Kausalya

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This article is about the mother of the Hindu god Rama. For the actress, see Kausalya (actress). For the singer, see Kousalya (singer).
Bharata and Satrughna come to console Kausalya

Kausalya (Sanskrit: कौसल्या Kausalyā, Tamil: கோசலை, Thai: Kausuriya, Khmer: កោសកល្យា, Burmese: Kothalla) in the Indian Ramayana epic was the eldest of King Dasharatha's three wives and a queen of Ayodhya; she was the daughter of the King of the Dakshina Kosala Kingdom. She was the mother of Rama, the king of Ayodhya, upon whom the story of the Ramayana is based. Shanta was the daughter of Dasharatha and Kausalya, adopted by the couple Rompad (king of Angadesh) and Vershini (an elder sister of Kausalya). Shanta was a wife of Rishyasringa, who performed the Putrakameshti yagna for Dasharatha. The descendants of Shanta and Rishyasringa are Sengar Rajputs who are called the only Rishivanshi rajputs.

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