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Ram Sita Vivah Mandap, Janakpur Overview

The place where Ram and Sita got married, Ram Janaki Vivah Mandap is visited by thousands of pilgrims to pay homage to Sita at the time of Vivah Panchami. It is the marriage day of Sita and Ram usually celebrated on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in November/December. The mandap is a gorgeous structure made of marble located in the southwest region of the Janaki Mandir. It resembles a part of a palace with sturdy pillars, elegant arches and stunning domes. 

At the centre of the mandap, the legendary wedding ceremony is depicted. One can see idols of the couple, Goddess Sita and Lord Rama, sitting on a raised pedestal in the centre while some sages and their parents are seen seated on parallel pedestals facing each other. The idols are draped in colourful attires and give a sense of the ancient royal celebration. Devotees can offer their prayers and sit in complete silence to soak in the tranquil vibe of the temple. Those interested in getting a sneak peek into this epic union must visit the Ram Sita Vivah Mandap.

Vivah Mandap Janakpur
Inside view of Vivah Mandap

Ram Sita Vivah

Almost everyone knows about the legend of Ramayana written by Sage Valmiki. The nuptial ceremony of Sita and Rama marks an important event in the Hindu Culture. The story of selecting the perfect groom for Sita is quite an interesting one. King Janak, Sita's father, held a ceremony wherein all the suitors had to participate in a contest. The winner, Lord Rama, then married Goddess Sita at a Mandap situated near the Janaki Mandir in Janakpur. The sacred mandap is also known as Ram Sita Vivah Mandap. Every year, on the occasion of Vivah Panchami which occurs on the 5th day of the Hindu month of Shukla (November or December), pilgrims visit the temple to offer prayers to the couple and seek their blessings.

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