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Sumitra (Sanskrit: सुमित्रा, IAST: Sumitrā) is the second consort and the queen of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya among his three wives. She is the mother of twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna as mentioned in the Hindu epic, the Ramayana.
She came from the ancient Kingdom of Kashi. She is considered as the wisest amongst the wives of Dasaratha. She is said to be the one who encouraged Lakshmana to accompany Rama and serve him during his exile. Sumitra often helped Dashratha with his problems. She was very much attached to her daughter-in-law Urmila and considered her above all. During Lakshman's exile, she only stood by her side all the time.
Portrayals Of Sumitra In Mass Media
Sumitra has been portrayed by several actresses television adaptations of Ramayana:
|Year||TV series||Channel||Country||Played By|
|1986-1987||Ramayan||DD National||India||Rajni Bala|
|2008-2009||Ramayan||NDTV Imagine||India||Sangeeta Kapure|
|2015||Siya Ke Ram||Star Plus||India||Sampada Vaze|
|2019- Present||Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush||Colors TV||India||Preeti Gandwani|
- Dasharatha's third Queen, Charanamrit.com, 19 June 2012
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