Raama reported to his mother the King's latest command. She answered: "This
I have heard. May you live long. Be a good ruler. Conquer your foes and protect your
subjects and kinsfolk. You have pleased your father and you have made me happy."
Then bidding farewell to his mother and
step-mother, Raama went to his own apartment. As directed by the King, Vasishtha came to
Raama's place. He was welcomed by him at the entrance, Vasishtha initiated Raama with due
mantras in his pre-coronation fast.
As Vasishtha returned to the King, he saw
groups of people on the royal road, cheerfully discussing the great festival of the
morrow. Houses were being decorated with flowers, festoons and flags. It was with
difficulty that Vasishtha could make his way through the crowds to the King's palace. The
King was pleased to hear that the fast had begun duly and all was being got ready for the