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- Ten days before Holi, Lord Ram played Holi in his laws, Janakpur, Raining Heavily
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one day beforeAuthor: Barun Kumar and Santosh Mishra from Kanchanavan (Nepal)
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After the arrival of Shriram and Janaki’s dola in Kanchanavan, devotees flock in the color of Holi.
- The tradition of Tretayuga, Rama-Sita played the first Holi here
Sri Ram and Janaki’s Dula came out of Nepal’s Janakpur temple, when it reached Kanchanavan on Saturday afternoon, it started raining. With this, under the tradition of Tretayug, Phagotsav started in Mithila with Holi of Lord Rama and Sita ten days before Holi. It is said that Shriram left for Mithila Darshan with Mata Sita after marriage. When he reached Kanchanavan on the 7th day of this 15-day parikrama, it was the day of Holi. The same couple played the first Holi in Kanchanvan.
Along with Ram-Janaki, common people of Mithila also participated in this phagotsav. Since then, every year, thousands of sages, women and men reach Kanchanavan and start the fagua (Holi). Chief Mahant of Janaki temple told, it is believed that every year the groom Shri Ram comes to Kanchanavan to play Holi with mother Janaki and his friends.
Therefore, a large number of devotees gather here on this occasion. Al from morning till late evening a group of devotees reach Kanchanavan. As soon as Shri Mithila Bihari and Kishoriji’s doli arrives, all start raining on each other. Ramdular Yadav, a resident of Kanchanavan, says that people still maintain the tradition of Holi of Lord Rama and mother Janaki. Turmeric and marigold flowers mixed in wheat and rice flour make yellow, rose to red, water chestnut to pink and vine to green color.
Slowly the colors of the market have increased, but the people of Kanchanvan still maintain the tradition and make the colors.
There are many stories about Kanchanvan. It is said that Lord Rama went out on a 15-day circumambulation of Mithila and stayed in Kanchanavan on the 7th day. He played Holi here. After the marriage of the four brothers, including Shri Ram and Sita, started going to Ayodhya, King Janak presented gold and silver jewelery on hundreds of bullock carts from Kanchanavan to the daughter-son-in-law. It is said that if there was no place to keep gifts in the palace of Ayodhya, then they were kept in an empty place. Which was later called Mani Parbat.
During the parikrama after marriage, when the four brothers including Sriram and Sita reached Kanchanavan, they saw that there is a forest all around. When the forest dwellers told them the problem of no water in the forest, Rama started running and water started flowing from the earth. This water source is known as Biggi Ganga. Where even today a large number of devotees reach the bath. There is also a legend about Kanchanvan that once Lord Shiva and Maa were touring with Parvati. Parvati’s coil fell during this time. Mahadev said, the place where the coil has fallen will be known as Kanchanavan.