Ancient Mithila circumambulation march begins

Published On: March 3, 2022 03:39 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

JANAKPUR, March 3: A 15-day Mithila Madhyama Parikrama, a ritualistic pilgrimage circumambulatory walk in the Mithila region, has begun.  

The event, a periodic journey of the central part of the ancient Mithila, kicks off on the first day of the bright half of the month of Fagun in the Lunar calendar.

The religious march began with the lifting of a palanquin from the Mithila Bihari Temple of historic importance based in Mithila Bihari Municipality-8 in Dhanusa, according to temple priest Ram Naresh Das.

From here, the procession will reach Hanumangadhi Temple in Janakpurdham and set out for a journey toward Kalyaneshwor and then to Phulhari, Matihani,  Jaleshwor, Madai, Dhrubakunda, Kanchanban, Kshireshwornath (Parbatta), Dhanushadham, Satosahr ( Mithileshwornath), Audhi, Karuna and  Bisaul.  The participants will conclude the pilgrimage march by visiting back to Kalyaneshwor. 

On the Day of Fagu Poornima (Holi festival),  the journey will return to Janakpurdham and visit the town before concluding.  During the procession which is described as a symbol of religious, cultural, and mutual goodwill, the devotees walk along a 135-km route. 

Resting places have been fixed at 15 locations: 13 in Dhanusha and Mahottari and two in India for the comfort of the devotees. The devotees will be offered free food throughout the journey, it is said. 

According to the Greater Janakpur Area Development Council, it will be especially supporting the walk this time too as in the past.   It assists in the management of health facilities, electricity, and food for the event.


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