Bharata (Ramayana)

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Bharata asks for Rama's paduka (footwear)
Devanagari भरत
Sanskrit transliteration Bharata
Personal Information
Consort Mandavi
Children Taksha
Siblings Rama, Lakshmana, Shatrughna (half-brothers) Shanta (half-sister)
Dynasty Raghuvamsa

Bharata (/ˈbərətə/; Sanskrit: भरत, IAST: Bharata) is a Hindu deity depicted in the epic poem, Ramayana. According to the poem Bharata was the younger brother of Lord Rama. Ramayana holds Bharata as a symbol of dharma and idealism.

According to the Ramayana, Rama is the seventh avatar of Vishnu while Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna are considered as part-incarnations of Sheshanaga, Sudarshana Chakra and Shankha, respectively.[2]


Bharatá is a Vedic Sanskrit word. Monier Monier-Williams states that it means "to be or being maintained."[3]


  1. ^ Ramayana - Conclusion, translated by Romesh C. Dutt (1899)
  2. ^ Naidu, S. Shankar Raju; Kampar, Tulasīdāsa (1971). A comparative study of Kamba Ramayanam and Tulasi Ramayan. Shank. University of Madras. pp. 44,148. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  3. ^ Monier Monier-Williams, भरत, Sanskrit English Dictionary with Etymology, Oxford University Press, page 747

See also

Genealogy of Rama


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