Scenes from the life of Rama

Painting on canvas showing scenes from the life of Rama, depicted in four sections, one above the other, on a red background. At the top are the three wives of King Dasaratha, with Sumitra in the middle holding her two sons Lakshmana and Shatrughna, Kaikeyi on the left with her son Bharata, and Kousalya on the right, holding her son Rama. In the second register, King Dasaratha looks at his favoured son Rama in the cradle. In the register below, Rama and Lakshmana shoot with their bows and arrows at two demons, the two sons of Taataka, Mareecha and Subahu, who have been harrassing the Sage Vishwamitra, who is training Rama and Lakshmana in martial arts. The lowest register showsthe Swayamvara ceremony for Sita, at which Sita is garlanding Rama, with her father Janaka, King of Mithila and his spouse to the left. On the right Rama strings and breaks the bow in two and thus earns Sita's hand in marriage. The sage Vishwamitra and Lakshmana are with him.

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