- Prime Minister of Nepal claims Lord Rama is not Indian, he is Nepali
- PM Oli also claims that real Ayodhya is in Nepal
- Recently, Nepal updated its political map and included some Indian territories in the new map.
On Monday, 13th July, in a bizarre claim which has set controvercy, the Prime Minister of Nepal, K P Sharma Oli claimed that Lord Rama was a Nepali and the real Ayodhya in Nepal and not in India as it has been always claimed. Oli said Bhagwan Ram was born in Ayodhya village in Nepal.
On a program which marked the birth anniversary of Bhanubhakta Acharya, Nepalese PM Oli made the stunning claim.
While addressing Oli said, “Although real Ayodhya lies at Thori, city in the west of Birgunj, India has claimed that Lord Rama was born there. Due to these continuous claims even we have believed that deity Sita got married to Prince Rama of India. However, in reality, Ayodhya is a village lying west of Birgunj,”.
PM Oli went a step further and accused India of cultural encroachment bt “creating a fake Ayodhya” in the country.
He claimed, “Till now we have remained under the belief that Ram, the man Sita married, was an Indian… he was not, he was a Nepali. Balmiki Ashram is in Nepal and the holy place where King Dashrath had executed the rites to get the son is in Ridi. Dashrath’s son Ram was not an Indian and Ayodhya is also in Nepal,”.
The Prime Minister of Nepal also asked how come Lord Rama came all the way to Janakpur to marry Lady Sita when there were “no means” of communication and added that it was practically impossible for Lord Rama to come to Janakpur all the way from Ayodhya in India.
Oli Said, “Janakpur lies here and Ayodhya there and there is talk of marriage. There was neither telephone nor mobile then how could he know about Janakpur,”.
It is said that Janakpur in the Dhanusa district of Nepal is the birthplace of Lady Sity as per mythological pieces of evidence. In 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Janakpur and inaugurated a direct bus service to Ayodhya as a part of the “Ramayan Circuit”.
During his visit, the Indian Prime Minister also visited the 20th century Janki Temple which is dedicated to Lady Sita in Nepal. PM Modi had also announced a Rs 100 crore package to develop Janakpur.
The bilateral ties between the two countries i.e. India and Nepal, has come under tremendous strain after the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a road which connects Lipulekh pass with the Dharchukla in Uttarakhand.
The inauguration of the 80-kilometer long road was not welcomed by the government of Nepal as Kathmandu claimed that that road was built on the land belonging to Nepal.