[Advaita-l] Did Shri Rama really abandon Sita?
v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Jan 9 07:27:24 EST 2018
On Sun, Dec 17, 2017 at 9:11 PM, Aditya Kumar via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> A little off-topic. I have heard many people say that Ramayana ends with
> Shri Rama coming back to Ayodhya, united with Sita. There are many other
> books/Puranas where Ramayana is recited briefly. All of those accounts end
> with Rama uniting with Sita. However, the more recent versions end with
> Shri Rama abandoning Sita because some woodcutter said something. It is
> strange because Sita had underwent Agnipariksha right after Rama slays
> Ravana. Rama clarifies that, he put her into agni-pariksha although he knew
> she was chaste, so that people may know about her devotion and to clear her
The story of Rama, heeding to the censuring talk of common folk, abandoning
Seetha is found in the Ramayana Manjari of Kshemendra of 10-11 CE. There
are hints in it that compare well with the text of Uttara Ramayana.
> Was Shri Rama, the maryada purushottama abandon his dharma-patni because
> some random woodcutter gossiped about her? Even common folk won't do such a
> thing. It is strange. I feel like this woodcutter story was added later to
> undermine/insult Rama/faith in Rama.
> Any leads or opinions on this matter?
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