A Raja called Moolagan
was saved from Parasurama and thus he was responsible for the
continuance of the Kshatriya Vamsam. His descendant Raghu was a king of
great valour. He had a son called Ajan. Ajan's son was Dasaratha.
Kosalia, kaikeyi and Sumithirai gave birth to Rama, Lakshmana, Baratha
and Shatrugunan. They grew up learning all the arts and enjoying great
love and care.
At this stage, sage
Viswamitrar asked Dasaratha's help in slaying the demons who were giving
him hindrance in his yagnas. Sage Visvamitra asked for Rama to accompany
him to the forest to fight the demons, refusing the assistance of the
huge army of soldiers that Dasaratha was ready to place at his disposal.
Rama was too young and Dasaratha was agonised about sending his young
son to fight against mighty demons.
But at Sage
Viswamitra's insistence, Rama and Lakshmana accompanied him to the
forest and there stood guard and helped him in successful completion of
his yagas, slaying Thadakai and all the demons who dared to interfere.
The pleased Viswamitra took them to Mithilai, where Rama lifted the Siva
Dhanusu which could not even be moved by anybody else and married Sita
devi, daughter of King Janakar.
They returned to
Ayodhya and king Dasarathar wanted to crown Rama king. Rama's
stepmother, Kaikeyi listening to the cruel advice of her servant
Mandarai (Kooni), asked Dasaratha to grant her the two boons which he
had granted her earlier during the war with Sambasuran. She asked that
by one boon, Rama should be sent to the forests for 14 years and by the
other boon for her son Barathan to be crowned king. Rama, ever obedient,
gladly left to the forests accompanied by his wife Sita and brother
Lakshmanan. On hearing this shocking news Dasarathan died of grief.
In the forests, Rama
gained a good friend Guhan, a tribal chieftain who helped him cross the
Ganga. Rama built a parnasalai in Chitrakootam and lived happily in the
Barathan, who had been
at his grandparents' place during the whole proceedings, was extremely
aggrieved to hear of his mother's doings. He reached the forest and
pleaded with Rama to return to the kingdom and become king. But Rama
refused to disobey his father's and mother's wishes. Thus Baratha
returned to rule the kingdom on behalf of Rama, placing Rama's padukais
(wooden sandals) on the throne. Rama reached the Dandakarunyam forest
area and lived happily there. Surpanakai, sister of Ravanan, the asura
king of Lanka, saw and fell in love with Rama. She begged Rama to marry
her. Lakshmana angered, cut off her nose. Surpanakai rushed to complain
to her brother Ravana and advised him to abduct and marry the beautiful
On Ravana's request
Mareechan, his uncle took the form of a golden deer and roamed the
forests near Sita's Parnasalai. One day Sita saw and fell in love with
the golden deer and asked Rama to get it for her. Rama went behind the
deer leaving Lakshmana behind with Sita. As Rama's arrow pierced it,
Mareechan cunningly cried out to Lakshmana for help in Rama's voice.
Hearing this, Sita ordered Lakshmana to rush to his brother's aid. While
Sita was alone, Ravana in the guise of a sadhu came begging for alms. He
grabbed Sita and flew off in his Pushpaka Vimana. Enroute Jadayu, the
king of the birds fought valiantly with Ravana, but was hurt badly. He
informed Rama and Lakshmana, who had come in search of Sita.
Rama set off in search
of Sita. On the way he met Sabari, his arch devotee. He then met
Sukreeva, the vanara (monkey) king, his minister Hanuman and Vali's son
Angadhan. They agreed to help Rama rescue Sita. The mighty Hanuman flew
across the ocean to reassure Sita that Rama was coming to rescue her. He
gave her Rama's ring. Sita was overjoyed, blessed Hanuman and gave him
her Choodamani (an ornament that adorned Sita's head) to give to Rama.
Hanuman as a messenger conveyed Rama's wishes for Ravana to release Sita.
Ravana laughed and insulted Hanuman. To teach Ravana a lesson and to
prove the might of Rama, Hanuman set fire to the Ashokavanam and got
back to Rama. They soon built a bridge of rocks across the ocean and
reached Lanka. Vibeeshanan, Ravana's brother realising the might of Rama
and ashamed of Ravana's misdeeds advised Ravana to release Sita. Ravana
refused and prepared for war. The mighty army of Ravana was destroyed.
Kumbakarna, Ravana's brother was killed. Indrajit, Ravana's son was
killed next. Finally, Ravana himself came to fight with Rama. Rama
killled him with his Ramabaanam. Vibeeshanan was crowned the king of
Lanka. Rama thanked all his friends for their valuable help and returned
to Ayodhya. Barathan welcomed him with great joy. Rama was crowned king
and he ruled justly for a long time.