Sita-Rama

  • Lord Rama is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to some devotional saints, he is the Supreme God, from whom Vishnu originates.
  • Goddess Sita is the shakti (energy) and spouse of Rama; she is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Sita-Rama are generally worshipped together by Hindus as a Divine couple.
  • Scriptures covering their stories include the Ramayanas [1] and the Padma Purana.
  • Hindu festivals celebrated for them include Diwali, Dusshera, and Ramanavami.
  • In Hindu temples, Sita-Rama are generally seen with Lakshmana (Rama’s brother) and their greatest devotee — Hanuman.
  • Well-known devotees of Sita-Rama in recent times include Goswami Tulasidasa, Sri Ramananda, Samarth Guru Ramdas, Saint Thyagaraja, Mahatma Gandhi, and Neem Karoli Baba.

[1] Though many versions of the Ramayana are available, the following are considered authentic, among others, in mainstream Hinduism: the Valmiki Ramayana, the Ramacharitamanas (by Goswami Tulasidasa), the Adhyatma Ramayana (by Maharishi Ved Vyas), and the Kamba Ramayana.