Tour to Janaki Mandir
Janaki Mandir is the temple which is dedicated to goddess Sita. This temple is located at the heart of Janakpur and is a famous Hindu temple. This temple is one of the best examples of Hindu-Rajput architecture and also consider as an important architecture in Nepal.
In AD 1911 this temple was built by Queen Brisabhanu Kunwar she paid 9 lakh rupees to build this temple. This is the reason this temple is also famous with the name Temple of Nine Lakh or Nau Lakha Mandir.
It is said that in 1657 the golden statue of Goddess Sita was found there and also it is believed that Sita lived there. As per the legend the Sannyasi Shurkishordas found the statue of goddess Sita where the temple was built. Sannyasi Shurkishordas was the great saint who was also founder of modern Janakpur. He was also a poet who always preached about the Sita Upanishad or the Sita Upasana. It is also believed that worship of Shiva-Dhanus was done by King Janak.
Dhanushadham is one of the religious and historical sites which is related to the Hindu Epic Ramayana. It is said that this is the place where Lord Rama broke the divine Shiva Dhanush for getting married with goddess Sita. It is also believed that the fossils of the broken Dhanush are still there can be seen and same also worshipped by devotees.
Near to this there is a city named Janakpur which is the capital of ancient Mithila, this is also a birth place of goddess Sita which is also believed that incarnation of goddess Lakshmi. It is also believed that this is the place where goddess Sita and Lord Rama met each other for the first time and fell in love with each other and then got married each other. A Janaki temple which is dedicated to Goddess Sita is one of the main attractions of this place.
Janaki Temple Janakpur
It offers the religious sightseeing, semi rural charm of Janakpur suburbs, rich Terai flora and fauna and the colorful culture and art of south Nepal. Parikrama is carried out by Hindus where Janakpur came in the route, this parikrama is done as the worship in Brij, Kashi and Ayodhya in India.
Access: Dhanushadham is located in Janakpur zone and Dhanusha district. Janakpur is approximately 10 hour drive and 390 km away from Kathmandu. From Central Bus Station in Kathmandu famous with the name Gongabu facility of buses is available to district headquarters of Janakpur city. One can also reach at Janakpur city via 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu.
Dhanushadham is an hour drive and 18 km away from Janakpur city. From the city area public transportation is also available to Dhanushadham.
Food and Accomodation: From budget accommodation to luxury hotel accommodation facility is available. At Dhanushadham site dharmshalas are also available for pilgrims. You will get delicious food with Indian touch also you will get different varieties of vegetarian specialties and sweets. Facilities for other tourists are also available at Janakpur.
When to Visit: October to March is the best time period to visit Dhanushadham. At this time the weather is quite pleasant neither more hot, humid. In the month of June and August it has maximum rainfall.
In the month of October during Dashain Ram Navami celebrated with full joy and Pomp. In the month of November famous festivals like Vivah Panchami which is also called Ram-Sita Union, Terai festival of chhat parba also celebrates. In the month of January Maghe Sankranti and in the month of February Falgun purnima is celebrated. Thousands of devotees used to visit the place for Parikrama of Janakpur and other scared sites in the month of March.
Predominant Culture: In the district of Dhanusha you will see diversity in the cultural group. Groups like Brahmins, yadavs, kayastha, Teli, Tharu, Rajput, Musahar and Chhetri lives in Dhanusha. The whole region is also famous with the name of centre of Maithali culture this is the reason maithali culture and art is predominant here. Most of people are farmers by occupation.
Places to Visit:
The Janaki Mandir which is also famous with the name of Nau Lakha Mandir and is dedicated to goddess Sita, Janaki is another name of goddess Sita. This temple is only example of Rajput and Mughal architecture in Nepal. This temple has beautiful wedding courtyard which is also known as vivah Mandap and a beautiful garden. This temple is located in Janakpur city.
The historical temple famous with the name of Dhanusha Mandir located in Dhanushadham. This temple was constructed in 1939 AD. This place comes in the way of parikrama which has its own significance. It is 18 km away from north east direction of janakpurdham and 10 km away on East- West Highway on dharapani
Dhanusha forest is located near Dhanusha temple and is the good picnic spot. The forest is full of big ponds, bushes and trees. In near future some sports are also introduce in lake.
Parashuram Kunda which was also famous with name Janak sarobar which has cultural as well as historical significance. It is believed that after confrontation with Lord Ram when he broke the devine Shiva Dhanush he took bath to quell his anger. The lake is so beautiful with trees on the southern part of the bank and lotus flower float on the river. From Janakpurdham to Dhanushadham lake comes in the way.