Lakshmana (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मण) is a character in Ramayana who was the brother and close companion of Rama and also considered to be an avatara of Vishnu's serpent Adishesha.

Lakshmana was the younger brother of Shri Rama and was also considered to be an avatara of Vishnu’s serpent Adishesha. He was born to Queen Sumitra and King Dasharatha of the Solar Ikshvaku dynasty. By virtue of being born as Sumitra’s son, he was referred to as Saumitri. The devout brother that he was, Lakshmana willingly elects to accompany and serve Shri Rama and Devi Sita in their exile to the forest for 14 years.