Manthara (Sanskrit: मन्थरा; lit: “humpbacked”) in the Hindu epic Ramayana convinced Queen Kaikeyi that the throne of maharaja belonged to her son Bharata and that her step-son—crown-prince Rama (the hero of the Ramayana)—should be exiled from the kingdom

She was like a mother figure to Kaikeyi and her twin Yuddhajit, for their mother was banished

She accompanied Kaikeyi to Ayodhya after her marriage to Dasharatha