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Mandodari is the queen consort of Ravana, the king of Lanka, according to the Hindu epic Ramayana. The Ramayana describes Mandodari as beautiful, pious, and righteous. She is extolled as one of the panchakanya ("five virgins"), the recital of whose names is believed to dispel sin. Mandodari is the daughter of Mayasura, the King of the Asuras (demons), and the apsara Hema. Mandodari bears three sons: Meghanada (Indrajit), Atikaya, and Akshayakumara. According to some Ramayana adaptations, Mandodari is also the mother of Rama's wife Sita, who is infamously kidnapped by Ravana. Despite her husband's faults, Mandodari loves him and advises him to follow the path of righteousness. Mandodari repeatedly advises Ravana to return Sita to Rama, but her advice falls on deaf ears. Her love and loyalty to Ravana are praised in the Ramayana. Different versions of the Ramayana record her ill-treatment at the hands of Rama's monkey generals. Some versions say they disturb a sacrifice by Ravana, and some that they destroy her chastity, which protects Ravana's life. Hanuman tricks her into disclosing the location of a magical arrow which Ramaa uses to kill Ravana. After Ravana's death, Vibhishana—Ravana's younger brother who joins forces with Rama and is responsible for Ravana's death—marries Mandodari on the advice of Rama. more »

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It is a Love marriage. The Uttara Ramayana narrates a story about the birth of Mandodari. Maya, the king of giants; married Hema, the beautiful fairy, who bore him a daughter, Mandodari. Hema had no affection for her husband or Mandodari, and finally she abandoned them and left for the heavens. Maya wandered in the forests with the baby in his arms. After nearly fifteen years, he suddenly realised that his baby had blossomed into a beautiful girl. Once, they met Ravana in a dense forest where he was captivated by Mandodari's beauty. Introducing himself to Maya, Ravana told him about his rich ancestors and asked for Mandodari's hand in marriage. Maya graciously accepted Ravana as his son-in-law. Though she became Ravana's most beloved wife, Mandodari never hesitated to warn him of his misdeeds.Mandodari and Ravana are soon married with Vedic rites. Despite Ravana's faults, Mandodari loves him and is proud of his strength. She is aware of Ravana's weakness towards women. A righteous woman, Mandodari tries to lead Ravana to righteousness, but Ravana always ignores her advice. She advises him to not to subdue the Navagraha, the nine celestial beings that govern one's destiny, and not to seduce Vedavati, who would be reborn as Sita and cause the destruction of Ravana. Mandothari is one of the pancha kanyas. Mandodari's role is short in the Ramayana. She is described as a pious and righteous royal lady. Compared to the rest of the panchakanya, it is considered Mandodari's life as "less colourful and eventful".Mandodari is described as a beautiful woman in Valmiki's Ramayana. When Hanuman, the monkey messenger of Rama, comes to Lanka in search of Sita, he is stupefied by Mandodari's beauty when he enters Ravana's bed chambers and mistakes Mandodari for Sita.

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Mandodari is listed among the 7 most pious women even ahead of Sita. Mandodari advised in vain against Ravana's misadventure. Despite being a great scholar of Vedas and devotee of Lord Siva, vanity blinded Ravana from seeing the truth and had to pay the price. Deepika should learn the epics closely. It was Surpanaka, sister of Ravana who had fallen in love with Laxman and was rejected. She was also punished by him for trying to harm Sita. Our Epics show the lives of even Godly characters in such a way that millions can draw lessons in their life. All school children of Hindu religion must be made to learn them and if possible a separate paper must be included in board exams.

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Mandodari was the wife of the most powerful king Ravana. She was the only person who had the courage to speak out against her husband when he abducted Sita. Because of her intervention Sita’s stay in captivity was comfortable. The Uttara Ramayana narrates a story about the birth of Mandodari. Mayasura the son of sage Kashyapa is married to the apsara called Hema. They have two sons, Mayavi and Dundubhi, but long for a daughter, so they start performing penances. While Mayasura and Hema, who are performing penance heard a female child's voice nearby. They treated the girl as God's presentation for their penance and adopt her as their daughter. That girl child is Mandodari.Ravana comes to the house of Mayasura and falls in love with Mandodari. Mandodari and Ravana are soon married with Vedic rites. Some versions of Ramayana say that Sita the wife of Lord Rama is the daughter of Ravana through Mandodari. But, there is no such reference in Valmiki Ramayana which is the most authorised Ithihas. Ahalyā draupadi kuntī tārā mandodari tathā pañcakanyā smarenityaṃ mahapātaka nāśanaṃ Remembering ever the virgins five -Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara and Mandodari Destroys the greatest of sins.- (the source of the above sloka nobody knows which might have been lost or somewhere i yet to get) Hindus remember the panchakanya - the five virgins or maidens in this daily prayer because they were perfect wives.They are ideal woman who could be emulated. Mandodari, with Ahalya and Tara, belong to the Ramayana, while the rest are from the Mahabharata.Among the five elements, Mandodari is equated to water, "turbulent on the surface and deep in her spiritual quest. It is not correct to say that Mandodari became wife of Vali. She is not mother of Sita as per Valmiki Ramayana.

