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Shvoong Home>Arts & Humanities>Religion Studies>Urmila of Ramayana - Do we know her? Summary

Urmila of Ramayana - Do we know her?

Book Summary   by:Aainaa     Original Author: Valmiki
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Ramayana is the one of the greatest epics ever written in the history of Indian culture. This epic is a saga of love, good over evil and most of it sacrifices. The sacrifice that Lord Rama made the sacrifice that Devi Sita made and not to forget the sacrifice that Laxman made and followed his brother for 14 long years. All of us know about the four brothers and Sita, about their love and sufferings that they had gone through. However, I am not too sure of how many of us know about Urmila - Laxman''s wife, yes, the woman, who could not even spend few days with his husband after she got married. Lord Rama was exiled for 14 years, Devi Sita was with him, Laxman decided not leave his brother but yes he left his newly wed wife, and went away for 14 years. My question is - did Laxman or any one understand her pain, and is she given the adequate credit for what she did and what she had gone through. She had to be all alone and wait for her husband for 14 years soon after she got married; she kept waiting and kept fulfilling his responsibilities. Do we think that Laxman was right in his decision of leaving his wife all alone? We all understand that he did so in order to fulfill his responsibility towards his brother but did he have none towards his wife? More so, even after all this I did not find any appreciation or any credit given to Urmila, except for on e poem that I had read in the school curriculum, thankfully I took Hindi so that’s how I got to know. I have seen Ramayana on T.V. heard people talking about it where they even forget to mention that there was an Urmila. What an irony..Is this what Indian women are meant for? just sacrifice.
Published: January 21, 2008   
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  1. 6. ShivMallik

    Urmila & Laxman - 4

    though her place was palace, her practice was nothing short of pennance. Sincere seekers have no regrets, but only gratitude for the opportunity given to sink with in and rise spiritually.

    0 Rating Friday, June 06, 2008
  2. 5. ShivMallik

    Urmila & Laxman - 3

    Giving Urmila credit that she knew that Ram subdued ParasuRam and Laxman already told that his purpose is to serve Ram, she accepted Laxman's exile not just as dutiful wife but as an evolved sadhak like Sita;

    0 Rating Friday, June 06, 2008
  3. 4. ShivMallik

    Urmila & Laxman - 2

    (Adiseshu) Laxman was given adesh by Sumitra to attend to Ram and Urmila knowingly accepted to go in the background to do her own sadhana. In the end, Laxman & Urmila were happy, but for Ram & Sita, much trouble awaited even after return.

    0 Rating Friday, June 06, 2008
  4. 3.

    urmila & Laxman

    Needless to say, it was a period of great importance and Laxman is no ordinary person and neither is Urmila. Yogavasishta by Valmiki is a dialogue between Ram and Vasishta where Vasishta essentially teached Gita [Nara to Narayana Gita] with all sorts of spiritual concepts. Laxman was there too and both were already quite in a state of Vairagya to the point of wondering purpose of life etc. Coming from this scene, Rama would accept 14 year exile because he'd understood the concept of Accepting what comes His way and facing it with all His best (qualities). Now for Laxman, he was given an

    2 Rating Friday, June 06, 2008
  5. 2. shivani

    Laxman

    Yes he was correct as at the time of getting married he had cleared all the duties which he had take for God Rama. So I dont think he did nething wrong

    0 Rating Monday, April 14, 2008
  6. 1. savita

    Urmila

    I may be one who has been thinking about Urmila's plight for the 14years. I could not find much information and what I did find were (maybe) guesses or very vague. Thank you for raising the question about her state in the 14 years, but does anyone have a precise answer? Let me know.

    0 Rating Sunday, February 03, 2008
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