Was Ravana father of Sita?

Ravana is considered to be the evil and his death is signified as victory of good over evil. Very few know Ravana not only was a genius who worked with prisms to create his 10 heads but also was/could be the father of Sita. Surprised? The Ramayana (Hindu epic) is one of the most significant narratives that have shaped Indian culture and there are many versions of Ramayana. Each showcasing slightly different tales. As the culture changes from one location to the other, some ambiguities are created which leads to change in the mythology. Though this is hard to say which mythology or the history is correct but non of them could be neglected before understanding each one of them.

Same with Sita’s birth, it has been depicted differently in different versions of Ramayana. In Valmiki’s Ramayana, Sita is said to have been discovered by the Mithila king Janaka in a furrow while he was ploughing the drought hit lands of his country, and for that reason is regarded as a daughter of Bhoomi Devi (the goddess earth), she was then adopted and brought up by the Mithila Naresh Janaka and his wife Sunayana.

 

Sita as Daughter of Ravana-

Now as I wrote earlier that there could be many versions of a story. Likewise there are some versions of Ramayana which mentions Sita as daughter Ravana.
Vedavati(An Avtar of Goddess Lakshmi), a pious brahmin woman wanted to marry Vishnu. She was living in an ashram on a riverbank. Once while Vedavati was meditating on the riverbank, Ravana happened to see her. He was enamored by her beauty and tried to violate her. To escape from Ravana she jumped into a fire pit created for Yajna. Before dying she cursed Ravana that in her next birth she will be responsible for his death.

Representational purpose : Ravana trying to violate Vadavati. In second Vedavati in the fire to save her dignity.
Representational purpose : Ravana trying to violate Vadavati. In second Vedavati in the fire to save her dignity.


In her next birth, Vedavati was born as Ravana and Mandodhari’s daughter. Astrologers predicted that the baby will be responsible for her father’s death. To save his life, Ravana threw the little girl child into the sea. The child fell on the lap of sea-goddess Varuni. Goddess Varuni took the girl child to the shores and gave her to Bhoomi Devi. Goddess Bhoomi then gave her to King Janaka while ploughing a field.It won’t be wrong to say Vedavati was reincarnated as Sita.

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King Janaka ploughed Mithila farms to fight back drought. In later he finds bhoomi putri Sita in the grounds.

Uttara Purana-

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According to Uttara Purana, Ravana had bad intentions for Manivati the princess of Alkapuri. Manivati pledged to take revenge on Ravana. Later she was reborn as the daughter of Ravana and Mandodari. But the astrologers predicted that the child would destroy his lineage. So, Ravana ordered his servant to kill the child. However the servant did not kill the girl and instead buried her in Mithila where she was found by Janaka.

 

Jaina Ramayana portraits Ravana’s love towards Sita the other way round


According to Jaina Ramayana, Sita was born as daughter of Ravana. However the astrologers predicted that the first child of Ravana would be responsible for his death. Therefore Ravana ordered his servants to take the child to some distant lands and bury her there. Thus, she was found and adopted by Janaka.
It appears in Jaina Ramayana that Ravana was in love with Sita but only as a father loves his daughter. Though Ravana ordered his servants to bury her in a distant land, he kept a check on Sita’s whereabouts. He was overjoyed to find that Sita was adopted by a Janaka. He also attended Sita’s swayamvara ceremony to see her get married.

(Mithila painting) Ravana kidnapping Sita from forrest.
(Mithila painting) Ravana kidnapping Sita from forrest.

He was happy to see that Sita got married to Raghuvamshi Rama. All was well until Ram was sent to exile for 14 years.
He didn’t want his daughter to suffer in forest and wanted to put an end to the misery. So he abducted her and brought her to Lanka.

 

There are many explanations for a single story. It is upon the readers to consider which theory they like. Ravana was a genius Brahmin, the mightiest worshippper of Lord Shiva who always knew what will be the outcome of his next step. He always knew the fate of provoking war against Rama. Even the evils have a paltry of good in them, the voice deep down under which led to the victory of good over evil.

Why people like Game of Thrones. Explained

Game of thrones falls in the perfect niche. It has something everyone likes. It has so many elements to it that somehow, it caters to everyone’s imagination of a great fantasy show.

 

  • Magic and Mystery
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    The key element in any fantasy show is maintaining an element of magic and mystery. No contemporary TV show can top game of thrones in this department. While being central to the show, magic is quite tasteful and minimalistic.

  • Magical beasts
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    ​Realistic graphics and great storytelling have brought these haunting creatures to life. Also, who doesn’t like dragons!

  • Politics and Corruption
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    As the name suggests, this show is all about the games the highborn play to acquire the throne. This display of gruesome politics and rampant corruption is strangely appealing to watch.

  • Action and Violence
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    The portrayal of action in this show is flamboyant, while managing to stay in the realms of reality. That is a commendable achievement in itself. The scenes, be it wars or individual battles, are beautifully portrayed.

  • Sex
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    ​ This show has become synonymous with TV nudity. But these scenes, although more than most of the shows surprisingly don’t feel out of place. In fact, most of them are crucial to the plot of the overall story. This is a huge win.

  • Scenery
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    The beautiful castles, the marching armies, green rolling fields are a real treat to our eyes which are accustomed to seeing random buildings and skyscrapers. The show visually transports us to the beautiful lands and surroundings of medieval Europe.

 

 

  • Depth
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    The directors have made an exceptional attempt to bring the immense depth and complexity of this story to life. The number of characters and past events stretching back thousands of years which influence the current happenings is alarming. At the same time, it gives the viewers a chance to marvel at this well thought out fictional universe.

  • Distinct lack of stereotypes
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​ This is not the usual good-vs-evil story where we get a clear idea of the good and bad guys, right from the first episode. Every character has multiple shades to his/her personality. This gives the individual characters a new level of depth, lacking in other shows. This makes them human.

 

  • Dialogues
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    Finally, the part which appeals to every viewer are the crisp and ground breaking dialogues this show has to offer. One can not help but be amazed at the creative genius of George R.R. Martin.

 

  • And of course :- Tyrion Lannister

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Tyrion Lannister, a dwarf from the Lannister family is the only loved character from the Lannisters. everyone enjoys his presence on the screen. He’s one of the reasons to watch Game of Thrones for.

 

There are many more reasons to love Game of Thrones. Let us know yours and if you do not watch this show then this is the time to re think where your life is going.