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RAAMA and Seeta spent twelve happy years in Ayodhya.

He was admired by the citizens of Ayodhya for his many great qualities and they all looked forward to his becoming king after Dasaratha who was getting old.  Dasaratha wanted to make Rama his successor. He therefore called his advisers and discussed his proposal. All agreed to this. 
Dasaratha proclaimed that RAMA would be King when he died. He would crown him as the prince the next day itself.