Sri Ram – The Supreme Personality of Godhead incarnated Himself as Sri Rama in the month of Chaitra, on the ninth day of the growing moon (Chaitra Masa Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi). He appeared as the son of Dasaratha, the King of Ayodhya. Dasaratha was a king in the dynasty of Ikshvaku. He had three wives: Kausalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra, but had no children. On the advice of Maharishi Vashishta, the king performed Putra Kameshti Yagna and as a result the three wives conceived. Kausalya gave birth to Rama and Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata. Sumitra gave birth to the twins: Lakshmana and Shatrugna. The life and activities of Rama are explained in detail by the great sage Valmiki in the book Ramayana.