Saket: Repentance of KaikayiSaket: Repentance of Kaikayi

Submitted / Updated On: Monday, November 05, 2007 | Written By: Maithili Sharan Gupt- Rashtra Kavi | Hits since Feb 1, 2014: 2003

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Some times a person commits such a blunder that he / she is forced to repent for the rest of the life. Kaikayi, the darling youngest wife of Dashratha did one such blunder when she forced the king to give the kingdom to her son Bharat and banish the elder stepson Ram to live in forests for 14 years. Dashratha died from this shock, and Bharat who loved the elder brother Ram too much, was outraged and indignant on this act of his mother Kaikayi. We can imagine the mental state of Kaikayi. In the previous excerpt from Saket, Bharat and Kaikayi along with many others from Ayodhya visit Ram in the forest. After completing the last rites of Dashratha, as the night fell, everyone gathered in an assembly where Bharat expressed his deep anguish at the turn of events and his boundless love for the elder brother. Repentant Kaikayi quiet till now, speaks out at this juncture and the present excerpt (from Saket Mahakavya by Rashtra Kavi Maithili Sharan Gupt Ji) tells what she feels and wants. Please click here to read the previous excerpt before this one. - Rajiv Krishna Saxena