There Is More To Mithila Nagari ‘Janakpur’ Than Just Janaki Temple. In 19 Pictures


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.

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Janakpurdham Railway Station

 

 

From Janakpur to Jay Nagar India

From Janakpur to Jay Nagar India

 

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.

Ganga Sagar, the heart of Janakpur (Photo wikimedia)

Ganga Sagar, the heart of Janakpur (Photo wikimedia)

 

3 Janakpur Boasts The Finest Lassi In The Country, So Next Time You Are There, Try It.

Best Lassi of Nepal is found in Janakpur (Photo steppingoutofbabylon.com)

Best Lassi of Nepal is found in Janakpur (Photo steppingoutofbabylon.com)

 

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.

Madhubani painting (Photo The Kathmandu Post)

Madhubani painting (Photo The Kathmandu Post)

 

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.

Janakapur was one big name Nepal's domestic football and cricket where it was dominated by Kathmandu based clubs. This is just a representative picture of Nepal vs Malaysia football match where Ganesh Thapa, Mani Shah and Umesh Pradhan can be seen (Photo Mani Shah Facebook)

Janakapur was one big name Nepal’s domestic football and cricket where it was dominated by Kathmandu based clubs. This is just a representative picture of Nepal vs Malaysia football match where Ganesh Thapa, Mani Shah and Umesh Pradhan can be seen (Photo Mani Shah Facebook)

 

6 Barha Bigha at present

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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.

Chhath Puja celebration (Phoo wikipedia)

Chhath Puja celebration (Phoo wikipedia)

 

8 Ramanand Gate, New Face Of Janakpur

Ramanand Gate has been new face of Janakpur (Photo: photomantra)

Ramanand Gate has been new face of Janakpur (Photo: photomantra)

 

9 Rangabhoomi Maidan

This is Tudikhel of Janakpur where different kinds of gatherings and activities take place.

Janakpur's open space where many activities take place (Photo Facebook)

Janakpur’s open space where many activities take place (Photo Facebook)

 

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.

Languages in Nepal (Photo creativenepal.co.uk)

Languages in Nepal (Photo creativenepal.co.uk)

 

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’ 🙂

Hanuman Talkies (Photo: Sachin Gaurav)

Hanuman Talkies (Photo: Sachin Gaurav)

 

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’.

Vivah Mandap

Vivah Mandap

 

13 First President Of Nepal Dr. Ram Baran Yadav Comes From Sapai Bazar, Which Is 8 KM North Of Janakpur.

First President Of Nepal (Photo myrepublica)

First President Of Nepal (Photo myrepublica)

 

14 Janakpur Airport (JKR) Has Many Direct Flights To Kathmandu. Flight Duration Is Under 30 Minutes.

Janakpur Airport (Photo http://nepaldomesticflights.com)

Janakpur Airport (Photo http://nepaldomesticflights.com)

 

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.

Hotel Sita Palace (Photo anilblonnepal.wordpress.com)

Hotel Sita Palace (Photo anilblonnepal.wordpress.com)

 

16 Always Under Controversy, Janakpur’s  ‘Janaki Medical College’ 

Janaki Medical College

Janaki Medical College

 

17 Another Pond ‘Ratna Sagar’ From City Of Ponds

Ratna Sagar Janakpur (Photo wikiwant)

Ratna Sagar Janakpur (Photo wikiwand)

 

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.

Janakpur Churot Karkhana Limited

Janakpur Churot Karkhana Limited

 

19 Janakpur’s Story Will Be Incomplete Without This Picture

Famous Janaki Temple (Photo Yatriyo.com)

Famous Janaki Temple (Photo Yatriyo.com)

 

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 

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