Janakpur is located in the Terai, alluvial, forested and marshy terrain at the base of the Himalaya mountain range. The major rivers surrounding Janakpur are Dudhmati, Jalad, Rato, Balan and Kamala. Janakpur is famous for its temples and the numerous ponds which carry significant religious importance.
Janakpur tour in Nepal is a religious tour to visit the birth place of Hindu ideal lady sita. Once in ancient time Janakpur was the Headquarter or capital city of the Mithila pardesh and the home town of the Sita, Lord Ram’s concert.Janakpur is very popular for the janaki mandir as well as mithila culture.
Ram was was the prince of the Ayodhya Kingdom and sita was the princes of the Mithila kingdom. Ram is belived to be the incarnation of the lord Vishnu and Sita is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi as per great Hindu epic Ramayan. It is also believed that ram and sita met in Janakpur and were married to each other.
A beautiful Mughal architecture Janaki Temple is located in the Janakpur and it is known as Janaki Mandir. This is only one Mughal style temple in Nepal and dedicated to Sita. The temple has beautiful garden with Vivah Mandap (wedding courtyard) dedicated to Ram and Sita.
There are several pilgrimage sites in and around the dhanushadham area like the temples of Ram, Ganesh, Shiva, Hanuman, Ram Krishna, Panchamukhi Hanuman.
In vivaha panchami,the re-enactment of Ram’s and Sita’s wedding in late November or early December a high number of pilgrimage visit Janakpur. Another important festival celebrated in Janakpur is Ram Navami festival (Ram’s birthday) that lies in March or April.
At the heart of Janakpur lies the marble Janaki Mandir, one of the finest pieces of architecture in Janakput Dham, Nepal. Built in extravagant baroque Mughal style that leaves it looking like a palace made of sweets, the Janaki Mandir is Janakpur’s most important temple and is dedicated to Sita, the wife of Rama.
A steady stream of pilgrims file in through the gatehouse to worship the Sita statue in the inner sanctum. The temple is particularly popular with women, who wear their best and most colourful saris for the occasion. Early evening is the most atmospheric time to visit, as the temple is draped with colourful lights and pilgrims arrive en masse.
The temple only dates from 1912, but with its white marble arches, domes, turrets and screens, it feels much older.
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