Janaki Mandir Janakpur – How to Get there

Janaki mandir

The most significant Temple in Nepal is Janaki Mandir, also known as Janakpur Dham, Ram Janaki Temple, or Sita Mandir. In the Janakpur district, Ram Janaki Mandir has been the center of attraction for all. This is where goddess Sita was born, so this Temple is a more religiously important monument and heritage.

Ram Janaki temple is also famous as the place where lord ram married goddess Sita. People who believe in science should visit this Temple. The queen builds the Ram Janaki temple with the unique old Hindu Koiri architecture with brilliant white faces.

This Janaki Mandir temple has three stories made with stones and marble. There are 60 rooms inside the Temple, which are decorated with Nepal flags, engravings, paintings, and lattice windows. The Temple will be crowded with people on auspicious occasions and festival-like Vivaha Panchami, Dashain Ram Navami, and Diwali.

During these festivals, the Temple is full of light. People from countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India come to worship the goddess. The great queen of Tikamgarh, Vrisha Bhanu, built the Janaki temple in 1910 A.D. People used to call the Ram Janaki temple Nau Lakha Mandir.

Janaki Mandir structure

Janaki Mandir is the biggest Temple in Nepal, with a 4,860-square-foot area. The most interesting fact about the Janaki temple is that it teaches us religious tolerance, as a Mosque is inside the temple premises. People say that while constructing this Temple, the laborers built a mosque for them.

There is the purity of the most incredible marriage of all time, Ram and Sita. Ram Janaki Mandir has many sites and a well-known history. The traditional arts and sculptures of this Temple reflect the Mithila Chitrakala. This Temple reflects Nepali art and culture.

The unique art and culture represent uniqueness and positive energy. All the stories in the Temple, including Ram Sita’s marriage and Raja Janak’s stories, have been shown in status. These statuses reflect the proper art of Nepal. If you visit Ram Janaki Mandir any day, you must visit the museum inside the Temple. The stuff that Raja Janak and Sita used in her childhood included the childhood clothes of goodness, Sita. There are places near this Temple where Ram and Sita got married.

There is a holy day called Sita Vivaha in Hindu culture, which is when Sita got married to Ram; this day is very encouraging and is celebrated massively. During festivals, people decorate the Temple with lights and flowers, making it even more beautiful. This Temple is an essential part of Nepalese culture, both in art and religion. The entire Janakpur is very important and worth visiting. There are more than 52 lakes in Janakpur, each with historical importance and story.

Dhanush Sagar, Ganga Sagar, and Parashurama Kunda are famous lakes you must visit. During the festival of Chhath, these lakes are the essential elements of their puja. Janakpur has the authentic and traditional art and culture in Nepal.

Why is Janaki Mandir called Nau Lakha Mandir?

Another name for Janaki Mandir is “Nau lakh” Temple, meaning “Nine lakhs.” The construction cost of this Temple was approximately Nine Lakh rupees. Earlier, Janaki Mandir was the only Temple with a high construction cost. Therefore, people began to call this Temple Nau Lakha Mandir. This Temple combines Hindu architecture with a blend of Nepali Mughal architecture.


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    How to Get to Janakpur?

    Janakpur is located in the Dhanusha district of the Janakpur zone. It is about 390 kilometers from Kathmandu and takes about 10 hours to drive. The ride from Kathmandu to Janakpur was terrific, with mesmerizing views of the landscapes. If you are uncomfortable taking the ride, you can reach Janakpur from Kathmandu by flight of 20-30 minutes.

    History of Janaki Mandir

    According to the holy Ramayana, King Janak named Mithila kingdom his name. Once in his kingdom, a man found a baby girl in the field and reported it to the king. King Janak adopted a girl named Sita and raised her. He loved her, so many people started calling her Janaki as she was close to King Janak’s heart. When Sita turned 16, King Janak decided to marry her and announced a Swyambar.

    King Janak also said whoever could string Shiva’s bow (impossible to string) would marry her. Several kings tried but could not string the bow, but the prince of Ayodhya, lord Ram, was successful. He strings the bow he matched to Sita. Therefore, to remember the holy relation of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita Janakpur, Dham is where Sita was born.

     People of Janakpur

    Janakpur is filled with people of different ethnic and cultural groups. Kayastha, Yadavs, Tharu, Teli, Brahmins, Chhetris, Musahar, and Rajputs live in the Janakpur area. People say that Janakpur is the center of Mithila culture. Almost everyone follows Mithila culture, which is why Maithili art is famous in Nepal. The people of Janakpur value and respect their culture very much.

    Essential places that you can visit on this tour

    • Vivaha Mandap

    This is where Ram and Sita got married. Most married couples visit the Vivaha temple to pay homage to goddess Sita and make their marriage as pure as Ram and Sita. Vivaha Panchami is the day of their marriage, so every year, people from the entire country visit Vivaha Mandap.

    Vivaha Panchami falls on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu calendar, which is the waxing phase of the moon in December. This Temple shows the epitome of the purity and elegance of the marriage of Ram and Sita. The structure of this Temple is beautiful, with the study pillars, stunning domes, and marble all around.

