JANAKPURDHAM; JANAKI MANDIR

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Janaki temple is a Hindu temple located in Janakpur zone at Dhanusha district in the Mithila region of Nepal. This Janaki temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita. The attraction is now considered as a religiously important monument and a heritage site but is still an active temple for devotees. It is the most important model of Koiri architecture in Nepal. So it is an example of Hindu-Koiri Nepali architecture. The 3 storied temples is built entirely of stones and marbles with 60 rooms which are adorned with Nepali flag, engravings, painting, beautiful lattice window and turrets. This temple gets crowded on the occasions and festivals like Ram Navami, VivahPanchami, Dashain, Dipawali and Holi. Devotees come here from all around the Nepal, Sri Lanka and India to worship the Goddess.


                The mandir is popularly known as the NauLakhaMandir (nine lakhs). The cost for the construction of the temple was about the same amount of money, nine lakhs. Queen VrishaBhanu of Tikamgarh built the temple in 1910 AD. In 1657, a golden statue of the Goddess Sita is said to have lived there. The legend said that it was built on the holy site where SannyasiShurkishordas had found the images of Goddess Sita. In fact, Shurkishordas was the founder of modern Janakpur and the great saint and poet who preached about SitaUpasana philosophy. Legend has claimed it that King Janak performed the worship of Shiva-Dhanus over here. According to legend and epics, King Janak ruled this area (called Videha) during the Ramayana period. His daughter Janaki or Sita had chosen Lord Rama as her husband during her engagement. The marriage ceremony had occurred in the nearby temple which is called as VivahaMandap. People from different countries visit this sacred Hindu Temple especially during November and December for VivahaPanchami. At this day, the whole city celebrates the marriage of Sita and Rama with numerous sacred rites and rituals. During this day, the temple is decorated with special arts, light and bhajan. We can experience the euphoric as well as the spiritual atmosphere around the temple’s premises.
               There is a pleasant courtyard near the enchanting Janaki temple which is also known as Shree Rama Mandir, where Lord Rama is worshipped along with the Goddess Sita. This pagoda temple was built in 1785 by Amar Singh Thapa. This temple abounds in ancient idols. The important festivals dedicated to Lord Rama are Rama Navami and Dashain. The temple is a perfect attraction for those interested in exploring ancient cultures and experiencing its divine vibe. Ramayana, a poem of two soul mates, Sita and Ram, is often a reminder of Dharma and Dharmic Living. The couple who was meant to be together for whole life was separated by a demon name Ravana, who was the king of Lanka. He captured Sita and took her to his palace to make her his own. Because of that incident Ravana, the king of Lanka was killed by Lord Rama. It is treated as an ancient epic and positions Sita and Ram as the Goddess and God not just because of their love for each other but also for their loyalty, purity and their ability to become supreme begins.

Janakpur is an important pilgrimage for the Hindus due to the connection with the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Janakpur is also known as the city of ponds because there are more than 70 ponds around here. Some of the important ponds are this area are; Ganga sagar, Dhanushsagar, Anuragsagar, Maharajsagar, Ratnasagar, Kapalmo Chan sagar, Bihar Kunda, Pad Prakshalansagar, Pap Mocharsagar, Bishaharasagar, Janaksagar, Muralisagar, etc. Janakpur is also a good tourist area. Thousands of tourists come to visit this holy city every year. The grand and colorful festivals throughout the year, the stunning architecture of the temples and the friendly locals make Janakpur a favorite spot for tourists. Janakpur is not just about temples and monuments. This city is well known for its rich culture history, arts, language and literature. It is the heartland of the Mithila civilization, a melting pot of diverse culture, religions and opportunities. 

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