“Sanskrit: लक्ष्मण रेखा), in Hindu mythology, is a line drawn by Lakshmana around their abode, to protect Sita, while he is away searching for Rama. As explained in the epic Ramayana, Rama goes chasing a golden deer, which is actually the demon Maricha in disguise, and does not return for long.
When Sita coerces Lakshmana to leave in search of his brother, Lakshmana who cannot bear to see Sita cry in grief, decides to go and search for Rama, subject to his condition that Sita should not cross the line he draws, so that she would be protected in his absence. Anybody attempting to harm Sita across the line would be singed by flames erupting from the line.
Once Lakshmana leaves in search of Rama, the Rakshasa king Ravana comes in the form of a sage and asks Sita for alms. Not expecting a trick, she unsuspectingly crosses the Lakshman Rekha to provide alms to him and Ravana kidnaps her in his Pushpaka Vimana.
Shri Ramacharitamanas, the popular rendering of story of Shri Rama does not feature the Lakshmana Rekha in the Aranya Kanda. However in Lanka Kanda Mandodari rebukes Ravan on his boisterous claims of valour by hinting that his claim of strength and valour is shallow for he could not even cross a small line drawn by Shri Rama’s younger brother Lakshmana.
Radhey Shyam Ramayan mentions that the crossing of Lakshaman Rekha by Sita was done absent-mindedly by an anxious Sita only to honour the great Indian tradition of “अतिथि देवो भवः” (Atithi Devo Bhava): the guest is embodiment of a Deva (God). Sita crosses the boundary line only to give alms to Ravana once he insists that alms cannot be accepted across a barrier as having a boundary in between was against the principle of free will of the donor.
AT THIS PLACE, The younger brother of Lord Shri Rama had drawn rekha called LAXMAN REKHA
Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laxman_Rekha
Category: rekha laxman
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