Janaki Navami

Janaki Navami

April-May; ninth day of waxing half of Hindu month of Vaisakha
Sita, heroine of the Hindu epic poem Ramayana, is supposed to have sprung on this day from a furrow in a field plowed by King Janaka. He named her Sita, which means "furrow of the earth," and raised her as his own child. She was actually the goddess Lakshmi, sent to the earth to bring about the destruction of Ravana and other demons. Many Hindus believe that Sita represents the ideal Indian woman as an embodiment of self-sacrifice, purity, tenderness, fidelity, conjugal affection, and other virtues. Some believe that she appeared in King Janaka's field on the eighth day of the waning half of Phalguna (February-March), and fast on that day instead of the ninth day of Vaisakha.
SOURCES:
DictWrldRel-1989, p. 695
RelHolCal-2004, p. 168