[Advaita-l] Did Shri Rama really abandon Sita?

V Subrahmanian 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:

>  Namaste,
> 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
> name.


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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