Raama's graceful frame and virile beauty, his strength, his courage, the purity
of his heart, his perfect life, his compassion, sweetness of speech, his serenity, his
deep wisdom and his states manship were admired by the people and made them eagerly look
forward to his becoming king.
And Dasaratha knew and rejoiced in this
expectation. Hence, considering his old age, he wished to crown Raama as Yuvaraaja and
entrust him with the de facto rule of the kingdom. Informing his ministers of his
desire, he had the Raaja aSabha convened. Rishis and wise men, leaders of
the city and kings from neighboring lands, attended the Raaja Sabha. When all were
seated, each in his appropriate place, Dasaratha rose and addressed them.