Dhanush Sagar

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Dhanush Sagar is located south of Janakchowk, west of Ganga Sagar, and east of the Ram temple. This pond/sagar is very religious and connected to the events of Ramayana. During the marriage of Ram Sita, the Shiva bow was broken by Ram in three pieces, one piece of it went into a Heaven, the second piece went to Dhanushadham and 3rd piece went to Patal lok (Down to earth). Since one piece of bow went through this place, It is named as Dhanush sagar. According to religious believes this piece is sometimes visible on the lake/sagar. Since it is directly linked to the incident of Ramayana, it has become very important for devotees. Devotees who come to Janak purdham for various religious festivals essentially take a bath or put water on the head.

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Dulha Dulhan Temple

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The temple is also known as Shri Ram Nanda ashram. The idols of Ram and Sita as married couple can be found here, as the bride and groom. It is a magnificent cottage, and the foundations of the cottage were built in BS.1997. The temple was banned for people in Ramanand Chowk of Sita, Ram, Hanuman in Shukla Dwadashi, February 1998, during renovation. Later, construction of this temple was completed in the year BS.2006, the credit goes to Shri Avadh Kumar Das. A little further west south of Ramananda Chowk this mandir stands facing north. Religious festivals are celebrated here. The Bhavri Mandap built in BS. 2039 Marg in the northern part of this Ramanand Ashram, is particularly spectacular.

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Ganga Sagar

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The lake is located south of Shivachowk and east from Dhanusha Sagar. In the late 17th century, Saint Sur Kishor Das came to Janakpurdham and he said about Ganga Sagar being present. From this, it can be said that this pond is one of the oldest. As per Vishnu puran, the lake and Rajarshi Janak’s story are connected. The story says that bathing in the Jestha Shukla Dashami on this lake brings special result. It is mentioned in “Mithila Mahatmaya” and or other religious festivals, when visiting Janakpurdham. Now in the west gate of this lake from 2071, Ganga dasahara, each evening Ganga aarti is ongoing and increasing day by day the number of this kind of religious tourists.

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Janak Temple

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The Janak temple is located on the north-west corner of Dhanush Sagar. This temple is one of Janakpurdham’s ancient temples. The Janak, Sunaina, Sita, Lakshminidhi and other deities are worshipped by visitors. Although the Janak temple is extremely small and it was built by General Amar Singh Thapa in BS. 1839 after the earthquake of BS. 1990. It was re-built in 1994. According to one belief, this statue is not

broken, but the statue stone shape looks like this. It has been worshiped by ancestors. It is believed that the statue of Sita was found in Gangasagar during renovation of pond in 2002. According to religious belief, this is the place where Shiva Dhanush (bow) was kept. Hindu tourists gather here daily.

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Janaki Temple

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The Janaki temple of Janakpurdham is a centre of reverence and faith for the Hindu religious people and the main attraction for tourists. There was a neem tree (Azadirachta indica) in place of the present known temple. At the end of the 17th century, the priest of the Sitaram temple in Lohagarh, central India, Shri Sur Kishore Das had also seen the neem tree when he came to Janakpurdham, the capital of ancient Mithila. These saints described this place of the Janaki temple as the site where the palace of King Janak stood. Mahatma Sur Kishore Das used to worship Sita as his daughter and he said that King Janak was his brothers. When Saint Sri Sur Kishore Das came to this place in the late 17th century, the area was under the kingdom of Makwani king Sen Dynasty. After Sur Kishore Das, his disciple Prayag Das became Mahanta.

King Mani Sen of Makwanpur donated over 1400 bighas (933 Hec.) of land to the temple in 1784, and after the arrival of Tikamgarh king Pratap Singh Jharkhand in India, the place was heard by his queen. They came here for a pilgrimage, at that time there were no descendants of the king and queen. They vowed that if they have child in future the queen will build temple worth Nine Lakh coins (Mudra), then the queen had child and as promised to build a magnificent temple, the queen spent Rs 9 lakhs to build Janaki temple. That is why the Janaki temple is also called Naulakha mandir. This temple in Janakpurdham is 49555 sq. ft. and 50 ft. tall, is one of the most magnificent and huge temples in Nepal. Construction of this temple was completed in 1911 AD. Both the Mughal and Rajasthani-style combined with Sish Mahal and basements of the temple. Religious festivals like Vivaha Panchami, Ramnavami, Jhula, etc. are being celebrated. On these occasions, millions of tourists come to visit from abroad. According to religious tradition, Vivah Panchami is celebrated like the marriage of Ram Janaki’s according Mithila tradition and customs. Many Pandit, saints and philosopher come during procession along with hundreds of thousands of people and increase the importance of Janaki Mandir. 

