Kaikeyi- One of the Wives of Dasharatha
Kaikeyi, one of the major characters of Ramayana, was the mother of 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. and wife of King Dasharatha. She was the daughter of the Lord of horses, known as Ashwapati. She had never been in the company of women and thus took on to the characteristics of the males in her family. She was bold, courageous, quick, fought battles and learnt to use various weapons.
Marriage and Promise
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.. went to Ashwapati to put a proposal of marrying his daughter, he was met with only one condition. Ashwapati wanted his grandson to rule Dasaratha's kingdom after him and Dasharatha had no trouble in making such promise as he was childless and there was no one present to rule his kingdom after him. Soon he married the beautiful and charming KaikeyiKaikeyi
Kaikeyi, one of the major characters of Ramayana, was the mother of Bharata... with whom he was immensely in love.
Soon all the three wives of Dasharatha were blessed with sons and the eldest of all was RamaRama
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Meanwhile, there was a war which took place between Gods and a demon named Sambharasura. Dasharatha was fighting at the side of Gods and Kaikeyi accompanied him in the battlefield. During the battle, Dasaratha's chariot broke down and this was the time Kaikeyi showed her courage and tactics and repaired the broken wheel of the chariot. An arrow had also pierced the king’s armor but Kaikeyi rescued the king from the field and nursed him back to health. Dasharatha was so touched and impressed by her love and skills that he offered her two boons. She said that she would choose wisely and ask for the boons at the times of need.
Coronation of Rama
Back at home, when Dasaratha decided that it was time to provide the kingdom with a new King, he opted to coronate Rama as he was the eldest of all the brothers and the rightful heir. Everyone was happy, including Kaikeyi but only one woman who wanted the opposite was Manthara.
Kaikeyi’s mother was a selfish lady who never wanted good things for her family and thus Ashwapati had banished her from the kingdom to her parents’ house in some forest. Kaikeyi never spent time with her mother. She was rather raised by a wet nurse named MantharaManthara
Manthara in the Hindu epic Ramayana is the maid who convinced Queen Kaikeyi that the throne of maharaja belonged to her son Bharata and that her... who served the queen even after her marriage. She held a strong place in the Queen’s heart and always guided her regarding her decisions.
When King exclaimed his decision of making Rama the new King, Manthara started plotting and scheming. She was a cunning woman who wanted Kaikeyi’s own son Bharata to be the King as then the queen would have more power than the other wives of Dasharatha and as she was very close to Kaikeyi, even her position and authority would increase in the palace.
Manthara fueled Kaikeyi with jealousy and told her that this was the right time to ask for two boons. Kaikeyi was misguided and she did as she was told. She stopped eating and drinking and denied dressing up. She only cried in anger and discontentment. She was ready to give away her life but the King loved her a lot and was not ready to give her up. On being asked what she wanted, Kaikeyi claimed her two boons and asked for two things. Firstly, to crown her own son as the King and secondly to send Rama to exile for fourteen years so that meanwhile Bharata could make a mark and a name for himself.
Dasharatha had to agree to the demands as he followed the policy of fulfilling the promises made even at the cost of one’s own life. On hearing this, Rama silently followed the orders and went to stay in exile along with his wife, SitaSita
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Lakshmana is a Hindu deity and is the younger brother of Rama.... who followed him despite of his efforts to make them do otherwise.
Bharata was filled with anger because of the incidents and thus decided neither to accept the throne nor to ever call his mother, ‘mother’ again. Dasharatha also fell ill and died within a span of six days after Rama’s exile.
Rama’s Exile and Returning Back
When Rama returned back, he didn’t have any complaint with anyone. He met all his mothers with equal respect and love. When Kaikeyi met him, she was filled with guilt and asked Rama to forgive her for all her evil deeds. As Rama was the incarnation of VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.., as soon as he touched her feet, the path of salvation opened for her. He also asked his brother, Bharata to forgive his mother.
According to another point of view, Kaikeyi was not evil. She only had to choose the wrong path to do the right thing. Some believe that Kaikeyi was approached by Rama who informed her that he was an incarnation of Vishnu. He told her that the reason of him coming on earth was to destroy Ravana and for that he needs to leave his kingdom and be sent to the forest. As he was the most beloved son of Dasaratha, he would never be allowed to spend time in exile thus he requested Kaikeyi to make this request in front of the king, as she was the boldest and courageous of all.
Rama also warned her against all the issues that she would have to face. She would always be remembered as the evil mother who sent out Rama. She would have to make the greatest of sacrifice which would be to put her honor and respect on the line. She would be depicted only as a villainous character for the future generations and would always be held responsible.
Kaikeyi realized the troubles she would have to go through, but she couldn’t let go of the opportunity to serve Vishnu. She was ready to take all the blame. Impressed by her devotion, Rama not only offered her salvation, but he also gave her a place in his own abode, Vaikuntha.