~ 35. They Come to a Deserted Ashram ~


As they continued their journey over mountains and through forests, Vishvamitra led the princes into a deserted ashram. Rama wondered why Vishvamitra had brought them there. And then... something surprising happened. As Rama's foot brushed against a rock, a beautiful woman suddenly appeared before him. 
"You have liberated me, Rama," she said. "I am Ahalya, and I welcome you to Gautama's ashram."
Next, Gautama emerged from the trees. He bowed to Vishvamitra and the princes, and then he extended his hand to Ahalya. Smiling, she took her husband's hand. 
All was forgiven.
Rejoicing, the devas rained down flowers from heaven.



Inspired by: Valmiki's Ramayana.
Notes: This is from the Bala Kanda (Book 1), sarga 49.





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