Visiting Places

SITAMARHI - This is the place where Sita was born, the main character of the epic Ramayana. The town is situated along the border of Nepal. Sitamarhi is a sacred place in Hindu mythology. Its history goes back to Treta Yug. Sita, the wife of Lord Rama sprang to life out of an earthern pot, when Raja Janak was ploughing the field somewhere near Sitamarhi to impress upon Lord Indra for rain. It is said that Raja Janak excavated a tank at the place where Sita emerged and after her marriage set up the stone figures of Rama, Sita and Lakshman to mark the site. This tank is known as Janaki-kund and is south of the Janaki Mandir.
In course of time, the land lapsed into a jungle until about 500 years ago, when a Hindu ascetic, named Birbal Das came to know the site by divine inspiration. He came down from Ayodhya and cleared the jungle. He found the images set up by Raja Janak, built a temple over there and commenced the worship of Janaki or Sita. The Janaki Mandir is apparently modern and is about 100 years old only. The town however contains no relics of archaeological interest.

 Tourist Places, Religious Places and it’s Importance


  • Janaki Temple, Sitamarhi
    About 1.5 Kms from the railway station and the bus stand, this is the birth place of Sita. Janaki-Kund is south of the temple.
  • Janaki Temple, Punaura
    This is about 5 Kms. west of Sitamarhi. This place claims the honour of being the birth place of Sita.
  • Deokuli (or Dhekuli)
    It is 19 Kms. west of Sitamarhi town. An ancient Shiva Temple is situated here. A big fair takes place every year on the eve of Shivaratri. Legends have it that Draupadi, the wife of five Pandavas was born here. Now it lies in the Sheohar district, carved out of Sitamarhi in 1994.
  • Haleshwar Sthan
    This is 3 Kms. noth-west of Sitamarhi. As the myth goes, the king Videha had founded a temple of Lord shiva on the occasion of Putra Yeshti Yajna. His temple was named as the Haleshwarnath temple.
  • Panth-Pakar
    It is 8 Kms. north-east of Sitamarhi. It is said that after her marriage, Sita was carried in a palanquin to Ayodhya by this route. An old Banyan tree is still standing here under which she is said to have rested for a while.
  • Bodhayan-Sar
    This is the sacred place where Maharishi Bodhaya had written number of epics. The great sanskrit Grammarian Panini was one of his disciples. The renowned saint Deoraha Baba laid the foundation of a Bodhayan temple here some 37 years ago.
  • Baghi Math
    Some 7 Kms. north-west of Sitamarhi, in Baghi village, there is a big Hindu monastery which contains 108 rooms. This is a famous place for worship and performing Yajna.
  • Pupri
    There is a famous Baba Nageshwarnath (Lord Shiva) temple here. It is said that Lord Shiva had himself appeared as Nageshwar nath Mahadeo.
  • Goraul Sharif
    It is situated some 26 Kms. from Sitamarhi town. This is a very sacred place for Muslims, after Biharsharif and Phulwarisharif in Bihar.
  • Shukeshwar Sthan
    It is situated 26 Kms. north-west of Sitamarhi. This was the worship place of Sukhadev Muni, the great saint. A big and ancient temple, dedicated to Shukeshwarnath (Lord Shiva) still exists here
  • Sabhagachhi Sasaula
    It is 20 Kms. west of Sitamarhi. This is a sacred place where Maithil Brahmins gather every year and hold matrimonial negotiations on a large scale, which finally leads to marriages. This is a symbol of the ancient culture of Mithila.


 How to Reach Sitamarhi

 Sitamarhi is a station on the Samastipur-Darbhanga-Raxaul (metre gauze) line of the North-East Railway. Buses ply from Muzaffarpur to Sitamarhi, a 64 km journey by two hours. Buses run from Tata, Patna and other parts of the State also to Sitamarhi. 2 km from the bus stand is the temple of Janaki where Rama, Sita ami Lakshmana are established. Beside the temple is a spring. It is said that the Kingdom of Rajarshi Janaka spread from Janakpurdham (Nepal) to Baidyanathdam.



 The city is centre of the ancient Maithili culture with its own language and script. Janakpur also is the birthplace of Sita Devi and it is the site of her wedding with Rama. King Janak is supposed to have found baby Sita in a furrow of a field; he took the child home and raised it. When she was a young lady the king announced that she should be wed by whoever is able to string the divine bow of Shiva. That was no other than Rama, a prince from Ayodhya. Thus, Janakpur is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. The centre of Janakpur is dominated by the impressive Janaki Mandir to the north and west of the bazaar. This temple was built in 1911 and is in many aspects reminiscent of islamic architecture. It is also called "Nau Lakha Mandir"; it is the biggest temple in Nepal. Janakpur is also renowned for the numerous sacred ponds meant for ritual baths (sagar) all over the city. The 2 most important ones are close to the centre: Dhanush Sagar and Ganga Sagar.


How to reach Janakpur One can travel by bus upto Bitha Morh, which is situated on Indian border and next to Janakpur in Nepal.
Two narrow-gauge lines end at Janakpur, one going east to Jaynagar, just over the Indian border, and the other northwest to Bijalpura. Both train lines are about 30km long.