Janakpur is the headquarters of the Dhanusha district. The city is also known as Janakpur Dham. The city of Janakpur was founded in the early 18th century. Janakpur is famous for cultural and religious tourism. Janakpur Temple is 236 km south-east of Kathmandu city. It is 350 km from Lumbini, the other religious sight in the Terai region of Nepal. It was the capital city of ancient Mithila kingdom. It one of the most popular Hindu pilgrim.
Janakpur Temple is an important site for Hindu followers because of its connection with the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. According to the legend, Janakpur is the birthplace goddess Sita, who was the wife of lord ram the prince of Ayodhya. They both met in Janakpur and got married after lord ram passed the test of lifting the bow of Lord Shiva. He not only lifted the bow but broke the bow in half making him eligible to marry goddess, Sita.
Janakpur Temple trip can be a worthwhile short trip to Janakpur as it has some of the rarest sight and attractions. In addition to many temples, there are over one hundred pounds. There are shopping bazaars from where you can buy local goods and souvineers. Mithila art is one of the rarest art you will find in Nepal. Mithila art is colorful hand-drawn paintings in walls, pottery, floors by the Mithila women. They are drawn using fingers, twigs, brushes and mostly shows the joyous occasion on those paintings. These paintings are 2d pictures of people celebrating in bright colors.
It is the major attraction of Janakpur city. It is the remarkable monument of Janakpur.it was built in 19th century dedicated to the goddess Sita. She was also known as Janaki the daughter of king Janak. It was built using nine lakh rupees so it is also called Nau Lakha Mandir. Every year thousands of Hindu pilgrim travel to Janakpur to visit Janaki Mandir and it is especially packed during Ram Navami festival. The temple is in bright white color and constructed in Sikh and Mughal style.
It is the oldest temple in Janakpur. This temple was built by Gurkha warrior Amar Singh Thapa built in 17 th century. It is just a few minutes away from the main temple.
Janakpur railway is the first and only railway service in Nepal. It was constructed by the British East India company in the 19th century. It is presently run by Nepal railway. Two railway line goes through Janakpur. The train travels to India carrying passengers. But earlier it was built to carry timbers and raw materials from Terai of Nepal.