SITA SAMAHIT STHAL, SITAMARHI, UP : Where Sita Maa goes underground

Dear Soul Mates,

For people who love serenity and want to feel emotional vibrations of almighty , this place is never to be missed. This is my last post this year and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year . I am  going on a small ghumakkari and will be back next year with more of travelogues. Till then enjoy my final post on this place of mythological and spiritual significance.

We finished our Vindhyavasini Dham at around 10 oclock and then moved towards our next destination   that was Sitamarhi in Uttar Pradesh. Before going to Sitamarhi I will tell you that there are two places named identically as Sitamarhi. One is in Bihar where Sita, the wife of Lord Rama sprang to life out of an earthern pot, when Raja Janak was ploughing the field somewhere near Sitamarhi to impress upon Lord Indra for rain. It is said that Raja Janak excavated a tank at the place where Sita emerged and after her marriage set up the stone figures of Rama, Sita and Lakshman to mark the site. This place is in Bihar near Nepal Border.

The other place is one where Sita Maa goes underground after spending the life in forest in Valmiki Ashram after the Ramayana war in Uttar Pradesh . Here in this post I  am going to show you the place where she goes underground. It is also called as ” Sita Samahit Sthal”  ” “Sitamani” “Sitamadhi” site where she was enveloped with Goddess Bhagwati Prithvi Devi.

Here below in the Map I have shown you the detailed map how to go about from Vindhyachal, Mirzapur, Allahabad and Varanasi.

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal , UP Map

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal , UP Map

Short legend on the place Sitamarhi

Maryada Purshottam Shree Ram, the  incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Treta Yuga is worshipped as an ideal of model conduct and perfect character. His consort, Sita Maa is worshiped as an idol  of chastity, probity  and virtues. Circumstances ordained by the Almighty compelled Sita Maa to return to the lap of her Mother Bhagwati Prithvi ( earth) when people questioned her chastity. Sitamarhi is the place where she entered into the earth.  When Sage Narad had to undergo severe humiliation at the ‘Swayamavar’ of Vishwamohini, he had cursed Lord Vishnu that he too would have to experience the agony of separation from his beloved wife Laxmi  in Treta Yug .The couple had to spend 14 years in exile and it was then that Sita Maa was kidnapped by Ravana, king of Lanka. She had to spend a long time in the confinement of Ravana. Later, when Ravana was killed by Lord Ram and Sita was taken to Ayodhya , people questioned her purity as she had spent a long time in Ravana’s confinement. Lord Ram who was the model of ideal conduct honored the verdict of the people and sent Sita Maa to exile once again, where the twins Luv & Kush were born. Meanwhile in Ayodhya , Lord Ram conducted the Ashwamedha Yagna, and the horse of the Yagna was held by Luv and Kush who had been educated and trained as great warriors by Sage Valmiki . When Lord Ram came face to face with the twins who challenged him to a duel, Rishi Valmiki intervened and told Ram that Luv & Kush were his sons, and that Sita was living in his Ashram. He asked Ram to take Sita back to Ayodhya and perform the Ashwamedh Yagna by sitting beside his wife. Ram told Valmiki that he would take Sita back only if she re-established her purity before the people of Ayodhya. Sita could not bear the insult anymore and prayed to Mother Earth to give shelter to her. Mother Earth erupted and Sita entered into it. Lord Ram was stunned to see this unexpected development and tried to stop Sita Maa from entering the earth but could catch her hair only. This story of Sita’s second exile is emotionally narrated by Sage Valmiki in his Ramayana.

Sitamarhi thus carries deep religious values and significance and is considered a holy Teerth like Prayagraj & Kashi. Today, here stands a magnificent and beautiful Shree Sita Samahit Temple visited by thousands of pilgrims everyday with deep faith and reverance.

 The only thing which I felt here was it is perfect place for peace and serenity. For pilgrims this place is not other than boon. Extreme silence can be observed and felt here . It is away from hoghway in a place which has sparse population besides the Ganga bank. Although my Ishta Dev is Lord Shiva , in my Kashi Yatra I loved this place and temple by any thing else.

