Ayodhya, the holy city where Hindus believe is the birthplace of Lord Ram, is actually a small village near Kathmandu, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli claimed on Monday speaking at cultural programme.
Mr. Oli also stated that Lord Ram is Nepali not Indian.
“We have been oppressed a bit culturally. Facts have encroached. We still believe that we gave Sita to Indian Prince Ram. But we gave to the prince from Ayodhya, not India. Ayodhya is a village a little west to Birgunj, not the Ayodhya created now,” Oli was quoted.
“Till now we have remained under the belief that Ram, the man Sita married, was an Indian… he was not, he was a Nepali,” Oli added.
However, India has always believed that Lord Ram was born in the holy city of Ayodhya that sits in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Oli’s comments come amid his government’s ongoing diplomatic tussle with India. In June Nepal’s parliament passed a new political map with Indian territories – Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura.
The landlocked nation has also fast-tracked road construction along the border to prevent its citizens from using Indian roads.
Previously Mr. Oli had also blamed India for the spread of the novel coronavirus in Nepal.
“Indian virus looks more lethal than Chinese and Italian now,” he said.