Time passed happily in Ayodhya.
King Dasarath decided to retire and crown Rama the next King. The city
rejoiced and made preparations for the great festival.
But one person did not rejoice. This was Manthara, the hunch-backed
maidservant of Queen Kaikeyi, the youngest and favorite of King Dasarath’s
Imagining her own fortune declining as maid of a queen who was not the
mother of the next king, Manthara approached Kaikeyi and convinced her
that she, Kaikeyi, now had no future. Consulting in secret, the two
women created a plot, one that revolved around two boons Dasarath had
once promised her many years ago when she had saved him on a battlefield.
At that time she had not decided what she wanted, and had left the boons
for a time when she might need them.