Here we continue the story of the first Diwali.
Rama left in search of it, leaving his brother, Laxmana, to look after his wife. When Rama didn’t return, Sita became nervous and sent Laxmana out to look for him. Alone, Sita took pains to stay close to the house.
Shortly thereafter, Sita was approached by a friendly mendicant, who requested her to give him something to eat. As Sita was serving him, the mendicant transformed himself into Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, and abducted her.
Rama and Laxmana met up in the forest and returned to the house immediately. When they arrived, they found Sita missing and things scattered about as if there had been a struggle. Alarmed, both the brothers went in search of her. But their efforts turned out to be futile.
Meanwhile, King Ravana took Sita back to his kingdom, Lanka, where he kept her under the watchful eyes of his servants. Sita was scared and missed Ram terribly, so she began to weep. Soon, her weeping grew tiresome, so Ravana tried to console her with thoughts of marrying him. When that didn’t work, he resorted to threats. When her disposition still didn’t change, he became confounded.
Meanwhile, back in the forest, Rama was frustrated and had grown despondent. With Laxmana by his side, they combed the forest. (To be continued…)
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