JANAKPURDHAM — Vivaha Panchami, one of the festivals of Hindu devotees, which celebrates the divine wedding of Lord Ram and Sita is being observed with huge fanfare in Janakpur today.
The day is of great importance at the famous Janaki temple of Janakpur which is regarded as the birth place of Goddess Sita.
Special pujas and ceremonies have been held since early in the morning at temples across Janakpur including renowned Janaki, Ram and Dashrath temples.
Janaki, more popular with the name Sita in legends, was born in Janakpurdham, and married to Ram, the prince of Ayoddhya, according to Ramayana. Their marriage anniversary is commemorated carrying out different rituals in Nepal and India on Vivaha Panchami – the fifth day of waxing moon in the month of Mansir (November-December).
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to visit Janakpur to join in the notorious Ram-Janaki Vivaha Utsav on Wednesday.
President Bhandari is scheduled to arrive here in Janakpurdham boarding a helicopter and take part in different rituals, according to Kali Prasad Parajuli, the Chief District Officer.
Meanwhile, cadres of the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) blazed an effigy of President Bhandari here in Janakpurdham on Tuesday protesting her arrival on Janakpur to attend Vivah Panchami.
The upsetting Madhesi parties and different parties organized a rally conveying the President’s effigy from Janak Chok and blazed it at the memorial service site in Shmashan Ghat in the wake of making a round of the old town of Janakpurdham.Follow @gorkhapost
Massive fire destroys entire settlement at Madhuban in Sunsari
ITAHARI — A massive fire that broke out at Ikrahi settlement at Baraha Kshetra Municipality-11 here Saturday night has destroyed goods and property worth more than Rs 6 million. However, no human casualties have been reported in the incident so far.
The fire gutted around 82 shelters with corrugated zinc and straw roofs in the settlement, said Kedar Bista, the Baraha Kshetra Municipality Ward No 11 Chairman.
He said it is estimated that goods and property worth more than 6 million rupees have been destroyed.
According to him, the entire settlement was destroyed and some children were also injured by fire. Two cattle heads were killed in the incident. It is not known how and from whose house the fire started.Follow @gorkhapost