And so having made all preparations, Guha, in accordance with rules of courtesy,
took some presents, got into a boa and went to meet Bharata.
On the other bank at the same time
Sumantra, was telling Bharata:
"Look! Guha, the hunter-king, devoted
friend of Raama, has come with his people to welcome us. He is the ruler of this region.
He and his kinsmen are well acquainted with every nook d corner of this forest. They could
tell us where Raama is to found and lead us safely and swiftly to the place."
Meanwhile Guha crossed the stream and,
approaching Bharata, bowed and said: "Though we have been taken by surprise by your
unexpected visit, still all that is mine here you may consider as your own and command me.
I consider it an honour to be able to welcome and entertain you and your army."
Bharata answered: "It is very kind of
you, O friend of m brother, to offer hospitality to such a large army. I wish to proceed
to the hermitage of Bharadwaaja. We do not know the way, and, we also need to cross this