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Mithila’s Son-In-Law: Ram May Be God For Rest Of The World, But Not At Sita’s Maika

Bihar

Mithila’s Son-In-Law: Ram May Be God For Rest Of The World, But Not At Sita’s Maika

Until a few years ago, the elders of Mithila refrained from even drinking water in Ayodhya, because nobody eats or drinks at the daughter’s sasural.

Sri Ram and Sita: Artwork by Ramesh Gorjala (from the private collection of Ajay Kumar Gupta)

One can often hear girls singing on their way to temples in Bihar, “Raja Das­ha­rath jaisan sasur maangiley, Rani Kau­shalya jaisan saas/Babu Laks­h­man jaisan devar maangiley, Pur­ush maangiley Sri Ram, hey maa! (O mother, I ask for a father-in-law like King Dasharath, mot­her-in-law like Kaushalya, brother-in-law like Lakshman and a groom like Shri Ram).”

From the materialistic point of view, Sita’s life after marriage was not a happy one. She had to face family conspiracy, go into exile for 14 years, was abducted and had to rem­ain Ravan’s captive for an entire year. Yet, our daughters have been asking for a groom like Ram since ages.

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