Having defeated Ravana and rescued Sita, Rama, with all his followers, has returned in triumph to his capital. The first order of business is the celebration of his formal consecration as king. He sits in state, accompanied by Sita, with Hanuman at his feet, as sages (with beards) bring sacred water to be poured as part of the ritual. Multitudes, including monkeys bearing honorific parasols and monkey ladies wearing pleated dresses, come to pay solemn homage.
At the left side a treasure box is opened so that on Rama’s order his faithful supporters can be given gifts of gold and jewels.
According to a classic Rama epic from the same area of southern India as this artwork, after Rama is crowned, he “ruled the earth according to the eternal rules of good governance. . . . Everyone in heaven and on earth, all the seven worlds hailed him as ‘our lord’ and gladly did his bidding.”
(Exhibition Label from The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe)