Janakpurdham: Place of Goddess Sita & Ram
The city of Janakpur, it is a far 135 kilometers (84 miles) southeast of Kathmandu. It is doubly famous as the birthplace of the Hindu goddess Sita and is the site where she was married to Lord Rama.
Religious Connection to Janakpur
According to the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, It is a kingdom of King Janak. Janak found the baby Sita in a furrow of a field and raised her as his daughter. When Sita (also called Janaki) was about sixteen, the king announced that she could be married by whoever was able to string the divine bow of Shiva. Though many royal suitors tried, only Lord Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, was successful. And not only did he string the bow, he also snapped it in two. Thus, Lord Rama won the hand of Sita.
Janaki Temple has constructed on this place where Ram & Site got married. Janakpuri’s main attraction, the Janaki temple, a temple dedicated to Mother Sita, is located at the center of Janakpur. The temple is also popular with the name of Naulakh temple (Nine Hundred Thousand temples) as nine hundred thousand rupees was spent in the construction of the temple. In a time of the festivals Ramnawami, Vivah Panchami, Chhat, Holi and other festivals, hundreds of thousands through Devotees hosted at the temple to participate. Situated adjacent to the Janaki Mandir is the Vivah Mandap, Ram temple, Laxman temple, and Dharmashala. It takes 10 minutes on a rickshaw to reach the temple from Janakpur Buspark or Ramananda Chowk.
Beside Janaki Mandir, Janakpur has more places you can visit.
Ganga Sagar: Jewel of Janakpur
Janakpur is also known as the city of ponds where it used to have 108 ponds. There were also Ram Sagar, Laxman Sagar Bharat, and Shatrughan Sagar that means pond on the name of 4 brothers. At present, Ganga Sagar is the most sacred and popular pond near to Janakpur Dham. It has got huge religious importance. Many pilgrimages take bath here before paying a visit to Janaki temple.
Another Interesting thing is that Janakpur boasts the finest Lassi in the country, so don’t forget to test on your trip.
It is written in Ramayan that King Janak invited local artists to paint and decorate the town for his daughter’s wedding. This contemporary creative painting is known as the Mithila art.
Chhath is a big festival in Terai which is celebrated widely in Janakpur. This Hindu festival is dedicated to the Sun and his wife Usha in order to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth.
Vivah Mandap Mandir is known another religious landmark of Janakpur where Lord Rama, prince of Ayodhya got married to the daughter of king Janak, Sita.
And others Places nearby
Tens of thousands of devotees reach Janakpur to pay homage to Sita at the time of Vivah Panchami, the marriage day of Sita and Ram (the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in November/December) and on Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama (the ninth day of the Hindu month of Chaitra, which begins with the new moon in March/April).