Long before dawn Raama rose from sleep and told Sumantra: "The citizens who
have followed us, fatigued by their long journey, are fast asleep. I am deeply moved by
their affection; but I cannot permit their love to force me to go back. Let us therefore,
move on even now, while they are yet asleep."
The horses were harnessed and the chariot
slowly crossed the river. Standing on the southern bank, Raama told Sumantra:
"If you take the chariot to the other
shore, where the people are asleep, and drive it for a little distance towards Ayodhya and
then bring it back to this side, we can proceed on our journey before they wake up.
They will see the track of the chariot going towards the city, and thinking that we have
returned home, may themselves go back. Unless you do this the crowd will go on following
Sumantra did this and, when the chariot
returned, the three got into it again and proceeded southwards.