Strange, but there is substance to this story. We all know that Sita was daughter of King Janak, and we also know that she was found from the earth. She is given the status of Janak’s elder daughter. But other than this truth, there is another truth, which reveals that Sita was the real daughter of Lanka king Ravana. This is documented well in the Thai Ramayana.
Though, the Indian Ramayana suggests Sita to be the daughter of King Janak, but according to Thailand’s Ramayan ‘Ramakian’, Sita is Ravana’s daughter.
Ravana and Sita
Sita was born to Ravana
As per Ramakian, when Sita was born to Ravana, the sages had warned him that his own daughter will become the reason for his death. Therefore, out of fear, Ravana had put her into the sea.
But as luck would have it, Sita survived and was found by Janak. Wait, there is more to the story. Ravana even came to attend her swayamvara, as he did not know this fact.
Ravana attends her swayamvara
Since Raavan did not know that Sita is his daughter, so he had come to attend her swayamvara. However, because she was his daughter their marriage could not happen. But the fact told by the sages to Ravana turned true as Sita became the reason for Rama and Ravana’s battle, eventually resulting in end of Ravana .
Apart from this incident, there are many other shocking things that one can find in Thai Ramayana.
Perhaps she is the most important mother figure in Indian mythology. She, the mother of Lord Krishna and Lord Balrama attained immortality by Lord Krishna’s childhood stories.
As in all mythological stories, there is a story on how she became the mother of Lord Krishna. As per Bhagvata purana, Yashoda and Nanda in their previous birth, a couple who made a great penance for Lord Vishnu. He appeared and asked them what they wanted. They said with much respect, “Great Lord, we would like to treat you like our son.” Lord Vishnu accepted. After all, he was never used to mother’s love. Then, in Krishna’s Avatar, he grew up at Yashoda even though he was born to Devaki. In Bhagavatha we can see how much Yashoda loved Krishna. There were even movies on them both. Even when Krishna opened his mouth and showed her all the worlds, she could only see and stood astonished. A while later, Krishna had to use his maya and let Yashoda forget Krishna’s divinity. He wanted her pure motherly love to stay, instead of respect and devotion.
Though Mata Yashoda played an integral part in Shri Krishna’s childhood, She once lamented to him that she did not get to witness his marriage. This wish was fulfilled in the next birth when Krishna says that in the future he will take the Avatara of Sri Venkateshwara and then he will have Yashoda as his mother, Vakula Matha. She could then, witness Lord Venkateshwara’s marriages.
That way, Krishna became her child twice. Also, we know that in Tirupati, the most followed name of Lord Venkateshwara is ‘Govinda’, another famous name of Krishna.
Lord Venkateshwara’s marriage