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  Vivah Panchami, 12 December 2018

Vivah Panchami, 12 December 2018

Vivah Panchami is an important Hindu holy event. Vivah Panchami is observed to commemorate the marriage between Lord Rama and Goddess Devi Sita. Vivah Panchami is also sometimes called Ram Vivah Utsav. Utsav means festivity, joyous moment or occasion, and a bigger celebration or event. The name Rama is also spelt and pronounced as Ram. Vivah means wedding. Panchami means the 5th day of the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu lunar calendar month of Margashirsha. Shukla Paksha is the rising-waxing phase of the moon in the fortnight of the lunar month. The dates can vary every year in respect to the Gregorian period. This always, every year, corresponds to the Gregorian period November-December. 

Vivah Panchami is celebrated in India and Nepal but popularly in Ayodhya, Varanasi, Janakpur in Nepal, Vrindavan etc; though Lord Ram is worshiped in other parts of the world as well. Lord Rama is the 7th avatar-incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is one of the top three Hindu deities along with Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva. Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram. According to a Hindu belief, it is said that the marriage of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita took place in a place called Janakpur in Nepal. 

Many devotees visit Lord Ram temples on Vivah Panchami. Many temples are colorfully decorated with flowers, lit with oil lamps etc. The idols and images of Lord Ram and Devi Sita are decked up with garlands, flowers, wedding type clothes, ornaments etc. Some natives enact the drama play Ramlila. Ramlila is part of the ancient Indian Hindu epic Ramayana and scriptures; in fact, Lord Ram is the main character in the epic. This is followed from the ancient times, thousands of years ago. 

A Mantra for Lord Ram and Goddess Sita is—

            Shree Janki Ramabhyam Namah
            Jai Shree Sita Ram
            Shree Sitaye Namah

श्री जानकी रामाभ्यां नमः
जय श्री सीता राम
श्री सीताय नमः 

 

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