Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Janaka - The King of Videha


Janaka was the king of the Videha kingdom. He had no children and therefore wished to perform a great sacrifice to obtain the blessing of the Devas to yield children. While plowing the ground for the sacrificial altar, he found a girl child in a casket. This girl was Sita, who was the daughter of earth. He adopted as his daughter. When she came of age, he declared that he will marry her only to the most valorous of princes, and set a tough task to all the suitors. They had to string an immense bow, which had been given to him by Shiva. Nobody could even lift the bow, let alone string it.

At last Rama, the prince of Ayodhya succeeded in stringing the bow. He strung it so well that the bow broke into two pieces when he tried to use it. Sita was married to Rama.

Last Modified At: Wed Oct 20 00:33:31 2004