The virtuous prince Rama and beautiful princess Sita (Sinta) are the hero and heroine of theRamayana, a great Hindu epic. Their bond of love, faithfulness, and dedication to sacred duty (dharma) are demonstrated in the events that unfold throughout the story.
Born by divine means to Dasharatha (Dasarata) and Kausalya, the king and queen of Ayodhya (Ayodya), Rama is the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu in human form. He is born at the urging of the gods in hopes that as this form of Vishnu he will be able to kill the ten-headed demon king Ravana (Rawana). Ravana, on account of a boon granted by the god Brahma, cannot be killed by a god or any other divine being. Thus protected, Ravana has begun destroying the heavens.
Born of the earth, Sita appears to King Janaka of Mithila as he is ploughing his field. The king raises Sita as his daughter. The princess is thought to be a reincarnation of the goddess Lakshmi born to accompany Rama in his pursuit of Ravana.