By Swami Harshananda
Vedavatī was the daughter of the sage Kuśadhvaja. She was extraordinarily beautiful. When she was doing tapas or severe austerities to get Lord Viṣṇu as her husband, Rāvaṇa tried to molest her. She escaped from him, cursed him that she will get him killed in her next birth and immolated herself in the Vedic fire. She was later born as Sītā, the foster daughter of Janaka.
- Rāmāyana, Uttarakānda, Chapter 17
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore