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Sita-Ram wedding ceremony to be held from Nov 18

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JANAKPURDHAM —  Sita Ram Wedding Ceremony (Bibaha Panchami), the week-long traditional wedding festival, is to be held in Janakpurdham in Dhanusha district from 18th of upcoming November.

On the occasion of Bibaha Panchami, the Mithila community in Janakpur observe the symbolic wedding ceremony where Princess Sita ties the nuptial knot with Prince Ram as per the reference to the Goswami Tulsidas’s Ramayan.

The legend has it that Ayodhya Prince Ram wins over Princess Sita by lifting the Shiva Dhanusha (bow) following which their engagement and marriage ceremony take places in the Treta Yug (or the age of mankind) in Hinduism.

A group of wedding party members from Ayodhya in India, the birth place of Lord Rama, travel to Janakpur, the birth place of Sita, to attend the marriage ceremony.

According to Janaki Temple Joint Mahanta Ram Roshan Das, the week-long procession includes various fairs re-enacting the marriage ceremony of Ram and Sita in various phases, bow lifting, engagement, courtship and marriage among others.

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Call to revoke Citizenship Bill-2075

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BHARATPUR- Stakeholders have called upon the government to revoke the Citizenship Bill-2075 arguing that it is against the national interest. At an interaction programme organized in Chitwan on Thursday, they said that the bill brought to amend the Citizenship Act, 2063 should be postponed cautioning that it could be counterproductive.

On the occasion, Coordinator of National Awakening Council Sadhya Bahadur Bhandari said that the proposed bill serves the anti-national interests. He instead asked the government to constitute a high-powered citizenships probe commission.

“This bill is too loose than that of 2063. It should be immediately postponed and a new high-powered commission should be formed to probe the issues on citizenship,” Bhandari added.

Likewise, Chairman of Nepal Bar Association Chitwan district chapter Kamalraj Pathak, foreign affairs expert Hiranyalal Shrestha, border experts Hemanta Sedhain and Buddhi Narayan Shrestha and other speakers also shared their opinions to revoke the proposed citizenship bill and also suggested that the government should regulate the Nepal-India open border.

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