दीयमानां न तु तदा प्रतिजग्राह राघवः । अविज्ञाय पितुश्छन्दं अयोध्याधिपतेः प्रभोः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे अष्टादशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (५१ श्लोक) Overwhelmed by the amusement that ShriRaama indeed was able to handle Shiva’s bow, King Janaka offered his daughter, Sita, to marry ShriRaama. Then ShriRaama told Janaka that He will not be able to accept Sita unless His father, Dasharatha, orders Him to do so. (This is the meaning of the…

pitā hi prabhurasmākaṃ daivataṃ paramaṃ hi naḥ | yasya no dāsyati pitā sa no bhartā bhaviṣyati ||

— vālmīkirāmāyaṇe bālakāṇḍe dvātriṃśassargaḥ (22) “Our father is our supreme God and he has complete authority over us. To whomever he gives me shall only be my husband”, this is the righteous reply that the 100 daughters of Kuśanābha give to Vāyudeva in one voice, when he requests them to marry him. Vāyudeva even lures these extremely…