A vividly illustrated 17th century manuscript of the Ramayana has been brought together online. A major partnership between the British Library and CSMVS Museum in Mumbai has digitally reunited over 600 folios which have been split between organisations in the UK and India for the last 150 years.
Here, on the right, Dasharath tells Ram that he will make him king, with Vashishtha, Lakshman, another Brahmin and ministers in attendance. Ram and Lakshman then leave the king to call on Kausalya on the left, who, dressed in white, is worshipping a small, gold image of Vishnu, with Sumitra beside her. As a portent of impending disaster, their meeting is spied on by Kaikeyi's maid Manthara from a window in the high wall. Below, Ram and Lakshman then depart to their palace in a chariot to prepare for the ceremony amidst general rejoicing, and to the accompaniment of the drums and trumpets that announce royal arrivals and departures.