Janaki Jayanti today: History, significance of occasion marking birth of Goddess Sita

Janaki Jayanti, the festival marking the birth of Goddess Sita, is observed with great fervour and enthusiasm by her devotees

FP Research March 06, 2021 13:24:40 IST
Janaki Jayanti today: History, significance of occasion marking birth of Goddess Sita

A portrait of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita

Janaki Jayanti, the festival marking the birth of Goddess Sita, is observed with great fervour and enthusiasm by her devotees. Sita is also known as Janaki as her father was King Janak of Mithila.

The birth of Lord Ram’s wife is of great significance and the date falls on the Ashtami Tithi (eighth day) of Phalguna in Krishna Paksha according to the Purnimant calendar.

If one follows the Amavasyant calendar, Janaki Jayanti falls on the Ashtami Tithi of Magha in Krishna Paksha.

Janaki Jayanti 2021: Tithi

This year, Janaki Jayanti will be celebrated on 6 March. The tithi for the day has started at 7.54 pm on 5 March and is going to end at 6.10 pm on Saturday.

Janaki Jayanti 2021: significance

Goddess Sita is one of the most highly regarded goddesses in the Hindu religion. She is the daughter of Bhumi or the earth goddess and was found in the land by King Janak. Thereafter, Janak ended up adopting her as his eldest daughter along with his wife Queen Sunayana.

The royal couple brought Sita up and organised her swayamvar where she got married to Lord Ram. Sita was given the liberty to choose her groom on the basis of an act of courage and valour.

Sita is also the mother of twin brothers Lav and Kush, whom she brought up alone in an ashram as she was exiled from Ayodhya. However, years later, when Ram came to know about the presence of his sons, he called Sita and the twins back to the kingdom.

But the common people wanted Sita to again walk through the fire to prove her fidelity. Sita refused to take part in such ordeals and called upon her birth mother. The whole kingdom watched in sorrow and repentance as the earth divided in two and Bhumi emerged to take her daughter with her.

It was only after she left that the people realised their mistake in asking her to prove her chastity again and again.

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