voice became choked. 36.10

That Kaikeyi who was scared, dejected and with dried up face facing the king spoke. 36.11

"Oh simple one, Bhārata will not accept a deserted kingdom, devoid of wealth and impossible to be enjoyed which is like the wine, whose essence has evaporated." 36.12

Hearing the shameless and horrible words spoken by Kaikeyi, the king Daśaratha told the following words to the broad eyed one. 36.13

"Oh enemy of mine Kaikeyi, You fastened to me the yoke and I am pulling forward, oh ungentle lady, why are you prodding me further. Why did you not stop me at the beginning itself?" 36.14

That blessed lady Kaikeyi hearing the very angry words of the king became doubly enraged and addressed the king. 36.15

"In your clan itself king Sagara prevented the crowing of his eldest son Asamanjā and similar to that Rāma also has to go." 36.16

When she told like Daśaratha could only say one word, "Shame" and all the people felt ashamed but Kaikeyi did not notice it. 36.17

An aged favourite minister of Daśaratha named Siddhartha who was very good person addressed Kaikeyi and told these words. 36.18

"The wicked Asamanjā used to catch hold of children playing on roads, throw them all in river Sarayu and used to amuse himself." 36.19

Seeing this all people of the city were angry and told the king, "Oh enhancer of the prosperity of the kingdom, choose either us or Asamanjā." 36.20

Then the king told them, "What is the reason of this fear?" and hearing the words told to them the citizens replied. 36.21

"That one with a lunatic mind, throws our young sons in the Sarayu river due to his mad nature and becomes supremely happy." 36.22

"That king hearing the words of his citizens, with an intention of pleasing them banished his son." 36.23

"Then placing his son along with his wife and with all their needs in a chariot, the king ordered that" As long as they are alive they are banished." 36.24

"Then that evil doer wandering about in all directions with a plough and a basket spent his time digging the mountain forts." 36.25

"That was why that king who was an upholder of Dharma banished his son. What sin has Rāma committed so that he should be banished like this?" 36.26

"We do not see even a little of bad qualities in Rāma which are like the stain on the moon." 36.27

"But lady, if you find any such fault in Rāma, you may please tell us and then we will banish Rāma." 36.28

"But banishing someone who is engaged in the good path of Dharma, would even destroy the splendour of Indra." 36.29

"Enough oh lady, do not cause obstruction to the prosperity of Rāma and it is also necessary for you to save yourself by being criticized by the world, Oh pretty lady." 36.30

The king after hearing the words of Siddhartha, with a progressively failing voice, tinged in grief told Kaikeyi. 36.31

"I know you will disregard these words, Oh sinner as you do know what is good for you or to me as you have adopted a vile wicked path forsaking the right path." 36.32

"After giving up pleasures, kingdom and wealth, I will go today with Rāma and you along with king Bhārata, for a long time, enjoy this kingdom." 36.33

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