Dasaratha was the king of Ayodhya and is popularly known as the father of Lord Rama. He was a descendant of Raghu and his life is well narrated in the famous Hindu epic Ramayana. He had three wives Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. Kaushalya was the mother of Rama, Sumitra was the mother of Lakshman and Shatrughna and Kaikeyi was the mother of Bharata. Dasaratha also had a daughter by his wife Kaushalya, her name was Shanta and was the eldest of all the children of Dasaratha. Shanta was married to Rishi Shreengi.

Dasaratha king of Ayodhya :

According to Ramayana, while on a hunting expedition he accidently killed a young boy named Shravana Kumar. Shravana Kumar was the only child of his blind parents. Both his parents were old and blind due to which they were totally dependent on their son. Before dying Shravana Kumar asked Dasaratha to carry the pitcher of water to his thirsty parents. Dasaratha carried the pitcher of water to the old couple. They drank the water thinking that it was being offered by their son. Dasaratha hesitantly told the old couple about the incident. Shravana’s parents were struck with grief and pain. Shravana’s father cursed Dasaratha that one day he too will suffer and die from the separation of his son. The old couple did not want to live anymore without their son and sacrificed their lives.

During the battle against Asuras Dasaratha’s life was saved by Kaikeyi. Dasaratha was pleased with her and asked her to wish for any two boons. Kaikeyi said that she will ask for the boon when the right time will come. After several years when King Dasaratha decided to crown his eldest son Rama as the King of Ayodhya, Kaikeyi objected to it. She asked for two boons which Dasaratha promised her long time ago. Her first wish was to make her son Bharata as the king of Ayodhya and her second wish was to send Rama to the forest for 14 years of exile. Dasaratha fulfilled both her wishes and Rama went for exile. Dasaratha finally died from the pain and grief of separation from his son Rama.

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