Goddess Sita is the house hold name taken as reverence in every house hold of Hindu and others by Bishwa Nath Singh.
Goddess Sita is the house hold name taken as reverence in every house hold of Hindu and people belonging to other faiths where she is adored and worshipped as the wife of Lord Ram and constant companion of him along with Ram’s brother Lakshman and Lord Ram’s ardent follower Hanuman. 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 in Mithila accepting Raja Janak and his wife as her most loving Parents to fulfill the rites of a wife as the partner of Lord Ram who 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. During her exile, she had met Anusuaiya who had blessed her and imparted basic values of human life. 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 Sita had rebuked demon king Ravan for his wrong notion about her and after Ravna’s many attempts that had failed to win over her. She by all means remained true to her husband Ram through entire her mind and physical form had remained chaste and completely dedicated to her husband Lord Ram,The friendship that existed in between Sugriv and Lord Ram was well-known. Lord Ram had killed Sugriv’s brother Bali who was also a great devil and had stolen wife of his brother and turned him out from his kingdom and incarnated Sugriv as King of Bali’s Kingdom. Hanuman proved his worth in locating Sia in Lanka and disfiguring Lanka with his tail and killing many demons there as warning to Ravna .Even Bhibhisan and Mandodari,,the brother and wife of the demon king Ravna respectively were dead against the wrong deeds of Ravna but he did not listen to their advice to honorably return Sita to her husband Ram as much as he had ill-behaved with them. Ravna’s younger brother Bhibhisan was a saintly person who was badly insulted by Ravna who later on preferred to move to Lord Ram’s camp whom Lord Ram had incarnated him as King of Lanka. Goddess Sita was ultimately rescued by Lord Ram after waging a terrible war against Ravana and killing him and other notorious demons known for their nefarious activities.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 great saga of that period Maharshi Valmiki's Ashram and there gave birth to twin Luv and Kusha. It was at the time of Ashvamedha Yagya as described in Maharshi Valmiki’s Ramayan written in Sanskrit that those sons of Lord Ram caught hold of the Ashvamedha horse and subsequently resulted in the meeting of Lord Ram by showing act of their bravery and winning over subjects of Ayodhya by reciting verses of Ramayan to them as per instruction of Maharshi Valmiki Lord Ram was very highly impressed by the good deeds of both of his sons whom Lord Ram had accepted to his folds. Sita made a supreme sacrifice by giving the responsibility of her sons to their father had 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. Her supreme sacrifice will go down in the history of mankind where she will be adored for ever by all of us because of her good deeds and her fondest love towards her husband and sons besides all kith and kin of her husband and people of Ayodhya. 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!
By Bishwa Nath Singh.
( Picture of marraiage of Lord Ram with Goddess Sita at Janakpur(Mithila).
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Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to the lotus feet of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita and seek their bliss for well-being of all living-being of this universe!