The Story Of Sita and Ravana
By Cecilia De Ugarte

Ravana carries Sita

Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, fell in love with Sita even before they met;

After Surpanakha described her in detail he couldn't get her out of his head.

To Dandaka forest he sent his uncle Mareecha disguised as a beautiful deer,

So Rama would go fetch it for Sita and that way the area would be clear.

Ravana disguised himself as a hermit and went to Sita's hut begging for food;

But she did not realize he was the demon king Ravana who was up to no good.

He picked up the ground where she was standing to carry out Sita's abduction;

He knew that if he touched her against her will it would bring his destruction.

Ravana took Sita to Lanka and planned to make her the queen of his kingdom;

Sita told him she didn't want wealth or power; she just wanted her freedom.

Even though Sita was lonely and from her husband miles and miles apart,

He was the only one she wanted to have her body, her soul and her heart.

Because of her loyalty to Rama, to sleep in Ravana's palace Sita did not agree;

She rejected all of Ravana's advances and decided to sleep under a tree.

Ravana had many women, who dedicated their lives to give him pleasure;

He had forgotten all about them; now Sita was his greatest and only treasure.

Even though Ravana claimed to love Sita like a dry field of roses love rain,

He was not willing to return her to her husband and put an end to her pain.

Ravana's ten heads signify greed, which makes me question his passionate love;

Were his feelings real or wasn't he satisfied with his women and needed more?

Of truly loving someone with all his heart and soul was Ravana capable?

Or did he just want to make Sita his wife to obtain the unattainable?

When trying to win Sita's love and make her his wife he made a mistake:

He decided to conquer with lies and deceive and Sita against her will take.

It was his passionate love for Sita and his avid obsession to make her his wife

That cost Ravana not only his wealth, power and kingdom but also his life.

The story of Sita and Ravana is another example of love unreciprocated

Whose consequences not only killed Ravana but the Rakshasa race eradicated.

From this story we can all learn that love is not gained by wealth, power or force;

If marriage is not based on respect, trust and love it's guaranteed to end up in divorce.


Author's note: I told the story of Sita and Ravana in verse with rhymes. I told the story of a love not returned and all the pain this caused to both Ravana and Sita. I described the tragic consequences that Ravana's passionate love for Sita brought to him and his people. In my story I mentioned the things that Ravana did to gain the love of Sita but at the same time I questioned the authenticity of his love. Most of the things Ravana did to win Sita's heart seemed rather selfish, which made me wonder whether he truly loved her or if it was all just another challenge for him to win.

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Image: Ravana Carries Sita Away
Bibliograhy:   Buck, William. Ramayana. Berkeley: University of California Press, Ltd., 1976.
                     Narayan, R.K. The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic. New York: Penguin Books, 1977.