ramayana - What was the age of Sita at the time of marriage? - Hinduism Stack Exchange
During his exile, Sita who had accompanied Rama was kidnapped by years before Tulsidas Ramayan, things were quite different. If Valmiki's Ramayan is to be believed, Rama's marriage is not an ideal marriage. Sita or Seeta, is the consort of Lord Rama and an avatar of Sri Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess that After marriage, she goes to exile with her husband and brother-in-law Lakshmana. . Vedavati immolated herself on a pyre to escape Ravana's lust, vowing to return in another age and be the cause of Ravana's destruction. At the time of marriage, Sitaji's age can't be 6 years if we consider the difference between Lord Shri Rama's age and Sitaji's age was 25 -
After my post on this iss ue on my blog, one of the blogger friend suggested to put the same information in English, for those readers who might not be well versed with devnagri script. It has been hundred of thousands of years when the great vedas and holy books pertaining to Hindu mythology were written.
They have prevailing since or even before mankind. There has been huge transformation from the initial couplets which were been written on dry leaves, to the one being hand written on paper followed by printing on mass printing machines and now available on the internet. During this transformation there are ought to be changes in the original scripts, even though the essence might remain same in most cases.
One of the reason for change can be attributed to people who claim to be intelligent enough distorted the facts for their own name, fame etc, or it can be due to mistakes which in modern era are termed as typographic error. So what we read is certainly not precisely word to word same what might have been written by those great sages.
As we all know, at times one blank space here and there can distort the whole meaning what the writer wants to convey. And I believe that these are probably are the principal cause for such confusions prevailing today. If we talk about later years also, i am not sure how many couples really knew their age when they got married.
Even now i find many people in slums or people with very large families not remembering their children's age or date of birth. Then how can they be so sure than their daughter is marrying an elder man only or son is marrying an younger women only? When asked some people why they think a women should be younger than man, the first answer that i get is that 'science insists atleast two years gap be between then man and the women'. But what's missing here is Another good and sensible reason i get for this is women start looking old soon, as compared to men.
So if a man marries an elderly women, then she starts looking much more older after marriage and that might affect their mutual physical interests. This does make sense. But then, is this reason of retaining physical interest much more important than the love between both the couples. I think it's not. Ravana asked Maricha to take the form of a golden deer, to frisk in front of Sita.
When Sita should wish to have the deer for her own, Rama and Lakshmana could be induced to follow it and, at that time, Sita might be carried off. Maricha was filled with alarm on hearing such talk from Ravana. He reported to his chief that the proposal was impossible. Maricha knew that Ramachandra was death-like, and he advised Ravana to desist from his thoughts of crossing the Lord.
The King of the Rakshasas, irritated that his subordinate had even attempted to dissuade him, told Maricha that he must perform this service or be killed. Maricha, in the form of a wonderful deer with silver spots and the sheen of jewels, appeared before Sita in the forest.
His hoofs were made of blue stones, and he had a little tail that shone like the rainbow. He walked this way and that, browsing on creepers and sometimes galloping. In so many ways, he drew the mind of Sita, who asked Ramachandra to catch him for her. He knows past, present and future. For the sake of establishing the principles of morality, He, accompanied by the Goddess of Fortune, played the parts of Rama and Sita and let these pastimes unfold.
Rama firmly ordered Lakshmana to stay behind with Sita. He then pursued the deer. It became elusive, and even invisible. His counterfeit guise gone, Maricha in the hideous form of a huge Rakshasa now rolled upon the ground. She told Lakshmana to go at once and help Him.
Lakshmana dismissed the idea that Ramachandra could be in danger. Besides, he knew his duty was to remain and protect Sita. But Sita, in great anxiety over Rama, began to speak harsh words. She accused Lakshmana of not going to help Rama out of lust for her. Lakshmana could not bear to hear such unfair words and left to seek out Ramachandra.
Everything Under The Sun!: Marrying an elder women. Does it make sense?
This was the moment Ravana had been waiting for. He found Sita alone and carried her off by force. On a chariot pulled by donkeys, Ravana of ten heads and twenty arms flew through the sky with his arm around Sita. Sita was protected from gross sexual violation by her power of chastity. Also, Ravana had at one time in his career received a curse from the yogi father of a girl he had violated: By this act of abduction Ravana completely sealed his doom beyond a doubt.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada nicely explains the relationship between Sita and Ravana: Chanchala means that she is not steady. Ravana took away Lakshmi, Sitaji, to his place and instead of being happy by the grace of Lakshmi, his family and his kingdom were vanquished. So Lakshmi in the house of Ravana is Chanchala, or not steady. The Ravana class of men want Lakshmi only, without her husband, Narayana [or Ramachandra]. Therefore they become unsteady by Lakshmiji. And so materialistic persons find fault on the part of Fortune.
Of course, in the spiritual sky Lakshmi is fixed in the service of the Lord, and in spite of her being the Goddess of Fortune, she cannot be happy without the grace of the Lord. He showed her the swans and ponds, and his harem. He showed her how thousands of mighty Rakshasas awaited his word. And he described Ramachandra as a weak outcaste who would never be able to come to Lanka.
