Viswamitra takes the princes of Ayodhya to Mithila for being present at the great yaga conducted by Janaka and also for showing them the divine bow used by Lord Siva. King Janaka welcomes them and enquires to the sage about the handsome princes. Janaka then declares that if Rama can string the divine bow, which many a prince could not even move, Sita would be his.
The bow is brought in an eight wheeled carriage, dragged apparently by five thousand men. Without any effort, Rama lifts the bow, bends it and strings it. But it snaps shaking the whole world. Dasaratha is thrilled as he receives the message of Janaka and sets out to Mithila. In the presence of Vasishta, Viswamitra, and Dasaratha, Janaka gives away his daughter to Sri Rama.