Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Kaikeyi - Mother of Bharata of the Ramayana


Kaikeyi is the second wife of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. She gave birth to Bharata, as a result of partaking the sacrificial offering from the Ashwamedha sacrifice performed by her husband for the purpose of obtaining children.

She used to be fond of Rama, the son of Kausalya, the eldest wife of her husband, but was persuaded by her hench-woman Manthara to ask her husband that: 'Let my son Bharata be crowned the heir-apparent. Let Rama be sent in exile to the forest for fourteen years.' The King could not refuse, for he had promised her a boon in return for her having saved his life in the battlefield. Despite his desperate pleas, she stuck to her demands and got them fulfilled. Heart-broken, her husband died of grief.

Last Modified At: Mon Oct 18 21:58:55 2004