South wall, upper register
This register must be read from left to right.
Fig.2.S. - Rama and Lakshmana are seen later in the forest (painted with a red background) killing a storm of crows flying around a hermitage with their arrows; one crow has the head of a yaksha, probably being Ka Kanasun (lower right).
|Fig.3.S. – In their royal palace King Dasaratha (Tosarot) and his wife give permission to Rama and Lakshmana to leave (Rama has dark skin and stays in the right pavilion); the two are then shown walking away into the forest.|
Fig.4.S. - Lakshmana (left) and Rama, after walking in the forest, reach a small pavilion where they can rest, where the two princes extends their arms over a small brazier to warm their hands.
Fig.5.S. - On a blue-black background, Rama is depicted taking part in the contest to obtain Sita’s hand in marriage (left). The ritual (svayamvara) was initiated by Janaka, king of Mithila.
The event painted with light-blue background refers of Bharata and Sutragughna
with their army begging Rama to return and take the throne.|
Fig.7.S. - In the forest, Rama, Sita and Laksmana came to a river that they have to cross; the painting shows Laksmana pulling a thin raft across the waters with Rama and Sita on board.
|Ravana flaying away after kidnapping Sita, is attacked by the giant bird Jatayu.|
depictst Drama and Lakshmana fooled and lost in the jungle but the giant bird Jatayu gives them some information.
The visual narrative then switches to the legend of Valin fighting the buffalo Thoraphi. The mural is deteriorated and the monkey king Valin (oddly painted red instead of green) is hardly discernable fighting the buffalo inside a narrow building, probably representing a cave in the intention of the painters.
The right half of the picture deals with episode after Valin killed Thoraphi, he thought that Sugriva had tried to usurp the throne by blocking him in the cave where he fought the bull; thus, Sugriva was banished from the kingdom, met Rama and formed an alliance.
The mural depicts these three scenes, Hanuman entertaining Sugriva, Rama and Lakshmana kneeling in front of Sugriva asking an alliance. On top is Lakshmana comforting Sugriva.
The end of the upper register of the south wall.
The continuation is on the middle register of the same wall.