 Sitamarhi Temple Complex

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 Here when we enter in the templex complex, There is symbolic representation of Lord Shiva Meditating in Himalaya which  a statue of Lord Shiva is installed and river Ganges emerges out of his hair locks .

And below this there is temple , in which a shivalinga is installed . One can perform pooja here. The symbolic representation looks beautiful with real water falling from the statue of Lord Shiva.

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Symbolic representation of Lord Shiva Meditating

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Symbolic representation of Lord Shiva Meditating

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Shivalinga installed below the statue and depiction

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Shivalinga installed below the statue and depiction

Deep Daan

The local inhabitants believe that if deeps (earthen lamps) of Ghee or Mustard oil are lit in the temple for fifteen or thirty days, their wishes are fulfilled, so hundreds of deeps are lit every day, adding to the beauty and religious significance of this place. This place is just adjacent to Lord Shiva temple.

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Deep Daan at this place

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Deep Daan at this place

Sitamarhi Main Temple

Then after Deep Daan we went to actual place where Sita Maa went underground . A White marble temple is built on this silent, sacred place  around a huge water pond. This is one of most beautiful temple I have ever visited considering the atmosphere around it , peace and rules  inside the temple which are excellent with no restrictions on the devotees . The main temple has two floors surrounded by the water pond. One has to make entry inside the temple via first floor by a bridge above the water.

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Main temple constructed at the actual place of Sita Maa taking enveloped with Bhagwati Earth

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Main temple constructed at the actual place of Sita Maa taking enveloped with Bhagwati Earth

Here we enter inside the main temple at first floor crossing the bridge .

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Temple Entrance via first floor.

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Temple Entrance via first floor.

Inside the Garbagriha

Photography is allowed inside the temple . No one asks for any donation inside the temple , nor any priests come and follow for pooja abhishekh. Devotees are free to have darshan as long as they want. And the result is seen. I mean where there is negligible loot in terms of getting money from devotees the place flourishes more , Serenity , Divinity  and Bliss can be felt at each and every corner of that spiritual place. The place is clean , calm, well maintained and beautiful .

Inside in the first floor there is a marble statue of Sita Maa below the dome. The walls and dome are decorated with small pieces of colorful glasses . Behind the statue of Sita Maa the whole scene when Sita Maa goes underground is made with pieces of colorful glasses like pictures of Lord Ram, Luv Kush, Hanuman , Lakshmana , Bharat , Shatrughana, three mothers , King Janaka and people of Ayodhya. This art with broken pieces of glasses is worth watching .

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Idol of Sita Maa at first floor.

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Idol of Sita Maa at first floor.

Have a look at the dome made with broken pieces of the glasses

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : The central Dome at first floor

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : The central Dome at first floor

The view when come out of the garbagriha are stupendous. The beautiful pond filled with clear green water offers boating  also. One should definitely do boating to have full view of the surroundings nearby . There are lot of animals roaming freely around the small woods nearby. One can see ducks, peacocks , deers and monkeys while boating. Different species of birds can also be noticed here.

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Pond around the temple from first floor

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Pond around the temple from first floor

Physical Scene at the Site where Sita Maa goes underground

After that we went to ground floor where there is another statue of Sita Maa . This is the exact place below where  Sita Maa goes underground below. Here there is another idol of white statue of Sita Maa .This statue is what I termed to be as Ultimate Beauty. When one has a look at this one he gets mesmerized and allured. It is so statusque , sublime and radiant that one cannot just take away his or her eyes away from it. Behind the main statue on the walls , there are figures of Lord Ram, Hanuman , Three Mothers , Luv Kush , Valmiki , Three brothers and subjects of Ayodhya , all trying to stop Sita Maa from going down in the Earth. But ALAS ! Nothing happens. For the sheer beauty of the statue I would like to kiss the hands of sculptor showing my emotions to him.

Even if you visit here to see the art of the Idol of Sita Maa it will be worth visit.

