Sriramodantam — Day 8

Mandodarim Mayasutham Pariniya Dashanana I

Tasyam Utpadayamasa Meghanadahwayam Sutham II

Ravana married Mandodari, daughter of Maya, and begot a son in her called, Meghanada.

Origins of Mandodari (One of the Panchakanyas)

Panchakanya(पञ्चकन्या, pañcakanyā), also known as the Five Virgins, is a group of five iconic heroines of Hindu epics, extolled in a hymn and whose names are believed to dispel sin when recited. They are Ahalya, Draupadi, Sita, Tara and Mandodari. While Draupadi is from Mahabharata.

Ahalya, Tara, Sita and Mandodari are from the epic Ramayana. The panchakanya are venerated as ideal women and chaste wives.

Mandodari and Ravana illustration

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