Janakpur (Birth of place Sita) Situated the 390 kilometers south/ east from Kathmandu. Janakpur is the great religious place. And famous as the birth of place SITA, the consort of the lord Ramchandra and the heroine of great Hindu epic, the RAMAYANA. There is an artistic marble temple of Sita (known as Janaki) who is popularity known as Naulakha Mandir (Means temple built at the cost of Nine Lakhas). Religious festivals pilgrimages trade fairs and others festivals are held here on Bivaha Panchami and Ram Navami.You can visit Janakpur by surface as well as by air and by road easily. There have small lodge to deluxe accommodation available.
The centre of Janakpur is dominated by the impressive Janaki Mandir to the north and west of the bazaar. This temple, one of the biggest in Nepal, was built in 1898 (1955 in the Nepali calendar) by Queen Brisabhanu Kunwari of Tikamgarh. It is also called "Nau Lakha Mandir" after the cost of construction, said to be nine (nau) lakh. 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. Statues of Rama and his half-brothers Lakshman, Bharat and Satrughna stand by Sita. Early evenings are the best times to visit, for then 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. Tens of thousands of pilgrims visit 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). The oldest temple in Janakpur is Sri Ram Temple, built by the Gurkhali soldier Amar Singh Thapa.
Pilgrims also visit the more than 200 sacred ponds in the city for ritual baths. The two most important, Dhanush Sagar and Ganga Sagar, are located close to the city centre. The Vivah Mandap temple where Lord Rama and Sita are said to have been married. It is situated next to the Janki Mandir. Ram Tower is located to the south of Ram Temple. It was inaugurated by former Prime Minister Mr Sushil Koirala.
Chhath in Janakpur
Major religious celebrations include the major Hindu festivals such as Dipawali, and Vijayadashami. followed by spectacular Chhath (sun worship) six days after Dipawali. Both the festivals Dipawali and Chhath are heavily celebrated with a carnival-like atmosphere. The locals take pride in the way these festivals are celebrated.
On the full moon day of February/March before the festival of Holi, a one-day Parikrama (circumambulation) of the city is celebrated. Many people offer prostrated obeisances along the entire eight km route. Two other festivals honor Rama and Sita:Rama Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama, in March–April, draws thousands of pilgrims. And the Vivah Panchami or Vivah festival re-enacts the wedding of Rama and Sita at the famous Vivah Mandap temple on the fifth day of the waxing moon in November or early December(after Kartik Purnima),where Rama broke the bow of Shiva.
Pilgrims stay in one of the city's five good hotels or small guest houses. There are also five fully equipped dharmashalas (cheap lodgings for pilgrims).
Day 01: Kathmandu
Janakpur is a great city to visit in the state of Bihar.There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Janakpur. Nearest airport is Patna Airport.Janakpur is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains.Instead of Janakpur you can a get a bus to Darbhanga on regular basis.
There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Janakpur. Nearest airport is Patna Airport.
112 km away
Patna Airport (PAT), Patna, Bihar
199 km away
Gaya Airport (GAY), Gaya, Bihar
Janakpur is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains.
Railway Station(s): Janakpur Road (JNR)