Lakshman

Definition - What does Lakshman mean?

Lakshman is the younger brother of Lord Rama, and twin brother of Shatrughna according to Hindu mythology. In the classical epic Ramayana, Lakshman is considered to be a component of the manifestation of Lord Vishnu, although some traditions suggest that he is an avatar of Shesha.

Of the four sons born to King Dasaratha, Lakshman and Rama were said to be the closest. Lakshman serves as Rama's aide in Ramayana, particularly when he becomes distressed at the loss of Sita.

Yogapedia explains Lakshman

Lakshman is considered a hero in Ramayana, embodying characteristics of selflessness, sacrifice and duty towards one's elder sibling. Lakshman's devotion to his brother is made particularly clear when he follows Rama into exile, without question or hesitation. Throughout this time, he reverently protects and serves both Rama and his wife Sita. Lakshman is married to Sita's younger sister, Urmila, with whom he had two sons - Angada and Chandraketu.

Lakshman's superiority of character in adverse conditions leads him to be considered an integral part of the Maryada Purushottama, or 'The Perfect Man' as personified by Rama. He is committed to virtue, and although short-tempered at times, his love and unwavering loyalty toward his elder brother earn him great respect in Hindu mythology. He is regarded as a symbol of selfless service and honour.

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