By Swami Harshananda
If Sītā is the very personification of ideal wifely virtues, Urmilā is also the ideal of wifely sacrifice. She was also the daughter of Janaka. She was married to Lakṣmaṇa. When Lakṣmaṇa chose to accompany Rāma to the forest on his banishment, Urmilā had to stay back at Ayodhyā. She led an austere life until he returned. Laksmana had two sons, Angada and Candraketu, from her. They were later crowned as the rulers of Kārupatha in the northwest and Candrakānta in Mallabhumi. Urmilā is said to have committed satī after Lakṣmaṇa’s demise.
- Rāmāyaṇa, Uttarakānda, Chapter 102
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore