Vivah Panchami Festival

Vivah Panchami:

Lord Rama and Sita were married on the day of Panchami of the Shukla Paksha in Margashirsha month. Since then this divine Panchami is celebrated as 'Viva Panchami Parva' by the ardent devotees of Lord Rama. This year, the date would be- 12th December on Wednesday. This festival is commemorated mostly in Nepal country as it is said that Mother Sita was the daughter of King Mithila Naresh- Janak and he was a native of Nepal. Therefore, in Nepal this festival is observed as a big festivity in a traditional way. On this special day at some religious places, there is also a recitation of Ramcharita Manas, but they chant this holy text only till Rama- Janki chapters of marriage ceremonies.

Vivah Panchami Timings:

Panchami Tithi Begins = 01:51 on 12/Dec/2018

Panchami Tithi Ends = 04:35 on 13/Dec/2018

On this day, it is believed that organising sacred wedding of Lord Rama and Nandini Sita is considered very auspicious. According to mythological tales, on this day, Lord Rama married to Janak Nandini Sita, which has been interestingly described in the Ramacharitmanas by the great legend- Goswami Tulsidasji. People of Ayodhya solemnize this great Indian festival with immense gusto and devotion by arranging a grand marriage of the deities. The devotees also perform dedicated rituals in conventional way and also offer prayers to them. Janakpur also witnesses a huge festive mela (exhibition) along with various cultural programs on this day and holds numerous adorned idols of the gods on chariots assembled in the procession in the embellished colourful streets. Followers of Rama also pay a visit to umpteen temples and worship deities with proper traditional customs. 

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