She was so worried when Rama went alone in the forests, she sends Lakshmana to accompany him, thereby risking her life by staying alone. There are instances in the Ramayana when Sita speaks out powerfully in favour of or against some principle.
Rama, in turn, is assiduously protective of his wife, takes good care of her and fulfils her every wish during the time of the Vanavasa. Once into the deepest wooded area, Rama is about to hit the deer with an arrow, when Mareecha, still in the form of the deer, loudly cries out, "Oh Lakshmana, Oh Lakshmana".
Sita, who was pregnant, was given refuge in the hermitage of Valmikiwhere she delivered twin sons named Kusha and Lava. There is an associated legend, which relates that Lord Parashurama had once been witness to Sita playing with this mighty bow as a child.
She, of course, came from a position of devotion, and that coloured her stories.
In the end, she was rescued by Shri Rama in the Battle of Lanka. Ravana tries to win over Sita in Lanka, by claiming that he loves her. Mareecha tried his best to convince Ravana that Rama and Lakshman were divine powers and not just ordinary mortals.
But Sita is no longer willing to return to Rama or Ayodhya and instead, chooses to seek final refuge in the arms of her loving mother, Bhoomidevi, or Mother Earth. Sita held captive in Ashokvan Ravana takes Sita to Lanka and holds her captive there, in the Ashokvan or garden of Ashoka trees.
Here, Sita is sometimes even considered to be a quiet and submissive figure, who keeps to herself most of the time. We see her extreme forgiveness, when she pardons all the female guards, when Hanuman offered to kill them.
He deligates many demonesses to guard the area and prevent Sita from escaping. However, he does not realize that Rama is also an avatar of Vishnu, therefore after being informed of this, he apologizes for getting angry. Upon rescue, Rama makes Sita undergo a trial by fire to prove her chastity.
The boys capture the horse and refuse to release it. Why, then, did he treat her so coldly, even subjecting her to the ordeal by fire? Rama orders his three brothers, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna, to go fight the twins, but the young boys easily defeat them as well.
Valmiki, being a man of his time, saw nothing wrong in portraying his women characters as subordinate to their men, recognised only as mothers, wives, sisters and daughters, tied to their duty in those roles: He reveals to a dishevelled Rama that while fighting Ravana to rescue Sita from his clutches, Ravana had cut off each of his wings, thereby making it impossible for Jatayu to retaliate any further.
This is only the first of the sacrifices she makes for her husband. He first offers his obeisance to Shiva and the bow and then proceeds to lift it. She was discovered, adopted and brought up by Janakaking of Mithila and his wife Sunaina. Some versions of the story claim that the Sita who entered the fire was a duplicate, who had been there in place of the actual Sita, in order to protect her from the harassment inflicted by Ravana while in Ashokvan.
Hence, Sita came to be known as "Vaidehi" the daughter of Videha. Hearing about this swayamvara, Vishvamitra asks Rama to participate in it and takes Rama and Lakshmana to the palace of Janaka in Janakpur. Sita undergoes yet another cruel ordeal Though Rama knows that Sita is innocent, he is forced to heed the words of his praja citizens he ruled over and sends Sita off into an exile all over again.
Many named kings attend the grand event from all over India.
If she had, she would have gone back to face Ram and demanded her equal rights, as perhaps Draupadi the main female character in another Hindu epic, the Mahabharata would have done.The women of the Ramayana, especially Sita, have become benchmarks for Indian women over time.
Here is a list of books with various approaches to the women of the Ramayana. Like most Indian children, I had been introduced to the Ramayana at my grandmother’s knee. Sita is considered as the ideal daughter, ideal wife, and ideal mother, since ages.
Goddess Sita is remembered for her virtues and attributes. Devi Sita symbolizes all that is noble in womanhood. Devi Sita - A Woman of Virtue Sita is one of the principal characters in The Ramayana, the great epic of India. Her entire life constitutes an example. Home Page,Status of women, Woman's role as a wife,Hindu Woman's role as a mother.
The Role of Women in Hinduism: Sita, the ideal Hindu wife This role of a wife is most truly exemplified by Sita, wife of Rama in the epic Ramayana.
Sita is a personification of Earth's fertility, abundance and well-being. Swami Vivekananda on Sita. Swami Vivekananda states that Rama is considered the type of the Absolute and Sita that of Power.
Sita is the ideal of a woman in India and worshiped as God incarnate. - Positive references are made to the ideal woman (Sita, the ideal wife who stays faithful to Rama when kidnapped and later follows his orders) in texts such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, while some texts such as the Laws of Manu advocate a restriction of women's rights.
For many Hindus, the name Sita conjures up an image of a chaste woman, the 'Ideal Woman.' The chaste ideal becomes negative, especially in the Bollywood portrayal, when she .Download