Vivah Panchami is the day when Lord Rama (the prince of Ayodhya) and Sita (princess of Janakpur) and daughter of Janak were married. It is an auspicious and holy day for Hindus and this year Vivah Panchami is celebrated on Thursday, 23 November 2017.
The celebrations of Vivah Panchami are very notable in Lord Rama temples. Today we will share 4 interesting facts and mythology/legend behind Vivah Panchami.
Let’s have a look at some facts about Vivah Panchami first..
1. It is celebrated on the Panchami (fifth day) of the Shukla Paksha during the month of ‘Margashirsha.’
2. Vivaha panchami represents the times of great bonding and association between India and Nepal as the festival of Vivaha panchami is very popular in Nepal as well.
3. As it marks the ceremonial marriage anniversary of Lord Rama and Sita , the day is celebrated with great pomp and show in the birthplace of Lord Ram, Ayodhya.
4. The day holds immense significance at Janakpur, in Nepal as it is believed that the wedding ceremony of Lord ram and Goddess Sita was held there.
According to the Hindu mythology, King Janak of Mithila (Janakpur) organized a “Swayamver” (In which bride chooses her husband) ceremony .
He put a condition that who ever will lift the Shiva dhanusha and string it, he would be able to marry princess Sita. Many kings tried it and failed. Then Rama (the prince of Ayodhya) lifted that heavy Shiva dhanush (bow) and string it. All pople began to clap for him for his achievement. Hence, Sita was married to Lord Ram.
The celebration takes place in the Janaki Temple for seven days and it is decorated as a “Mandap” during this time.
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