Janakpur Dham Tour

3 July, 2024 By Dambar Khadka

Ram Janaki Temple

Jankapur Dham tour is one of the prominent tourist destinations of Nepal. It is the birthplace of Goddess Sita, where the wedding ceremony of Ram and Sita was held nearly 12000 years ago in Treta Yuga. Moreover, the Janakpur Dham is among the great Hindu pilgrimages due to its connection with the Hindu Epic, Ramayana. The city is rich in arts, culture, and literature and is the capital of Province No.2. We are providing a Janakpur Dham Video. Enjoy the video.

The name Janakpur Dham is made up of three words, “Janak,” “Pur,” and “Dham,” which means father, village, and religious place, respectively. It is named after the sage of King Janak, Janakpur Dham. The Janakpur is located 230 km southeast of Kathmandu.

It is the second largest city in the Terai region, after Biratnagar, and the seventh largest city in Nepal. The climate of Janakpur is sub-tropical monsoon with hot and humid summer. The city also has several good hospitals, colleges, and schools. The people of Janakpur mainly depend on tourism, agriculture, and local industries. Janakpur has had special significance for the people of India and Hindu culture since the century. Especially in Vivah Panchami (a Hindu festival wedding of Goddess Ram and Sita), thousands of tourists visit from India).
The city is also famous for its ponds. There are more than 115 ancient ponds that have mythological importance. Some are Nocha, Ganga Sagar, Dhanush Sagar, Argaja, Dudhmati, Jallad, and many more.

Puja at Janakpur dham tour
Puja at Janakpur dham tour

History And Significance Of Janakpur Dham

As mentioned above, travel to Janakpur Dham is derived from three words: “Janak-Pur-Dham. The city is also known as Mithila Dham and Janaki Nagari. It is the center of the Mithila region, also called Mithilanchal, and has its language and script. Janakpur is the birthplace of Goddess Sita. Janakpur is believed to be the capital and kingdom of King Videhas.

According to Hindu Mythology, King Janak found Sita under the soil while plowing the field at Sitamadhi (Bihar, India). The total distance between Janakpur and Sitamadhi is 54 km. Meanwhile, she was also called “The Daughter of Mother Earth.”

Until the 1950s, Janakpur was a hub of Brahmins, Priests, and Craftsperson who worked for ashrams, communities, and monasteries. After the Independence of India, Janakpur promoted the commercial industries. Eventually, in 1960, it became the capital of the Dhanusha District.

Janaki Temple, Ram Janaki Temple, Or Sita Temple – Naulakha Temple

Janakpur: Janaki Mandir is the center of attraction in Janakpur. This impeccable temple was constructed in 1910 A.D. (113 years ago). Queen Vrish Banu of Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh, India) built the Janaki Temple. The most renowned temple of Nepal is also known as Naulakha Mandir. At that time, she was making a temple cost around nine lakhs or nine hundred thousand.

Analyzing the history, in 1657, a golden statue of Goddess Sita was found at the spot; it was said Mata Sita used to live there. The legend Shurkishordas saw the image of Goddess Sita, the founder of the current Janakpur city, a saint, preacher, and great poet of his time.

The architecture and structure of Janaki Temple are supreme. It is constructed in the eclectic style of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Here, 60 rooms have been decorated with the flags of Nepal, and the walls are engraved with beautiful Mithila Paintings.

The most exciting thing about this temple is that it teaches religious tolerance. Inside it is a mosque, which it has been said the laborers built while constructing the temple.

On the Premises of the Janaki temple, there is a Laxman temple (the younger brother of Lord Rama) on the northeast side. There is also a beautiful Vivah Mandap next to the Janaki Mandir. Furthermore, there is a lovely garden in front of the temple. The praying times of temples are 8:00 a.m.- 9.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.

During the Vivah Panchami, thousands of devotees and worshippers from India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka visit Janaki Mandir. On the day of Vivah Panchami, the people of Janakpur Dham organize Ram and Sita’s marriage ceremony. The “Baraat” directly came from Ayodhya, India, on the auspicious day of Vivah Panchami.

