(Sanskrit: सीता; IAST: Sītā
, Sanskrit pronunciation: [ˈsiːtaː]
) is the central female character and one of the central figures in the Hindu epic, Ramayana
and its other versions. She is described as the daughter of the earth goddess, Bhūmi or Prithvi and the adopted daughter of King Janaka of Videha and his wife, Queen Sunaina. She has a younger sister, Urmila, and the female cousins Mandavi and Shrutakirti. Sita is known for her dedication, self-sacrifice, courage and purity.