In the Ramayana, Bharat could not bring himself to ascend the throne of Ayodhaya, for it truly belonged to Ram, his eldest brother. So when Ram is forced into exile to the forest, he runs after his brother to bring him back. Seeing him coming, Laxman, who accompanied Ram to exile, is worried that Bharat may be coming to kill them, but Ram assuages Laxman, asking him to put complete trust in Bharat. Bharat falls at Ram’s feet, and begs him to come back to Ayodhaya. When Ram refuses (since disobeying one’s parents was considered sacrilege), Bharat carries Ram's sandals and places it on the throne, and vows that till Ram returns, his sandals will rule the kingdom. Bharat’s respect of Ram, and, in turn, the latter’s trust in Bharat, is the essence of India’s heritage.