Hinduism, with its rich heritage and traditions, has left an indelible mark on humanity. The recent events surrounding the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya have brought immense joy and celebration among the devotees of Ram and Sita in Janakpur, Nepal. The journey of the Shaligram Shila from Janakpur to Ayodhya has kindled the spiritual fervor and deepened the cultural ties between the two countries. The devotion and love for Ram and Sita transcend geographical boundaries and unite people in their shared faith. As the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya signifies the resurgence of dharma, it also serves as a source of inspiration and hope for the Gorkha community in Nepal. Through the celebration of Ram and Sita, we can confront the challenges of religious conversion and preserve the essence of Sanatana Dharma.
Hinduism, often referred to as Sanatana Dharma, is considered one of the oldest religions in the world. Its teachings and traditions have shaped the lives of millions of people, and its influence can be seen in various aspects of human civilization. From spirituality to art, from philosophy to social structure, Hinduism has left an indelible mark on humanity.
Recent events surrounding the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya have brought immense joy and celebration to the devotees of Ram and Sita in Janakpur, Nepal. The historic judgment of the Supreme Court of India in favor of the Ram Janmabhoomi and the bhoomi pujan of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya have been welcomed with open hearts and great enthusiasm by people in Nepal, especially in Janakpur.
Janakpur, the pilgrimage center in Nepal’s Dhanusa district, holds immense significance in Hindu tradition. It is believed to be the birthplace of Sita, the wife of Lord Ram. The historic connection between Janakpur and Ayodhya has deepened the cultural ties between the two countries, and the devotees eagerly await the return of Ram to his rightful place in Ayodhya.
The journey of the Shaligram Shila from Janakpur to Ayodhya has become a symbol of this spiritual connection and devotion. The Shaligram Shila, believed to represent Lord Ram, was worshipped and witnessed by thousands of devotees at the Janakpur Dham. Its arrival in Ayodhya has brought great joy and excitement to the people of Janakpur, who see it as a testament to their unwavering faith and devotion.
The celebrations of Ram Navmi and Sita Vivah in Janakpur are not mere rituals; they are part of a generational memory and a deep-rooted cultural heritage. The depictions of Sita’s childhood and the episodes from the Ramayana hold a special place in the hearts of the devotees. The nagar yatras, featuring jhankis (tableaus) depicting Sita’s life, move the devotees to tears and reinforce their devotion and love for Lord Ram.
The resurgence of dharma, marked by the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, holds great significance for the Gorkha community in Nepal. Dharma, a central pillar of their identity, is deeply intertwined with their devotion to Lord Ram. The Gorkhas, known for their unwavering commitment to Sanatana Dharma, see Janakpur as an abode of sentiment and emotion. The cultural rejuvenation resulting from the inauguration of the Ram Mandir is expected to provide solace and inspiration for the Nepali Hindu samaj.
In the face of the challenges posed by religious conversion, the celebration of Ram and Sita, of Ayodhya and Janakpur, becomes a potent tool in preserving the essence of Sanatana Dharma. The profound connection between Ayodhya and Janakpur, the sacred vivah that happened in Treta Yuga, should define the cultural ties between India and Nepal in the present day. It is a relationship rooted in spiritual oneness, one that transcends political boundaries and unites people in their shared faith.
As we witness the celebrations in Sasuraal, the waiting of Janakpur for Ram’s return to Ayodhya, we are reminded of the gift that Hinduism is to humanity. Its teachings, traditions, and festivals
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