sita devi

Only The Best

“The princes and their armies were beautiful, chivalrous, and of good age, family and birth, looking as if Indra had descended to earth and was marching towards Janakpur.” (Janaki Mangala, 9) rūpa sīla baya bansa birūda bala dala bhaye |… Read More ›

Tilaka

“That country is looking so beautiful, and the Vedas have described its purity. Known in the three worlds, Tirahut [Janakpur] is the tilaka of the earth.” (Janaki Mangala, Svayamvara Ki Taiyari, 4) desa suhāvana pāvana beda bakhāniya | bhūmi tilaka… Read More ›

Then Show Me

“With my hands folded, bowing my head I pray to them as I sing about the marriage of Sita and Rama as I understand it.” (Janaki Mangala, Mangalacharana, 2) hātha jori kari binaya sabahi sira nāvauṃ | siya raghubīra bibāhu… Read More ›

Doubling Down

“The monkey became numb for a second, stricken as he was with sadness over not having found, after such a long time, Sita, the wife of Rama – the lord of men and the best among those who can speak.”… Read More ›

Wealth Management

“He [Hanuman] saw in that great city seven and eight story buildings inlaid with crystal and decorated with gold. Those houses of the Rakshasas shone brightly with their surfaces studded with vaidurya gems and decorated with strings of pearls.” (Valmiki… Read More ›

Slight of Hand

“At night, on the sun having set, Maruti [Hanuman] contracted his body. Becoming the size of a cat, he was a wonderful sight to behold.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.49) sūrye cāstaṃ gate rātrau dehaṃ saṃkśipya mārutiḥ | vṛṣadaṃśakamātraḥ san… Read More ›

In Every Village

“Entering at night the city ruled by Ravana, which is very difficult to approach, and searching inside every palace, I shall find the daughter of Janaka.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.47) rāvaṇasya purīṃ rātrau praviśya sudurāsadām | vicinvan bhavanaṃ… Read More ›

Tied Interests

“If I am seen by the Rakshasas, then this work performed on behalf of Rama, who is self-realized and desires the destruction of Ravana, would go for naught.” (Hanuman, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 2.42) mayi dṛṣṭe tu rakśobhī rāmasya viditātmanaḥ… Read More ›