Ramayana Short Story | Indian Mythological Story
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It is a matter of Treta Yuga; Kausalya was the princess of Kosala and the first queen of King Dasaratha of Ayodhya. King Dasaratha also had two other wives: Kaikeyi and Sumitra.
While Queen Sumitra always respected Kausalya, Kaikeyi did not like Kausalya and often taunted him. Unfortunately, King Dasaratha loved the young and beautiful Kaikeyi the most.
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Rama, the son of Kaushalya, was the eldest prince and the future king of Ayodhya. Kaikeyi had a son named Bharata, and Sumitra had twins named Lakshmana and Shatrughna.
When Rama grew up, arrangements were made to crown him as the next king. The people of Ayodhya were waiting with bated breath for him to become king.
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Kaushalya was very happy to hear this and started distributing sweets and gifts to everyone. Kaikeyi’s maid Manthara, could not see all this; she poisoned Kaikeyi’s mind. Manthara said, “You have always teased Kausalya and not even respected her. Now, after Rama becomes king, she will take her revenge and make you her slave,” she told Kaikeyi.
Kaikeyi impressed King Dasaratha and asked for two boons, due to which Bharat got the throne, and Rama had to go into exile for fourteen years.
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Along with Rama, Lakshmana and Sita went into exile with him.
For the first time in her life, Kaushalya scolded King Dashrath and was angry with him. Saddened, King Dasaratha turned away from Kaikeyi and moved to a part of the palace with Kausalya. But the son died of loss and remorse, and the widowed Kaushalya had to spend fourteen sad years before Rama returned to Ayodhya.
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