In the previous episode we had witnessed that Lord Rama and Mother Sita’s credibility is under question by the citizens of Ayodhya and it is time for King Rama to prove his name clean. What could he do? With options running out, he takes the harsh decision of abandoning Mother Sita in the forest. With a heavy heart thus, King Rama asks Lakshmana to execute this complex mission by taking Mother Sita to the forest and leave her mid way!
Accordingly Lakshmana too, although he resists this move of Rama, unwillingly takes up the mission. He takes Mother Sita out of the palace in his chariot and sets out to the forest. In the midst of the forest, Lakshmana suddenly stops the chariot and asks Mother Sita to get down. As she gets down, Lakshmana thunders her with his words that her beloved Rama has abandoned her forever! Upon hearing this, Mother Sita is shell-shocked! She couldn’t believe her ears! How can Rama do such a thing? On the pretext of upholding the “Raaja-Dharma” he has compromised on the “Vivaaha-Dharma” (The promise that is made between the husband and the wife during the time of marriage that whatever maybe the situation, both of them shouldn’t separate from each other!)
Helpless as she is, Mother Sita sinks into an ocean of sorrow! She is unconsolable right now! Lakshmana leaves her alone in the middle of the dense forest and makes his way back to Ayodhya! What will poor Mother Sita do? Who is going to protect her in this lonely forest? Mother Sita doesn’t know what to do and where to go! It is to be remembered that she is a pregnant woman at this stage.
As Lakshmana returns back to Ayodhya, he sees Rama in a devastated state! At this moment, Lord Rama quickly makes a decision – He immediately calls for Hanuman to meet him. As Hanuman comes inside Lord Rama’s chamber, he learns the situation in which Rama is. King Rama requests a help from Hanuman. He says to Hanuman, “Oh my dear Hanuman! I’m in dire need of your help at this moment! Due to unavoidable circumstances, Mother Sita has been sent to the forest! I’m so scared and worried about her safety. Hence, it would be extremely helpful if you can ask Lakshmana for the whereabouts of Sita and go near her to protect her. I want you to be with her all the time to ensure that she is safe and secure!”
Upon hearing this from his master, Hanuman gets ready immediately for the mission. He couldn’t wait to see Mother Sita. As Hanuman is about to start, Lord Rama stops him again and tells him, “Oh Hanuman! Please make sure that you morph your identity in front of Sita, so that she doesn’t know that it is you who is helping her out. Also, let Sita not know that I’ve sent you as my messenger to her!” As Lord Rama says thus, Hanuman understands the seriousness of the issue and vows his full co-operation. He now sets out to the forest in search of Mother Sita.
As Hanuman searches, he spots Mother Sita who is at a distance, crying bitterly and unable to move from that place due to her weakness. He quickly changes his form into a young boy, approaches Mother Sita and makes her comfortable by providing her with some water to drink and some fruits to eat. He thus slowly takes her to the ashram of Vaalmiki Maharishi.
Now here commences a very important and the final phase of the Ramayana story, with Mother Sita reaching the Vaalmiki Ashram. We shall wait till the next episode to find out what happens next!