Vishvamitra brought Rama and Lakshmana to King Janaka's court. "This is Prince Rama of Ayodhya," Vishvamitra announced. "He wishes to try the bow."
Janaka ordered his servants to bring the bow, and the cart groaned beneath its weight.
Effortlessly, Rama lifted the bow.
Rama strung the bow.
Then he looked up and saw Sita, who was smiling.
Distracted, Rama bent the bow further, and it snapped with a CRACK as loud as a thunderclap.
"Someone has strung the bow at last!" King Janaka shouted. "Prince Rama shall marry my Sita."
But many wondered at the omen of the broken bow.
Inspired by: Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik
Notes: This story is on p. 54 of the book. In Valmiki's Ramayana, this is sarga 67 of the Bala Kanda.
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