Bharat was the son of king Dasaratha
, of the Solar Dynasty, and the half-brother of Lord Ram
. He was educated by his motherís father, Aswapathi, king of Kekaya, and married Mandavi, cousin of Sita
. Being an emblem of dharma and love, he always did his lawful duty without considering his distress and criticism. In Ramayana
, when Ram was forced to abandon the throne for Bharat and went to forest as an exile, Bharat replaced the throne with Ramís sandals and governed Ayodhya
merely as the representative of his elder brother, paying devotion to Ram's sandals. Thus he displays himself as a man of idealism, after Ram.