Lord Ram’s promise for the age of Kaliyuga
Lord Rama had made a promise for Kaliyuga even though He was Lord Vishnu’s avatar in Treta Yuga. On the auspicious occasion of Navaratras, I am explaining to all of you of this promise.
Before Mother Sita was kidnapped by Ravanna, she had been helped by a girl called Vedvati.
On the day Lord Rama went outside His hermitage in Panchvati to kill the demon Mareech, His brother Laxman followed Him on the request of mother Sita. This was when the king of demons, Ravan came to the hermitage with the intention of kidnapping Sita. While this scene was being played out, Agnidev-the Lord of fire, observed Ravana’s evil intentions and to prevent this from happening, Agnidev took Sitaji to Patala lok and left her there in the safekeeping of his wife Swaahaa. In the previous times, Vedvati had once been touched Ravan and in anguish, she had immolated herself. Agnidev then placeed Vedvati in Sitaji’s form so that the destruction of Ravan could be accomplished. Thus Ravan actually did not kidnap mother Sita, but took her look alike Vedavati with him to Lanka. After Ravan was killed, Agnidev made Vedvati enter the fire and Agnidev brought mother Sita from his wife Swaahaa. Due to iIlusion, people saw – mother Sita emerged out from the fire and she was safetly handed over to Lord Rama. Agnidev requested Lord Rama that since Vedvati had done a great service to mother Sita, hence she should be granted a boon. On hearing this Maa Sita also asked Lord Rama to grant Vedavati the boon that Lord Rama should marry Vedavati. Lord Rama replied that He could not do that at that time but He would certainly do so in the age of Kaliyuga. This promise of Lord Rama was fulfilled by Him when Lord Vishnu, took avatar as Lord Kalki and married with Padmavati. Padmavati is none other than Vedavati born as the daughter of Vrihadrath in Sri Lanka. (This is referenced from Skand Puraana, Vaishanavkhand – Bhumivarahkhand, “Marriage of Padmavati…” Page number 211-212.)