Celebrate Ram and Sita’s Marriage On Vivah Panchami And Get Blessed
With the onset of Hindu marriage season after Tulsi Vivah, let’s celebrate the joy of Ram and Sita’s marriage as well. Yaas! Vivah Panchami is the day when Lord Ram and Sita Maa got married, and hence the day is celebrated as their wedding anniversary. Vivah Panchami date isn’t fixed, but it normally occurs on the 5th day of Shukla Paksha during the Margashirsha month. The events and rituals are performed similar to any other Hindu marriage, and its celebrations begin a few days before.
2020 Vivah Panchami Date
This year, Vivah Panchami will be celebrated on the 19th of December 2020, Saturday.
Panchami Tithi Starts: 18th of December 2020, at 08:52 AM
Panchami Tithi Ends: 19th of December 2020, at 08:44 AM
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Vivah Panchami Significance
Vivah Panchami and participating in its celebrations are believed to be immensely auspicious. Devotees visit the temples or arrange a divine marriage ceremony in their communities or homes. Learned Pandits are invited to perform the ceremonial rituals in front of Rama and Sita’s idols. In addition to this, they also conduct wedding rituals for Shiva and Parvati, along with various Gods and Goddesses. Witnessing these events is believed to fill an individual’s conjugal life with peace, prosperity, love and bliss. Hence, people in huge numbers actively extend sponsorship, to carry out these holy marriages on this day.
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Ram Sita Vivah Story
Maharishi Vishwamitra once approached King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. He requested Dasharatha to authorise son Ram in safeguarding his Yagna from the Asuras. The king was hesitant but allowed Prince Ram and Lakshman to go with sage Vishwamitra after seeking guidance from Guru Vasishtha. The sage was pleased with the successful completion of his Yagna with strong protection. He then headed towards Mithila with Ram and Lakshman. As they reached Mithila, its ruler Janak had organised a Swayamvar (competition to choose a suitable marriage partner) for his daughter, Princess Sita.
A massive bow named Shiva Dhanusha lay resting on the ground. The Swayamvar was such that those who participated, needed to lift the bow and twine it using a string to win. But it was such a heavy and enormous bow that every participant failed to lift it. Seeing this, Viswamitra instructed Prince Ram, who easily strung the bow, which got broken into two parts.
King Janak was extremely delighted, and hence, gave Sita’s hand in marriage to Ram. During this majestic wedding ceremony, Ram’s brothers Bharat, Lakshman and Shatrughna also got married to the daughters of significant personalities in the royal family.
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Ram Vivah Panchami Celebrations
Almost all the regions of India observe the festival of Vivah Panchami at various temples of Ram and Sita. But the celebrations held at Ayodhya (the birthplace of Lord Ram) and Janakpur (located in Nepal, the birthplace of Sita Devi) are sensational of all.
Vivah Panchami celebrated in Ayodhya symbolises a powerful devotional ardour and grandeur. Lord Ram’s sculpture is taken in a parade to Janakpuri, with the crowd singing bhajans and praises for the deity. After arriving at Janakpuri, special pujas are arranged along with the wedding ceremonies. Both Ram and Sita’s sculptures are adorned beautifully like groom and bride. Vedic chants and detailed customary rituals fulfil the marriage ceremony.
In Nepal as well, Vivah Panchami is a well-known festival. The government sponsors the event in the country and the wedding of Shri Ram and Devi Sita is performed splendidly. People of Janakpurdham, a town in Nepal, also organise a colossal celebration, as it is said to be the marriage place of the two deities. Followers from India and Nepal gather here to experience the pious events. Chanting divine mantras and singing devotional songs is sacredly carried out. Then the Pandit performs Vivah Panchami Puja, concluding the event by offering Aarti to the deities.
May Lord Ram and Devi Sita bless you all with their divine grace and abundance in this Vivah Panchami!
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