Friday, September 26, 2008

Janaki Mandir-NEPAL

Janaki Mandir (Nepali: जानकी मन्दिर) is a Hindu temple which is at the heart of Janakpur, Nepal. It is dedicated to goddess Sita.

It is an example of 'Hindu-Rajput' architecture. This is considered as the most important model of the Rajput architecture in Nepal.


The Janaki Mandir was built by Queen Brisabhanu Kunwar of Tikamgarh from central India in AD 1911, at a cost of Rupees 900,000. In local parlance, the temple is also called Nau Lakha Mandir or Temple of Nine Lac Rupees.

Janki Mandir, Janakpur Dham(Nepal)
Inside the Janki Mandir, Janakpur Dham(Nepal)In 1657, a golden statue of the Goddess Sita was found at the very spot, and Sita is also said to have lived there. The legend had it that it was built on the holy site where Sannyasi Shurkishordas had found the images of Goddess Sita. In fact, Shurkishordas was the founder of modern Janakpur and the great saint and poet who preached about the Sita Upasana (also called Sita Upanishad) philosophy. Legend has it that King Janak performed the worship of 'Shiva-Dhanus' on this very site. This temple has preserved the broken idol of King Janak and other beautiful idols

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