Janakpur Sightseeing a famous pilgrimage site for Hindu from the time immemorial

The celestial city is known as Janakpurdham (dham means sacred region), has been a famous pilgrimage site for Hindu from the time immemorial. It was the capital of king janak of Mithila in Treta Yuga ( about 12,000 years ago ). In times long ago, king Janak ruled here and this city has been named Janakpur after his name. Janakpur is one of the very popular as the birthplace of Hindu Goddess of Sita (Janaki ), as well as being the site where Sita was married to lord Rama. It is situated southeast of Kathmandu valley about 375 km. away and 70 meter from the sea level. The population is about 100,000 according to the census was held in 2011. Janakpur is the administrative headquarter of Dhanusa district of the Janakpur zone. Historically, the janakpur zone is also called Mithilanchal where ancient Maithili culture originated and also given birth to Chhath festival, one of the national festival of Nepal. Janakpur is the terai region of Nepal. It is too hot and humid with temperature of about 40 degrees in summer. So, you should better grab a sunscreen, sun-glass and mosquito repellent. During the winter time, is also cold too. The main attraction of Janakpur is Janaki Mandir, Lord Hanuman ( Bajranbali ) wooden statue, Ram Mandir, Dhanus Sagar, Ganga Sagar, and Sankat Mochan Temple. The one international railway is situated at Janakpr. Two narrow-gauge lines end at Janakpur, one going east to Jayanagar, just over the Indian border, and the other northwest to Bijalpura. Both train lines are about 30 km long. Taking a train is a nice way to see the countryside. The best time to visit Janakpur is from September to March as the weather is pleasant and several festivals fall during this period.

According to the history indicate that the Mithila kingdom was controlled a large part of northern India between 10th and 3rd Century BC when it came under the control of the Mauryan Empire ( 321 to 185 BC ). The two great Mauryan Emperors Chandragupta and Ashoka, favored the religions of Jainism and Buddhism, and both the great saints Gautam Buddha, founder of the Buddhism, and Vardamana Mahavira, the 24th and final Tirthankara ( an enlightened sage ) of the Jain religion, are said to have lived in Mithila ( Janakpur ). Following the decline of the Mauryan Empire, Janakpur Languished as a religious site for two millennia until the 17th Centure. In 1657, the great saint and poet Sannyasi Shurkishordas discovered a golden statue of the goddess Sita at the exact place where she was born, which ultimately became the location of the current Janaki Mandir, the temple of Sita. Shurkishordas is considered to be the founder of modern Janakpur.

Queen Brisabhanu Kunwari of Tikamgarh built the Janaki mandir in 1911. The temple is architecturally unique in Nepal. Its inner sanctum contains a flower-bedecked statue of Sita that was apparently miraculously found in the Saryu river near Ayodhya. Statue of Rama and his half-brothers Lakshman, Bharat and Satrughan stand by Sita. Early evenings are the best time to visit. For then the the temple is lit with colorful lights and filled with hundreds of pilgrims expressing devotion for Sita and Rama. The temple is particularly popular with women, who wear their best clothes when visiting the shrine. Adjacent to the Janaki Mandir is the Rama Sita Bibaha Mandir, a building that marks the place where Rama and Sita were married. Thousands of pilgrims visit in Janakpur to pay homage to Sita at the time of Bibaha Panchami ( the marriage day of Sita and Rama ) which falls on the 5th day of shukla paksha ( waxing phase of moon in Nov/Dec ) and on Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama ( the nine day of the hindu month of Chaitra which begins with the new moon in March/ April ).

According to the Hindu epic called Ramayana, Janak was founded a baby Sita in a furrow of a field in visit to Siraha and raised her as his daughter. When Sita was about 16 years then the king announced that she could be married by whoever was able to string the divine bow of Shiva who is one of the trinity in Hinduism ( the destroyer ). Though many royal suiters tried but could not get Shiva then it broke into three pieces- one piece flies up to heaven, another falls down into the depths of the underworld where we can see huge pond called Dhanush Sagar now a days, and last piece flies to present day Dhanushadham, about 40 km from Janakpur. There visitors will see huge rocks shaped liked a bow. Thus, after Rams successful attempt to string the bow, Janakis father, king Janak gave his daughter`s hand in marriage to the brave prince of Ayodhya.


Packages: 6 nights / 7 days
Highlight: 3 nights Kathmandu, 2 nights Janakpur, one night Nagarkot

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