Ram Rajya (1967)
This story deals with ideal Ram Rajya the kingdom of the ideal king Ram who made the greatest sacrifice by forsaking his dearest queen to please his people. After the banishment of 14 years in the forest when Ram was again reinstated on the sacred throne of Ayodhya, the peoples joy knew no bounds. Ayodhya was ringing with rejoicinig and festivites in celebration of the auspicious expectancy of the great queen Seeta. But as the ill fate would have it the festivities soon met with a tragic end. A wicked old washer man of Ayodhya always suspicious about the character of his young wife expelled her out of his house saying that he was not like Ram who accepted his wife Seeta even after she stayed alone at Lanka (Ceylon). The scandal spread like fire. The infected wave that passed over the city shook even the sound minds so much so that many began to agree with the views of the washerman. To put and end to this baseless gossip, Vasitha summoned the assembly of the people. But the public opinion was drifted with that ill tide. The king Ram was in the dilemma. He knew that Seeta was pure and chaste and had passed through the fire ordeal at Lanka, but what about the people? They must be satisfied. he was king and one of his vows was to please his people. King Ram, decided to forsake the queen, but Ram, the man was not prepared to part with his dearest wife Seeta. Fight began between Ram-the king and Ram-the man. In the end the king succeeded and the man failed. He ordered Laxman to take the queen to the forest and leave her there. The queen was to stay there till the tide of the public opininon subsided and a clear shore could be seen by them. Inspite of all his arguments Laxman has to obey the kings order and with heavy heart he took the queen to the forest. The queen Seeta little knew why she was going to the forest except that she was going to the penance grove for freely disturbing the clothes and ornaments to the venerable ones. But when the destination was reached Laxman had to disclose the fact and thousands of volcanoes erupted from her heart when she first heard the news. Laxman appeased her saying that it was not Ram that expelled Seeta, but it was the king that expelled the queen. Ram still loved Seeta as much as before. But Seeta could not be convinced and she sent away Laxman. Mad with this sudden shock she did not know wha to do and but of the timely intervention of Valmiki she woud have flowed away with the waters of the Ganges. Valmiki convinced her of the kings helplessness, asked her to do her duty as a queen and reminded her of her responsibility to continue the Raghus illustirous race. Seeta agreed to live with one condition that her name should not be disclosed to avoid the censure of herself and her husband. Valmiki agreed and took her to his hermitage. Vandevi as Seeta was called in the hermitage, gave birth to the twin princes. The boys were named Lav and Kush and grew under Seeta's tender care and Valmiki's versatile teachings. At the age of twelve the boys knew whole Ramayan by heart, learned Vedas, mastered all of the arts of archery and the miraculous use of all the missiles. Here in Ayodhya nothing could please Ram for a moment, nothing could occupy his mind except the sweet face of Seeta. The king Ram has made Rams life miserable. For diversion Vasistha arranged the Yagna which was done by the king who desire to be the paramount ruler. The horse was let loose and whoever questioned the horse and had to fight with protecting army of the supreme king. But there was a hitch. Any religious function could not be done without a better half-the wife. New marriage was suggested to the king but Ram refused point blank and emphasised upon the people his deal of monogamy-which is still poverbial- even at the coast of this great sacrifice. The compromise was suggested and the gold statue of Seeta was to be made to serve the purpose. Valmiki had brought Lav and Kush also to Ayodhya to take part in this yagna. He had also another purpose. He sent the boys in the streets of Ayodhya reciting in their sweet voice the story of Ramayan replete with the noble love of Ram and Seeta. People were moved. The rituals of the sacrifice retarded, fire offerings slowed down. Brahmins lost the thread of the incantations and all the people assembled were enchanted by this sweet melody, Ram saw in these boys reflections of himself and Seeta and he could not stand the questions from these innocent boys about the gold statue of Seeta. Ram left the place atonce. Knowing the facts from Vasistha the boys took the people to ask their thoughtless action and left the sinful city for their sacred hermitage. Their stirring appeal brought back the emotions in the heart of this conventional people. They could now judge the love of Seeta and Ram in terms of emotions, they began to know the pangs of seperation suffered by their king and queen. They realised the injustice they had done. Here in the meanwhile the horse was captured by Lav and great fight ensued between these two boys and Rams vast army. The boys with all the knowledge of arms and missiles frustrated the army and Laxman was wounded. King Ram was informed. He rushed to the penance grove (Dandakarnya) and was surprised to see the same boys who recited Ramayan. He approached them and advised them not to fight but they were determined to fight against the king who forsook his innocent wife.