How many days did Ravana keep Sita confined?
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Ravana kidnapped maa Sita in the season of Hemanta (comes before winter) and had given Her twelve months time to make up Her decision to accept Ravana before his demons kill Her:
शृणु मैथिलि मत् वाक्यम् मासान् द्वादश भामिनि ||
कालेन अनेन न अभ्येषि यदि माम् चारु हासिनि |
ततः त्वाम् प्रातः आशा अर्थम् सूदाः छेत्स्यन्ति लेशशः || [VR - 3.56.24,25]
Oh, angry lady Maithili, listen to my words. A period of twelve months is given to you. And oh, smiley smiler, if you do not come nigh of me within that period, then the cooks will slice you to pieces for the purpose of a morning meal
When Hanuman met maa Sita in Panchavati (2nd September 7292 B.C.), She told him that only two months of Her life is left [VR - 5.58.106]. And just around 2 months later from the day of Hanuman's meeting with maa Sita (3rd November 7292 B.C), the final war, to rescue maa Sita, had started.
So Ravana kept maa Sita confined for around 12 months or roughly 365 days.
As I discuss in my answer here Padma Purana, Patala Khanda chapter 36 gives each and every Tithi of Ramas life in detail. It states:
Maithill (i.e. Sita) lived without Rama in the house of Ravana for eleven months and fourteen days. Rama ruled (i.e. was consecrated as the king) when he was forty-two years old. At that time SIta had completed thirty-three years. That lord Rama being delighted entered the city Ayodhya at the end of the fourteenth year and with his brothers ruled there.
Thus, Sita lived without Rama in the house of Ravana for 11 months and 14 days.
Sita was abducted probably in the Visakha month (or) Grishma Ritu, but not in Hemanth Ritu. The following paras explain that.
ते वसंतम् अनुप्राप्तम् प्रतिवेद्य परस्परम् |
नष्ट संदेश काल अर्था निपेतुर् धरणी तले || ४-५३-५
On discussing among themselves they found that spring season has arrived, and they also found the purpose of timely messaging about Seetha to Sugreeva is lost, thus they plumped down onto the surface of earth.
वर्तते दशमो मासो द्वौ तु शेषौ प्लवम्गम |
रावणेन नृशंसेन समयो यः कृतो मम || ५-३७-८
O Hanuma! Out of the time-limit given to me by the cruel Ravana for my survival, the tenth month is now running. Only two months are left out.
So we can infer that Sita spent 10 months before Sri Hanuma arrived there and probably another month before Ravana was eliminated, but not complete 12 months.