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Luv Kush Jayanti
Luv Kush Jayanti - A Regional celebration of India
Luv Kush Jayanti is a festival to celebrate the birth anniversary of Luv and Kush, the twin sons of Lord Ram. The twins were believed to be born in the Ashram of Rishi Valmiki, where Mata Sita, the wife of Lord Ram, lived after being abandoned by her husband. The festival is celebrated predominantly in north India.
About the origin of Luv and Kush
Although, Luv and Kush were the sons of Lord Ram and Mata Sita, they were born and bought up in the Ashram of Rishi Valmiki. Despite being familiar with the tale of Ram ad Sita, the children were unaware of the fact that Lord Ram was their father. They were also unaware of their mother’s true identity and that Ram had expelled her to please his citizens who suspected her of being unfaithful to Ram during her stay in Lanka.
Once, when Lord Ram organized the Ashmavedha Yagna, the twins captured its horse while it was roaming near the Ashram. Upon learning about the capture of their horse, the great warriors of Ayodhya, including the younger brothers of Lord Ram, rushed to the forest to free it. There the warriors were surprised to find themselves being challenged by two small kids. Soon a battle ensued between the kids and the warriors, in which the latter were easily defeated by the children.
Then Lord Ram himself was forced to confront the kids and was soon impressed by their fighting skills. He then called the battle off and invited the kids to Ayodhya, which is when he also learned that they were in fact his own children. Lord Ram asked Sita also to return back to the palace, which she accepted. But upon reaching Ayodhya, she once again pleaded to be innocent and summoned Mother Earth to take her back into her lap, after handing over the responsibility of her kids to their father.
Celebration of Luv Kush JayantiThe celebration of the festival of Luv Kush Jayanti is limited to only some specific communities in northern India. The Kirori Samaj and the Kushwah Samaj are prominent among them. On this day apart from offering prayers to Lord Ram and Mata Sita along with Luv and Kush, the children of these communities dress as Luv and Kush and enact scenes from their lives. In addition, people also organize Satsanga and other cultural programs to commemorate the day.
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