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The Ramayana Dashartha King of Ayodhya has three wives and four sons of which Rama is the eldest Ramas brothers are named Bharata and the twins Lakshman and Shatrughna Rama and Bharata are both blue skinned perhaps indicating they were dark skinned or even originally south Indian deities There is a sage that takes the boys out to train them in archery and Rama proves his excellence by hitting an apple that was hanging on a string In a neighboring city the rulers daughter is named Sita When it was time for Sita to choose her bridegroom at a ceremony called a swayamvara the princes were asked to string a giant bow No one can even lift the bow but as Rama bends it he not only strings it but he breaks it in two Sita chooses Rama as her husband by putting a garland around his neck while the rest of the suitors watch King Disharatha Ramas father decides that it is time for him to retire to the forest to seek moksha and to give the thrown to Rama Everyone seems to be pleased by this because everyone loves Rama This plan fulfills the rules of dharma because the eldest son should rule and if the son can take over his fathers responsibilities the father must spend his last years in search for moksha However the kings second wife and Ramas stepmother is not pleased at all She wants her son Bharata to rule And because of an oath that Dasharatha had made to her years ago she gets the king to agree to banish Rama for fourteen years and to crown Bharata even though the king begs her not to make such requests Broken hearted the king can not face Rama with the news and sends Kaikeyi to tell him Rama being always obedient is content with his banishment Sita convinces him that she belongs by his side and
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