Shree Ram Mandir at Jankapur Dham tour: The Ram Mandir is the second most famous temple in Janakpur Dham. It is just an 8-10 min walking distance from Janaki Mandir. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and is built in the classic Pagoda style. Gorkhali Military general Amar Singh Thapa made it in the late 17th century.

It is a prominent place for devotees like Janaki Mandir. This place is best to visit during Ram Navami and Durga Puja (Dashain). During these two festivals, thousands of people from India and Nepal visited this place. The praying times in this temple are 7:00 to 8:00 in the morning and 6:00 to 7:00 in the evening (note—the time may vary during the winter season).

 Ram Temple at Janakpur Dham Tour
Ram Temple at Janakpur Dham Tour

RajDevi Temple at Jankapur Dham tour: Rajdevi Mandir is one of the most famous temples of Janakour Dham. It lies on the north side of Ram Mandir, in the same compound. The Rajdevi god is the patron deity of King Janak, namely Rajeshwari.
The temple is worth visiting during Dashain.

Several devotees from Nepal and India came here to take the blessings of Rajdevi Mata during the Durga Puja. At this time, local clubs make arrangements for the rituals. More than 14000+ goats are sacrificed yearly during this Asthami night (Kal Ratri).

Ram Sita Vivah Temple at Jankapur Dham tour: Ram Sita Vivah Mandir, also known as Vihah Mandap or Madwa (in the local Maithili language), is worth visiting if you are in Janakpur. This place lies southwest of Janaki Mandir.

Some people believed this was where Ram and Sita celebrated their wedding. But you need to be corrected. Ram and Sita get married in Mani Mandip (we’ll describe this later). This place shows how Sita traditionally married Ram – and the people present at their wedding.

This magnificent place is made of white marble, with sturdy pillars, grand arches, and spectacular domes.

Laxman Temple at Jankapur Dham tour: Laxman Mandir is on the premises of the Janaki Mandir. Lakshman is Shree Ram’s younger brother. It is situated on the northeast side.

Dhanusha Dham temple at Jankapur Dham tour: Dhanusha Dham is one of the most decorated places in the Janakpur region. Therefore, it is worth visiting for travelers. The place is situated 19 km northeast of Janakpur Dham. A piece of Shiva Dhanusha (God Shiva’s Bow) that Rama broke during Sita’s swayamvara is believed to be kept here.

This place is easily reachable by bus, which takes around 45 minutes. Furthermore, your vehicle can reach this place in 30-35 minutes. Therefore, thousands of worshippers visit this place annually during the Makar Sankranti.

Sankat Mochan Temple and Rangbhoomi: Sankat Mochan is near Janakpur Rangbhoomi (Bara Bighaa). The place is 20-25 minutes’ walking distance from Janaki Mandir. You can also reach it by using the local E-Rikshaw.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, a devotee of Lord Rama, and is open every day. But the majority of worshippers visit on Tuesday and Saturday only.

Mani Mandap temple at Jankapur Dham tour: Mani Mandap, Goddess Ram, and Sita celebrate their wedding. It is the hidden gem of the Janakpur Dham tour. The site is about 4-5 kilometers away from Janakpur Vivah Mandap.

The site is in the Rani Bazaar. Three beautiful ponds surround the temple, which has a peepal tree in front of it.

People said this is where Lord Rama washed his feet and hands after putting Sindoor on Sita Mata’s forehead.

Bhoothnath Temple at Jankapur Dham tour: Janakpur Bhoothnath temple is one of the prominent places in the Janakpur Dham tour. The place is also known as Swarg Dwari. The place is situated on the bank of Ganga Sagar. The tourists and people come here for photo shoots and hangouts. This place is also known as the funeral site of Janakpur.

Jaleshwarnath Mahadev Temple at Jankapur Dham tour: Jaleshwarnath Mahadev Mandir is a Hindu Temple of Shiva situated in the Mahottari district of Nepal. It is 18 kilometers away from Janakpur Dham, which is near the Indian border, Vittamore.

