Bala Kand, the first book of the Ramayana, is about Rama’s boyhood. It begins by relating how Valmiki composed and launched his great poem. In this book, we meet King Dasharatha of Ayodhya and his queens, Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. In time, four glorious sons are born to them – Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna. Devoted to each other, the four princes grow up happily in the palace. But the gods have destined Rama to be a hero. His thrilling adventures begin when Rishi Vishwamitra comes to Ayodhya to seek his help against the rakshasas who are harassing the rishis in the forest. Accompanied by Lakshmana, the young prince goes to the forest to fight the evil rakshasas. Under the tutelage of the great rishi, Rama and Lakshmana learn the duties of a Kshatriya and the secret mantras of all kinds of weapons. As they travel with the rishis, they also hear many fascinating tales about the people and places they see. At last they come to the palace of Mithila to see the great bow of Shiva. Here they meet King Janaka, who has promised his daughter’s hand to the strongest prince in the land.
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