In the previous episode we had witnessed the aftermath of Mother Sita’s disappearance into the earth, once and for all. As per Mother Sita’s last and final wish, Lord Rama accepts Lava and Kusa as his sons and takes them to Ayodhya. Post that, Lord Rama rules Ayodhya for many more years, however he loses all the interest in everything around him because of the irrepairable loss of his beloved Sita. Thus at one stage, he tries to appoint Lakshmana as his successor. However, as Lakshmana is not ready to take up such a position, he gives it to Bharata. After that, Lord Rama gradually retires from administrative duties step by step. He wishes to spend time alone, thinking of those wonderful days and moments that he had spent with his beloved Sita.
As days pass by, Yama Dharma-Raja who is the God of Death, keeps track of Lord Rama’s life and sees that the time is fast approaching for him to return back to Vaikunta. Accordingly, he plans to meet Lord Rama at Ayodhya and comes down for that. However, as Hanuman is the gatekeeper at Ayodhya, Yama Dharma-Raja is unable to enter inside the city palace! Previously, once upon a time, Hanuman had given a tough time of his life to Yama Dharma-Raja by beating him up left, right and center! 🙂 Yama Dharma-Raja remembers each and every beating that he had received from Hanuman and is now scared upon seeing this fellow guarding the gates of Ayodhya! 🙂 Now how does he get inside to meet Rama?
As Yama Dharma-Raja approaches Ayodhya, Lord Rama too realizes his arrival and makes a plan. He knows that Yama Dharma-Raja cannot enter Ayodhya when Hanuman is around! Thus, Rama calls Hanuman for a meeting and as Hanuman arrives, he “accidentally” drops his ring from his finger on the ground and the ring enters into a pit! Rama requests Hanuman to enter the pit and fetch the ring for him! Unable to deny Rama’s request, Hanuman enters the pit in search of the ring. However, little did he know that it was a trap! The pit goes deeper and deeper and as Hanuman goes deep down, he sees the “Mother of Snakes” – Naaga-Maatha” having the ring! As Hanuman requests her to hand over the ring, she disobeys and as Hanuman tries to attack her, he is surrounded by thousands of other snakes! At one point in time, Hanuman has to give up the fight as he is completely helpless! He is now asked to narrate the entire history of Rama and how he met Rama, etc. Naaga Maatha wants to listen to the entire story, before she would hand over the ring to Hanuman!
As Hanuman is narrating the entire story, Yama Dharma-Raja sees it as the right time and in Hanuman’s absence, enters into Ayodhya palace to meet Rama. He informs to Lord Rama that he has to return to his aborde of Vaikunta sooner and earlier. Lord Rama acknowledges Yama Dharma-Raja’s words and assures him that he would be back soon! Meanwhile, Lord Rama from his side also realizes that his duties are all but over in this world and it’s time for him to return back!
How does the return process happen? What happens next? The action continues in the next episode! 🙂