Bibaha Panchami celebration enthusiasm grips Mithila

Published On: December 13, 2023 03:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

MAHOTTARI, Dec 13: The fervor of Bibaha Panchami celebrations has gripped the Mithila region these days. This time-honored festival commemorating the wedding of Hindu god Ram and goddess Sita is observed with all the associated rituals for a week each year in Mithila.

Various cultural programs and religious rituals are organized for a week from Matihani of Mahottari to Janakpurdham of Dhanusha in celebration of the Bibaha Panchami festival. The fervor of this traditional festival can be witnessed throughout the Mithila region of Nepal and India this time also.

The wedding of Ram and Sita is enacted on the occasion of Bibaha  Panchami and, as per the tradition, the bridegroom's party arrives in Janakpurdham from Ayodhya, India for the wedding. According to the scriptures, Lord Ram, son of king Dasharath of Ayodhya married goddess Sita, daughter of king Janak of Janakpurdham, during the Treta epoch. The marriage was solemnized in Janakpurdham.

Hundreds of saints, holy men, ascetics and hermits from the Mithila region, including the mahantas from famous shrines of India arrive in Janakpur to partake in the festivities on the occasion.

As per the tradition, hundreds of thousands of devotees arrive from Ayodhya for a week to observe the Bibaha Panchami festival. A procession accompanied by scores of horse-drawn chariots, dancing and singing troupes and decorated elephants along with the bridegroom arrives in Janakpurdham from there.

The bridegroom's procession travels to Janakpur via Matihani every year for a week ahead and a special worship is also held at the Laxmi Narayan temple at Matihani. The soil required for the wedding ritual under the Bibaha  Panchami is excavated from the Laxmi Sagar located in front of the Laxmi Narayan temple.

Bibaha Panchami falls on December 17 this year and the devotees from Ayodhya started arriving here for the festivities two days back. 

The bridegroom's party coming from Ayodhya enters Matihani, Mahottari first and is accorded a rousing welcome by the residents of Matihani, with garlands and sprinkling of flower petals and vermillion. The party stays overnight in Matihani and partakes in the 'Matkor' ritual, said Rabindra Das Baishnav, the head priest of Laxmi Narayan Temple. 



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