The Story of Mandodari And Sita

 
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The Story of Mandodari And Sita

This is a story of Sita and Mandodari.

The Ramayan is an ancient Sanskrit epic written by the famous sage Valmiki. It describes Lord Rama's effort to rescue Sita from the demon king Ravana. It also describes the challenges faced by Lord Rama, Laxaman, and Sita when they were exiled from the kingdom for 14 years. Following is a story from “The Ramayana”.

It is a well-known fact that Sita was the daughter of King Janaka. Mandodari was the daughter of Mayasura, the King of the Asuras (demons), and the apsara (celestial nymphs) Hema. Mandodari bears two sons after marrying Ravana, Meghanada (Indrajit) and Akshayakumara. But Mandodari is also the mother of Sita, according to one of the references in Adbhuta Ramayana. It is believed that Ravana used to store the blood of all the saints he killed in a large pot. One of the sages, Gritsamada stored milk obtained from the sacred darbha grass in a pot to practise penance and to have Goddess Lakshmi as his daughter. Ravana got a hold of the milk pot by sneaking into Gritsamada’s house and poured the milk into his pot of blood. Mandodari got so offended by this evil act that she decided to commit suicide by drinking the contents of the pot. After drinking from that pot, Mandodari did not die. Instead, she became pregnant with Sita. After Sita’s birth, who is one of the incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi, Mandodari left the baby in Kurukshetra, and that is how King Janaka found Sita.




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