सर्वश्रेयस्करीं सीतां नतोऽहं रामवल्लभाम्।।
जिसका अर्थ है – उत्पत्ति, स्थिति और संहार करने वाली, कलह का नाश करने वाली और सभी का कल्याण करने वाली श्रीरामचन्द्र की प्रियतमा भगवती श्री सीता को नमन है।
Sita Navami (also known Janki Navami or Sita Jayanti) is the birthday of Goddess Sita, one of the divine incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi. It is observed on Vaishakha Shukla Navami, the ninth day in the bright half of the month of Vaisakh.
Sita Navami is celebrated as birth anniversary of Goddess Sita. This day is also known as Sita Jayanti. Married women keep fast on Sita Navami day and pray to seek long lives of their husbands.
Sita Jayanti is celebrated on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month. It is believed that Goddess Sita was born on Tuesday in Pushya Nakshatra. Goddess Sita was married to Lord Rama who was also born on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. On Hindu calendar Sita Jayanti falls after one month of Rama Navami.
Mata Sita is also known as Janaki as she was the adopted daughter of King Janaka of Mithila. Hence this day is also known as Janaki Navami.
According to Hindu mythology, when King Janaka was ploughing the land to conduct a Yajna he found a baby girl in the Golden casket. The Golden casket was found inside the field while ploughing the land. A ploughed land is called Sita hence King Janaka named the baby girl as Sita.
Holy marriage of Goddess Sita with Bhagvan Sri Rama
Janaka king of Mithila organizes a swayamwara with the condition that princess Sita would marry only that person who would be able to string Pinak Dhanu (bow of Shiva). Janaka knew, the bow of Shiva was not even liftable let alone stringable for ordinary mortals and for selfish person it was not even approachable. Thus, Janaka tries to find the best husband for Sita.
At this time Vishvamitra had brought Prince Rama and the other one, Lakshmana to the forest for the protection of sacrifice. Hearing about this swayamwara, Vishvamitra asks Rama to participate in the swayamwara and takes Rama and Lakshmana to the palace of Janaka. Janaka is greatly pleased to learn that Rama and Lakshmana are sons of Dasharatha. Next morning, in the middle of the hall, Rama lifts up the bow of Shiva with his left, fastens the string tightly and finally breaks the bow. And thus Rama fulfils Janaka’s condition to marry Sita.
Later on Vivaha Panchami, a marriage ceremony is conducted under the guidance of Satananda. Rama marries Sita, Bharata marries Mandavi, Lakshmana marries Urmila and Shatrughna marries Shrutakirti
Siddha matra from Sri Ram charit manas
Sri Sita Mantra for Marriage only for females
जय जय गिरिवर राज किशोरी, जय महेश मुख चंद्र चकोरी
jai jai girivar raaj kishori , jai mahesh mukh chandra chakori
श्रीजानकीजी के दर्शन के लिये
“जनकसुता जगजननि जानकी। अतिसय प्रिय करुनानिधान की।।
श्री सीताराम के दर्शन के लिये
“नील सरोरुह नील मनि नील नीलधर श्याम ।
लाजहि तन सोभा निरखि कोटि कोटि सत काम ॥”
Goddess Sita She is best known by the name Sita, derived from the Sanskrit word sīta, which meansfurrow.
According to holy Ramayana, Janaka found goddess as a baby girl while ploughing earth as a part of a yagna and adopted her as his own dear daughter.
The word sīta was a poetic term in ancient India, its imagery redolent of fecundity and the many blessings coming from settled agriculture. The Sita of the Ramayana may have been named after a more ancient Vedic goddess Sita, who is mentioned once in the Rigveda as an earth goddess who blesses the land with good crops. In the Vedic era, She was one of the goddesses associated with fertility.
A Vedic hymn (Rig Veda 4:57) recites:
“Auspicious Sita, come thou near;
We venerate and worship thee
That thou mayst bless and prosper us
And bring us fruits abundantly.
In Harivansha Sita has been invoked as one of the names of goddess Arya:
O goddess, you are the altar’s center in the sacrifice,
The priest’s fee
Sita to those who hold the plough
And Earth to all living being.
The Kausik-sutra and the Paraskara-sutra associate her repeatedly as the wife of Parjanya (a god associated with rains) and Indra.
Sita Rama Stotram
By Lord Hanuman
This Stotra is a joint prayer to Rama and Sita. The first and third lines of every verse describe Rama’s qualities and the second and fourth line of every worse describes Sita’s qualities.
Ayodhya pura netharam,
Mithila pura nayikam,
Vaidehanam malankriyam., 1
Leader of the city of Ayodhya,
Leader of the city of Mithila,
Ornament to the clan of Raghu,
And ornament to the family of Vidheha.
Raghoonam kula dheepam cha,
Nimeenam kula dheepikam,
Soorya vamsa samudh bhootham,
Soma vamsa samudh bhavam., 2
The light of the clan of Raghu,
The light of the family of Nimi,
Born in the clan started by the Sun God,
Born in the family started by the moon God.
Puthreem Janaka Bhoopathe,
Sathananda mathanugam., 3
Son of Dasaratha,
Daughter of Janaka,
Followed wishes of Vasishta
Obeyed the wihes of Sadananda.
Kousalya Garbha sambhootham,
Vedi Garbhoditham swayam,
Sphurad indhee varekshanam., 4
Born to the queen Kousalya,
Rose from the Yagna floor herself,
One who has lotus like eyes,
One who has eyes like fully open Indivara flowers.
Chandra bhimbo up mananaam,
Matha mathanga Gamanam,
Matha hamsa vadhoo gathim., 5
Was like Lotus flower opened by chandra Kantha,
One who can be compared to the face of Moon,
One who walks like a active elephant,
One who walks like an active swan.
Chandana ardhra bhuja madhyam,
Kunkumardhraka kucha sthalim,
Padmalankrutha panikam., 6
One who applies sandal on his chest,
One who decorates her breasts with saffron,
One who has a rope in his hands,
One whose hand is decorated by Lotus flower.
Kala megha nibhakaram,
Kaartha swara sama prabham., 7
One who protects those who surrender,
One who is pleased with their devotion,
One who is of the colour of dark cloud,
One who shines like Gold.
Divya srag vasthra bhooshanaam,
Anyonya kshana kamkshinou., 8
One who sits on the divine throne,
One who wears divine garlands and cloth,
One who glances every second,
One who desires invitations from each other.
Anyonya sadrusa kaarou,
Trilokya graha dampathi,
Imou yuvam pranamyaham,
Bajamyadhya krutharthadham., 9
Form resembling each other,
They are the great couple of the three worlds,
And I salute both of them,
And with gratefulness sing their praise.
Krutha Hanumatha punya,
Sthuthi sadhyo vimukthidha., 10
These descriptions of Ramachandra,
And also that of Janaki,
Were given by the holy Hanuman,
He who prays using it,
Anaya sthouthi yad sthuthya,
Ramam Seetham cha bhakthitha,
Thasya thou thanutham preethou,
Sampada sakala aapi., 11
The problems of him who prays,
Rama as well as Sita with devotion,
Would vanish and he would become dear to them,
And he will earn all sorts of wealth.
Translated by P. R. Ramachander
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