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Beautiful Sita Maa Idol

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Beautiful Sita Maa Idol

Spiritual Reverie and Emotions

While standing at this place I  was subjected to lot of feelings and reverie which I feel necessary to express myself here. I felt  the sense of ultimate purity, absolute chastity and transcendental beauty. She is the beginning, middle and the end . Nothing is before or beyond this. My soul was totally absorbed and freezed with genuflection. Seeing the face of the idol we feel that the whole life journey of Sita Ram was full of pains and hardship and yet there was not a single sign of  minute expression of any grief or any agony or any emotion of hatred to anyone. How to become a true human should be learnt from Sita Ram. Whole life they were troubled by others but didn’t had single feeling of malevolence or abomination with anyone. This is called ” Indescribable Beauty ” . Tears came out o my eyes with reverence and devoutness. The negative energies go away from the body mode of goodness and humility arrives inside. I and my family were gazed here for around 20 minutes failing to converse with each other.

IMAGINE : When I  looked  at the statue of Sita Maa I felt what I have written above , then what would have been the actual real being ( Sita Maa)

After few minutes we realised that it was time to go as we had lot more to cover.

Sita Samahit Sthal : Just look at the expressions at the face

Sita Samahit Sthal : Just look at the expressions at the face

Please Contribute

From past many centuries and yugas feminine nature of this world  is always been punished, insulted, assaulted for no reason either for satisfying personal ego, by treating them objects of sensuality, just by questioning their chastity  or by thinking them weak by masculine power. In Sat Yuga Rishi Gautama cursed his wife Ahilya even though she was innocent and  Indra gets away with small punishment and after that a boon. Ahilya had to remain as stone for lot of centuries until Lord Rama arrived to remove her curse . In Treta Yuga male subjects of Ayodhya questioned Sita Maa’s chastity . In Dwapar Yuga Draupadi was insulted by Duryodhana and his team. In Kali Yuga each of the them is at least suffering from eve teasing. Not to mention the horrifying brutal incidents going around in the news channel nowadays. My appeal to everyone is to  contribute somehow or the other to save our Mothers, Sisters and  Daughters from this every day humiliation and stop this.
Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Outside the temple on ground floor

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Outside the temple on ground floor

Evidence

There are three factors which prove that this was indeed the place where Sita Maa had descended into the earth.

  1. Sita was abandoned near Valmiki Ashram during her exile, and the Ashram stands in Sitamarhi.
  2. It was situated on the banks of the holy Ganga as described in the epic Ramayana and could be reached on a chariot from Ayodhya in a day. Valmiki has explained the geographical position of his ashram near the confluence of Tamsa and Ganga.
  3. The author of Ram Charit Manas , Goswami Tulsidas had visited this place while travelling from Varanasi (Kashi ) to Allahabad (Prayag) and stayed for three days. He described the location of Sitamarhi between Baripur and Digpur. The two villages still exist and testify the location. He explained the location in his Kavitawali Uttarkand couplet 138.
Hotel and Accomodation
Then after coming outside we had prasad in the form of lunch in the place . Here there is very good hotel to stay with tremendous facilities like AC rooms which are quite decent like 3 star Hotels at very nominal rates .Even there are Dharamshalas which are reasonable.After having Prasad we headed for another temple in Sitamarhi which is around few meters from Sita Samahit Temple which belongs to Pawan putra Hanuman . Above the Temple complex there is  a huge statue of  Ram Bhakt Hanuman . the height of the statute is 108 feet.
Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Hotel in Sita Smahit Sthal and 108 feet Hanuman Statue

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Hotel in Sita Smahit Sthal and 108 feet Hanuman Statue

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Pawan Putra Hanuman Jee

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Pawan Putra Hanuman Jee

Looking at the Hanumans’s face the the sad  expression says Please don’t go Sita Maa leaving your son.

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Hanuman statue and Temple

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Hanuman statue and Temple

Below the Huge statue of Pawanputra Hanuman , there is a temple of hanuman where idol is installed and pooja aarti  is performed.

