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Women in Ramayana – other than Mata Sita

Other than Mata Sita, there are numerous other characters in the Ramayana who stood for Dharma. These women sacrificed love like Urmila wife of Lakshman, sacrificed motherly love like Sumithra mother of Lakshman, stood against injustice like Mandodari who criticized her husband Ravana’s wrong doings, Trijata who defied orders that were evil and Sabari, personification of Bhakti.
Aparna Garg, a student at Boston University, has written an inspiring article on these forgotten women in the Ramayana. She gives a short character sketch of Urmila, Sumithra, Mandodari, Trijata and Sabarai.