Saturday, 29 May 2021

Kamala Belagur, Prose 500 2021 Longlist

"Urmila"  the wave of emotions.
The meaning of the name "Urmila is the wave of emotions" and also the mermaid or magician.

Urmila was also a good painter as well as her kindness, renunciation and sacrifice pleases all.
The tragic heroine of the Hindu epic Ramayana is Urmila. Urmila's role in the Ramayana is of no importance. No justice was given to enhance the role. If so, that would be a big story. 

Rama and Sita are the protagonists of the Ramayana. The lord Rama is the eldest of the sons of Dasaratha the king of Ayodhya. Lakshman, Bharath and Shatrughn are brothers of the Lord Rama. King of Mithila Janaka's daughter Sita. Urmila, Mandavi, shrutakirthi are her sisters.Sita's sisters were married to Rama's brothers during Rama and Sita Swayamvar.

Many people are unaware of the fact that Urmila is the Sita's sister and daughter of King Janak. When Rama goes to exile with Lakshman and Sita to honor his father's words, Urmila also follows her husband, but Lakshmana convinces her to stay back in the palace and serve her mother-in-law.
Accordingly, at the height of her youth, Urmila spent fourteen years in exile without her husband. She goes into a deep sleep of meditation in anticipation of Lakshman. According to one story, Urmila spent fourteen years of sleep (also Lakshman's sleep). At that time Lakshman was conscious and  was engaged in the service of Sita and Ram.
Lord Ram supported Sita in every trouble.Urmila was also Janak's daughter and grew up in the same palace. The narrator has no remorse for the way Urmila is portrayed, who despite being the wife of Lakshman  is deprived of all happiness. There is no clarity about the role of the tragic heroine.
Surprisingly, even those who still remember Kaikeyi and his evil friend, Manthara, do not know about Urmila, who topped the line of great women. But it's the truth..

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