My name is Sita. I lived a long, long ago, in a world of gods and magic. My
husband was Rama, the son of king Ayodya. We were married when we were very
young. For a short time, we lived happily in the city with his father and
Rama was supposed to be the next king, but King Ayodya's new wife
was jealous. She convinced King Ayodya to send Rama away from the city. She
forced Rama to live far away, in the country, for 14 years. I loved Rama very
much, so I went with him into exile.
One day Rama and I went for
a hunt in the forest. I saw a beautiful white deer and asked Rama to catch it for
While Rama was chasing the deer, a wicked King, called Rahwana, appeared. Rahwana
thought I was very beautiful, so he kidnapped me. I screamed, but I was not
strong enough to fight him. Rahwana took me to his kingdom and tried to convince
me to marry him.
When Rama found out that Rahwana took me, he got very angry. Rama went to fight against Rahwana,
and he was helped by Hanoman, his servant who was a white monkey.
Rama and Hanoman defeated Rahwana, and
they brought me back to the kingdom of Ayodya to live.
Everyone was very happy that Rama was back and
they named him the King.
I thought our lives would be
happy now, but I was wrong. Rama was still jealous of Rahwana. He believed
stories that I had been unfaithful when Rahwana held me captive. It was not
true! I loved Rama and I was a good wife.
I pleaded with Rama and cried for
his mercy, but he
refused. There was only one thing I could do to convince Rama that I had been
good. I knew that if I was really pure, fire could not hurt me. So, I set myself on fire
when Rama was watching. The flames were hot and the fire roared, but I walked
out without any burns. Finally Rama and all of the people in the kingdom believed
me! Our story has become a legend,
an Indian fairy tale story, called
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