Brotherly love


Bharata falling at Rama's feet and requesting him to come back to Ayodhya
Bharata falling at Rama’s feet and requesting him to come back to Ayodhya

During the beginning of his long exile, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana made their home in a forest hut in a region called Chitrakut. With the help of Guha, the king of the Nishada tribe, they had managed to build a reasonably functional home in the forest and were living in peace when they were visited by Bharata.

Bharata had come all the way from Ayodhya to deliver the sad news of Dasaratha’s demise to Rama and also to request him to come back to Ayodhya and take back what was rightfully his, the throne of Ayodhya and become its King.

Rama, bound by his duty to honor the promise made his father to Kaikeyi refuses to do so and exhorts Bharata to go back to Ayodhya and rule it justly, fairly and gracefully.

Despite multiple attempts by Bharata to convince him, Rama remained unconvinced and finally orders his brother to leave the hut.

After a while when Rama was inside the hut, Sita came up to him, “Rama, you seriously need to speak to Bharata, he said he was leaving an hour ago, but he’s still standing in the doorway.

Rama was moved to tears by his brother’s love, affection and devotion towards him. Despite the fact that he was being crowned the King and would enjoy all the trappings of a luxurious life, Bharata’s love for his elder brother and devotion towards him moved Rama very much.

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This post has been written for the Today’s Author Write Now prompt for October 25, 2013 where the post had to include the line “He said he was leaving an hour ago, but he’s still standing in the doorway.

23 thoughts on “Brotherly love

  1. You know, Jairam, my son’s crazy about the Ramayana and all the other mythology epics. I love all the posts you write, related to these stories. 🙂 Heart-warming.

    • @Vidya, thank you so much 🙂 and am sure your son will continue loving my blog for quite a while to come as well 🙂

    • @Richa, glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 That being said, when you say Ram finally decided to return, where exactly did Ram return to? Which incident are you referring to here?

      • I meant when he finally came back to Ayodhya, his fourteen years were up. But did the war end exactly in fourteen years of van vaas? And if it did how far that coincidence holds good.

      • @Richa, not really, there are a couple of versions of that story, I will put that post up sometime soon

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