Janaki Mandir’s sanctorum statue of Ram Janaki is ancient and legendary. The sanctorum of Hanumanji is located in the south east corner of the temple and the idol of Saint Sur Kishore Das, the founder in the east north. Locals, intellectuals complain that the statue of Tikamgarh Kings and queens, the donor who built this magnificent and fascinating Janaki temple, has not been publicly visible.

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Laxman Temple

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Laxman Temple is one of the oldest temples of Janakpurdham. It is located on the north east side corner of the Janaki Temple complex. There are metal idols of Sita, Ram, Laxman and Lava Kush. It is believed that Hanuman suggested Mahatma Mataram to return back to Janakpurdham and establish Laxman temple which will bring harmony. After receiving this order from Hanuman, Mataram came to Janakpurdham and by grace of Hanuman, Mataram found the idol of Laxman and started to worship. Mataram was First Mahanta of Laxman Temple. This temple is built in Shikhar style. Festivals like Vivian Panchami, Ram nawami, Jhula, Anukut, Kojagrat Purnima are celebrated in this temple.

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Rajdevi Temple

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The Raj Devi Mandir is a famous Hindu temple and Shakti Peeth of Middle Nepal. The primary deity is Raj Devi. This temple is a main attraction for Nepali and Indian pilgrims. People are likely to come here in Bada Dashain. Thousands of goats are sacrificed here during Dashain. The temple holds great historical, cultural and religious significance in the local and neighboring areas. The present structure of the temple was reconstructed in 90’s. This temple is known to be the family temple of King Janak, King Kushadhwaja. The Care taker of Raj Devi Mandir is Trust (Guthi Sansthan).

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Ram Mandir

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Ram Temple is the second major temple of Janakpurdham, founded by Sanyasi Chaturbhuj Giri and built in the Pagoda style by General Amar Singh Thapa during Shri Ran Bahadur Shah’s regime in 2039. Within this temple the sanctorum of Ram Panchayat, Laxminarayan and Dashavatar are magnificent. On the north side of the Ram temple is mother Raj Devi temple which is worshiped as goddess of Raja Janak. The idols in the sanctum of this temple were obtained by the Mahatma Chaturbhuj Giri from the “BAR KO GACHI” behind the temple. Hanuman Mandir is in front of Ram Mandir, 18 Shivalingas are placed at north side of this temple. It is also called NAVAGRAHA. 

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Sankat Mochan

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Hanuman is worshiped in the Sankat Mochan temple. This temple was established in year 2000 by Paramhansa Shri Abadh Bihari Das, this temple is on the North West of Rangabhumi. Festivals like Vivian Panchami, Ramnawami, Jhula, Anukut, Kojagrath Purnima are celebrated in this Temple. Every Tuesday and Saturday thousand of devotees go to this temple for blessings. The Ramcharita manas poems are written in all over the wall of temple. The crowd of devotees are present heavily on Tuesday and Saturday. 

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Vivah Mandap

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Shri Ram Janaki Vivah Mandap (wedding spot) is located in the north of Shri Ram Janaki Temple and is another religious place. The earthquake in BS. 1990 damaged the mandap and the construction of new altar began in BS.2026 and was inaugurated

in BS. 2042. There are four Mandap in the four corners of the Garva Mandap. There are marble statues, including Ram Sita, four brothers and their spouses, all of which are called Kohbar in Mithila. The altar is glass protected. In the center of the Garva Griha, beautiful statues of Ram Sita are placed facing east-west. This altar is under supervision of Janaki Mandir trust.

