Where Is Real Ayodhya? Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli Triggers Debate

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli rejected the traditional belief that Nepali daughter Sita was married to an Indian Prince Ram.

Jessica David

July 15, 2020

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“The real Ayodhya lies at Thori in the west of Birgunj. India has claimed the Indian site as the birthplace of Lord Ram,” said Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, on Monday (July 13, 2020), while rejecting the traditional “belief” that Nepali daughter Sita was married to an Indian Prince Ram.

Oli was speaking at an event to commemorate the birth anniversary of poet Bhanubhakta, who was credited with the first authentic translation of Valmiki’s Ramayan into the Nepali language. His remarks were a refutation of India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s comment.

Last month, Singh said that India and Nepal have a “roti-beti” relation referring to cross-border marriages. However, Oli’s remarks have sparked off a debate on the “real” location of Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram and the capital of his kingdom as mentioned in ancient texts. His assertion is not the first of its kind. It is only an addition to a fairly long list of places.

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