The princes go deep into the woods and their chariot reaches the bank of the Ganga. Guha, the hunter-king welcomes them to his territory. Sri Rama, a kshatriya, embraces Guha, an untouchable, with great warmth. Rama describes the latter as his bosom friend. Guha asks for the privilege of looking after the princes for all the fourteen years. But Rama, conscious of his vows of leading life as a tapaswi, gives a polite ‘no’ as reply to the chieftain. The princes then get their locks matted with the milk of the banyan. Guha’s boatmen take Rama, Sita and Lakshmana across the Ganga. According to some other versions, Guha himself takes them across the holy river.