characters of epics: lakshman

Hi guys once again.. This article is on lakshman, Sri ram’s brother and incarnation of sheshnaag. He is also known as Soumitri, Bharatanuja. He was fully devoted to his brother ram and followed him wherever he went. He was thus an ideal bro. Lakshmana and his brother Shatrughna, were born in Ayodhya to Sumitra and King Dasharatha. In the Puranas, Lakshmana is described as an incarnation of Sesha, the multiple-headed nāga upon whom rests Lord Vishnu. When sage Vishwamitra takes Rama for killing the demons, Lakshmana accompanies them and goes to Mithila with them. Lakshmana is specially attached to Rama and when Rama marries Sita, Lakshmana marries Sita’s younger sister Urmila . Later, when Rama goes on exile for fourteen years on the insistence of Kaikeyi, Lakshmana leaves his wife Urmila and joins Rama. Sita felt sorry as she thought that she and Ram had taken him in their service and stolen their golden moments of 14 years. Lakshaman asked her not to feel sorry as it was his decision and his wife supported him. He cared about his brother more than anything else. He wanted to be the shield of his bhaiyya Bhabhi.
He serves Rama and Sita reverently during the exile. Lakshmana also built hut for Rama and Sita to live in Panchvati. Lakshmana cuts off Ravana’s sister Surpanakha’s nose in anger when she tries kill and insult Sita. He plays an important role in the war with Ravana and slays Ravana’s son Indrajit.

When Sita asks Rama to fetch a magical golden deer for her, Rama asks Lakshmana to stand guard as he sensed danger and evil. The golden deer is in fact the demon Maricha, who distracts Rama. When Rama kills Maricha, he cries out in Rama’s own voice for help. Although Lakshmana knows that Rama is invincible and beyond any danger, Sita panics and frantically orders Lakshmana to go to Rama’s aid immediately. Unable to disobey Sita, Lakshmana draws a perimeter line(Lakshman Rekha or Lakshmana’s line), which Sita must not cross and goes in search of Rama. Sita however, out of compulsion of religious duty and compassion for Ravana disguised as a poor brahmin crosses the line to give him alms following which she is abducted.

During the war between Rama and Ravana, he killed Indrajit and Atikaya, who were the sons of Ravana. Before he killed Indrajit, Lakhshmana and Rama were twice defeated by Indrajit and in both occasions Hanuman’s intervention saved them from certain death.
After the war, ram was crowned king. Lakshman always remained loyal to him and helped him in administration of the kingdom.

Sage Durvasa appears at Rama’s doorstep and seeing Lakshmana guarding the door, demands an audience with Rama. At the time, Rama was having a private conversation with Yama. Before the conversation began, Yama gave Rama strict instructions that their dialogue was to remain confidential, and anyone who entered the room was to be relieved of their life. Rama agreed and entrusted Lakshmana with the duty of guarding his door. When Durvasa made his demand, Lakshmana politely refused. The sage grew angry and threatened to curse all of Ayodhya if Lakshmana did not immediately inform Rama of his arrival. Lakshmana, in a dilemma, decided it would be better that he alone die to save a ll of Ayodhya from falling under Durvasa’s curse and so interrupted Rama’s meeting to inform him of the sage’s arrival. Rama quickly concluded his meeting with Yama and received the sage with due courtesy. In order to fulfil his brother’s promise, Lakshmana went to the banks of the river Saryu resolved on giving up the world through penance.
In other versions he cut his neck using a sword. In this way he gave his life for his brother.
Such was the greatness of lakshman who sacrificed alot but never gave up his duties towards his brother.

Please comment about this article and tell me if I forgot any point. Also tell which character u want next friends.. Have a nyc day.

Credit to: Vanshika

7 comments

  1. Meghana

    Vanshu did u write abt shabari,great devotee of ram.i want to c hr lifestory as ff can u pls write abt her

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