||Arriving next at the sacred forest of Dandaka, a person should bathe in the waters there.
||And in company with his queen and brother, taking his bow, that foremost of bowmen with the view of compassing his father's welfare, began to reside in the Dandaka forest.
||The fire of their wrath to this day hath not been extinguished in the forest of Dandaka.
||Hearing these words of the king, and tying him fast to his pledge, and conscious also of her power over him, she addressed him in these words, I desire that Bharata be the recipient of that investiture which thou hast designed for Rama, and let Rama go into exile living in the forest of Dandaka for fourteen years as an ascetic with matted locks on head and robed in rags and deer-skins'
||And having paid his respects to Sarabhanga, he entered the forest of Dandaka and took up his abode on the banks of beautiful river Godavari.
||Then those chastisers of foes, Rama and Lakshmana, filled with grief at the abduction of the princess of Videha, took a southern path through the Dandaka woods beholding along their way many uninhabited asylums of ascetics, scattered over with seats of Kusa grass and umbrellas of leaves and broken water-pots, and abounding with hundreds of jackals.
||Vaishampayana said, Formerly, O tiger among kings, the high-souled Rama the son of Dasaratha lived for some time in the forest of Dandaka, from desire of slaying the Rakshasas.
||The fire of their wrath yet burns in the forest of Dandaka, unquenched by time.
|Reference:- Mahabharata of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, translated to English by Kisari Mohan Ganguli; Source of Plain Text: www.sacred-texts.com; Wikified at AncientVoice.