"Take Ravana's flying chariot," Vibhishana said, and Rama did so, sending Hanuman ahead with a message for Bharata: "The exile is over, and Rama is coming!"
Receiving this news, Bharata rejoiced and began preparations for Rama's coronation.
When Rama reached Ayodhya, Bharata placed the royal sandals at his feet. "These sandals sat on the throne in your place," he said. "Now you will be our king."
When Rama and Lakshmana returned, even their own mothers didn't recognize them. Fourteen years had changed the princes; the boys were now men. Kaushalya embraced Rama, Sumitra embraced Lakshmana, and both mothers embraced Sita.
Inspired by: Valmiki's Ramayana.
Notes: This is the Yuddha Kanda (Book 6), sarga 127.
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