Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt PattanaikSITA : AN ILLUSTRATED RETELLING OF THE RAMAYANA
It is significant that the only character in Hindu mythology, a king at that, to be given the title of ekam-patni-vrata, devoted to a single wife, is associated with the most unjust act of abandoning her in the forest to protect family reputation. This seems a deliberate souring of an uplifting narrative. Rams refusal to remarry to produce a royal heir adds to the complexity. The intention seems to be to provoke thought on notions of fidelity, property and self-image.
And so the mythologist and illustrator Devdutt Pattanaik retells the Ramayana, drawing attention to the many oral, visual and written retellings composed in different times, in different places, by different poets, each one trying to solve the puzzle in its own unique way.
This book approaches Ram by speculating on Sita: her childhood with her father, Janaka, who hosted sages mentioned in the Upanishads; her stay in the forest with her husband, who had to be a celibate ascetic while she was in the prime of her youth; her interactions with the women of Lanka, recipes she exchanged, emotions they shared; her connection with the earth, her mother, and with the trees, her sisters; her role as the Goddess, the untamed Kali as well as the demure Gauri, in transforming the stoic prince of Ayodhya into God.
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She is esteemed as the paragon of spousal and feminine virtues for all women. Sita is the central female character and one of the central figures in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. She has a younger sister, Urmila , and the female cousins Mandavi and Shrutakirti. Sita, in her youth, chooses Rama, the prince of Ayodhya as her husband in a swayamvara -- bride choosing the best from a crowd of suitors after a contest, where Rama proves his heroism and valor and martial power and "defeats" the other seekers for Seeta's hand in marriage. After the swayamvara, she accompanies her husband to his kingdom, but later chooses to accompany her husband, along with her brother-in-law Lakshmana , in his exile. While in exile, the trio settles in the Dandaka forest from where she is abducted by Ravana , the Rakshasa king of Lanka. She is imprisoned in Ashoka Vatika in Lanka until she is rescued by Rama, who slays her captor.
Lord Rama and Sita Images
The Ramayana , written and composed by Valmiki , is one of the greatest works of literature in the history of ancient India. It has survived the test of time, and still continues to be one of the most critically acclaimed works of all generations. It has proved to be a classic in the standards of world literature and has been translated in over languages. The characters in Ramayana stand to be inspirational figures in all our lives. Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman epitomize all the virtues that should be ideally be present in all human beings in the planet to achieve the state of continual peace. Sita, symbolizes the meaning of an ideal woman, filled with loyalty for her husband.