Prince of Ayodhya
(2003) is the first installment of a six-part series of books written by Ashok K. Banker
, which chronicles the events of the Ramayana
in a modern retelling of the Indian epic. The series revolves around the stories of Rama
, and Sita
and their struggles against the demon-king Ravana
, highlighting the intense love of Rama and Sita and the young prince's adherence to Dharma.
The story begins with Rama's first encounter with the demon lord Ravana
, King of the Asuras
, a race of evil beings who represent everything against that which mankind stands for. As he dreams, he is filled with images detailing the destruction and rape of his home city, Ayodhya
, the capital of Kosala
, kingdom of Dasaratha
, Rama's father. The prince frantically slices through his room, demonstrating considerable martial skill, fearful of his dreams.
Meanwhile, the great seer Vishwamitra
, one of the Seven Sages
of Hindu theology, proceeds towards Ayodhya. As he travels, he becomes aware of some strange disturbance, and changes his form to that of a Shudra
hunter, a low-caste marksman. As he walks, Jatayu
, leader of Ravana's air force, tracks his movement and inspects the city of Ayodhya. Only a few seconds before Vishwamitra walks through Ayodhya's massive gates, however, a second being who looks exactly like him is seen proceeding through it...
In the palace, First Queen Kausalya
, Dasaratha's first wife and mother of Rama, is paid a visit by the King. At first, she... Read More