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Kousalya, Sumitra and Kaike are the three wives of King Dasaratha of Ayodhya, in the 24,000-verse Sanskrit epic called the Ramayana, and the mothers of the heroes Rama, Bharatha, and Lakshmana.

In the story, when the King performs a Putrakameshti Yagna, the sacrifice for progeny, a divine being, purusha, emerges from the holy fire and offers a pot of payasam milk sweet. King Dasharatha distributes the dessert to his three wives, the Queens Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi, in accordance with the status of each, and each wife conceives. As a result, Queen Kaushalya gives birth to the oldest son, Rama; Bharatha is born to Queen Kaikeyi; and Lakshmana and Shatrughna are born to Queen Sumitra.

See Also

External links

  • Site with Valmiki Ramayana Text with Meaning (http://www.valmikiramayan.net/)
  • Online Ramayana (http://www.onlinedarshan.com/ramayana/index.htm)

Hinduism | Hindu mythology
Deities: Brahma | Vishnu | Shiva | Rama | Krishna | Ganesha | Indra | Gayatri | Lakshmi | Sarasvati
Texts: Ramayana | Mahabharata

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Ramayana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5949 words)
He has three queens, Kousalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi, and three other sons, Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna.
Dasharatha divided it amongst his three queens, Kousalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi.
Bharata is born to Queen Kaikeyi, and twins, Lakshman and Shatrughna, are born to Queen Sumitra.
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