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Translation: R.K. Narayan

THE RAMAYANA
    CHAPTER 2 “THE WEDDING”
PLOT
 Rama, Laskhmana, and Viswamithra travel to Mithila to meet the King
 of Janaka.

 Sita, the King’s daughter, and Rama’s eyes meet from afar and they
 feel in instant attraction. They do not speak to each other and do not
 know who each other are.

 The next day, Rama, Laskhmana, and Viswamithra go to the
 assemblyhall to meet the King of Janaka who is immediately taken by
 Rama, wanting him to marry his daughter.

 Rama strings the bow of Shiva and breaks it in the process, granting
 him the King’s daughter.

 A wedding and celebration quickly follows and they both marry.
KEY QUOTES/SCENES
                 “They had been together not so long ago in
                    Vaikunta, their original home in heaven, as
                    Vishnu and his spouse Lakshmi, but in their
                    present incarnation, suffering all the limitations
                    of mortals, they looked at each other as
                    strangers.” (23)



Rama strings the bow in order
to marry the King of Janaka’s
daughter and breaks it in half.


   “Now I return to you Rama and Lakshmana. Their
   achievements are immeasurable, but there is much more
   ahead...” (32)
THINK….

 What does this story
 reveal about the beliefs
 in the after life?
 Is the extravagance of
 this wedding
 comparable to modern
 weddings?
 How does Rama
 compare to Achilles?
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The Ramayana-Chapter 2

  • 1. Translation: R.K. Narayan THE RAMAYANA CHAPTER 2 “THE WEDDING”
  • 2. PLOT Rama, Laskhmana, and Viswamithra travel to Mithila to meet the King of Janaka. Sita, the King’s daughter, and Rama’s eyes meet from afar and they feel in instant attraction. They do not speak to each other and do not know who each other are. The next day, Rama, Laskhmana, and Viswamithra go to the assemblyhall to meet the King of Janaka who is immediately taken by Rama, wanting him to marry his daughter. Rama strings the bow of Shiva and breaks it in the process, granting him the King’s daughter. A wedding and celebration quickly follows and they both marry.
  • 3. KEY QUOTES/SCENES “They had been together not so long ago in Vaikunta, their original home in heaven, as Vishnu and his spouse Lakshmi, but in their present incarnation, suffering all the limitations of mortals, they looked at each other as strangers.” (23) Rama strings the bow in order to marry the King of Janaka’s daughter and breaks it in half. “Now I return to you Rama and Lakshmana. Their achievements are immeasurable, but there is much more ahead...” (32)
  • 4. THINK…. What does this story reveal about the beliefs in the after life? Is the extravagance of this wedding comparable to modern weddings? How does Rama compare to Achilles?