Some Thoughts on The Abduction of Sita by the Lanka King Ravana
Ravana abducted Sita because he was enamored of her beauty. H ekept her in a special palace in central lanka
Ravana and Sita
Ravana was the king of Sri Lanka. From all accounts he reigned during the time of Lord Rama the Hindu God. Ravana held court in Central Lanka and he is recognized as a man of letters. He was an erudite and cultured king, but it appears he was overtly fond of women.
While holding court, Ravana was told of the beauty of Sita the wife of Rama. Being a lusty man he resolved to kidnap Sita. Spies soon conveyed to Ravana the exact place Rama was staying and he made elaborate plans to abduct Sita. He thus disguised himself as a Brahmin and proceeded to the place where Rama and Sita were staying in exile. Ravana kept watch and when he observed that Rama and his brother Lakshmana had left the cottage , he moved in his disguise as a brahmin to the abode of Sita.
Seeing the holy man, Sita game him alms. Legend tells us that Lakshmana had with his arrow drawn a line aroiund the cottage. This line had magical powers and nobody could penetrate the invisible magnetic fortress created by Lakshman. While creating the invisble fortress , Lakshman had advised Sita not to come out of the line created by him.
Ravana knew of this and as a Brahmin he requested Sita to put her hand out and give him alms. Thinking he was a holy man, Sita held out her hand which crossed the line created by lakshman. Ravana sensed his chance and while accepting alms seized the hand of Sita and pulled her out. Having got his prize he spirited her away to Lanka. Ravana must have been happy at his fortune in getting the lovely Sita , whom he had coveted. Though this tale may be a myth , the fact is that Ravana abducted Sita and took her to Lanka.
He put up Sita ina special palace and sent her every day the costliest gifts and flowers as a token of his love. Rama when he returned realized that Ravana had kidnapped Sita and so he decided to build an army and attack lanka. In this he was assisted by the Hindu god Hanuman who was a disciple of Rama.
Sita is supposed to have remained in the custody of Ravana for some years, till rama attacked him and the ensuing battle Ravana was killed. Some historical facts do point to such a battle between Ram and Ravana. Rama took Sita away to India after Ravana was killed. Many myths have been built up around this story. But most texts are silent on the relationship of Sita and Ravana when she was in the custody of Ravana. Ravana as brought out in the granths was a lusty man and one wonders why the myths are silent on this aspect.