The best amongst the dignified, Lord Rama is the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. The various occurrences that took place during His descent on earth comprises His leela - Ramleela. Rama demonstrated by example the ideal qualities of a son, brother, husband, prince, king, friend and student. Ramleela is an enactment of the pastimes of this avatar during his descent in the age known as Treta Yuga. This enactment runs for ten days and usually terminates on the day of Vijayadasmi. On this day Rama defeated in battle Ravana the King of Lanka.
And it came to pass that Rama who is the son of Dasaratha who is none other than Vishnu himself appeared on this earth. Accompanied by his wife and brother this master bowman with the determination to fulfill His vow to His father, took up residence in the Dandaka forest. Ravana the demon king by use of strategy and force carried away Rama’s wife Sita after he deceitfully lured Rama and Lakshmana away by the demon Maricha who took the form of a golden deer. Searching for Sita with His brother they came upon a mountain and on the summit of that mountain they met with Sugriva a chief of the monkey tribe.
A friensdhip developed between them and Rama having slain Sugriva’s evil brother installed Sugriva as king of his tribesmen. Having obtained this kingdom, Sugriva sent monkeys by the thousands in search of Sita. Amongst them was the all-powerful Hanuman who went searching in the southern direction and Hanumana came upon the mighty vulture Sampati who told him Sita’s whereabouts.