Sita Ashtami – Janaki Janma

Sita Ashtami, or Janaki Janma, is believed to be the day when Mata Sita appeared on earth as per traditional calendar and Panchangs followed in North India. Sita Ashtami 2015 date is February 12. Mata Sita is an embodiment of purity and wifely devotion and the consort of Lord Ram in Ramayan. Mata Sita was adopted by King Janaka; after he found her in while he was ploughing his field. Sita Ashtami is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Phalguna month (February – March).

It must be noted here that the birthday or Jayanti of Mata Sita is known as Sita Navami with Hindu communities in western and eastern parts of India and is observed in Vaishaka month (April – May). This date is April 8, 2014

Sita is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and is worshipped in temples dedicated to Lord Ram.

Mata Sita’s abduction by Ravana and her subsequent rescue by Lord Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman and Vanar Sena is the central theme of the Ramayana.

So powerful was Sita’s chastity that even though she was carried away by Ravana and kept imprisoned, Ravana could never reach near her as she kept meditating on Lord Ram; and the energy she created out of meditation was powerful enough to burn to death anyone who approached her without her permission.
When she was rescued, Mata Sita asserted her purity by undergoing ordeal by fire. But eventually Lord Ram had to banish her from Ayodhya as his subjects questioned Her purity.

She spend the rest of her life in the forest and gave birth to Kusha and Lava. Finally, she called upon her Mother Earth, to swallow her up. She returned in the same way, She was born.
For centuries the life of Mata Sita has been an inspiration for millions of women. Thousands of books have been return on her life and equating it with condition of women in each century. Today, Her life is discussed all around the world and more and more women are identifying themselves with her.