The Hindu goddess Sita is the heroine of the Ramayana, one of the great epics of Hindu India, and the wife of Rama, heir to the throne of Ayodhya and one of the nine avatars of the god Vishnu.
After Rama and Sita were exiled to the jungle for fourteen years, Sita was abducted by Ravana, the evil ruler of Lanka. Ravana held her captive for several years before she was rescued by Rama, his brother Lakshmana and the monkey army. As she had lived in the house of another man, Rama was reluctantly forced to reject Sita as his queen. Her innocence was subsequently established and ever since she has been hailed as the embodiment of chastity and conjugal fidelity.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label