5 life lessons young girls can learn from Sita’s life
Seldom do we talk about Sita, the silent heroine of Ramayana, a woman who was equally powerful like her husband Ram and had the grit and determination to take life head on
We always like to tell stories about The Ramayana to our kids and while narrating them we tend to glorify Ram as the ultimate hero and talk about his magnanimous powers.
Seldom do we talk about Sita, the silent heroine of Ramayana, a woman who was equally powerful like her husband Ram and had the grit and determination to take life head on. Remember how she picked the Shiv Dhanush with one hand when she was a small child?
And, while she is a mythological character, there are several values that Sita had that can be great life-lessons for young Indian girls even today. She continues to be as relevant and as inspiring in the modern world.
Here are five life lessons that every young girl can learn from Sita:
1. She always asked questions
Stories of Sita’s childhood show that as a little girl she was always curious and never hesitated from asking questions to her father Janak or mother Sunayana.
Isn’t that something all young girls should do as kids? And as parents it is our responsibility to never stop our kids from speaking their minds as once hesitation sets in, it would never go away.
2. She was never afraid to take life head on
When she got married to Rama, like any young girl she dreamt of living a peaceful life with her husband. But clearly life had other plans and Ram was sent to a 14-year-exile by his stepmother Kaikaiyee.
At that time Sita could have chosen to live in the palace of Ayodhya and live a comfortable life. Instead she chose to take life head-on and support her husband at such a trying time. That’s the way we should face life’s adversities, don’t you think?
3.She held her own even in adverse times
When Ravan kidnapped Sita, she could have easily given up on life and surrendered to her circumstances. But, she didn’t. She had the courage and determination to face Ravan with a smile and held her own in difficult times.
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She was indeed a fighter and one that maintained her calm in times of crisis. In today’s time and age, this is how we want our daughters to be.
4. She was a single mother
When she was banished from Ayodhya by Rama due to the gossip of the kingdom folk, Sita took refuge in the ashram of sage Valmiki and it was there that she brought up her twins Luv and Kush single-handedly. Clearly she was one of the first single mothers of Indian mythology.
5. She fought for her dignity
Whether it was giving the agnipariksha or when it was time to return to Ayodhya after Ram came to know about Luv and Kush, Sita fought for her dignity and considered it to be better to be swallowed by mother earth than to go with her husband.
As a strong independent woman, she chose what she felt right and not what was expected from her. Needless to say, this is one quality all Indian girls should imbibe from her.
There are many undiscovered things about Sita that are yet to be told. This is why India’s favourite mythologist, Devdutt Pattanaik, brings to you this charmingly illustrated retelling of the Ramayana in the form of a book The girl who chose.
A must-read for your child, this book tells the story of Sita and the choices that she made. To grab a copy now, click here.
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