Sri C.R. Srinivasa Iyengar, Valmiki Ramayanam- Aaranya Kandam (Tamil), Sarkam 49, Page 151, Second Para, Last Sentence : 'Ravana lifts Sita by his right hand by touching her thighs'.
Sri. Muthu S added the following (not by Sri C.R. Srinivasa Iyengar):
'It shows Sita's willingness.
The point is that Ravana's head will burst and his body will be burnt
if he touches a unwilling woman - It was a curse on Ravana' ???
1) Valmiki Ramayana, Book III : Aranya Kanda,
Chapter (Sarga) 49, Verse 17;
'vaamena siitaam padmaaksiim muurdhajesu karena sah |
uurvoh tu daksiNena eva parijagraaha paaninaa ||'
He that Ravana grabbed the lotus-eyed Seetha on lifting her up with his left hand at her plait of hair at nape, and with his right hand at her thighs.
2) Seetha's Abduction.
When Ravana is carrying a curse on his head, that makes his head/heads to be splintered, if he lustfully touches any woman, against her will, it is questioned how his head is not splintered now, when touching Seetha. Maheshvara Tiirtha brings in skaanda puraana which says that,
'chaayaa graahitvam api asi sarva vidyaa vishaarade |
kesha chaayaam paraamrishya jaanu chaayam tahaiva ca |
grihiitvaa jaanakiim hrishto lankaam praayaa tathaa eva ca |
'Ravana being an expert in all branches of science, caught Janaki by the shadow of her head-hair and the shadow of thighs...' Maheshvara Tiirtha.
For this Rama Tilaka says yet another way of catching Seetha, as explained for the verse at 3-49-17: muurdhajesu karenah muudhaja isu karena 'best ones, arrows, with hands...' 'with the hands that handle the best arrows... Seetha is caught...' vaama karena uurvo sah pari jagraaha' here the word 'uuru; which usually translates as 'thighs' is said as 'feet...' 'Ravana caught hold of her feet as the Planet Budha, the Jupiter caught the feet of his mother Star Rohini in early times; and now iks requesting his personal deity Goddess Lakshmi to come to Lanka. Rama Tilaka.
Catching Seetha while she is standing is not possible in both the ways as said above. She should be in a supine position on ground to handle her from under her thighs or at the nape of the neck. Seetha says at verse 3-49-34, that 'in a state of helplessness, I am abducted...' This word vivasha, vi vashatvam is not only 'helplessness...' but also a state of 'swooning...' She repeats the same wording in Sundara Kanda and even in Yuddha Kanda II at verse 8 of 116 sarga, while replying Rama's accusation, in saying that yadi aham gaatra samsparsham gataa asmi vivashaa prabho 'when I was 'helpless' I was touched by Ravana... fault is not mine, gods alone have fouled it...' Thus, it is assumed that Seetha was in a short swoon when caught by Ravana. Then again, when she was rolling on ground in the same state Ravana lifts her up by her waist into his air-chariot.
One among it is lakshmana rekha 'Lakshmana's drawing a line around the hermitage, like a firewall...' When Seetha transgressed this firewall and came out of it to offer alms to Ravana, in Brahman sanyaasi's guise, she in her fear fell down on ground, as said in Aadhyatma Ramayana in the verse:
'tato vidaarya dharaniim nakhaih uddhritya baahubhih |
tolayitvaa rathe kshiptaa yayau kshipram vihaayasaa || '
'Then (Ravana) cleaved the earth with his nails, uplifting that clod with his hands and with a balancing act put it in the air-chariot, and quickly went away in skyway...'
Similarly narrated in Kambha Ramayanam.
Ramacharita Manas says that Rama while going after the Golden Deer and hid the real Seetha and placed a ‘Maya Seetha ' an illusory Seetha...' in the cottage. This deceptive Seetha is continued until her self-immolation after Great War. Real Seetha emerged out of the pyre instead of this Maya Setha.
3) Ramayana and Mahabharata:
Nothing happens by mere touching of Seetha, for she is a resolute lady to abide by her husband Rama. No more mythological bends are required to prove her chastity. She herself proved this with her agni pravesha ' self-immolation...' to all concerned. If Seetha acquired a blemish by mere touch, then Draupadi will be in a more pathetic state, since she is physically handled by Keecaka, that too when she is in her senses. The common feature in both the cases is, some other man 'touching their braids...'
'Ravana is predestined for self-ruin, hence touched the braid of Seetha and touching the braid of a lady, dragging her to king's court, roughly talking to her, undressing her, all these lead to the destruction of one's own clan, as demonstrated in Maha Bharata...'
Skanda Puraana says 'nothing inauspicious will happen to those best people who listen this episode of Seetha's abduction...'
'siitaa apaharanam ca eva shrinvanti narottamaah |
na teshaam ashubham devi bhavishyati kadaacana ||' Skaanda Purana