Controversies around Sita in Ramayana


Sita is well known character of Ramayana, a Hindu epic named after her husband Rama. The first Ramayana was written by Sage Valmiki, she was the adopted daughter of King Janak.

She holds an avatar of Goddess Lakshmi and had spent 14-years of her life in the forest with her husband. This gave her the status of a supreme woman who was not only loyal to her husband but also extremely patient.

According to some versions of Ramayana, Sita was the daughter of Raavan and Mandodari. Before her birth, astrologers had predicted their first child will become a reason of their destruction.

Here are the controversies around Sita:

Raavan Had Not Kidnapped The Real Sita!

Some versions of Ramayana state that Raavan had not abducted real Sita. The woman he took away with him was Maya Sita. Raavan did not know this as it was Goddess Parvati’s plan. She kept the real Sita with her until the war was over. Maya Sita was later born as Draupadi in her next life.

Confusion on Sita’s Birthplace!

There’s confusion about Sita’s birthplace as well. While some versions suggest that she was born in Janakpur of Mithila in Southern Nepal, while others say it was Sitamarhi in Bihar. 

Sita was Vedvati’s Reincarnation!

It is also said that once Raavan had molested a beautiful woman Vedvati while she was under penance to be Lord Vishnu’s wife. She had cursed Raavan that she will be born again to kill him. Thus Sita was born.

Sita was Padma’s Reincarnation!

A similar theory is the one found in the Ananda Ramayana, where Vedavati is replaced by Padma, daughter of King Padmaksha. Once she sits in penance surrounded by fire when Raavan spots her and tries to molest her.

She burnt herself in her place, there appear five diamonds. Raavan takes them to Lanka in a casket. When his wife Mandodari opens it, she is surprised to find a girl in place of diamonds. Mandodari, who is a virtuous woman of merit immediately, gets to know that she is the embodiment of Raavan’s death. Wanting to stall his death, she curses the baby that it will not live unless in the house of an emperor.