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Hanuman idol

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Hanuman idol

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Hanuman Statue from below

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Hanuman Statue from below

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Ducks

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Ducks

Valmiki Asharam

Then  we moved towards our final destination towards Valmiki Ashram. It is here where Luv and Kush catches the horse of Ashwamedha yagna performed by Lord Ram. Then they both twins fight with King Sugreeva, Lakshamana , Bharata and Shatrughana defeating them all. They tie Pawan putra  Hanuman to a tree chanting Lord Ram’s name. There is a temple dedicated to Luv Kush and Valmiki Ashram

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal :- Map

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal :- Map

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Valmiki Ashram

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Valmiki Ashram

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Valmiki Ashram , Sage Valmiki , Luv and Kush

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Valmiki Ashram , Sage Valmiki , Luv and Kush

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Luv Kush catching the horse of Ashwamedha Yagna

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Luv Kush catching the horse of Ashwamedha Yagna

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Idols at Valmiki Ashram

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal : Idols at Valmiki Ashram

Sitamarhi , Sita Samahit Sthal, Uttar Pradesh

How to reach

Road : This place lies 10 – 12 kms away from Grand Trunk road towards Ganga river side in between Allahabad and Varanasi . From Allahabad , after Handia one has to take right and from Varanasi after Gopiganj one has to take left to reach Sitamarhi. Sign boards are there in abundant to know where one has to take the turn .

Rail : The nearest railway stations are Bhadohi ( 40 kms ) and Mirzapur ( 44 Kms )

Air : The nearest Airport is Allahabad airport ( 75 kms ) and Varanasi airport ( 86 kms)

Dear Soul Mates,

Thanks a lot for going through the post and I believe that visiting this place would definitely change something in a positive way for anyone. Next destination of my tour is Allahabad or Prayagraj. Coming soon

Till then

Jai Bhole 

  • Praveen Wadhwa

    Another Marvelous and detailed post. It is so good to read that I am very tempting to visit all these hundreds of temples that you have shown in your various posts.

    • Thanks Praveen jee,

      In this post I again tried to express my internal feelings and emotions. I hope so you have looked.

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  • Mukesh Bhalse

    Vishal,
    Never heard about this place. Seems to be a place worth visit, moreover you have described it in a very detailed and engaging manner. Pictures are cooooooooool. Specially a pic with ducks.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • rakesh kush

    Dear Vishal sir
    Nice description..u have explained in very informative way.since my native place is Allahabad my village (saidabad) is just near to Handia ..so whenever i come to my my home from Delhi,i visit this place (sitamarhi,sita samahit sthal,this place was unknown till 2001,after 2001 govt of UP started to developed this place as pligirms spot.as here every thing is artificially made like small mountain,cave,even small pond,but here people get peaceful and calm environment as u have already said about this.thank a lot for sharing such a nice post,which will defiantly helpful for those people who come to Allahabad and want to see near by place…

  • sandeep

    Vishal
    What a well written piece and your pics are great! Looks a very interesting place. Thanks for the info.

  • SilentSoul

    beautifully written. The temple of Sitamata and her idol are very beautiful… normally idols are made ugly looking, specially the ancient ones, but here the idol of Sitamata is so attractive, showing her paucity and divinity.

    The facts about suppressing the females are true, and we must all respect the feminity. The latest incident in Delhi is spine chilling and shows how asuras have entered in us and we are insulting/raping/injuring the feminity, despite the fact that hinduism treats them as Devi

  • D.L.Narayan

    Vishal, you have written several excellent posts but I feel that this is one of your best. ?? ???? ???

    Why I say so is because of the way you described your emotions on seeing the idol of Mata Sita before she returned into the womb of her mother, Bhudevi. Tears came to my eyes too and it was a spiritually charged moment for me while reading about what I have known about since my childhood. I can remember my mother telling me this episode when I was a child and I kept asking my mother, “Why?” My mother smiled a sad smile and said that I would understand when I grew up. I still don’t understand to this day.

    Your comment about the lack of respect for women and your impassioned appeal to do something about it is apt and timely. Something is very wrong with the kind of sanskaars modern parents are giving to their children. We were always taught to see divinity in the female form and it is sad that such things are happening in our punya bhumi.

