Janakpur Religious Tour
Janakpur Religious Tour
The center of Janakpur is the home of the impressive Janaki Mandir to the north and west of the bazaar. This temple is one of the mosthuge in Nepal. It was built in 1898 (1955 in the Nepali calendar) by Queen Brisabhanu Kunwar of Tikamgarh. It is also popular as “Nau Lakha Mandir” after the cost of construction, verbally expressed to be nine 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 progenitor of modern Janakpur. Janakpur Religious Tour is special tour by Duke Nepal Adventure who wants to dig deep into the religious history of Nepal.
The temple is architecturally unique in Nepal. Statues of Rama and his moiety-brothers Lakshman, Bharat and Satrughna stand by Sita. Early evenings are the best times to visit as colorful lights and hundreds of pilgrims welcome you. Therefore, the temple is categorically popular with women, who wear their best habiliments when visiting the shrine.
Adjacent to the Janaki Mandir is the Rama Sita Bibaha Mandap, a building that marks the place where Rama and Sita were residing. Tens of thousands of pilgrims visit Janakpur to pay homage to Sita at the time of Vivah Panchami, the espousement 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 day of inception of Lord Rama (the ninth day of the Hindu month of Chaitra, which commences with the incipient moon in March/April).
The oldest temple in Janakpur is Sri Ram Temple by the Gurkhali soldier Amar Singh Thapa..
Janakpur is withal kenned as city of 52 kunda & 72 kuti. The two most consequential, Dhanush Sagar and Ganga Sagar, are near to the city center. The evening aarti at Ganga Sagar is most fascinating to the pilgrims. Hence, this place has religious connotations. In fact, these were built by King Janak who anticipated the advent of Gods after the holy espousement of Rama and Sita.
Ramanand Gate is popular as Asia’s largest gate located at Ramanand Chowk because it is huge in size.
Most noteworthy, major religious celebrations include the major Hindu festivals such as Dipawali, and Vijayadashami. It is followed by spectacular Chhath (sun worship) six days after Dipawali. Furthermore ,people here have been velebrating both the festivals Dipawali and Chhath with a carnival-like atmosphere. Therefore, the locals are proud as they have been celebrating these festivals.
On the full moon day of February/March afore the festival of Holi, a one-day Parikrama (circumambulation) of the city. Similarly, many people offer prostrated obeisance’s along the entire eight km route. Furthermore, two other festivals accolade Rama and Sita: Rama Navami, the day of inchoation of Lord Rama.Finally 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.
Most of all, Maithili women are popular for their traditional art, especially their paintings on pottery, walls and courtyards. Consequently, in addition these Mithila Paintings are famous internationally.
Janakpur has five movie theaters: 1. Aasha Cinema Hall 2. Girija Hall 3. Shri Hanuman Talkies 4. Neelam Theater 5. Ram Janaki Picture Palace, one of most Prominent is Mithila Natyakala Parishad (MINAP).