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KAIKEYI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A princess of Kaikeya, wife of King Dasaratha, and mother of Bharata, his third son.

She carefully tended Dasaratha when he was wounded in battle, and in gratitude he promised to grant any two requests she might make. Urged by the malignant counsels of Manthara, a female attendant, she made use of this promise to procure the exile of Rama, and to promote the advancement of her own son, Bharata, to his place.


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