Bishwa Nath Singh
Good morning/Namaste/ Adab/ Salam-wale-Kum/Sat Shri Akal/Privet to all my friends and well-wishers living either here in India or abroad and greet them with warmth. Today, the whole world celebrates Women’s Day with gaiety. One should not forget that women have place of pride in our heart as they happen to be our holy mother, sister, teacher, relations, friends and beloved ones. Let us greet them on this auspicious eve and resolve to shower our love, affection and regards to them in all walks of our lives!
(Photo of Goddess Sita)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
The above picture is that of Goddess Sita who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu and hence in the Treta Yuga she was born as a human to fulfill the rites of a wife as the partner of Lord Ram wh...o was the avatar of Lord Vishnu. Goddess Sita is one of the principal characters in the religious and mythological epic 'Ramayana'. And perhaps it was Goddess Sita who became the reason for freeing the earth of the demon king Ravana. The legend behind the birth of Goddess Sita is divine and supernatural. She was discovered by King Janak, ruler of Mithila and his wife Sunanya in a furrow in a ploughed field. Goddess Sita endured an arduous and chaste life throughout her lifetime to set an example for humankind of a virtuous but strong woman. She became the ideal daughter to her parents, ideal wife to her husband and an ideal mother to her children. The goddess ultimately united with her husband Lord Ram the young prince of Ayodhya after he won her in a Swayamvar. But her hardships were to begin soon after her husband was asked to go for fourteen years exile. The virtuous woman leaving all the comforts of the palace chose to accompany her husband to the forests. Goddess Sita's hardships continued in the exile as well after she was held captive by the demon king Ravana and separated from her husband. The divine goddess rebuked Ravan after his many failed attempts to win over her. She in her mind and physical form remained chaste and completely dedicated to her husband Lord Ram. Goddess Sita was ultimately rescued by Lord Ram after waging a terrible war against Ravana. Goddess Sita was made to undergo 'Agni-Pariksha', the test of going through fire which could easily burn any mortal. The divine goddess cleared the agni-pariksha and proved her chastity to all present around her. Goddess Sita in the Ramayana is said to have been forced in exile after she reached the kingdom of Ayodhya. Lord Ram not knowing that she was pregnant let her go away from his sight to give a righteous judgment as a ruler. Goddess Sita took refuge in Rishi Valmiki's Ashram and there gave birth to twin brothers Luv and Kusha. It was at the time of Ashvamedha Yagya that the valorous sons of Lord Ram caught hold of the Ashvamedha horse and subsequently resulted in the meeting of Lord Ram with his sons. After giving the responsibility of the sons to their father Goddess Sita refused to return to the kingdom of Ayodhya. She gave up her mortal body to Goddess Earth to relieve herself of any more hardships she might have to face in human birth. Goddess Sita is worshipped all over the universe in innumerable Hindu shrines, along with the idols of Lord Ram,Lord Lakshman and Lord Hanuman. Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to their lotus feet and seek their bliss for well-being of all living-being of this universe!