As Bharata pictured this scene, his grief became unendurable. He saw the spot
where Raama and Seeta had slept that night and it to the weeping queens.
Asked what Raama ate, Guha answered:
"My Lord, they fasted that night. Lakshmana brought some water and Raama drank of it
and handed it back to Lakshmana to drink. The food brought was returned untasted. The
following morning, they matted their locks and walked into the forest."
Bharata had found some relief from sorrow
in his resolve to seek out Raama and persuade him to return, but his talk with Guha and
the sights he saw brought it back in full flood.
"For my sake, Raama, you slept on the
grass. I have seen the spot and still live. And they want me to wear a crown, on top of
all this!" Thus he lamented inconsolably.