Devi: The Great Goddess
Devi (in Sanskrit and in English)
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Heroine
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The Sage's Wife Clothes Sita. Lent by the San Diego Museum of Art.
Sita
Draupadi
Radha
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Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana in the Forest. Lent by the San Diego Museum of Art.
Sita
Sita, heroine of the Ramayana epic, faithfully followed her husband Prince Rama (an incarnation of the god Vishnu) into exile. She has been lauded through the ages as the ideal wife. Abducted by the demon king Ravana and imprisoned for months in his palace before she is finally freed by Rama, she must prove her purity by entering blazing flames from which Agni, god of fire, delivers her intact to Rama. Sita is upheld as the model of wifely love and adherence to duty.
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