Janakpur

Also known as Janakpurdham, is the holy site of Hindus and it central temple Janaki Mandir, is a must stop on a Hindu pilgrimage circuit. Janakpur 135 kms from Kathmandu is considered as birthplace of Sita, daughter of King Janak and beloved heroine of Hindu epic Ramayana. This city is small and possesses a strong Indian influence. Almost every day busload of white clad, clapping and singing pilgrims make their stop here for worship. Janaki Mandir is the famous attraction here. This temple is like a conventional Mughal style. Its outer building encloses a courtyard and inner sanctum, where at least twice a day priest draw back a curtain to reveal an intricate silver shrine and perform ritual for attending worshippers. The temple is also a traditional place for boys to undergo the ritual of (the first shaving of the head). Janakpur is bit inconvenient to reach unless you fly directly from Kathmandu.

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