Sumitra

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Sumitra
Four Sons of Dasaratha.jpg
Sumitra gives birth to twins (centre, top)
EpicRamayana
Information
FamilyRama
(son)
Lakshmana
(son)
Shatrughna
(son)
Bharata
(son)
Dasharatha
(husband)
shanta
(daughter)

Sumitra (Sanskrit: सुमित्रा, IAST: Sumitrā) is the second consort and the queen of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya among his three wives.[1] 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.

Etymology[edit]

Sumitra is known as, Tamil: சுமித்திரை (About this soundlisten), Burmese: Thumitra, Malay: Samutra, Khmer and Thai: สมุทรเทวี Samutthra Thewi).

Portrayals Of Sumitra In Mass Media[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dasharatha's third Queen, Charanamrit.com, 19 June 2012