Sita Navami is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Goddess Sita, who is believed to be the reincarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. She was born in the Treta Yug on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaishaka of the Hindu calendar. However, the Goddess is believed to have directly appeared from the Earth, who was found by King Janak of the kingdom of Mithila, while ploughing the field for performing a Yagna. When his plough got stuck up in the land, he unearthed the ground to find a golden casket with a baby girl in it. King Janak accepted the child as a divine gift from God and named her ‘Sita’ because a ploughed land is known as Sita in Hindi/Sankskrit. Another name that the Goddess is known by today is ‘Janaki’ as she was the daughter of King Janak.
The significance of the ‘Navami’ or ninth tithi
in the Hindu mythology is supreme. Along with Goddess Sita, even her consort Lord Rama was born on the ninth tithi
in the month of Chaitra of the Hindu calendar. As per the Hindu calendar, Sita Jayanti falls right after one month of Rama Navami. Since both Lord Rama and Goddess Sita were born on this supreme tithi
, their marriage represents the union of two supreme souls, and they are looked upon as one of the most ideal matches made in Heaven. No matter how difficult their life was – whether in Vanvaas or during Sita’s abduction by Ravana – they always stayed loving and firm in their relationship. Another supreme couple in the Hindu mythology is believed to be Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This is why many couples sign up with MakeMyPuja to perform the Gauri Shankar Puja in order to remove all worries from their married life and lead a positive and secure relationship. In fact, it is believed that even Goddess Sita performed the Gauri Shankar Puja before marriage in order to have a husband like Lord Rama.
On Sita Navami, which falls on 4th
May this year, married women fast for their husband’s long life and pray that they remain ‘Suhaagan
’ all throughout their life. They offer Puja to Lord Rama and Goddess Sita by placing their idols in a small mandap
decorated with flowers. They offer fruits, sweets, and Bhog
, and pray to the couple for a happy married life. These celebrations are observed in an even more majestic manner in temples of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita where rituals of Maha-abhishek
and Shringar Darshan
are performed. Also, processions with idols of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman are carried out on chariots with devotees singing devotional songs and chanting ‘Jai Siya Ram’.