By Swami Harshananda
Sumantra literally means ‘one who gives good advice’.
Sumantra, a Minister
Sumantra was a minister in the cabinet of the King Daśaratha. He was also an expert charioteer. He was highly respected for his age and wisdom. He drove the royal chariot on several important occasions like bringing the sage Rṣyaśṛṅga for the sacrifice Putrakāmeṣṭi, sending Rāma to the forest and so on. He also had gone to the forest with Bharata, who tried to bring back Rāma.
Other Sumantras in Mahābhārata
Some more persons by the same name are met with in the Mahābhārata:
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore