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KATHMANDU — The Ram Nawami festival, the birthday of Hindu Lord Ram, the incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu,is being celebrated across the country today.

Rhe Ram Nawami is celebrated in the ninth day of the Nepali month Chaitra on Shukla Paksha or the period of waxing moon in the Lunar calendar, in commemoration of the birth of Lord Ram, according to religious scholar Prof Dr Ramchandra Gautam.

On this day, thousands of devotees throng to the Ram Janaki Temple in Janakpur for grand celebrations. The event is marked by a huge procession of elephants and bullock carts with devotees dancing, singing and reciting the glorious stories of the lord.

Likewise, in Kathmandu and neighboring Bhaktapur, devotees observe a fast and visit various temples of Sri Ram and Vishnu, including the famous Changu Narayan, Ichangu Narayan, Bichangu Narayan and Budhanilkantha temples throughout the day.

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While many believe that on this day, Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya, many others believe that since Lord Ram was the himself the ‘divine incarnation’ of Vishnu, he descended from his heavenly abode and made an appearance in Ayodhya as a new born baby.

Lord Ram, who was born to the then King of Ayodhya, Dashrath and his first queen Kaushalyawati, is considered the seventh incarnation of God Bisnhu.

Lord Ram is revered by Hindus across the world as the epitome of strength, valor, compassion, purity, serenity and wisdom, and is worshipped with a deep faith and belief.

As per the Hindu mythology, it was God Ram who triumphed over Ravana, the then King of Lanka, a symbol of demonic and evil powers, and established peace and harmony in the society.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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