Janakpur is one of the major cities of Nepal which has great cultural and religious significance. The historic place ‘Janakpurdham’ was centre of ancient Mithila which is also known as ‘Mithila Nagari’. Birthplace of Goddess Sita where King Janak ruled has it’s own importance to Hindus around the world. But there is much more to this beautiful Southern city of Dhanusha district than just this popular ‘Janaki’ temple. Let’s have a quick look around this holy city.
1 Nepal’s Only Railway That Connects Janakpur To Jaynagar India Is Right Here. This 56 Km Long Railway Is In Very Poor Condition Though.
2 Ganga Sagar; Jewel Of Janakpur
Janakpur is also known as ‘city of ponds’ where it used have 108 ponds. There were also ‘Ram Sagar’ ‘Laxman Sagar’ Bharat, and ‘Shatrughan Sagar’; that means pond on the name of 4 brothers. At present, Ganga Sagar is the most sacred and popular pond in city. It has got huge religious importance. Many pilgrimages take bath here before paying a visit to ‘Janaki’ temple.
3 Janakpur Boasts The Finest Lassi In The Country, So Next Time You Are There, Try It.
4 Mithila Art
It is written in Ramayan that King Janak invited local artists to paint and decorate the town for his daughter’s wedding. This colorful painting later took the form of Maithali art known as ‘Madhubani’ painting.
5 Sports Powerhouse Outside Kathmandu Valley
Janakpur challenged the big Kathmandu clubs in football and cricket once upon a time. Sponsored by Janakpur Cigarette Factory ‘JaChuKali’ was one of the strongest football clubs of the country where stars like Ganesh Thapa, Raju Shakya, Ramraj Singh, Paras Chaudhary played. The club was so dominating that it won many prestigious tournaments such as ‘Tribhuwan Challenge Shield’, ‘Shuvajanmostwa Cup’ , ‘Dhulabari Gold Cup’ ,’Tej Bahadur Amatya Gold Cup’. Similarly ‘Sayaptri Cricket Club’ the number one cricket team of Nepal played its games in ‘Barha Bigha’ in Janakpur which was also sponsored by Janakpur Cigarette Factory. Nepal’s first cricket captain Uttam Karmacharya played for this club.
6 Barha Bigha at present
7 Chhath Puja
Chhath is a big festival in Terai which is celebrated widely in Janakpur. This Hindu festival is dedicated to the Sun and his wife Usha in order to thank them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth.
8 Ramanand Gate, New Face Of Janakpur
9 Rangabhoomi Maidan
This is Tudikhel of Janakpur where different kinds of gatherings and activities take place.
10 Janakpur Is Heart Of ‘Mithila’ Where Maithili Language Is Primarily Spoken. The Language Is Spoken By 12% Population In Nepal Making It Second Most Popular In Country After Nepali.
11 Janakpur Is Connected To Art And Entertainment Since Long Time. ‘Hanuman Talkies’ Is One Very Old Cinema Hall. The City Takes So Much Pride On Janaki That Everything Here Is Connected Around Her. For Eg, this name ‘HANUMAN’ 🙂
12 Vivah Mandap
Another Religious Landmark Of Janakpur ‘Vivah Mandap Mandir’ Where Lord Rama, Prince of Ayodhya Got Married To Daughter Of King Janak ‘Sita’.
13 First President Of Nepal Dr. Ram Baran Yadav Comes From Sapai Bazar, Which Is 8 KM North Of Janakpur.
14 Janakpur Airport (JKR) Has Many Direct Flights To Kathmandu. Flight Duration Is Under 30 Minutes.
15 The City Has Many Budget Hotels, Guest Houses And Lodges For Visitors. Similarly It Has Some High Standard Hotels such as Hotel Manaki, Rama Hotel, Sita Palace, Welcome Hotel, Aanand Hotel etc.
16 Always Under Controversy, Janakpur’s ‘Janaki Medical College’
17 Another Pond ‘Ratna Sagar’ From City Of Ponds
18 Sad Story Of Janakpur Churot Karkhana 🙁
Once a leading tobacco company of Nepal, completely collapsed and closed in 2013. Indeed a very sad story.
19 Janakpur’s Story Will Be Incomplete Without This Picture
And finally this song to all the beautiful people of Janakpur 🙂
‘Ma Janakpur ki chhori, timi janakpur ko chhora
yo premnagar ma chhaina malai milne joda ….. 🙂
Note: Special Thanks To Journalist Binod Pandey