Rama and the Rains

Rama waited in the forest during the rains, impatient to resume the search. Sugriva, now his ally, had vowed to help.
But when the rains ended, Sugriva continued to eat, drink and make merry with his wives in the palace.
"In my exile, I cannot enter the city," Rama said to Lakshmana. "You must go speak to Sugriva."
Lakshmana stormed into the palace, ready to kill Sugriva in his rage.
Ashamed, Sugriva begged Lakshmana's forgiveness, and went to Rama at once. "I will send out search parties," he said. "My monkeys will search the whole world to find your Sita."



Inspired by: Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik
Notes: This story is on p. 181 of the book. In Valmiki's Ramayana, this is the Kishkindha Kanda (Book 4), sarga 31. Vali's widow Tara, now Sugriva's wife, is the one who placates Lakshmana and persuades Sugriva to fulfill his promise.

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