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LAKSHMANA

Introduction

Younger brother of Sri Rama, Lakshmana personifies brotherly love and self-effacement. When Sri Rama, in fulfillment of father Dasharatha's promise to queen Kaikeyi, set out for the forest with Sita, Lakshmana followed him. When Sri Rama had to wage war against Ravana to rescue Sita, Lakshmana whole-heartedly collaborated in the venture. His devotion to his elder brother and to Sita, whom he looked upon as his mother, has made him unique; and his spirit of sacrifice is esteemed as of the highest kind.

Author - Masti Venkatesha Iyengar


Lakshmana

The person of Bharat down the ages has worshipped Sri Rama as an incamation of God. In our tradition, he is extolled in reverence as "Sri Sita Lakshmana Bharata Shatrughna Hanumatsameta Sri Ramachandra Swamine…." (We salute you, Sri Rama, accompanied by Sita, Lakshmana, Bharata, Shatrughna and Hanumanta). It means when we offer our obeisance to Sri Rama, we also salute his consort Sita, Lakshmana, Bharata, Shatrughna and his devout attendant Hanumanta also. Among these who command our worship, Sitadevi occupies the first place and brother Lakshmana the second. Here is an attempt to inform our young readers about the chief incidents in the life of this illustrious brother of Sri Rama.

Sri Ramachandra was the eldest son of emperor Dasharatha. Lakshmana was probably his second son. Rama’s mother was Kausalyadevi. Lakshmana and Shatrughna were born to Dasharatha’s second queen Sumitradevi while Bharata was the offspring of the juniormost queen Kaikeyi.

Lakshmana grew up with Sri Rama, as the latter’s constant companion since early Childhood, so much so that it appeared as if he was the outer soul of Sri Rama. Child Rama would not go to sleep unless Lakshmana also slept by his side. Even when offered most delicious sweets and dishes, he would not touch them until Lakshmana came to join him. As they grew up, Lakshmana became Rama’s inseparable companion and follower. They lived together thus till the end. Lakshmana came to be recognized as an ideal younger brother.

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Lakshmana -  Younger Brother Of Sri Rama, personifies brotherly love and self-effacement
About Lakshmana
You are Here! Introduction
Sage Vishwamitra's Blessings
Rama Obliged To Go In Exile To Forest
"Don't Leave Me And Go"
It Is Bharata- Why Is He Coming?
" I am Ravana's Sister"
Where Is Sita?
Sugriva's Friendship
Lakshmana - Heroes' Hero
A Pyre For Sister-In -Law
Ideal Brother
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