Sita (Sanskrit: सीता; IAST: Sītā), also spelt Seeta is a Hindu goddess and the female protagonist of the Hindu epic, Ramayana

She is the consort of Rama, the avatar of the god Vishnu and is regarded as a form of Vishnu’s wife Lakshmi

She is also the chief goddess of Rama-centric Hindu traditions

Sita is known for her dedication, self-sacrifice, courage, and purity

Described as the daughter of Bhūmi (the earth), Sita is brought up as the adopted daughter of King Janaka of Videha

Sita, in her youth, chooses Rama, the prince of Ayodhya as her husband in a swayamvara

After the swayamvara, she accompanies her husband to his kingdom, but later chooses to accompany her husband, along with her brother-in-law Lakshmana, in his exile

While in exile, the trio settles in the Dandaka forest from where she is abducted by Ravana, the Rakshasa king of Lanka

She is imprisoned in the garden of Ashoka Vatika, in Lanka, until she is rescued by Rama, who slays her captor

After the war, in some versions of the epic, Rama asks Sita to undergo Agni Pariksha (an ordeal of fire), by which she proves her purity, before she is accepted by Rama, which for the first time makes his brother Lakshmana get angry at him

In some versions of the epic, Maya Sita, an illusion created by Agni, takes Sita’s place and is abducted by Ravana and suffers his captivity, while the real Sita hides in the fire

Some scriptures also mention her previous birth being Vedavati, a woman Ravana tries to molest

After proving her purity, Rama and Sita return to Ayodhya, where they are crowned as king and queen

One day, a man questions Sita’s purity and in order to prove her innocence and maintain his own and the kingdom’s dignity, Rama sends Sita into the forest near the sage Valmiki’s ashram

Years later, Sita returns to the womb of her mother, the Earth, for release from a cruel world and as a testimony of her purity, after she reunites her two sons Kusha and Lava with their father Rama