BY: Manmeet Kaur Tura
Vivah Panchami marks the day when Lord Rama and Goddess Sita tied the sacred knot and got married. It is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla
According to the Ramayana, King Janak of Mithila (Janakpur) and father of Goddess Sita organized a "Swayamver" ceremony for her daughter Sita where he invited the kings from various kingdoms.
To commemorate the wedding ceremony of Lord Ram, and Devi Sita, devotees have been celebrating the festival of Vivah Panchami with great dedication and devotion.
This year Vivah Panchami will be celebrated on 12th December, Wednesday.
Panchami Tithi Begins = 20:21 on 11/Dec/2018
Panchami Tithi Ends = 23:05 on 12/Dec/2018
The celebrations of this auspicious day continue for a week. The divine marriage is once again hosted in the temples following all the rituals. On the day of Vivah Panchami, the idols of Goddess Sita and Lord Rama are decorated as bride and groom with jewels and flowers. Then the Pandit of the temple conducts the marriage ceremony of the divine couple and performs the yajna and the rituals followed in a Hindu marriage. Ramleela is also organized in several states to commemorate the day. Women and men gather to chant shlokas in praise of both Goddess Sita and Lord Rama.
Vivah Panchami Vrat and Puja Vidhi
Ram and Sita are considered as the supreme couple and are considered an epitome of love and marriage. Their divine union symbolizes the completion of human life. On the day of Vivah Panchami, devotees organize puja at their homes for Lord Ram and Sita. Observing