मातृभ्यो मातृकार्याणि कृत्वा परमयन्त्र्रितः । गुरूणां गुरुकार्याणि काले कालेऽन्ववैक्षत ॥

– श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे सप्तसप्तीतितमस्सर्गः (२५) Valmiki Maharshi, at many occassions repeats shlokas similar to this one, where he tells us that Raama and Lakshmana always used to perform seva to their parents and Gurus, as per their needs and as per shaastras.

प्रतिग्रहो दातृवशः श्रुतमेतन्मया पुरा, यधा वक्ष्यसि धर्मज्ञ तत्करिष्यामहे वयम्।

-श्रिमद्वाल्मीकि रमयणे बालकान्डे एकोनसप्ततिमस्सर्गः(१४) Regarding the wedding of SriRama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Satrughna, King Janaka asked King Dasaratha to perform the wedding as per Rishis’ intension. Dasaratha, who is an expert in conversation, and an able man, replied in the above mentioned way. That is : “Oh King Janaka, who knows the righteous path! Acceptance…

देवतायतनान्याशु सर्वास्ताः प्रत्यपूजयन् । अभिवाद्याभिवाद्यांश्च सर्वा राजसुतास्तदा ।

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे सप्तसप्ततितमस्सर्गः (१३-१४) After all the Vedic rituals of marriage of Raama and his brothers completed as per the shaastras they, along with the new brides, returned to Ayodhya. The bride’s mother-in-laws, Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi warmly welcomed them into the palace and comforted them. Then the new brides Sita, Urmila, Maandavi and Shrutakeerti…

रामलक्ष्मणयो राजन् गोदानं कारयस्व ह । पितृकार्यं च भद्रं ते ततो वैवाहिकं कुरु ॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे एकसप्ततितमस्सर्गः (२२-२३) Janaka decided that Raama-Lakshmanas are the best match for Seetha and Urmila, by seeing the i) valour and strength of them (Raama broke the Bow of Lord Shiva) ii) dharmic nature of Dasharatha’s dynasty. Similarly, Dasharatha and his Guru, ministers decided that this was indeed the best match because of…

तस्मै दत्वा तदा सिद्धं सर्वं विप्राय निश्चितः । निश्शेषितेन्ने भगवान् अभुक्त्वैव महातपाः ॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे पञ्चषष्टितमस्सर्गः (६) After completing 1000 years of severe Vratam (tapas), without taking food, water, and even air, Vishwaamitra prepared सिद्धान्नम् (cooked food as per shaastras, performed naivedyam to God and prepared the food for consumption). In order to complete the Vratam, he was about to eat this सिद्धान्नम्. Then, in order to test…

पूर्णे वर्षसहस्रे तु काष्ठभूतं महामुनिम् । विघ्नैर्बहुभिराधूतं क्रोधो नांतरमाविशत् ॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे पञ्चषष्टितमस्सर्गः (३) After becoming a maharshi, Vishwaamitra, as per the directions of Lord Brahma, continued his efforts for becoming जितेन्द्रिय  (winning over his Indryas). He performed a severe tapas for 1000 years. In order to test Vishwaamitra, Gods sent Rambha, the most beautiful apsara in heavens. Sage Vishwaamitra did not even slightly move…

ब्रह्मणस्स वचः श्रुत्वा सर्वलोकेश्वरस्य ह । न विषण्णो न संतुष्टो विश्वामित्रस्तपोधनः ॥

– श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे बालकाण्डे त्रिषष्टितमस्सर्गः (१९) The great Vishwaamitra started his journey as a dharmic King. Then with strong conviction and un-paralleled tapas, he achieved the following in order i) Realized entire Dhanurvedam, with as much precision as Lord Shiva Himself ii) Raajarshi and then iii) became a Rushi. After becoming a Rushi, in order to get…