Goddess Lakshmi took birth as Goddess Sita in yug of Treta. She was born to King Janaka in the kingdom of Mithila. Her birth anniversary is known as Sita Navami. This day is also called as Sita Jayanti and Janaki Navami. On this day Maa Sita Puja is done by the devotees and one is blessed with happiness of all kind.
Sita Navami is observed on the Navami tithi (9th day) of the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Vaishakha month because Goddess Sita was born on Navami and she got married to Lord Rama who was also born on the same day during the Shukla Paksha of the month of Chaitra. Vaishnavites celebrate this day during Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month or Magh month. According to the Hindu calendar this festival falls exactly a month after Sri Rama Navami.
Who is Goddess Sita is celebrated?
Goddess Sita, wife of Lord Rama, she is also called incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Goddess Sita is known for her trust, loyalty, self-sacrifice, dedication, purity, determination, forgiveness, openheartedness, gratitude and courage. She is born to Queen Sunayna and King Janaka, the king of Mithila. One day, King Janaka was preparing land. He was ploughing the land to conduct a Yajna. There he found a baby girl in the Golden casket. The ploughed land was called Sita Janmbhumi, hence King Janaka named the baby girl as Sita. It is also said that Goddess Sita is incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Sita means 'furrow'. She is prayed by a million numbers of people. Goddess Sita is also called as mortals or mother of gods and all living beings. The followers are blessed with growth, intelligence, power, loyalty and prosperity. Godess Sita symbolizes purity and fertility.
How is Sita Navami celebrated/ Rituals and customs that should be performed on Sita Navami
A puja place is made with four pillars. Idols of King Janak, Mata Sunayana God Ram and Goddess Sita are placed. Til, rice and barley is used to perform Sita Navami puja. Legends of life of Devi Sita are read and other stories inspired by her life are read on this day.
Fast are kept by many devotees with great devotion, faith, belief, purity and conviction. The day is celebrated by women. Goddess Sita blesses the worshippers and followers with happy and prosperous life of their husbands. People offer prayers to Lord Rama and Goddess Sita together to get a happy married life. Those who perform fasts get qualities like modesty, sacrifice, dedication and motherhood.
What is the procedure to keep vrat on Sita Navami?
In India, the occasion of Sita Navami is celebrated with great fervour and devotion. Hanuman, Lakshman and Lord Rama are also worshipped along with Goddess Sita. At places like Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, Bhadrachalam in Andhra Pradesh, Sita Samahit Sthal in Bihar and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, this festival is celebrated with great zeal. In temples, Darshan, Arati and Maha-abhishek are performed. Yatra are done by taking idols of Goddess Sita, Lord Rama Hanuman and Lakshmana. Ramayana is read by sitting in groups in nearby temple. Bhajan Kirtan and aatris are done on this occasion.