He asked Sita to rule over Lanka, and he would become her slave. Though she was weighted down with sorrow and deeply absorbed in anxious thoughts, Sita seared Ravana by telling him that for this reckless outrage he would be destroyed by Rama and Lakshmana. This body is now useless to me. You may chain it or destroy it. I shall not preserve it any more, nor will I ever bear the stigma of unchastity. I am the devoted wife of Rama, and you will never be able to touch me.
Alliance with the Monkeys Playing the role of a human distraught upon losing His beloved wife, Ramachandra was plunged into grief. He appeared crazed, and His understanding clouded. He was going through the forest asking the flowers and trees if they had seen His love.
He feared she had been eaten by the Rakshasas. He and Lakshmana searched everywhere. Rama questioned the sun: Finally the brothers found signs of Sita, pieces of clothing torn while resisting Ravana, and ornaments which had fallen from her as she rose up in his chariot. Frothing in his last blood, Jatayu informed Ramachandra that it was Ravana, the King of the Rakshasas, who had taken Sita. Rama and Lakshmana sought out Sugriva, who, as it turns out, shared a similar misfortune.
A mutual allicance was formed. But after months of futile searching, the armies began to lose hope. Hanuman resolved to travel through the air in search of Janaki. As the son of the wind god, Vayu, he had special powers and could fly in the sky. He could also make himself very small, or very large, as the situation required. Hanuman stood at the edge of the sea and grasped a mountain in his arms.
He held his breath and tightened his limbs. He then spoke these words to his brothers: And if I do not meet with success even there, then I shall uproot Lanka itself and bring Ravana here in bondage.
Like Garuda, the eagle carrier of Vishnu, Hanuman flew over the water, raising great waves by his speed and exposing the aquatics below, who fled in fear. At times Rakshasas rose from the sea for his destruction, but he was not deterred in his mission. Sri Valmiki says that when Hanuman landed in Lanka and went over the city wall, it appeared as if he had planted his left foot on the crown of Ravana.
Hanuman in Lanka Hanuman was delighted to observe the city of Lanka.
Sita, Rama, Lakshman, & Hanuman - Radha Krishna Temple in Utah
For protection, he reduced himself to the size of a cat, and then proceeded to walk into the city, taking careful note of how everything was situated. He walked along the roof of a seven-storied building and saw at a short distance the palace of Ravana, surrounded by a glittering wall.
The time was past midnight, and the monkey warrior observed a virtual sea of beautiful women, sleeping under the influence of drink. Hanuman was looking for the one woman described to him as Sita, and there was no question of his being moved by a harem full of disheveled beauties. In the center of the chamber, on a crystal dais, he saw an elaborately decorated bedstead. And upon the bed lay Lord Ravana himself. But where was Sita? Hanuman paced up and down the city wall. He began to think that his leap across the ocean had been in vain.
Finally the noble monkey came upon a dense grove of Ashoka trees. There, seated under a tree, wracked with grief, but still radiantly beautiful, with tears flowing down her face, was Sita. She was seated on the ground like an ascetic, wane, and sad for the absence of Ramachandra.
She was undergoing a continual, harrowing nightmare of separation from Rama. He was certain this was her because of the information he had received about her appearance.
He had to approach her, gain her confidence that he was not another Rakshasa, and convey to her that Rama and the Vanaras would soon be on their way to her rescue, so that she must not give up her life.
Hanuman began to speak to her from his place, concealed within the branches of the tree. Janaki was delighted to hear him. She had some doubt, but Hanuman was very sweet of speech, assuming a large form, reddish and clothed in white. Listening to this being who so cheerfully pronounced the name of Rama, Sita began to shake off her ascetic firmness. She thought for a time that Hanuman might be another mirage, but the monkey told her things too treasured to be Rakshasa deceit. Ramachandra had given to him the utmost confidence.
With folded palms, Hanuman approached Sita and gave her a ring from Rama. Assuring her that she would soon be re-united with Lord Rama, Hanuman finally left. In parting, Sita told him that she could only live one more month like this, and then she would give up her life.
In a miraculous display of prowess, Hanuman broke down all of the trees in the Ashoka forest except the one under which Sita was seated. He then sat upon the main gate of Lanka and, uprooting a bolt, shouted out that he was Hanuman, a Vanara, and the servant of Ramachandra! Frightened Rakshasas rushed out to see him expand himself to gigantic size, ranging the sky, determined to fight. Hanuman single-handedly destroyed thousands of Rakshasa warriors and top military personalities, and set fire to every house in the city, declaring again and again: The Siege of Lanka Without delay, the Vanaras under Sugriva mobilized, and built a miraculous bridge of stones across the ocean.
In this connection, A. Bhaktivedanta Swami has written that, as the Supreme Lord floats countless planets in space as though they were no more than little cotton swabs, certainly He can float one bridge of stones upon an ocean.