All the people of the Hindu world know the story the marriage of the hero Ram
and the princess Sita, as told in the epic Ramayana. King Janak, Sita's father,
proposed a test of strength for the suitors of his daughter: to string the great
bow of Lord Shiva. Warriors, kings and chieftains came from afar, but no man
could even lift the bow. Ram lifted the bow with ease and when he tried to
string it, the bow shattered to pieces.
Then Ram and Sita were married in Janakpur,
now in southern Nepal, and their marriage is celebrated to this day. Each year,
idols of Ram and Sita are brought out in procession and their Hindu wedding
ceremony is re-enacted during a week-long religious fair.