Raama and Seeta lived happily in Ayodhya for twelve years. Raama had surrendered
his heart to Seeta. It was difficult for one to say whether their love grew because of
their virtues or it was planted in their beauty of form. Their hearts communed even
without speech. Seeta, rejoicing in Raama's love, shone like Lakshmi in heaven.
Long afterwards, when their forest-life
began, Anasooya, the great sage Atri's holy wife, extolled Seeta's love for Raama. And
Seeta answered: "How else could it be? Raama is a perfect being. His love for me
equals mine for him. His affection is unchanging. Pure of heart, he has mastered the