Lord Rama, A Great Archer Of The Time
In Vedic literature, especially Ramayana, the auspicious day of Vivah Panchami is considered to be very significant and sacred. Lord Rama is the eldest son of King Dasarata of Ayodhya. He is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. On a beautiful day of Panchami, the month of Margashira or Karthika, the Lord Rama visited Janakapuri, the place where Sita was born. He broke the mighty bow of Lord Shiva in the swayamvara and married the beautiful Mother Sita.
Swayamvara, A Unique Practice Of Choosing One’s Own Groom
In ancient times, a suitable set of prospective bridegrooms were invited to grace the swayamvara, swayam means self and var means groom, so choosing a groom by oneself. The ceremony was organised by the girl’s father especially in royal households. The observance was so extraordinary that grooms had to exhibit their special skills to win their bride. And that’s how our protagonist Lord Rama who was a great archer showed his exemplary talent to break the bow and win the hand of Sita.
The Story From The Past
Sage Vishwamitra, worried by the torture that he suffered from the hands of demons who were not allowing him to perform his religious duties, went to King Dasaratha of Ayodhya. He requested the King to send his two sons Ram and Lakshman to destroy the demons. After completing their task successfully, the sage took the two Princes to Janakapuri to witness Swayamvara of Sita. Lord Rama married Sita after lifting the mighty sacred bow and stringing it. Only the Lord was successful in his attempt while the other suitors failed. The people who watched the event were breathless and clapped in jubilation. Flowers came down from heaven when the celestial wedding took place.
Celebrating Vivah Panchami
In Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, the day is celebrated on a grand scale. A procession of Lord Rama is taken out from Ayodya to Janakpuri. Devotees sing bhajans in the praise of the Lord and seek his blessings. The festivities end at the birth place of Goddess Sita where special poojas are conducted.
The idols of the deities are dressed like bride and groom and taken out in processions and the enactment of their wedding takes place at the famous Janaki or Sita temple. This event is popularly known as Ram Vivah Utsav. Thousands of devotees visit Nepal during this time and go to temples to seek blessings for a happy married life.
Significance Of Rituals On Vivaha Panchami
Vivah Panchami is marked as the auspicious day to celebrate the union of two bodies into one soul for the seven life cycles one goes through before one attains salvation. Each and every couple that wants happiness in their life can perform this ritual on this day. For prospective grooms or bride, the Vivaha Panchami rituals chosen by Vedicfolks, will bring good matrimonial alliances.