Background Information for Teachers
Rama and Sita
Vishnu's incarnation as the princely hero Rama epitomizes loyalty, bravery, strength, and responsibility. Rama's beloved Sita, one of Lakshmi's many forms, is the traditional ideal Hindu woman: feminine, faithful, resilient, and pure. They are often accompanied by the monkey god Hanuman. Hanuman, the gods' messenger, symbolizes the power to achieve the impossible and embodies a conscientious sense of duty, absolute trustworthiness, and selfless service to the gods.
Rama (center), Sita (right), and a kneeling Hanuman, in a modern poster from India