Among the most popular mythological stories are the tales of Rama and Lakshmana from the Holy Ramayana. When Rama was asked to go in exile for 14 years, Lakshmana followed him, he accompanied him in the forests and went with him to bring Sita back from Lanka where its king Ravana had held her captive.
While staying in the forest for years, it is believed that Lakshman never ate anything special unless Rama was there to share it with him. There is no doubt that Lakshmana's obedience for his brother was exceptional because nothing was more important to him than his brother's command.
But have you ever wondered that when Lakshmana admired Rama so much, why did Rama sentence him to death? Well, let me tell you the legend behind this.
This all started after Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya from their exile.
Before starting the conversation, Yama gave Rama strict instructions to not let anyone interrupt while they talk. He also stated Rama that the conversation should remain confidential. Rama then promised Yama that if anyone would come in between the conversation, he will sentence him/her to death.
Rama asked Lakshmana to be the gate-keeper and told him not to allow anyone to enter the room.
After a while, Sage Durvasa appeared at Rama's doorstep to have a conversation with him.
When Durvasa asked to see Rama, Lakshmana being his gatekeeper, politely refused his demand.
Listening to the refusal, the sage Durvasa got angry and threatened Lakshmana to curse the whole Ayodhya if not allowed to see Rama.
After listening to Durvasa's threat, Lakshmana decided to sacrifice himself rather than letting the whole Ayodhya fall under the curse. So, he interrupted Rama's meeting with Yama to inform Rama about the sage's arrival.
Rama quickly finished his meeting with Yama and met the sage with due courtesy. But then he remembered his promise made to Yama. Respecting his brother's decision, Lakshmana went to the banks of the river Sarayu and gave up his life.
It is also believed that Yama suggested that Rama can abandon Lakshmana. But this could be even worse than sentencing him to death because according to Lakshmana, Rama was like his breath.
It was Lakshmana's respect for Rama plus his patriotism for his country that he decided to sacrifice himself.
Source: Speaking Tree
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