Kaikeyi, the princess of Kaikeya, was the third wife of king Dasaratha
, and the step-mother of Ram
and the mother of Bharat
in the Ramayana
. She was the youngest and the most beautiful among Dasaratha’s three wives. Being an outstanding chariot rider, she saved the life of Dasaratha during a war, while riding his chariot. In gratitude to this, the king offered her three boons, which ultimately resulted in the 14 years exile of Ram.