Dashratha, King of Ayodhya, had a son named Lakshmana. Lakshmana’s wife Urmila is not much described in the ancient Indian literature. According to Ramayan, she was the younger sister of Sita, daughter of King Janak. King Janak organized a Swayamvar (choice of her husband made by a princess in public) for Sita and Rama wore the nuptial garland by Sita. At this function, Urmila was married to Lakshmana, son of Dashratha and Sumitra. During the fourteen years of Rama’s exile, Lakshmana also went along and Urmila respected his servitude towards Rama and lived with Lakshmana’s fond memories for fourteen years while he was away in the forest. She converted her pain of fourteen years of separation into sympathy towards insects and waited for her husband.
Modern literary authors in their creations depicting Urmila’s separation pain has described Urmila as an expert in various arts and a dutiful woman and thus praised her. She is probably one of the most unsung heroines of the great epic Ramayana, as she sacrificed a large portion of her life for her husband and lived a devout life in his absence.
Urmila – Ramayana Characters