    The status of the people present in the marriage is in the center of the Manda. On the side is the statue of the parents of Ram and Sita. On the other side, there is the status of the pedestal. In the middle stage is the statue of Ram and Sita getting married. People have covered these statues with beautiful clothes. Watching these idols in Vivaha Mandap will give you the sense of an ancient royal wedding. Devotees come here to worship the couple and offer their prayers.

    • Gangasagar

    Ganga Sagar is a famous holy pond situated near Ram Mandir. The people of Janakpur consider this lake very scary. This lake is significant in Janakpur, along with Dhanush Sagar. Gangasagar pond looks magical at night time. People visit Gangasagar during the chat festival. You can enjoy this lake with a brilliant boat ride. Near this pond is their 70-year-old library, where locals come to read the newspaper and enjoy the silence of the lake.

    • Swargdwar

    Swarga Dwar is a beautiful place on the west bank of Gangasagar. In Nepali, “Swarga” means heaven, and “Dwar” means gate. Therefore, the people of Janakpur Valley consider this place as the way to a haven for the dead people. Swargdwa used to be a cemetery but now has chas to a park with beautiful flowers.

    • Dhanush Dham

    Dhanush Dham is another incredible place in Janakpur. This is where lord ram picked and broke the “Shiva Dhanush.” The pieces of that bow are in the magical form of the ground. The locals say that the stains of the broken Dhanush have been increasing with time. There is the old dree inside the Temple. Local people of Janakpur believe that the tree is years old. Dhanush Dham is 18 km away from Janakpur. It takes an hour to reach here from the main Janaki Mandir.


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      • Ram Mandir

      Lord Ram is famous for his kindness and respectful behavior towards everyone. Therefore, along with Janaki Mandir, there is Ram Mandir in Janakpur. Ram Mandir is a 10-minute walk away from Janaki Mandir. It is on the opposite side of Ganga Sagar. In this Temple, there is an idol of Lord Ram and his brother.

      People from around Nepal visit Ram Mandir on Ram Navami, which is mainly crowded today. When lord Ram Navami was born, devotees Singh Bhajan’s cel celebrated Ram Navami. On Vivaha Panchami, pries perform marriage rituals from Ram Mandir to Janaki Mandir.

      • During Dashain and Tihar, locals of Janakpur decorate these temples lavishly.

      People used to sacrifice thousands of goats on the day of Maha Ashtami in the name of god. However, people have stopped doing this tradition for a few years now. According to the locals, devotees worship during the daytime, whereas the Temple reveals its beauty at night.

      • Nari Bikash Kendra

      The women’s development center is another essential place you should visit. This is a non-profit organization that supports women. It has played a significant role in developing women’s voices in Janakpur. Women’s development centers develop women’s skills and make them capable of earning their own lives. They have also encouraged Mithila culture and arts. This organization provides Mithila paintings, paper art, sewing, ceramics, and screen printing skills to the women.

      Here are some of the critical information for the Janaki Mandir’s visit

      • Accommodation during the Janakpur Tour

      According to your trekking itinerary, you will stay in Kathmandu for the first night of your tour. Then, on the second morning, you will drive to Janakpur. You will have a 2-night stay here, so you can stay at the resort or hotel you wish according to your comfort and budget.

      • Meal during the Shree Ram Janaki Mandir  Tour

      Food is the best part of visiting new places, along with national Daal, Bhat, Tarkari, and Dido. The most famous food of Janakpur is street food like Bhaaja, Latti, Lassi, and Gear. This food is delicious and affordable. In addition to these refreshments, drinks like tea, coffee, hot lemon, and soft drinks are readily available in Janakpur streets.

      • Safety Measure

      You know your health better than anyone else does, so if you are not comfortable with transportation on the way, you will have to keep medicines for problems like headaches and vomiting. If you have significant health issues, tell your guide.

      • Freedom of panorama

      The journey from Kathmandu to Janakpur Mandir is a road trip that will allow you to take marvelous pictures of vehicles. You can also roam around Kathmandu solo for the best view. Chandragiri, Swyambhunath, and Pasuatinath are significant places to get great views on this trek.


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        • Level of luxury (services) During the Shree Ram Janaki Mandir Tour

        Luxury will be a choice only if you can pay. You can get luxurious hotels from luxurious vehicle services on this trek. On this trek, you can get comfortable vehicle seats, better accommodations, great food, and other facilities.

        • Humble attitude and gesture

        You will have to be humble and show food gestures to people instead. You should talk and interact with the locals kindly. Being rude will not help you on this travel to Janaki Mandir. Talking to locals will make your trek more fruitful and allow you to know about different places.

        • Conclusion

        Generally, the Janaki mandir temple tour is two nights and three days, but you can extend your vest to Janakpur. On this tour, along with Ram Janaki temple, you will learn about Maithili and Tharu culture. Your trek starts from Kathmandu and moves to Janakpur to visit Janaki temple and end the trek again in Kathmandu. We, the team of Above the Himalayas, will try to make your tour more comfortable and enjoyable. Ram Janaki is a fun and short tour that will refresh you.

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