It was a picturesque area.
Many sages had built their ashrams (hermitages) there. They warmly welcomed Rama, Sita and
Lakshmana. Rama and Lakshmana built a hermitage for themselves.
After a time, Bharata, with his entourage, came to visit them. He wanted to plead with
Rama to return to Ayodhya and assume kingship. He mournfully informed them about king
Dasharatha's passing away. Rama, Sita and Lakshmana were overcome with grief.
All the pleadings of Bharata to Rama were in vain. Rama did not change his mind. At
last, Bharata requested Rama to give him his sandals so that he could place them on the
throne and rule in the name of Rama. He also decided to reside in the village Nandi as a
From Chitrakoota, the three went Dandakaranya forest.