3-7-8 Sanskrit verse
Book of Forests (Aranya Kaand`a)
Pratiikshamaan`aha tvaam eva
na aarohe aham mahaa yas`aha
Deva lokam ito viira
deham tyaktvaa mahiitale
Sita, Rama, and Lakshmana arrive at the hermitage of the sage Sutiikshan`a. The sage invites him with open hands. He says: "Oh person of Great Reputation! I am waiting your arrival without relinquishing my body and ascending the heaven. I heard that you arrived at Chitrakuut`a, having been repudiated from your kingdom."
Citrakuut`am upaadaaya raajya bhrasht`oo asi me shrutaha.
If Rama voluntarily relinquished his kingdom, the sage would have used the words "having relinquished your kingdom (raajya tyaktvoo)" . The news in circulation was that Rama was repudiated or ousted, an indication that Rama was at the receiving end and that there was no voluntariness.