FW: Vivaha Panchami (Nov 29)

Klaus Karttunen klaus.karttunen at HELSINKI.FI
Tue Nov 29 04:06:19 EST 2011


The swami must be Visvamitra, who brought Rama and his brother to Videha, to Sita's svayamvara.
Best,
Klaus

Klaus Karttunen
Professor of South Asian and Indoeuropean Studies
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On Nov 29, 2011, at 6:26 AM, Jo wrote:

> Recently, the list was discussing the Ramayana and the OUP issue. The marriage of Rama and Sita is a big celebration in Nepal, with images in procession and a wedding ritual. I wonder which Ramayana they read in this festival.
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> Who might be the swami to the left, robed in orange, in the poster?
> (This message is from a friend who lives in Kathmandu. The choreography description reminds me of the wedding of Minakshi festival in Madurai.)
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> Best wishes,
> Joanna K.
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> Today, on the 5th day after the waxing moon of Mangshir (Nov 29)  the marriage of Sita to Ram, is  celebrated, particularly in Janakpur, Sita's birthplace, and the ancient capital of her father, the wise king Janaka. 
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> <Eden Ram Vivaha.jpg>
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> Each year in Janakpur, images of Rama and Sita are brought out in colorful processions and their Hindu wedding ceremony is re-enacted. This takes place during an exciting week-long mela (religious fair). Thousands of pilgrims come from India.  Cultural, agrarian and commercial exhibitions are held.   Hundreds of booths and bazaar shops sell all sorts of wares to thousands of pilgrims.  Dust, flies, loudspeakers blare-- and the roar of the crowd can be heard for miles around. 
> Pilgrims who have walked for miles dry their laundry as they travel, stretching yards of colorful saris between them as they walk on the sun-baked roads, carrying bundles of provisions and cooking gear on their heads.
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> <Janakpur mela.jpg>
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> On the first day, a great procession starts from Rama's temple.  His image, dressed as a bridegroom is seated on a lavishly decorated khat on the back of a caparisoned elephant.  A gold-tipped umbrella is twirled over his head, musicians play, and the festive crowd swarms along the route to the Janaki Temple of Sita, which is only a short distance away.  The next day, the image of Sita is taken out from her temple and carried with great fanfare to Rama's side in a re-enactment of the Hindu marriage ceremonies, including rituals before the sacred fire.
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