7. The Wedding of Rama and Sita

King Janaka then gave Ramawijaya his blessing to marry Sita. The glorious wedding was held for forty days and forty nights. King Dasarata came to attend the ceremony. The people of Mantilireja were very pleased and happy. The ceremony was conducted in gracious custom of the palace.

After the couple lived in Mantilireja for quite a while, it was time for them to go to Ayodya. Accompanied by Laksamana and other family members, the newlyweds went to Ayodya.

The distance between Ayodya and Mantili was quite far. They went through jungles, climbed mountains and passed   valleys. On the way suddenly they were stopped by an old hermit, Bagawan Ramaparasu.