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1. Preparation of Raam'a Raaj Tilak and Mantharaa's Mischief
Kaikeyee is a Raamaayan character. She was the youngest queen of Raajaa Dasharath. Raajaa used to love her very much. She was the princess of Kaikaya Desh, daughter of King Ashwapati, that is why she was called Kaikeyee. Her one brother's name was Yudhaamanyu. She was skilled in warfare tactics too. Dasharath was very brave and mighty. He had helped Devtaa in many wars.
Once when he went to help Devtaa in ev-Asur Sangraam, he took Kaikeyee as his Saarathee (charioteer). He went to help Indra in Vaijayant city in which Timidhwaj Raakshas lived in the southern part of Dandak Van. That Raakshas, popularly known as Shambar, had defeated all Devtaa. There Raajaa fought with that Asur and one day when he was fighting with him, he got wounded and got unconscious in the battlefield. Kaikeyee noticed that Raajaa was not well, so she took his Rath (chariot) out of the battlefield and saved his life. Raajaa got very pleased with this, he asked her to ask for two Var. Kaikeyee couldn't think of any at that time, so she said - "I can't think of any at this time, I will ask them at a later time."
Besides when Dasharath married Kaikeyee, he promised her father that he would appoint only Kaikeyee's son as the King of Ayodhyaa. When Raajaa did Putreshti Yagya with the desire of children, she had one son named Bharat. But she loved Raam, Kaushalyaa's son, more than she loved Bharat.
Preparations for Raam's Raaj Tilak (Coronation)
That evening Ayodhyaa was richly decorated. People were very happy to hear this news and they were illuminating their houses and enjoying with music and dance. Kaushalyaa also was donating many things to Braahman on this occasion. Devtaa also heard this. They got worried hearing this. If Raam became the ruler of Ayodhyaa, then who will kill Raavan? Raam's destiny was in forests not in Ayodhyaa. So they went to Brahmaa Jee and told the whole thing. Brahmaa Jee remembered Saraswatee Jee and asked her to stop this ceremony. Saraswatee Jee gave a thought and sat on Mantharaa's tongue.
Mantharaa Tells Kaikeyee About Raam's Raaj Tilak
Mantharaa immediately ran to Kaikeyee and told her everything. Kaikeyee was sleeping at that time, so Manatharaa said - "You will always be sleeping or will you wake up also sometimes? See outside what is happening?" Kaikeyee asked - "Mantharaa, What has happened, why are you so much excited?" Mantharaa said - "Do you know tomorrow is Raam's Raaj Tilak?" Kaikeyee got very happy to hear this and she said, "Is it? My Raam will be the King of Ayodhyaa?" and she immediately gave her a pearl necklace for bringing this news.
Mantharaa said - "I have not come here to take these jewelry from you. You are not trying to understand me what I am trying to say to you. Tell me why you should be happy at this news? If Raam will be the King then Bharat will be His servant and you will have to serve Kaushalyaa for your whole life. Then pass your whole life as a maid. This is not the time of happiness, O fool. This is the time to think as how to stop Raam's Tilak and get throne to Bharat."
Kaikeyee said - "Mantharaa, You are just uselessly getting worried. My Raam loves me very much and I love Him more than I love Bharat. Besides, this is Raghu Kul's tradition that the eldest son gets the throne. Go and enjoy." Now Mantharaa beat her head, she said - "Kaikeyee, When will you grow up? You should think about Bharat as how he should get kingship, so that you can also be the King's mother, otherwise you will always be living like a maid of Kaushalyaa. Think about it."
Mantharaa's Advice to Kaikeyee
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 03/23/13