According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, Mandodari was the Queen consort of Ravana, the king of Lanka. She is often described as beautiful, virtuous and righteous woman. Mandodari is worshipped as one of the five virgins (panchakanya) and it is believed that reciting their names dispel the sin.

Story of Mandodari In Ramayana :

Mayasura, the king of demons (Asuras) was the father of Mandodari and Apsara Hema was her mother. Mandodari had three sons,

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meghanada, Atikaya and Akshayakumara. She is believed to have hailed from Mandor, which is a town near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The Ravan Jee Ki Chanwari is the ancient protected structure in Mandor. Local people believe that this is the altar where the marriage was performed.

According to one of the stories, Ravana once made Lord Shiva so happy that he offered Ravana with a boon. Ravana asked for Parvati and Lord Shiva agreed to his demand. The Shiva-ganas came to know about it and immediately told Parvati about it. Parvati became angry at Ravana and decided to teach him a lesson.

She took a frog named Manduka and transformed it into a very beautiful woman. When Ravana saw this beautiful woman seated on Mount Kailash he assumed her to be Parvati and took her to Lanka. She later became known as Mandodari.

According to another story the name Mandodari is interpreted as manda-udari, which means one with a bad womb. The reason behind such a name is that it was once foretold that any child born to her will be the killer of Ravana.

One day in anger Mandodari drank the pot filled with blood of rishis who were killed by Ravana. This action of hers made her pregnant and gave birth to a girl child. Fearing for the baby’s life and Ravana’s life she put the baby in the box and dropped it in the sea. This girl child later came to be known as Sita, the daughter of king Janaka. When Ravana kidnapped Sita and brought her to Lanka Mandodari recognized her due to the bith mark on Sita’s body and this is how the prophecy came true, Raavana was killed by Lord Rama.

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