Originally posted by chinnu_manikyam
but according to some Ramayanas, Laxman says Devi Nidra to stay with Urmila for the long 14 years, and she was sleeping since Laxmanji returns.
I too read this story somewhere. It is neither in Valmiki Ramayan nor Ramcharitmanas, but according to the story, Urmila had begged Lakshman not to go without her because she would not be able to stand the separation from him, but Lakshman did not want to take her because there would be demons in the forests and he would be too busy serving Ram and Sita to protect her.
But the variation in my story is that instead of summoning Nidra Devi, Lakshman literally 'donated' his sleep to Urmila so that during the daytime of the 14 years, she slept using Lakshman's sleep and during the nightime, her own sleep. In this way, she slept throughout all 14 years while Lakshman did not sleep at all, instead being able to guard Ram and Sita without ever feeling tired. So when Lakshman returned, Urmila felt as if not even an hour had elapsed since his going away, so she suffered no separation.
But I don't really like this story much, because it undermines Urmila's sacrifice and Lakshman's as well. Urmila is exalted for the separation she had suffered for 14 years, and Lakshman was known for his servitute towards Ram and Sita tirelessly. This story makes the sacrifice of both characters lesser than it actually was.