Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli have stirred a great controversy, he said Lord Rama is not Indian, he was Nepali. And Ayodhya is in Nepal.
He remarked that Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya village of Nepal and not in India.
He maid this claim while addresssing a program where the birth anniversary of Bhanubhakta Acharya was made.
PM Oli also accused India of cultural encroachment by “creating a fake Ayodhya.”
“Till now we’ve remained under the assumption that Ram, the person Sita married, was an Indian… he wasn’t , he was a Nepali. Balmiki Ashram is in Nepal and therefore the sanctum where King Dashrath had executed the rites to urge the son is in Ridi. Dashrath’s son Ram wasn’t an Indian and Ayodhya is additionally in Nepal,” he noted.
The Nepalese prime minister also asked how Lord Rama could come to Janakpur to marry Sita when there was “no means” of communication. He added that it had been impossible for Lord Rama to return to Janakpur from Ayodhya in India.
“Janakpur lies here and Ayodhya there and there’s talk about marriage. There was neither telephone nor mobile then how could he realize Janakpur,” Oli said.
It is to be noted that Janakpur in Dhanusa District of Nepal is mythologically revered because the birthplace of Sita. In 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Janakpur and had inaugurated an immediate bus company to Ayodhya as a part of a ‘Ramayan Circuit’. During his visit, PM Modi had also visited the 20th century Janaki temple, dedicated to Sita, in Nepal. He had also announced a Rs 100 crore package to develop Janakpur.
The bilateral ties between India and Nepal came under strain after Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand. The inauguration of 80-km-long road didn’t go down well with Nepal government with Kathmandu claiming that the road was built on Nepalese land. Nepal recently updated its political map and included some Indian territories within the new map.