Story Of The Birth Of Princess Sita 

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Sita, who is also known as Janaki, is the princess of Mithila who later married Lord Ram of Ayodhya. The tale of Sita’s birth is explained in depth in the Padma Purana and Bhavishyapurana (Sitanavami Vrat Mahatmya).

Sita, who is also known as Janaki, is the princess of Mithila who later married Lord Ram of Ayodhya. It is believed that Sita is the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, who took birth to marry Lord Ram, the incarnation of the god Vishnu. In Ramayana, she is symbolized as a perfect married Hindu woman and the ideal daughter of Goddess Bhumi (Earth). The tale of Sita’s birth is explained in depth in the Padma Purana and Bhavishyapurana (Sitanavami Vrat Mahatmya).

Tale of Sita’s Birth

Sita is known as Janaki, the daughter of King Janaka of Janakpur, and Maithili as Mithila’s princess. She is the main goddess in Rama-centric Hindu beliefs, recognized for her self-sacrifice, and purity. Also, Sita is regarded as one of the seventeen Nepalese national icons. 

Per the ancient Sanskrit epic Ramayana, Sita was the adopted daughter of Janaka whom he found while plowing the field as part of the Vedic ritual. So legend claims her birth is supernatural and divine.

According to Rampokhyana of the Mahabharata, goddess of beauty and devotion, Sita was the biological daughter of King Janaka.  

Ancient scriptures have claimed Sita was born in Janakpur Dham, which is situated in present-day Province No.2 (Madhesh Province) of Nepal. 

Sita was born in Nepal

Based on Mythology, Sita was born at Janakpur Dham in Mithila; the area which was ruled by King Sirdwaj Janak. It is believed that once there was no rain in this part of the country, residents were starving, so the King sought advice from monks and scholars in his palace.

On the suggestion of the priest, Janaka plowed the field but he suddenly heard a sound while plowing in the soil and his supplies didn’t move further. 

Eventually, the King removed the soil around the plow and he saw a baby girl lying in a box. He brought her up as his own daughter and named her ‘Sita.’ 

She became the princess of Mithila, and also called Janaki, the daughter of King Janak. The area where she was found was Janakpur Dham, Nepal.

Indonesia Version of Sita’s Birth 

In Indonesia, Sita is referred to as Shinta or Rakyan Wara Sinta. She is also called Ravana’s biological daughter. 

As per the Javanese version, Ravana was in love with a lady priest named Widawati, who didn’t choose him and committed suicide. So, he had no option but to find and marry Widawati’s incarnation.

His teacher, Resi Maruta, told him that Widawati will be reborn as his own daughter. But when Devi Kanung (Ravana’s wife) gave birth, the King of Lanka went to expand the kingdom. 

The baby girl was kidnapped by Wibisana and dumped in the river in a casket. Then,  Wibisana exchanged the infant with a baby boy she had formed from the sky. Ultimately, the baby boy was understood as Ravana’s son, and he was later identified as Indrajit.

While the infant girl dumped by Wibisana was found by King Janaka when she was carried by the river to the Mantili Kingdom’s territory.

Sita’s Birth As Reincarnation of Manivati

As per Gunabhadra’s Uttara Purana of the 9th century CE, Ravana interferes with the asceticism of Manivati, the child of Amitavega of Alkapuri, and she commits revenge on the King of Lanka.

Finally, Manivati was reborn as the baby girl of Ravana and Mandodari. But, when astrologers suggested to Ravana that his daughter will ruin him, the chief antagonist ordered his people to murder the child. 

The infant girl was placed in a box and buried in the area of Mithila, where she is found by the farming community of the kingdom. Later, King Janaka adopted her as his own child.

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