Was Mata Sita ever been stolen or abducted by Ravana?
No, she was never stolen or got abducted, but was exchanged with Maya Sita(unreal Sita), the Maya sita is also known as Chaya Sita who was the reincarnation of Vedavati. As per the Skanda Purana, before Ravana came to abduct Devi Sita she was already got replaced by Agni dev’s own wife Swaha and further she was taken to the Pataal Loka. Later Lord Vishnu thanked Agni dev for this help.
Who are Vedbati & Swaha?
Vedbati was the daughter of Kusadhvaja who is the son of Brihaspati(the Guru of demigods). Bramharshi Kusadhvaja spent his entire life by studying the Vedas and when his daughter was born, he named her as Vedavati. Vedavati’s father always wanted Lord Vishnu to be the husband of his daughter, so according to that she started meditating to get Vishnu as her husband. She was very beautiful and as a result many powerful Kings wanted to marry her, however she rejected everyone & concentrated hard in meditation. Many days passed by in this way. Later, one day Ravana found Vedavati when she was meditating, impressed by her beauty Ravana proposed to marry her, but Vedavati strongly rejected him and told that she has already accepted the Lord Vishnu as her husband, so she can not accept anyone else in this world, but hearing this Ravana got furious and in many way he tried to defame Lord Vishnu, but when each time he got rejected strongly then he grabbed her hair, then the fuming Vedavati instantly cut off her hair and said that in front of his eyes she will now enter into the fire and die, but she will reborn and become the reason of the destruction of Ravana. In her next birth this Vedavati became the wife of Agni Dev as “Swaha”. So it was not the real Sita whom Ravana abducted, rather it was Maya Sita, the wife of Agni Dev. Vedavati did not curse Ravana as the same could have exhausted her tapobal(penance power), rather she accepted to return in other age and become the cause of Ravana’s destruction. Lord Vishnu never lets his devotees to suffer, Mata Sita was definitely his wife, but more than that she was a true devotee, as a result she protected the real Sita with help of Agni Dev, and the Maya Sita or Vedavati too was his devotee, but before her death in previous birth as she said it to be the reason of Ravana’s destruction, so Lord Rama had to allow Vedavati to get abducted, or else the supreme Lord would have never let it happen.
I am telling you one more fact which will prove that the real Sita Mata was more than enough to kill Ravana of her own, it was not required even to intervene Lord Rama to save Devi Sita. We all know about the heavy bow that was given to King Janak by Lord Shiva, the bow was so much heavy that whenever for any reason there was any requirement of bringing the same to the sava (assembly) then many elephants used to be engaged to execute that, but Devi Sita was capable enough to lift the bow with mere left hand of her. Everyday Devi Sita used to clean the surrounding area of the bow where it used to be kept so that her father can come and perform the nitya puja(daily worship) to the bow. One day the king noticed that today mud has been applied beneath the bow too, seeing that he was astonished and called mata Sita and came to know that it was her own daughter who did so, even Devi Janki again lifted the bow in front of Janak with one hand and shown him that how easy it was for her to lift it. So dear friends, just imagine the immense power of Devi Sita, this was the same bow that could not have been moved even a inch by 10 kings even with their joint efforts, more than that Ravana who used to claim himself as the most powerful king on earth, also failed to lift it, then how come you think that the same person could have abducted Devi Sita. It was impossible. 🙂
During the 1 year period the real Sita was in the refuge of Agni Dev, and the Maya Sita was in the Ashok Vatika with the same intense pain of separation from Lord Ram and Lord Ram too had the same feeling of separation. When in Ram avtar Lord Vishnu came on earth then it used to be called as “Maryada Purushottam” & he was 1 Patni vrata(promised to have only 1 wife), so it was not possible for him to accept Vedavati and in 2nd incarnation Vedavati also became the wife of Agni dev as Swaha. So Lord Ram had to make arrangements[Agni Parikshya] so that the actual Sita again can be brought back after Ravana was killed. And the same Devi Swaha was later reborn as Devi Padmavati whom we consider as the form of Goddess Laxmi itself, and in this 3rd reincarnation finally she got Lord Vishnu as her husband [Consort of Sri Venkateshwara]
Agni Parikshya of Devi Sita: Lord Rama had no doubt about the virtuousness or the chastity of Devi Sita, however the actual intention of Lord Rama was to bring the real Sita back from Agni Dev, so he made a Lila [Divine Play] out there, to prove the chastity he allowed Devi Sita to walk through the fire and then Agni Dev himself appeared before Ram Chandra and handed over the real Sita to him, so it was the 2nd time when both, the actual Sita and Maya Sita changed their places again.
And without knowing all these facts shamelessly we raise fingers against Lord Rama. Specially I see the modern society and the women who raise these issues anywhere & almost everywhere in the society and start debating. But dear Moms & Sisters, it would be my humble request to all of you to read our bonafide shastras or Vedas or scriptures before making as such any issues, otherwise unknowingly you are committing sins, do you think that Devi Sita enjoys when you make statement against her beloved Lord Rama. please don’t forget that devotees can tolerate all the humiliation and pains, but we the devotees can’t tolerate anything against our Lord. So think thousand times in future before committing such sinful activity. Chant Hare Krishna Maha Mantra & be happy in Life. 🙂