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Indian painting of Rama's father on bed as he nears death

Just before the king dies, however, his second wife reminds him of an old promise to grant her two wishes. The king remembers and must agree. This wife then asks that Rama be exiled to the forest for fourteen years and that her son, Bharata, be allowed to rule in his place. (Photograph by Margery H. Freeman. More about the photograph)

This Indian painting shows Rama’s father on his royal bed as he nears death. A wife and son are at his side.