Makhauda Dham is one of the most ancient places of the Harraiya tehsil in Basti district where Raja Dashrath performed yagya with the help of Sage Rishyasringa on the advice of sage Vashistha. Name of Yajna was Putrakameshti. It is said that Dasharatha and Kaushalya had a daughter Shanta, who was Rishyashringa’s wife. As the conclusion of the Yagya drew near, Agni sprang out from the yagnakunda (sacrificial fire pit) and handed Dasharatha a pot of kheer advising him to distribute it among his queens. Kaushalya ate half the kheer, Sumitra ate a quarter of it. Kaikeyi ate some and passed the pot back to Sumitra who consumed the kheer a second time. Thus the princes were conceived after the consumption of the kheer. Since Kaushalya had consumed the largest portion she gave birth to Rama. Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata. Sumitra gave birth to Lakshmana and Shatrughna.

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