Can such a kind-hearted soul as
Rama speak so cruelly? Sita could not believe her ears.
"This is a great test for me. All right. If my husband rejects me, why should I
live? I will sacrifice this body- to Agni" -she decided and asked Lakshmana to
prepare a fire.
Lakshmana became furious and stared at Rama. Sugriva and others stood shocked. Rama
stood like a rock.
With tears in his eyes, Lakshmana prepared the fire.
Sita bowed to her husband and prayed: "0 God Agni, if I am pure, unsullied and
faithful to my husband, protect me." So saying, she walked into the flames.
All were shocked and the women present wailed.
But the fire subsided. God Agni stepped out carrying Sita. He told Rama: "She is
absolutely pure. How can you suspect her? Here, accept this pure and fine woman."
Bugles blew, flowers were showered on them. Rama then said, "I know Sita is pure.
Still, I had to do this so that people should not say something bad later." He gladly
Rama's forest sojourn ended by then. He and others reached Ayodhya flying in
Pushpaka-vimana'. Bharata and the citizens accorded a grand welcome to Rama.
Everybody was filled with happiness. All were talking about Sita. Already, preparations
for Rama's coronation were complete. He was ceremonially crowned the king.
Let us offer our humble prayers to Rama and Sitadevi, path breakers of the world.