During Shrawan (July & August) and Maha Shivaratri (February & March), visitors and devotees from Nepal and India show their consort to Lord Shiva and his wife, Goddess Parvati. The transportation facility is quite functional, and you can easily reach this place by bus, E-Rickshaw, motorbike, or personal vehicle.

Ponds And Other Attractions In The Janakpur Dham Tour

The Mithila region prides itself on having 115 and 70 ponds in Janakpur. Every pond has its mythological importance. Here are some of the significant ponds of the Janakpur Dham tour.

Ganga Sagar: The pilgrimage to Janakpur is complete with visiting and taking a bath in Ganga Sagar. Janakpur Dham is worth visiting for any traveler. It is believed that the water of Ganga Sagar is collected from the Ganga River of India, which is why it is named Ganga Sagar.
It is a sacred pond of the Mithila region, and its water never dried up. Therefore, it is one of the prominent tourist destinations due to its cleanliness and pleasing environment.

This site used to be full of waste and dumping eight years ago; however, the local community and people started the initiation. After running a cleaning campaign, this place has become worth visiting.

Janakpur dham tour pound
Janakpur dham pound

Ganga Sagar Aarti In Jankapur Dham Tour

The Ganga Aarti is worth watching at the bank of Ganga Sagar. Prayers are performed especially in the evening, attracting travelers from all around Nepal and India. Even foreigners love to visit this place.
Nowadays, even politicians and diplomats use to visit this place. The Ganga aarti is eye-catching and striking, organized by the priest of Banaras and two priests following him. The priests performed Aarti together with a tune of melodic music. The burning lamp used in the plate rotates all around the site (ghat). At the end of the Aarti, Prasad is distributed to the visitors and devotees who attended the Aarti.

Dhanush Sagar at Jankapur Dham tour: Dhanush Sagar is a sacred pond located on the bank of Ganesh Mandir, built in 2022 in front of Ram Mandir. It is also as holy as Ganga Sagar.
It is believed that the goddess Shiva gave King Janak a bow during Treta Yuga. Even in KaliYuga, the weapon is still safe in this place. So, according to the beliefs, bathing in this pond frees a person from all sorts of problems.

Anurag Sagar at Jankapur Dham tour: Anurag Sagar, also known as Argaja Pokhari, lies on the north side of Janaki mandir, near the Vibah Mandap. It is a belief Sita Mata used to bathe with their sisters in this pond. It is said that one can get rid of skin disease
after taking a bath in this river.

Ratna Sagar at Jankapur Dham tour: This pond lies on the northeast side of Ramamand Chowk. A 25 min walking distance from the Janaki Mandir. This pond has its values and religious importance. During King Janak’s regime, he stored jewels, gold, and ornaments in this river.

Maharaj Sagar at Jankapur Dham tour: This pond lies 250 meters from the Janaki Mandir. It is believed that Lord Shiva’s devotee, Parshuram Bhagwan, took a bath in this pond. This pond is also known as Dasarath Sagar. Lord Rama’s father, King Dasarath, lives on the bank of this river, which is why it is also called Maharaj Sagar.

Nocha Pokhari at Jankapur Dham tour: Nocha is one of the most decorated places in Janakpur. This site is worth visiting for sightseeing, picnics, and other events. It is an enormous pond in the Janakpur region.

From the beginning, Janakpur has contributed a lot to the vivid culture of Mithila and Nepal. It is one of the famous tourist sites. It takes 40 min to get to E-Rikshaw from Janaki Mandir. This place is near the Parliament House of Province No.2. Traditional Dances, Folk, and Festivals of Janakpur and Mithila Region.

A Pound and holy bayam tree in Janakpur dham tour
A Pound and holy Bayam tree in Janakpur Dham

Jhi-Jhiya at Jankapur Dham tour:  A Jhi-Jhiya (6th day of the Lunar fortnight in Kartik) is a most auspicious traditional dance festival of Janakpur and the Mithila region. This dance festival is worth watching. It is celebrated every year in September/October. The dance festival is performed from Ghatasthapna to Kojagrat Purnima.

