18 Ramavijaya. ried at night and buried in the field presented by Janak to a Brahman. One day while the Brahman was ploughing "liis field, he found the box and carried it to the king. The box was opened and, to the great astonishment of all, a girl of the age of fire years was found in it. As soon as the king saw her, he was moved with affection, and broug- ht Ixer up as his daughter. One. day Pur us ha ram, having killed all the KsJietriyas* on earth, came to the kingdom Ľof Janak. He went into the palace with the king to take dinner ; and when he came out affcer dinner, he found that some one had removed the dhanusha^ placed by him at the court of the king. He was greatly enraged and said, 'Who has taken my dhanusha I It is so heavy that t can not be removed even by thousands of elephants.' So* saying he came out of the court with the king to look for 11 but, to his great surprise, he saw the girl riding on it. "No sooner did she behold her father than she left the dha- nusha there and ran away, when Pumsharam said to the king, * My incarnation is now over. Let the dhanusha be here. I now advise you to hold a sayawar^ and marry your daughter to any man who will lift up the bow and break it off.' So saying Purusharam left for his abode. Soon after, the king held a sayawar and invited to. it all the kings and Rishis on earth. All attended the sayawar including Havana, who came there without invitation. The king told the assembly that Sita wo-uld be married to> any man who would lilt up the dhanusha and break it off* Many kings attempted to lift it up but they all failed in their attempt. Havana then stepped forward and' loudly said with pride and vanity, ú This bow is a trifilBg thing to me? I shall break it off in a second. I know, ye,.,weak kings, and Rishis, will not be able to lift it up. It is I who would lift up the dhanusha and break it off. Sita will be my * Warriors. fA bow J The choosing from amongst a public assembly, of a spouse by a female.