Kausalya, eldest wife among the three wives of king Dasaratha
, was the mother ofLord Ram
, in the Ramayana
. Her character was ideal and liberal. In an earlier birth she was Manushataroopa and had pleased Lord Vishnu
with her penance. She requested a boon from the Lord, to take birth as her son. The same Manushataroopa was later born as the mother of Ram, Kausalya.