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Story Of Kausalya - Mother Of Sri Rama In The Ramayana

Kausalya was the first wife of Dasaratha, king of Ayodhya and father of Sri Ram. She was the daughter of the King of Uttara Kosala. A daughter named Santa was born to Dasaratha by Kausalya. After this, no sons or daughters were born to Dasaratha for a long time.

Kausalya was also the chief wife of Dasaratha. The king had two other wives named Kaikeyi and Sumithra.

When no children were born to the king, he performed putrakameshti yajna. Thus, Sri Ram was born to Kausalya.

She rejoiced at the decision to make Shriram crown prince but plunges into grief when she hears that Sri Ram will not become crown prince but will go on exile for fourteen years.

She offers to go with Sri Ram but he does not agree to it.

One of the noble characters in the Ramayana, she breaks down and accuses the king of destroying his kingdom, when she hears the report of Rama’s journey into forest from his charioteer, Sumantra.

Soon she gathers her composure and forgives the king when he seeks forgiveness.

Nothing is mentioned in the Ramayana about her death or what happened to her in her last years.