CHENNAI: When Hanuman identified Sita in Asoka Vana, he had mixed emotions of both joy and sorrow sorrow at her distressed state of mind and joy at the fruition of his search that involved mammoth efforts of crossing the ocean and overcoming many hurdles in Lanka. Hanuman rightly guessed the emaciated and sad lady to be Sita, and recalled the incident, when he along with other monkeys, had seen Ravana, the demon who could change form at will, carry away Sita. At that time she had dropped a bundle of ornaments that they had collected. He now perceived those ornaments on her that she had not dropped and which Lord Rama had mentioned. Her form bespoke her queenly status though her appearance was untidy and sparse.

Hanuman spontaneously visualised and meditated on the greatness of Lord Rama at those moments when he was moved emotionally and though a Bhrahmachari, he appreciated the strong love between the divine couple that shone all the more in separation, pointed out Sri B. Sundarkumar in a lecture. Just as Lord Rama was worthy of Sita, whose character, age, lineage, conduct, etc., stood on a par with His, she was equally worthy of Him and stood well matched in comparison with His qualities. Physical distance seemed immaterial when each had the other's heart. It was because of this that both Lord Rama and Sita were able to bear the separation. Hanuman empathised with Lord Rama who suffered the pangs of separation. Valmiki says that on four counts the Lord suffered torment pity, tenderness, grief and love. The pity was for a helpless woman deserving protection who had been abducted; tenderness for one who was dependent on Him; grief at the thought of His dear wife who was lost; and love for one who was His most beloved. If such a great lady has fallen into Ravana's captivity, it only proved the formidable nature of the force of destiny that is the most difficult to withstand.

Sita, who was not accustomed to calamities and was worn out with sorrow, displayed tremendous faith amidst the demons, as she was conscious of the might and prowess of Lord Rama.