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A traditional Sanskrit exhortation runs thus: Ahalya Draupadi Kunti Tara Mandodari tatha panchakanya svaranityam mahapataka nashaka “Remembering ever the virgins five – Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara and Mandodari Destroys the greatest sins.” Ravana says to Sita ''Let the unpleasant effect caused by your dwelling in the Forest be destroyed. Be my wife, beautiful hipped lady, like Mandodari''. so, Mandodari was a very beautiful lady.Mandodari is the Queen Consort of Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, according to the Hindu epic Ramayana. The Ramayana describes Mandodari as beautiful, pious, and righteous.Though Ravan had married many women who hailed from the demigods, god and Naga communities, but Mandodari always remained his favorite among them and the most beloved to Ravan. Mandodari always wished well for Ravan and tried to maintain him on the pious path. She always protested though humbly of his misdeeds. The chastity of Mandodari already intimated her that all-pervasive almighty, Lord Rama had taken birth in Ayodhya. When Ravan abducted Sita craftily, Mandodari quietly and humbly tried to convince Ravan: "O my lord, Shri Rama is not an ordinary person. He is none other than the almighty, omnipotent, Satchidananda, Supreme Being Himself. Do not disrespect Him. Having enmity with Him might be disastrous. Vaidehi Sita is none other than Jagadjanini (mother of all beings), Yogamaya herself. This enmity is not good for you. Please return Sitaji to Shri Rama. We should then hand over the kingdom of Lanka to Meghanaad and go to the forests to concentrate our minds in Kausalendra (the lord of Kaushala- Lord Rama). He is the ocean of pity, He will definitely show grace on us". Mandodari does not abandon her husband who is tainted beyond doubt. Yet Ram abandons his wife who is tainted not in deed but by reputation. The contrast draws attention to the difference between traditional roles of a wife and a husband. But both Mandodari and Ram are faithful to their respective spouses. Mandodari does not look at another man and Ram never looks at another woman with the eyes of desire.The whole world rejects Ravan but Mandodari stands by him. Even when Ravan's actions lead to the death of her son, she stands by her husband. She knows that he has terrorized the world and abused women by his excesses, yet she stands by him. She appeals to her husband to change his ways but when he refuses she does not abandon him. She separates her judgment of him as a man from her duties as a wife. By standing by his side, she does not condone his actions nor encourage it. There is a dispassionate detachment between her opinions and her duties. Perhaps that is why she is considered worthy of worship as a Mahapativrata.

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Ravana's wife and empress of Lanka is Mandodari, the daughter of Maya, the son of Diti. Mandodari's characterisation vies equally with Seetha, Savitri, Anasuuya, Ahalya, Draupadi, and with other great ladies. Her name has some significance. When Shurpanakha was claiming herself a befitting female for Rama, and belittling Seetha she uses words like krishodari, shaatodari meaning 'a female with feeble womb... So also manda udari means 'slow, womb... and hence she is lady with slow conception...' Mandodari gives birth to one Indrajit, son of Ravana, an extraordinary fighter, and all-conquering warrior. Had Mandodari given birth to one or two more Indrajit-s, a dozen Rama-s have to take incarnation. Indrajit's wife is Sulocana, another lady of high nobility and chastity, counted on par with other husband-devout ladies like Seetha. Here, one should note the word of Sage Valmiki in Sri Valmiki Ramayana. He says '' If Mandodari given birth to one or two more Indrajits...'', one Rama is not enough to win Ravana or Indrajit. A dozen Rama is to come or to take incarnation. Mandodari is one of the pancha kanyas: Ahalya Draupadi Kunti Tara Mandodari tatha| Panchakanya smarennityam mahapataka nashaka|| In the above sloka, it was told that 1) Ahalya, 2) Draupadi, 3) Kunti, 4) Tara, and 5) Mandodari were pancha kanyas. Mandodari is put up to the level of Kunti mata, and the great Draupati. A birth will not speak about a woman and to say truly, a kshatriya viswamitra is an example who became Bramma Rishi. Mandodari is above of all clans.

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