Sama Chekwa at Jankapur Dham tour: Sama Chakewa is a Hindu festival celebrated in Janakpur and parts of the Mithila region in India. It is the festival of love and sacrifice that Chakewa shows to his sister, Sama.
Through this festival, women express love and emotion towards their brothers. This Parwa (festival) is celebrated for one week, starting from the night of Maha Puja Chhath.

Vivah Panchami Festival Jankapur Dham tour: Vivah Panchami is the auspicious date dedicated to the Vivah (wedding) of Bhagwaan Ram and Devi Sita. In 2023, Vivah Panchami’s date is December 17.
The Vivah Panchami is often held on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha. During this time, Janakpur and the whole Mithila region are decorated to welcome the Baraat of Shree Ram.

Ghari Puja Jankapur Dham tour: This festival falls mainly in the month of Asadh. The Brahmin, Kayastha, and Yadav castes celebrate it. While celebrating, worshipping deities offer sweets and delicious foods.

Chaurchan Puja Jankapur Dham tour: Chaurchan Puja, or Moon festival, is the unique festival of the Mithila religion. They are primarily celebrated in Terai and the northern part of Bihar. It is a significant festival for married women in Mithila. This festival falls on the Bhadra Shukla Chauthi the next day of Hartalika Teej, a day before Rishi Panchami.
The worshippers celebrate the festival by offering foods and sweets made of flour, rice, and wheat to the rising moon. It is believed that Chaurchan brings good health, wealth, happiness, and prosperity to the family.

Mithila Parikarma Jankapur Dham tour: Mithila Parikarma, or Mithila Madhya Parikarma, is an annual journey festival celebrated in the Mithila region and Janakpur. It is celebrated in the month of Falgun. The parikrama covers a distance of 140 km in a circular path. Parikarma starts from Kachuri and ends in Janaki Mandir. The Parikarma ends a day before the Holi festival. Similarly, you may enjoy the Janakpuri Dham tour at the same time. Still, if you have time, you may go to Muktinath Dham in the Annapurna conservation of Nepal. Muktinath temple is Vishnu temple; many pilgrims travel to Muktinath every year.

Mithila Paintings and Art Jankapur Dham tour: Mithila Paintings are famous worldwide. The origin of Mithila art is related to King Janak, who ordered his craftsmen to build the wall of Janakpur with Mithila art upon Lord Rama’s arrival.

There is a place near Janakpur Dham named Kuwa, where 100 hundreds of women are involved in Mithila Folk & art. When you land your steps in the Mithila region, you’ll discover the paintings on the mud houses of rural homes.

Reaching Janakpur Dham

It is located west of Nepal and is the nearest to India. You can get a direct train from India to Janakpur Dham and explore Janakpur. Similarly, you can travel from Kathmandu to Janakpur by bus and flight to Biratnagar airport and catch a car to Janakpur.

 Janakpur dham tour by train
Janakpur dham tour by train

Final Conclusion And Thoughts Along The Jankapur Dham Tour

For tourists and travelers, September to March is the best time to visit Janakpur. During this time, you will interact with all significant festivals of Janakpur and Nepal: Chaurchan, Dashain, Dipawali, Chhath, JHijhiya, Ghari Puja, Sama Chekwa, Mithila Parikarma, Mithila Holi, and many other festivals in Jankapur Dham tour.

Worth Knowing About Janakpur Dham Tour And Janaki Temple Tour

Month from May to August, the temperature rises to 40-45 degrees
There are regular 8-10 flights in a day from Janakpur Dham to Kathmandu
There is also an evening flight from Janakpur to Kathmandu
There are three weekly flights from Janakpur to Pokhara. The duration of the flight is 45 minutes.

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Dambar Khadka

Dambar Khadka, a passionate adventurer and the founder of Boundless Adventure Nepal, has spent his entire life writing about nature and Nepal's developing tourism business. Dambar's passion with nature and its different cultures began as a child in Nepal's stunning landscapes. He began writing following successful treks and expeditions across Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Dambar Khadka created Boundless Adventure Nepal in 1992 to share the majesty of the Nepal Himalayas with the rest of the planet. As an explorer and writer, he is committed to responsible tourism and cultural connection, allowing readers and adventurers to immerse themselves in Nepal's enchantment through his works.

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