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LAKSHMANA

A Pyre for Sister-in-law

After killing Ravana, Sri Rama, before accepting Sita, made her undergo a severe test. He called her and said: "Who knows how Ravana viewed you?" "I will not live after hearing such words," she replied and turning to Lakshmana and said: "Prepare a pyre. I will offer myself to Agni." Sita had immense confidence in Lakshmana who had served as her attendant for any task. Though she had hurled insulting words at him only to make him go to Rama's help, she knew 'well that n - one could match this pure-hearted soul. When Hanuman had come to see her, she told him: "Since such a brother is there, Sri Rama has been able to bear the loss of his father." And now, Lakshmana had to prepare a pyre for her!

Sensing that Rama agreed for this, he raised a pyre. Sita went round the fire three times and then instead of saying she would die, vowed: " I am truthful and pure. May Agni save me." Saying so, she entered the fire.

Sitadevi emerged from the fire unscathed. Rama then said that he made her undergo the ordeal to assure the world of her purity and welcomed her back.

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Lakshmana -  Younger Brother Of Sri Rama, personifies brotherly love and self-effacement
About Lakshmana
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
You are Here! A Pyre For Sister-In -Law
Ideal Brother
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