Here we continue the story of of the first Diwali.
King Dasaratha was getting old and he was contemplating retirement. The idea of passing his reign on to his eldest son, Rama, pleased him greatly. But as fate would have it, Queen Kaikeyi ordered that Rama be banished from the kingdom and was sent to live in exile for 14 years. In his place, she wished that her son, Bharata, take the throne. Because of a prior promise he had made to Queen Kaikeyi, King Dasaratha was obligated to do her bidding. However, shortly after Rama’s departure, the mighty king (Dasaratha) died of a broken heart.
Dressed in simple garments, Rama, accompanied by his wife, Sita (an incarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi), and his brother, Laxmana, set forth into a new chapter of their lives. Surrounded by the blue sky, the fertile earth and the many plants and animals that inhabited the forests, they adjusted easily to their new lives.
One day, in the forest, Sita was intrigued by the sight of a golden deer in the distance. Mesmerized, she asked her husband Rama to go and look into it. (To be continued…)
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