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Bibaha Panchami festival being observed today

2022 Nov 28, 11:02, Kathmandu
Bibaha Panchami festival being observed in Janaki Temple Photo: RSS

The Bibaha Panchami festival is being celebrated across the country today by worshipping and paying homage to Shree Ram and Sita.

The festival bearing religious and cultural significance is observed on the fifth day of Shukla paksha (the waxing phase of the moon) in Marga month according to the lunar calendar. It commemorates the wedding of the Hindu God Ram and Goddess Sita that took place in the Treta Yug.

The Bibaha Panchami is celebrated with gaiety and religious fervor especially in the historic city of Janakpur today, with thousands of devotees offering prayers at the famous Janaki temple since early morning. As per Hindu mythology, King Janak of Mithila, Sita’s father, proposed a test of strength for the suitors of his daughter: to lift the great bow of Lord Shiva.

Warriors, kin, and chieftains came from afar, but no man could lift the bow. Ram, a prince from ancient Ayodhya, lifted the bow with ease and when he tried to string it, the bow shattered into pieces.

Ram and Sita were married in Janakpur, the capital city of the ancient Mithila kingdom, and their marriage is celebrated to this day.

Each year, idols of Ram and Sita are brought out in procession and their Hindu wedding ceremony is reenacted during a weeklong religious festival.

Bibaha Panchami Worship Shree Ram RAM SITA cultural significance Shukla paksha lunar calendar Janakpur Hindu Mythology Ayodhya
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