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Kosala, Angul, Odisha, India

Janaka was the king of Mithila. One day, a female child was found in the field by the king in the deep furrow dug by his plough. Overwhelmed with joy, the king regarded the child as a "miraculous gift of God". The child was named Sita, the Sanskrit word for furrow.[35] Sita grew up to be a girl of unparalleled beauty and charm. When Sita was of marriageable age, the king decided to have aswayamvara which included a contest. The king was in possession of an immensely heavy bow, presented to him by the God Shiva: whoever could wield the bow could marry Sita. The sage Vishwamitra attends the swayamvarawith Rama and Lakshmana. Only Rama wields the bow and breaks it. Marriages are arranged between the sons of Dasharatha and daughters of Janaka. Rama gets married to Sita, Lakshmana to Urmila, Bharata to Mandavi and Shatrughan to Shrutakirti. The weddings are celebrated with great festivity at Mithila and the marriage party returns to Ayodhya.[34]

King Janaka had declared that any man who could lift and string Shiva’s heavy bow might have Sita for his wife. As Sita grew in years and beauty, many suitors tried, but none succeeded in budging the weighty weapon. But when Rama entered the contest, he easily lifted the bow and strung it. So tightly did he set the string that he cracked the bow in two (17). So pleased was Sita by this astonishing sight that she came forward and offered him the garland of marriage (19). On the very same day that they were wed, Sita’s sister married Lakshmana and her two cousins wed Rama’s other brothers, Bharata and Shatraghna.

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