|Sitaji is Bhagwan
Shri Ramchandra’s consort and foremost devotee. This relationship
of “Bhakta-Bhagwan” is an eternal principle of Sanatan Hindu
Dharma. Whenever Bhagwan incarnates He does so with His foremost Bhakta.
An interesting story about Sitaji reveals her divinity and power from
childhood. The episode also shows that only she was destined to become
Shri Ram’s consort.
Sitaji was born as the daughter of the wise king Janak of Mithilapuri, in Bihar, in eastern India. Once Parshuram arrived at his palace with his gigantic bow. Parshuram was an avatar, the son of Jamadagni, in the lineage of Bhrugu rishi. The bow was given to him by Shri Mahadev (Shiv).
The word ‘gigantic’ fails miserably to give us a picture of the bow’s size. However we can form a picture mentally when we consider its weight. It was so heavy, so unimaginably huge that it was mind-boggling. When news of its size reached the people, they rushed from all corners of the kingdom to Janak raja’s palace to have its darshan !
Now for the size. It needed 250 oxcarts, each with two oxen, to be
carried from one place to another ! That meant 500 oxen ! Now can you
form an image of the bow in your mind ? That is not the end of the story.
While Parshuram was talking with Janak raja, he saw a little girl, dressed
like a princess, instantly grab the bow like a little doll and play
horse with it ! Parshuram just stared ! He couldn’t believe it
! The bow was just about manageable for him, a seasoned and mighty warrior.
But for a tiny little girl ?!
“When it is time for her to get married, choose the man who has the strength to break this bow. Only he will be suitable for her.”
Janak raja thanked Parshuram, who left soonafter.
Every prince thought it would be a piece of cake.
Finally only Shri Ram was left. He approached it, lifted it like a toy broomstick and snapped it like a matchstick ! Janak raja smiled. Sitaji beamed. The other princes’ jaws dropped. Sitaji then placed the flower garland around Shri Ramchandra’s neck. Bhakta met Bhagwan.
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