The King answered that he was happy and would forthwith carry out their wishes.
Then turning to Vasishtha, Vaamadeva and the other holy men and guardians of the sacred
rites, he said: "This is the auspicious month of Chaitra, the season when the trees
in the forest are covered with flowers. Revered elders, make all preparations for the
anointing of Raama."
The assembly was glad to hear these prompt
orders. As bidden by the King, Sumantra, the minister in charge of the household, went to
fetch Raama. Raama, ignorant of all these happenings, came and stood before his father.
Hearing of the decision to anoint him
Yuvaraaja, he humbly bowed acceptance, saying, "I am in duty bound to carry out your
orders, whatever they be."