    There is a Sita Mai temple near Karnal, which also claims to be the spot where Sita Devi gave up her mortal form. I personally think that while she was born in Mithila (which is why she is also called Maithili), she gave up her body elsewhere since she did not return to her maternal home after she was banished from Ayodhya. There are also several places which claim to be the site of Sage Valmiki’s ashram. Anyway, God is everywhere and it is pointless to quibble about such small points. Jai Sita Ram.

    • SilentSoul

      DL… Sita, the kundalini shakti sleeps in Muladhaara chakra whose element is earth.. when Janak, the purified fire elements works on Muladhara chakra Kundalini (Sita) comes out of earth (muladhara), but that Shakti is kidnapped by Ravan (the fake ego) which tries to use her for his own desires.

      But True Purusha in us (Rama) with the help of Hanuman (the prana), frees kundalini and thus the duo of shiva and shakti join… after purusha has been shown his true self Kundalini goes back to Muladhaara (Earth element)…. after purifying the elements and the Purusha.

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/saadhnaa/message/17344

      • D.L.Narayan

        That is the most sublimely beautiful exposition of the symbolism inherent in the Ramayana. Thank you, SS, for the insight. Thanks also for the link..I have joined the group.

    • DL

      When tears came out of your eyes the object of writing this post is accomplished . Your mother smiled a sad smile was one of the similar qualities and karma of Maa Sita when she went underground.

      And she was born in a place again called Sitamarhi which is in Bihar near Nepal Border .

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  • Mukesh Bhalse

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  • Vishal, I really liked this post. Would love to travel to Sitamarhi one day.
    Thanks for sharing.
    RRG

  • Diptarko

    Thanks a ton Brother for this lovely article…So touching, so beautiful…And such a deep Spiritual touch to it..You have brought to us the peace and Subilmity that was “Sita Ram”…Thank you so so much…

  • I was waiting for this story since you mentioned about ‘Sitamarhi’ in one of your earlier posts. I have been to Sitamarthi in Bihar which is probably much more known and hence was wondering. I knew that you visited Kashi and Prayag and ‘Sitamarhi in Bihar’ is not close-by.

    I have been to Allahabad and Varansi ( by road, so taking a detour was not very inconvenient) but didn’t know about this place. Also I am not sure whether we would have still gone (a young baby and little inclination). But I guess after reading this, I really do not want to go. You have explained in such detail and heart wrenching way that I would rather have this place in my conscience as read here.

    Yes, we all need much more regard for everyone around us. We should keep reminding each other.

    I am guessing that you are away. Wishing you and your family a happy and spiritual 2013.

  • AUROJIT

    Hi Vishal,

    The encyclopaedic info on Sitamarhi is enjoyable and impressive. Description of your emotions while visiting the temple surely adds to it.

    I think readings like this help turn a place into a ‘vaunted destination’ from a ‘heard about’ name. Comments above are testimony enough.

    Keep travelling,

    Auro.

  • Nirdesh

    Dear Vishal,

    Vey moving and heartfelt post!

    The temple as you described is beautiful and minus the hazards of visiting a temple today.

    Would like to visit this place soon. Thanks!

  • nitish

    awesome (Y)
    thank u so much .. bless u :)
    Jai Ram ji Jai Sita maa

  • jayalakshmi

    Dear Mr. Vishal,

    Thanks for narrating every place with detailed significance which made us very clear. All photos are aslo very visible about the place which is giving an easy way to plan our trip. Really you are doing nice sevice. May God bless you.

  • V V S Nageswara Rao

    This place is very nice and every one must see .Recently on 07/02/2015 I have visited along with my wife and delighted

  • kripa kant jha

    Bad nik lagal. Lage achi. jak jarur dekhab

  • sudhir bhaskar

    hey vishal, thanks for lovely description, I am planing to visit this place and hoping that it will be helpful for us

  • Thanks lot vishal your work is very nice.I very impress to you becouse this place in my home town.I request all redar he is very nice place so one time visit.any problem call me I provide more detail.9173535308

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  • varalakshmi

    by matha’s grace i too visited the place and i cried when i saw it. i have the picture of the original place. and visited vindhyavasini also. thank you to remind me those precious moments.

  • RAVINDRANATH

    Wonderful. Thanks for this lovely descriptive piece. Will help many, like me.