1. Shri Ram and Mata Sita are human incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.2. There were serious atrocities on females during pre Ram era which required serious action from PEOPLE IN POWER.3. Sita was abducted by Ravan.4. After complete and decisive victory over Ravan when Sita was brought before Ram, Ram asked for Agni Pariksha of Sita in front of huge gathering. Sita satisfactorily goes through the test and accepted back by Ram. Here Ram, as a victorious army chief was following the Maryada (finest traditions) of his time to decide whether to accept Sita back.
5. After reaching Ayodhya Ram is crowned as King, and Sita Queen of Ayodhya.6. There is resentment amongst the people of Ayodhya regarding the “alleged voluntary stay of Sita at Ravan’s place which was decided by Ram in his favor killing Ravan, a highly respected Bhramin and thousands of Rakshas”. This allegation was becoming louder and clearer as the days progressed.7. Left with no option, Ram decided to hold an open court of inquiry in which Sita could plead her case and people would plead their case.
8. In this Court, the evidence was produced. All the PHYSICAL evidence was totally against Sita, details of which are provided:a) Sita transgressed the LAKSHMAN REKHA without any use of physical force from Ravan.b) Sita abandoned her ornaments at Kishkinda so that Ram could get them back.
c) When Hanuman came to meet Sita at Ashok Vatika, Sita cajoled him to go and eat fruits so that Hanuman could be caught.9. The only evidence which was STRONGLY in her favor was success in Agni Pariksha. However Ram decided in an open court that this evidence was untenable as this did not in any way decide the physical realities on which the decision has to be taken. He rejected the result of Agni Pariksha and ruled that such decisions could only be taken on the basis of physical evidence. Use of Agni Pariksha in future would be deemed to be an ADHARM, he ruled.
The first thing to keep in mind is that Hindus accept and believe that Shri Ram and Devi Sita are human incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, respectively.
a) Shri Ram asked Sita to undergo the fearful and dreaded fire test, popularly known as Agni Pariksha. But then we forget that both Shri Ram and Devi Sita were human incarnation of God and as Human their main purpose was to establish Dharm and end atrocities by abolishing Adharm. Once we accept the theory of Human incarnation of God, it also automatically presupposes that NO SUPERNATURAL or MIRACULOUS powers were available to any of the characters of Ramayan.b) It is important to mention briefly that History everywhere in the world had been subjected to interpretations and interpolations. For further details one can read the post: INTERPRETATION and INTERPOLATION in Ramayan . One thing is to be remembered about History. History is always FACTS PLUS PRESENTATION. History is based on facts; presentation is based on convenience of the powers to be.c) Why an event as explosive as Agni Pariksha is included in Ramayan?
They were early days of human development. There were certain draconian laws and tests, which existing at those times. Some such laws, tests were not followed by general public, but they nevertheless became religious belief and were considered noblest as everyone could not follow them. Agni Pariksha and other humiliating draconian tests for females existed. Religious leaders were forcing females to take these tests, in which such females would invariably die.
d) When we view the facts we will find that there were serious atrocities on females prior to Ram era. Even religious persons of repute were involved in these atrocities. Since religious persons were involved in such atrocities they even manipulated religion to support such atrocities. Read: PRE RAM ERA..DHARM USED FOR EXPLOITATION OF FEMALES..RAM ENDED THIS
e) Agni Pariksha at that time was the finest and noblest Maryada (or tradition) to determine the chastity of a woman. Now how could Ram declare this as Adharm? As victorious army chief he asked Sita for Agni pariksha, but as soon as he became King, he decided the ALLEGED VOLUNTARY stay of Sita at Raven’s place on the basis of physical evidence only, declaring Agni Pariksha as ADHARM. Read: Agni Pariksh Of Sita… Facts
During that period, regarding Agni-Pariksha, an explanation was given that real Sita was with AGNI Dev. Please note that this is an explanation accepting supernatural powers. We need to ignore this. It has NO use in this information age. Now the correct information is required and that too, without explanation. The readers can draw their own conclusions.
(a) Rehabilitation of Vaanars as Humans and(b) To abolish Agni Pariksha plus(c) To establish Ram Rajya.