Dasaratha breathes his last filling the whole of his kingdom with grief. On the instruction of Vasishta, messengers bring Bharata from Kekaya to Ayodhya. When the noble Bharata comes to know of what has happened to his father and elder brother, he explodes with uncontrollable rage. He calls his mother ‘rakshasi’. He is desperate to undo the wrong doings of his mother. So Bharata, along with Vasishta and the army, undertakes a journey to the forest to bring back Sri Rama.
After accepting the hospitality of Sage Bharadwaja, Sri Rama stays in a hut at Chitrakuta. Bharata comes to this hut and falls at the lotus-feet of Rama in abject supplication. When Bharata tells that their father is no more Rama breaks down. Later Bharata tries to persuade his brother to take the kingdom back. But Rama, the dutiful son of Dasaratha, declares that it is his duty to stay in forest for fourteen years, and Bharata’s to return to Ayodhya and ascend the throne. Vasishta now instructs Bharata to rule the land as Rama’s representative. So Bharata installs the sandals of Rama on the throne and stays in Nandigrama discharging his duties.