Named after the legendary King Janak, Janakpur was the capital of the
ancient Indian Kingdom Mithila, the native country of goddess Sita,
the wife of the Hindu god Rama and the heroine of the great Hindu epic Ramayana. Today Janakpur stands as the most cleanest and interesting
place among all the towns of Terai.
Janakpur has become a great piligrimage site for Hindus today. The most
sacred sites are the Janaki Mandir, dedicated to goddess Sita, the
Ram Sita bibaha(marriage) mandir, built over the spot where Ram and
Sita were said to be married, Ram Mandir, dedicated to god Ram and the
holy pond Dhanush Sagar. Hundreds of Indian devotees come here every
year to pay their respect to the goddess at this temple.
Besides the religious importance, Janakpur is also the center for the
revival of the ancient Mithila art and craft. As a tradition, Mithila
women have always been decorating the walls of their houses with
paintings depicting figures from Hindu mythology in
abstract forms, sometimes resembling a mandala.
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