Hindu - An earth-goddess. Daughter of Janaka. Sister of Urmila. Wife of Rama. Mother of Kusha and Lava. She was said to have been born from a plough-furrow as an incarnation of Lakshmi and was the wife of Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, although some accounts have her as a consort of Indra and Parjanya. Rama was said to have won her hand by winning an archery contest organised by her father. When she was carried off by Ravana, the king of the demons, her husband raised an attacking force under Hanuman and raised the demons' fortress, killing Ravana. To prove that she had been faithful during her captivity she invoked her dharma and was taken into a furrow in Mother Earth. In a variation of this story, Rama rejected her when she became pregnant, believing that she had slept with Ravana, and sent her into exile where she gave birth to twin sons, Kusha and Lava. Despairing of winning back her husband she prayed to mother-earth for help. A golden throne rose out of the ground to receive her and she returned to the earth she came from yet another story says that Sita underwent trial by fire but walked unharmed from the pyre due to the intervention of Agni. Sometimes known as Sita, Lakshmi, Lakshmi, Indira, Ksirabdhitanya, Laksmi, Lotus, Mahalakshmi, sacred birds, Dakshina, Devi-Seri, Devi-Shri, Dharani, Empress of the Sea, Gajadevi, Haripriya, Jaladhi-ja, Karisini, Ksama, Lokamata, Lotus, Mahasarasvati, Matrirupa, Padma(vati), Radha, Rohini, Rukmini, Sadana, Shri, (Sri) Laksmi, Sri(-devi), Tulsi, Vaishnavi, Vriddhi, Buddhist Maya, East Indies Dewi-Shri, Phra Naret, Seeta, Seeta, Vedavati, Vedavati, 'furrow', 'furrow', Javanese Sinta or Javanese Sinta.

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