Mandavi was the daughter of Kushadhwaja. He was the brother of King Janaka. She was a cousin of Sita and wife of Bharata. Janaka younger brother Kushadhwaja had two daughters- Mandavi and Shrutakeerti.
Like Seeta and Urmila; Mandavi and Shrutakeerti, too, were gorgeous and endowed with many virtues. Vishwamitra suggested that they should marry Bharata and Shatrughna, adding that it would be a fantastic alliance. Kushadhwaja became excited and Dasharatha also gave his consent to Vishwamitra’s suggestion.
When Janaka celebrated the Panigrahana of Lakshmana and Urmila. Panigrahana means taking the bride hand with the Fire God for witness. Kushadhwaja married his daughter Mandavi to Bharata and Shruthakeerthi to Shathrughna. The celebrations concluded; Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shathrughna were now married.
When Bharata constructed a small ashram at Nandi Grama and remained there, worshipping Rama’s Lotus Feet. She also spent her time contemplating Ram name and thus gave support to her husband. She always stood by Bharat and she lived a “VANAPRASTHA” life like Bharata and serving mothers Kaushlya , Sumitra and Kaikey. They had two sons, Taksha and Pushkal.