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.
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
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.
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 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.
Here we enter inside the main temple at first floor crossing the bridge .
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 .
Have a look at the dome made with broken pieces of the glasses
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.
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.
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.
There are three factors which prove that this was indeed the place where Sita Maa had descended into the earth.
Sita was abandoned near Valmiki Ashram during her exile, and the Ashram stands in Sitamarhi.
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.
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.
Looking at the Hanumans’s face the the sad expression says Please don’t go Sita Maa leaving your son.
Below the Huge statue of Pawanputra Hanuman , there is a temple of hanuman where idol is installed and pooja aarti is performed.
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, 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