In a remarkable artistic endeavour, a group of ten skilled artists from Nepal and India have achieved a potential world record by creating an awe-inspiring portrait of Bhagwan Ram and Sita in Janakpur, Nepal. Commemorating the divine marriage ceremony that unfolded in the Treta Yuga, the artists unveiled a colossal portrait covering an expansive area of 11,000 square feet at Rangabhumi Maidan.
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Artists in Nepal's Janakpur have made a 10800 sq ft portrait of Bhagwan Ram & Sita Ji with 101 Quintal Grain of 11 types.
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The portrait, meticulously crafted from a diverse array of grains, boasts a length of 120 feet and a width of 91.5 feet. A total of 101 quintals of 11 different varieties of grains were utilised to bring this masterpiece to life. The artisans, with dedication and precision, also incorporated depictions of Bishwamitra and King Janak, adding depth and richness to the portrayal of this iconic moment in Hindu mythology.
Satish Gujar, the lead artist from India, expressed the significance of their artistic venture, stating, “On the occasion of Bibah Panchami, which is a celebratory event, Janakpur Dham becomes the focal point as the sacred place where Sita Mata and Bhagwan Ram tied the knot. This portrait, a world record in its own right, is a tribute to this sacred union.”
This isn’t the first time Satish Gujar has ventured into creating such monumental grain portraits. Last year, he crafted a similar portrait of Bhagwan Ram and Mata Sita in Ayodhya, covering an area of 10,800 square feet. Remarkably, no artificial colours were used in either artwork, emphasising the artists’ commitment to authenticity and traditional craftsmanship.
The collaborative effort spanned several weeks, culminating in the completion of the portrait over the weekend. The public is now invited to witness the sheer grandeur and artistic finesse displayed in this unique creation. Thousands have flocked to Rangabhumi Maidan to marvel at the portrait, which stands as a testament to the shared cultural heritage of Nepal and India.
Devi Sahai Meena, Consul General at the Indian Consulate in Birgunj, commended the artistic collaboration, stating, “When it comes to culture, both Nepal and India share commonalities. Artistic endeavours of this nature serve to strengthen the cultural and religious ties between the two nations.”
The festival of Bibah Panchami, marked with grandeur and festivity, commemorates the wedding anniversary of Goddess Sita and Bhagwan Ram, which transpired some 5,000 years ago. Falling on Marga Sukla Panchami as per Hindu astrology, the celebration spans seven days at the Janaki mandir in Janakpur Dham, attracting devotees from both Nepal and India.
On December 17, 2023, the day of Bibah Panchami, a spectacular marriage procession took place at the Janaki mandir. The idols of Sita and Ram were adorned as brides, symbolising the divine union. Janti, or guests from the groom’s side from Ayodhya, added to the grandeur of the occasion.
Local authorities anticipate that the record-setting grain portrait, coupled with the festivities surrounding Bibah Panchami, will significantly boost tourism in the district. As visitors from far and wide come to witness this extraordinary work of art, Janakpur is poised to become a cultural and artistic hub, further strengthening the bond between Nepal and India.