|Avadhapuri raghukulamani rāu | beda bidita tehi dasaratha nāu ||
Dharama dhurandhara gunanidhi gyāni | hradayam bhagati mati sārangapāni ||
अवधपुरी रघुकुलमनि राऊ । बेद बिदित तेहि दसरथ नाऊं ॥
धरम धुरंधर गुननिधि ग्यानि । ह्रदयं भगति मति सारंगपानि ॥
In the city of Ayodhya they ruled a king who was a jewel of Raghu’s race; he was called Dasaratha, a name which is familiar in the Vedas.
He was a champion of virtue, a repository of good qualities and a man of wisdom; he was a sincere devotee of God Vishnu (the wielder of the Saranga bow) and his mind was also set on him.