Real Ayodhya is not in India, Lord Rama is Nepali: KP Oli
Kathmandu: Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli has triggered another controversy by saying that neighbour India is manipulating cultural and historical facts by creating a fake Ayodhya in the country, which in fact is a village located west of Birgunj.
Ayodhya, a city in north Indian city of Uttar Pradesh, is believed to be the birthplace of Hindu god Lord Ram.
“We did not give Sita, who was born in Janakpur, to an Indian prince but Sita was married to Ram of Ayodhya, not of India,” the PM was quoted as saying by The Himalayan Times, adding that Ayodhya was later created in India encroaching upon facts.
Oli ‘reasoned’ that a prince from a place that far away could not possibly come to Janakpur to marry Sita as there were no means of communication and easy transportation during those times.
“There is a huge controversy in ‘their’ Ayodhya while our Ayodhya, that lies in the Thori village, has no issues as such,” he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
He did not provide any Archaeological evidence or cite references to back his statement.
Meanwhile, priests in Ayodhya called his remark as 'insane'.
Hitting out at the Nepalese PM, Ram Temple Trust member, Mahant Dinendra Das was quoted as saying by Times Now, "Lord Rama was born here. He was born here in Ayodhya near Sarayu river. It is a popular belief that he belongs to Ayodhya. It is true that Sita Ji (Lord Rama's wife) was from Nepal, but to claim that Lord Rama was Nepali is wrong. I condemn Oli's statement."