Queen Kaikeyi retreated to the
inner room of her chambers, the room reserved for despondent mood. She
took down her hair, threw about her jewels, and lay on the floor crying.
When Dasarath found her there, he asked her what was wrong. She replied
that she wanted to receive her two boons now, and when her concerned
husband promised to grant whatever she wanted, she told him: “Grant
that my son Bharat be crowned king instead of Rama, and send Rama into
exile in the forest for 12 years!”
Dasarath could not retract his promise, and no one could dissuade Kaikeyi
from her determination. Dasarath was a broken man.
Rama accepted the order as if His father had requested it, and both
His brother Lakshman and His wife Sita insisted on accompanying Him
into the forest. They all put on tree-bark garments that Kaikeyi had