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How did Goddess Sita protect herself in Ravana's palace?

Ravana was not able to force himself on Sita due to a curse he had received years earlier, as described in this excerpt from the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana. Ravana and his army were once camped on ...
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Why did Lord Rama ask mother Sita for Agni Pariksha?

In this chapter of the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana, Rama explains why he made Sita walk through fire, despite having complete trust in her: Seetha certainly deserves this pure factory ordeal in the ...
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Why did Sri Rama banish Lady Sita when he was a witness of her fire-test himself?

UTTARA KANDA is a PRAKSHIPTA - an insertion made at a later date. As the episode of banishment of Sita finds place in this Kanda, it has to be rejected. In view of the following contradictions in the ...
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Is the story of Sita's banishment present in any scriptures other than Valmiki Ramayana?

Do any puranas mention about Sita's second excile? Yes , as you have enquired ,Puranas do talk about mother Sita's second excile. Although not in detail as Valmiki Ramayana because it is Itihasa (...
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How many days did Ravana keep Sita confined?

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 वा...
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Different Ramayanas

The two great epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata have been so popular in expressing human nature and prescribing Dharma that every author, every culture has adopted them to suit their founding principles....
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Why didn't Lord Ram try to prove Mother Sita's Purity but rather chose to exile her?

Why-didnt-lord-ram-try-to-prove-mother-sitas-purity-but-rather-chose-to-exile her? was Adharma ? The exact answer why shree Rama sent Sita on exile in the forest and not again took her Agni ...
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How did Ashoka Vana remain unaffected by the fire?

When Sita heard that Hanuman's tail was being ignited by the demons, she prayed to to the fire-god and fire didn't harm Hanuman in any way even he felt if a snow-ball is kept at the tip of his tail. ...
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Does Sita mention that she is a pativrata?

Sita Devi is a Pativrata. She knows it better than any other. She declares it several times. That is how we know it too. dīno vā rājyahīno vā yo me bhartā sa me guruḥ | taṃ nityamanuraktāsmi ...
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Why are female counterparts in South Indian temples placed on the right?

If the temple is depicting the specific scenario of the deities during marriage then it's correct that the female deity is placed to the right of the male deity. Because we have from the Atri Smriti: ...
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Why did Sri Rama banish Lady Sita when he was a witness of her fire-test himself?

I will try to answer your question despite the comments pointing to a certain other answer. It is not about justification, but about decision making. If there were rumors about Sita Devi then that ...
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Why did Sita have a past life?

Contrary to popular belief, Sita was not the next birth of Brihaspati's granddaughter Vedavati. This confusion arises from an even more fundamental fact about the Ramayana that few people are ...
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How did Hanuman's tail catch fire?

The purpose behind Lord Hanumanas act of burning Lanka -: Lord Hanuman thought that burning the Lanka will bring some small help to Lord Rama in his task of freeing Devi Sita. दुर्गे विनाशिते ...
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Questions regarding Jewellery of Mother Sita according to Valmiki Ramayana

Q1. Did Sita take or wear any Jewellery when she departed to the forest? What did she take? Sita had Jewellery while leaving Ayodhya. Later she got more Jewellery from great female ascetic(also wife ...
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How many days did Ravana keep Sita confined?

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: दशैकाधिकमासांस्तुचतुर्दशाहानिमैथिली । उवासरामरहितारावणस्यानि...
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Sahasra Mukhi (Thousand Faced) Raavana Killed by Sita

This story of Sita killing Sahasra Seersha ravana is not from the original Valmiki Ramayana, but a different version called Adbhuta Ramayana. Though Adbhuta Ramayana is attributed to Valmiki, it is ...
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Whether Chhaya Sita / Maya sita is mentioned in valmiki ramayan or in which scripture first?

Maya Sita or Chhaya sita does not appear in the Valmiki Ramayana. In the original Valmiki Ramayana, Ravana kidnapped Sita but not a shadow. The maya sita comes from Skanda Purana. In Venkatachala ...
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Why did Sri Rama banish Lady Sita when he was a witness of her fire-test himself?

Leela of Abandoning Godesses Sita also illustrates the greatness of 'Raam Naam'. By the mere chanting of Raam Naam and singing their virtues even animals and birds become so powerful that they gain ...
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Why did Ram give up Sita instead of the throne?

I am answering the question based on Valmiki Ramayana along with the help of Vyasa Mahabharat. Rama left Ayodhya for exile and Bharata ruled Ayodhya to fulfil Dasaratha's promise and hence to save ...
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Why did Rama and Sita wait so long to have kids?

Sita and Rama waiting for kids for a long time can be reasoned in four ways. It's completely their wish. Having kids and when to have kids is upto the wish of the couple. Both sita and Rama know ...
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Like Vish and Shiv have reverse spelling and opposite effects, does Sita and Sati have some reason behind their names?

There are no concepts like you are saying. The dhatu 'Vish' means Pervading. The dhatu 'Shiv' means Auspicious. In what sense are you seeing evil destruction in Auspicious? Hence, they are not ...
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Translation of Valmiki Ramayana 3-53-25

There is a website developed and maintained by IIT Kanpur. It is Valmiki Ramayana project by Rashtriya Sanskrita Vidya Peetham, Tirupati. I am providing the translation from the same source. एतच्चा...
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Who is Suvarchala? Is she wife or daughter of Sun God?

That Suvarchala is the wife of Surya is mentioned in many Puranas. For example,from Markandeya Purana: Brahma gave him the name of Rudra and asked the child not to cry further; but the boy cried ...
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Was Ravana not able to lift Pinaka aka 'The Shiva Dhanush'?

The details regarding the Swayamvara of Sita (avatar of Goddess Lakshmi), are mentioned in two chapters as under, in the Valmiki Ramayana:- Book I : Bala Kanda - The Youthful Majesties, Chapter [...
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How did Ashoka Vana remain unaffected by the fire?

Hanuman made sure that Asoka Van remained unaffected by fire after he realized that Sita could get hurt. Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna / Volume 1 / In The Company Of Devotees: So one should be careful ...
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Mother of Sita in Ramayana

According to Tulasidas's Ramacharitamanasa, Balakanda, 1.324, name of the wife of King Janaka was Sunayana. जनक पाटमहिषी जग जानी। सीय मातु किमि जाइ बखानी।। सुजसु सुकृत सुख सुदंरताई। सब समेटि बिधि...
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Raavana's dress code during abduction

The description is given in Valmiki Ramayan: Aranya Kanda: Sarga 46: तदा आसाद्य दशग्रीवः क्षिप्रम् अंतरम् आस्थितः | अभिचक्राम वैदेहीम् परिव्राजक रूप धृक् || ३-४६-२ श्लक्ष्ण काषाय संवीतः शिखी चत्री उपा...
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Who was goddess Sita's father? Why are there multiple stories? Which one should we believe?

We should go by the the Ramayana. If it says Janaka is the father, then we should believe that. However, Ramayana says, King Janaka found Sita in a furrow buried under the earth: अथ मे कृषतः ...
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