After brief discussions with the Parishad, Dashratha along with Sage Vashishta and the ministers unanimously decided to appoint Rama his successor. Dashratha then wanted to share this news with his dear wives and he was sure they’d be delighted.After a long day in the court he went to Kaikeyi to spend
Despite the deadly blow dealt by Kaikeyi, Ram was unmoved. His life had turned upside down but without a single lament he went about doing what had to be done to depart for the forest. He first went to meet his mother Kausalya. Kausalya had no inkling of this calamity that had befallen, and so she was all ready for the coronation, resplendent in a white silk saree. Upon seeing Ram, she hugged him dearly and said, ‘Son, may you life long and may you always follow the path of righteousness.’ – ‘Dattamasanmalabhya bhojanena nimantritah.’ Offering a seat, she asked him to eat something. A true mother!
As age began to catch up with King Dashratha, he felt that the time had come to hand over the responsibility of the empire. For years he had devoted himself to the welfare of the people, but now he felt weary and was finding it difficult to carry on this heavy burden of duty. No one was better placed to succeed him than Ram. Ram had already demonstrated through his conduct as a prince that he was the most qualified candidate for this role in every respect.