Saraswati was Brahma’s manas daughter (born by mind, not by conjunction). Saraswati is believed to be the presiding deity of knowledge (learning). She is part of three main Devis (Goddesses) just like Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva form the male Hindu Trinity, Saraswati, Laxmi and Parvati
Bharata was the son of Dashratha’s third wife Kaikeyi. Rama was extremely fond of his younger brother Bharata. His name was carefully selected by Sage Vashishtha, for his innate ability to look after the welfare of his subjects, and keep them well fed and nurtured.
Once, Manu and his wife Shatrupa undertook severe penance in the forest in order to be blessed by a son. So sincere and severe was their penance, that Ananta (never-ending) Vishnu appeared before them and pleased with their devotion, blessed them with a boon. Manu
Suryavanshi Raja Dasharatha of the solar dynasty had three chief queens, Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi, of whom Kaikeyi was the youngest and loveliest. Besides being beautiful, she was also a good warrior.
Kaushalya was the first queen of King Dashratha, ruler of Ayodhya. She was a princess from the land of Kaushal. Maryada Purushottam Rama was born as her son. Kaushalya was sweet-natured, devout, and devoted to her husband. Kaikeyi and Sumitra were her co-queens.
Manthara was the favorite maid of Kaikeyi, the beloved wife of King Dasharatha, and mother of Bharat. Manthara was old and hunchbacked. Raja Dasharatha doted on his young and lovely queen Kaikeyi. As the favorite maid of the favored queen, Manthara also held place of
Mareech was the son of the rakhasni (demoness) Tadaka. His father was Sunda, the son of Jambha. His brother was Subahu. Both brothers were strong and mighty, but their nature was inherently cruel and destructive, a trait they inherited from their father Sunda.
In the Treta Yuga (there are four Yugas according to Hindu mythology- Sat (Krita) Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dwapar Yuga and Kali Yuga), Ramkatha, the story of Rama, the eldest son of the Ayodhya king Dashratha, took place. After King Dashratha organized a Putreshthi yagya (a
Shravana Kumar was a bright young ascetic. He was born of a Vaishnav (a sect that prays to Vishnu as the supreme God-Head) father and a Shudra (laborer caste) mother. Yet unmindful of his lineage, he was a brilliant mendicant. Both his parents were blind
Sumantra was the chief minister in the court of King Dasharatha and was also his most trusted aide. When Dasharatha was married to Kaushalya, princess of Kaushal kingdom, Sumantra was also wedded to the daughter of the minister of Kaushal.