Dasaratha - A Man of his Words
Dasaratha is known as a great King of Ayodhya and as the father was Rama. He was a son of a king named Aja and his wife Indumati. His life is narrated in a Hindu epic, Ramayana. He is a descendant from the Sun god, Surya. He was chosen as his human parent by Lord VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. so that Vishnu could come on earth as an incarnation in the form of Rama, to defeat a demon king named Ravana.
Dasaratha’s Wives and Children
According to many legends, DasarathaDasaratha
Dasaratha is known as a great King of Ayodhya and as the father was Rama. He was a son of a king named Aja and his wife Indumati.. had numerous wives but there were only three queen consorts, named Kaushalya, SumitraSumitra
Sumitra in the Indian Ramayana epic, was the third of King Dasaratha's three wives and a queen of Ayodhya. She was the mother of twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna... and Kaikeyi. Kaushalya was the eldest and the most patient one. Sumitra was the middle wife and was most intellectual. KaikeyiKaikeyi
Kaikeyi, one of the major characters of Ramayana, was the mother of Bharata... was the youngest and quick-witted. Dasaratha had everything in his kingdom i.e., gold, followers, ministers, harmonious subjects etc., but he was still unhappy as he didn’t have sons to carry out his legacy.
He performed many rituals but all his efforts were futile. Finally, he agreed to perform Ashwamedha. He attained a pot of sweet rice from the fire which he gave to his wives. After eating the content of the pot, the three queens were supposed to get blessed with children. The eldest wife ate the major portion and hence she mothered Rama. Sumitra ate twice from the pot and hence was blessed with twins named LakshmanaLakshmana
Lakshmana, also known as Lakshana, is one of the eight chief wives or queens... and ShatrughnaShatrughna
Shatrughna was born to the virtuous king of Ayodhya, Dasaratha, and his second wife, Queen Sumitra. Dasharatha's other two wives, Kaushalya and Kaikeyi.... Kaikeyi was the last person to eat and consumed only a small portion. She became the mother of Bharat.
Exile of Rama
Kaikeyi loved Bharat and was not in the favor of her husband’s decision of giving the throne to Rama. She argued that the Bharat was the rightful heir. When Dasaratha refused, she reminded him of two boons that he had promised to give her.
Once Dasaratha was fighting against demons and Kaikeyi was his charioteer. During the battle Dasaratha's chariot’s wheel was pierced by an arrow and Kaikeyi, quickly repaired it, thus saving his life. He was impressed by her bravery and her presence of mind and told her that she could ask for two boons. She said that she would, but at the right time.
Kaikeyi, later on asked for her two boons. She told Dasaratha to dethrone RamaRama
As of late, in the year 2007, the idea of whether Rama... and send him to exile for fourteen years and to make BharataBharata
He is also a younger brother of Rama and the son of Kaikeyi. His mother wanted him to be the king of Ayodhya after Dasaratha, thus she forced her husband to put the legal heir to throne, Rama, to exile. Bharat never accepted the throne and waited for his brother to return. He rather placed Rama’s sandals on the throne., the King. Dasaratha was the man of his words and had to accept her demands.
Depression and Demise
As soon as Rama went to the forests, Dasaratha fell into depression. He told his eldest wife that all the events taking place in his life were the result of his wrong deed. When he was young, he killed a boy named Shravan Kumar, thinking that he was a deer. He asked for his forgiveness but the boy only asked him to take water for his blind parents as they must be waiting for him. Dasaratha did as told but when he told Shravan's parents about his death, they cursed him. They told him that he would die in pain which one feels from the separation of kids. The curse came true and Dasaratha died in misery. His tomb is located in a village located in Faizabad district, Uttar Pradesh.