| Chapter 1 : Synopsis and Introduction|
anthology largely represents the sanskar ie. value systems
imparted by SITA of the Indian epic Ramayana ( unconfirmedly dating
back a few thousand years ago) to her twin children Lav and Kush.
The epic story briefly goes that Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu
had a very beautiful wife, Sita. When the time came for coronation
of Rama as king of Ayodhya, his step-mother -who called up some boons
promised by Ramas father , King Dashratha -insisted that, instead
of Rama, it should be her son Bharata who should be crowned king ,further
Rama be banished to the forests for 14 years.
Rama, as the obedient son, left for the forests. Sita as a dutiful
wife accompanied her husband into the forest. Laxmana , the brother
of Rama , was also with them. After some years in the forest, tragedy
struck. Sita was abducted by the demon king Ravana of Sri Lanka .
Ravana wanted to forcefully marry Sita, but she refused to marry him.
Lord Rama , with the help of forest-dwellers called Vanars
or Forest -Ape-men , then raided Sri Lanka and defeated
and killed Ravana. Sita was put through a Agni Pariksha
ie. test of fire to prove her fidelity to Rama. Sita passed
the test unscathed. Rama then brought his beloved wife home.
A few months later ,SITA found herself pregnant with the seed of love
of her Lord Rama. But some doubtful citizens of Ayodhya kept mouthing
foul words about SITA , as she had been earlier kidnapped by the evil
In order to pacify his citizens, King Rama banished SITA ,who was
pregnant,to the forests. At such a critical time , she took shelter
at the hermitage of the fatherly Rishi (Sage) 'Valmiki'.
The anthology SITA SHAKTI KAVYA ie. The EPIC of SITAS
EMPOWERMENT begins here.
SITA delivers twin sons in the hermitage. They are named by the Rishi
as Lav and Kush . The anthology recounts how
Sita is then transformed from the weak wife of Rama to a powerful
The anthology gives graphic details of how SITA gives a good value-based
upbringing to her children. SITA also emerges as the friend , philosopher
and spiritual guide to the people around her in the forest.
SITA emerges as the all-powerful ,empowered divine Mother. So much
so that eventually, even her husband Rama realises in her , the powerful
feminine form of God and on behalf of himself and all the errant Ayodhya
citizens, He begs forgiveness of her and prays to her to reside in