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THE EPIC RAMAYANAM
* Jul 2021
Sita's father was popularly known as Janaka, but according to
the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, the Janakas were a race of kings
who ruled Videha Kingdom from their capital Mithila. Sita's father was
named Seeradwaja Janaka.
* Jul 2021
A character in the Hindu epic Ramayana - He was Rama's brother, the
second of the four sons of king Dhasharatha who ruled over Ayodhya.
When he was forced to govern Ayodhya, he did his duty, not as a ruler,
but only as Rama's representative. He placed Rama's sandals at the foot
of the throne, and refused to be crowned.
Koodalmanikyam Temple in Irinjalakuda, Kerala is dedicated to the worship of Bharata (Lord Sangameshwara).
The temple is one of four in Kerala that form a set called Nalambalam,
with each temple dedicated to one of the four brothers in the Ramayana
epic: Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna.
* Jul 2021
The history of Kosala prior to the birth of Rama reveals that Dasaratha
had a daughter. The Vasishtha Ramayana, also known as Jnana Ramayana,
which is one version of the Ramayana written by Valmiki, in its Adi
Parva refers to the ancestry of Dasaratha, his birth and how he became a
king in the solar dynasty. This reveals an unknown story in the known
purana about Dasaratha's youth, marriage and how he became the father of
a female child. Adhbuta Ramayana and Adyatma Ramayana also refer to
Dasaratha married Kausalya who was found in an unconscious state in a
box floating in the Ganga. Kausalya gave birth to a female child, who
unfortunately had a handicap in her leg. The child was named Shantai.
Vashistha said the handicap was due to the marriage between close
cousins (Dasaratha and Kausalya belonged to the same gotra) and she
would become normal if given in adoption to a divine couple.
Accordingly, Dasaratha and Kausalya gave the child in adoption to
Romapada, the king of Angadesa. With due care and treatment, Shantai's
disability vanished. Romapada performed her marriage with Rishyasringa
Maharishi. It was after Shantai was given in adoption that Dasaratha got
married to Sumitra and Kaikeyi.
Reference: Did Rama have a sister? by Dr.T.S.Narayana Swamy, Tattvaloka, December 2006