Tulasidas felt immensely
happy and once again touched Anjaneya's feet in reverence. He danced in ecstasy chanting
Sri Rama's sacred name and crouched behind the bush as directed by Anjaneya. He was all
eyes as he watched.
Tulasidas waited and waited. Two princes on horse-back passed that way. Tulasidas sat
there, his mind fixed on Lord Rama. But Sri Rama and Lakshmana did not come at all. After
a long, time
Anjaneya appeared in the disguise of the same old man. Tulasidas once again clasped his
knees and prayed: "Lord Anjaneya, I have waited so far, but Sri Rama and Lakshmana
Don't you pity me even now? Won't you show me Sri Rama and Lakshmana no at least?"
Anjaneya said with a smile: "Did you not see two princes on horseback? They were Sri
Rama and Lakshmana." Tulasidas was very unhappy as he realized his own ignorance.
"Miserable that I am, my own eyes turned out to be my enemies," he said weeping.
Once again he prayed to Anjaneya.
He seemed to hear Anjaneya speaking from the sky: 'Go to Ayodhya; you will have darshan
of Sri Rama, Seetha and Lakshmana in their gracious form.'
There are other stories also about how Tulasidas was able to see Sri Rama and
It is said that after some years Tulasidas had another opportunity of seeing Sri Rama;
it is also said Sri Rama asked him to put a mark of sandal paste on his forehead.
There is an episode in the 'Ramacharitamanasa'. When, after crossing the river Yamuna,
Seetha and Lakshmana step into Chitrakoota, a young hermit prostrates a their feet. He
is overcome with devotion and forgets himself. Seetha Devi bestows her blessings on him.
It is said that, at this point, Tulasidas recalls how he had seen Sri Rama; the young
hermit, it is said, is Tulasidas's picture of himself.