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24 March Episode starts with
Dasharath saying I thought Sita will explain Ram, but even she is leaving, how will I leave with this sorrow, and for whom will I live Ram. Ram says Raghukul’s customs, prestige and my duty towards you will get ruined if I don’t go to van, shall I let all this fail by the fear of just 14 year long vanvaas. Ram says I m your eldest son, its my Dharm to protect the Maryada of my kul, how can I be let this kul stained. Dasharath says let it get stained, so that no one in this kul give promises without thinking again, its custom that what we sow is what we reap, but its opposite here, its someone’s crime and someone else is bearing punishment, you are equal to my life son, I don’t want to lose you, if I lose you, you can’t get me back…. Because if I lose you, it would mean losing life…. he cries. Ram rests in his lap and says none can make your Ram away from you…. I have this belief in my heart, does your heart has this belief.
Dasharath nods. Ram says then what to gain or lose, I promised Mata Kaikeyi that I will leave before the departure time, allow us to leave. Wherever we stay, we will always have your love in our heart, Karm and vachan… before we leave from Ayodhya, we take sankalp, that we will protect Raghukul customs, traditions and prestige. Raghukul riti….. plays………… Ram says permit me to leave Pita ji…. Kaushalya and Sumitra cry. Ram, Sita and Laxman turn to leave. Dasharath cries and Sumanta holds him from losing balance. Everyone go after Ram, Sita and Laxman. Dasharath says don’t go Ram… and sits in shock. He asks Sumanta to convince Ram and get him back, tell him that nothing is more important for Dasharath and Ayodhya than him…. Sumanta complies and leaves.
Devi Parvati says Swami, Dasharath’s love for his son Ram is ready to break all traditions and customs of Raghukul, does such love for a son suit Ayodhya’s king. Mahadev asks her not to see Dasharath’s love as king’s love or a father’s love, we have to understand it as Bhakt/devotee’s love for Lord. Long time ago, Dasharath was Vishnu’s Bhakt and that’s why he has got a chance to become Narayan’s human avatar’s father, that Bhakti/devotion in his heart is born and reflected as love for his son Ram. He smiles. Sita tells Shruthkirti and Urmila that they role changes with time, they have to fulfill their role’s duties with sincerity.
She wipes their tears. She tells Mandvi that you are second eldest among us, you have more duties than rest, you have to manage Shruthkirti and Urmila, and even Bharat, he will not accept Ram’s vanvaas, it will be painful for Bharat, you have to become his strength. Mandvi nods. The sisters cry. Sita says being the eldest bahu, I give the responsibility of three Matas to you three, always take care of them and respect them always, remember that you three are representing me. The sisters cry and assure that they will do their duty. Urmila says we will wait for the day when 14 years get completed, and you will re-enter Ayodhya with Ram. Sita hugs them and cries.
Ram, Laxman and Sita are leaving and fold hands to greet everyone. They proceed and Kaikeyi calls out Ram. Ram, Laxman and Sita stop. They turn and see Kaikeyi. Kaikeyi recalls Mantra’s words. Ram says Maa, its our good luck that you came to see us leaving. Kaikeyi says I did not come for your vidaai, I came to remind you that Sita is going with you. She says Ram, vanvaas has some rules, the clothes you have worn has some maryada/limits…. I hope that you will obey that rules and limits, only then your 14 year long vanvaas will be regarded fulfilled. Laxman looks on angrily. Ram and Sita see each other. Ram smiles. Kaikeyi says I m waiting for your answer Ram….
Sita answers from Ram’s side. Sita says Mata, we decided to go for van, it will be first Dharm to obey vanvaas rules, but to assure you, I promise to you that we husband and wife will obey the rules of sanyaas, and lead a Brahmachari/pure celibate life. Ram says Maa, you are making us leave for van and placing such vanvaas and Dharm’s importance in our life, thanks for this, but while leaving, I want to ask a promise from you….. Kaikeyi looks on. Ram says Dasharath loves you a lot, I just have one request that you take care of his happiness and sorrow. Ram Ram…. Plays………… Ram greets Kaikeyi for the final time. Ram, Sita and Laxman leave from Raj bhavan…..
Kaushalya says I did not imagine this day that I would have to bless my son and vadhu on their departure to van, immediately after their marriage. Sita you have sworn to support your husband, this shows your values. She blesses Sita. Sumitra asks Laxman not to do anything less to serve Ram and Sita, all men have this duty in world to obey elder brother, you regard him as your father Dasharath, and Sita as your mother. Always protect Ram and Sita and do such work that Ram does not have any problem in the van/jungle, this is my motive son. Kaushalya and Sumitra bless Ram, Sita and Laxman. Sita’s sisters cry. Urmila cries seeing Laxman. Ram, Laxman and Sita greet Guru Vashisht and Sumanta. Guru Vashisht blesses them. Praja comes for their farewell. Ram, Sita and Laxman look at the Praja and greet them.
Praja/citizens tell Ram that if you decided to leave for van, we all will come along, we can’t imagine staying in Ayodhya without you. Praja stops Ram…. Ram, Sita and Laxman look on.
** Jai Shree Ram **