Janaki Temple, one of the most famous temples of Terai region, is situated in Janakpur. It is easy to reach there as it is linked with Kathmandu by both air and land routes.
The temple, built in 1911 AD. by Vrisha Bhanu Kumari, the queen of Tikamagadha, is consecrated to Janaki one of the many names of SIta (the consort of Ram). She is called Janaki because she is the daughter of Janaka. The king of Janakpur in ancient time. In time immemorial his palace stood and the place and its name is derivated from the name of the king.
The temple is made of marble and the image inside is are also made of the same material. In addition to the religious value, the temple and the images are highly appreciated for their artistic merit. The place is important also because many other temples, ponds and other things considered to be related with Ramayana can be seen here. The temples and holy places like Rama Mandira, Vivaha Mandapa, Devi Mandir and Ganga Sagara are believed to have some kinds of relationships with many of the crucial events of Ramayana.
Varaha Kshetra, one of the most famous places of pilgrimage of the Eastern Region, is located around six kilometers distance from Dharan about one hour drive from Dharan and pleasant walk amidst the beautiful scenery takes one to this famous place called Varaha Kshetra located at the confluence of Saptakoshi river and Koka river. One of the best places to visit in Terai region
Ancient religious scriptures of the Hindu religion, Vedas and Puranas also explain about the significance of the place. The place is consecrated to Varaha, the third of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The Vedas state that Lord Vishnu took the form of Varha (boar) and emerged in the place to save the world from deluge. The vicinity of Varaha Kshetra contains a bunch of temples, small and big and a Dharmasala on the left side of the main entrance and the rest house stands on the right side.
The inscriptions found in the premises state that the temple was restored once in 1783 AD, and once in 1934 after the disastrous earthquake of 1934 AD.
Hundreds of Pilgrims from different parts of the country and other countries come to the place and the devotees can be counted in thousands during some special occasions like Varah Kshetra Mela.
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This Article and upcoming posts are extracted from the book, TOURIST INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1997. by my Late Father Journalist, Sociologist & Anthropologists, Er. Ramesh Chandra Bandhu Bhattarai.