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Barah Bigah

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Rangabhumi in the local language is also called Barha Bigha. This is holy place where Sita got married. It is big in area and these days it has boundary wall all around. It is west of Janaki Mandir, north of Tulsi Sma rak and east of Sankat Mochan. According to the Ramayan, king Janak had big, strong and heavy bow (Shiva Dhanush) which normal person couldn’t move, only Shiva blessed devotee could lift.

One day Sita easily lifted the bow while cleaning the room where bow was kept. When King Janak heard that Sita lifted the bow easily he realized Sita being Devine and special. King Janak vowed to marry his daughter to person who could lift the bow and string. Many king and prince tried but couldn’t move at all. Lord Ram with bless ing of his guru Vishwamitra easily lifted the bow and broke it in to three pieces try ing to string. According to king Janak, Sita and Ram got married in this place and thus this place has great history. On the day of Vivaha Panchami, thousands of pilgrims even today, visit this place.

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Bihar Kund

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There are Kuti, monasteries, and temples all around Bihar Kund. It is believed that Sita with her friends used to bathe in this pond. Special religious festivals are held here like Vivaha Panchami and Ramnavami. In the month of Bhadra, it is the practice of bathing in the pond. Many ancient statues were found during the renovation of this pond. This kunda is in the Northwest corner of Ramananda Chowk. Religious tourists and hermit saints celebrate special religious festivals like Anna kutt at this kunda. Some Shiva temples in the area have historical importance, even some of the myths, along with some new build refined Shiva temples among which Kupeshwarnath Mahadev Temple, Kuwa, etc are very historical.

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Dasrath Mandir

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The Dasharath Maharaja’s marble statue and metal statue of Ram and Sita are worshiped in this Dasharath temple. It is believed that, the statue of Maharaj Dasharath was brought from Jayapur (India), statue of Ram and Sita from Ayodhya. The temple was founded by Banawari Das around BS. 1958. Banawari Das baba was a scholar of the then monk/saint society. This temple is located in the north west of Maharaj Sagar (Dasarath Lake) at Janakpurdham Sub-metropolitan city Ward no – 3. The Vivaha Panchami and Jestha Shukla Dashami celebration is the special attraction. On the day of the Jestha Shukla Dashami, Ram Dola is taken to Maharaj Dasharath temple for Tika/blessing and after spending some time in Ranga Bhumi back to Ram Mandir.

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Dudh Mati Mata's Temple

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Dudhmati Mata’s Temple is in the northern part of the Dudhmati River. It was built by Jameriya Devi on Baishakh Sukla Nawami on Baishak 26, BS 2052. The mythological connection of Dudhmati Temple is with Dudhmati river and Sita.

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Hanuman Durbar

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Hanuman Durbar (temple) is located south from Ramananda Chowk and west of the main pitch road. On BS. 2031, on the occasion of Ram Nawami, a big Yagya was organized here which increases its importance/fame among the pilgrims. This temple was built by Ramchandra Saran of Madhubani Sujatpur in BS 2017. Long ago there was a monkey called Bauwa Hanuman. Dr. Laxmi Narayan Jha brought this monkey and saint Ramsaran worshiped this monkey as Hanuman. Still in the present days people worship this monkey as Hanuman. This was one of the world’s biggest monkey weighing 55 kg.

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Shri Kapileshwornath Temple

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According to religious texts, Janak Dynasty King Shirdwaj had established temples of Charnath (Four Naths) in all four directions of Janakpurdham. This temple is located in Jankpurdham sub-metropolitan city, ward no. 16. This temple has great religious and archeological importance as other Shivalingas of Mithila Janakpurdham. In the Garva Griha(home), Lord Shiva’s Shivling, Basaha, Ganesh, Parvati, Shaligram etc. are included. The statues in the sanctuary of the temple are made of black stones. In this temple, month of Shravan, on Shivratri, a large crowd of devotees are involved in the procession. From a tourist point of view, this place needs to be publicized more.

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Mani Mandap

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The sanctum sanctuary of Ram Sita married is Mani Mandap and this temple lies about 3 km north of the main Janaki temple of Janakpurdham. This place was also known as Rani Bazar. Now this place lies within Janakpurdham sub-metropolitan city. The Saints proved that this is where Rama Sita’s marriage took place. There is the altar (Mandap) to the north of Ram Janaki’s wedding venue. There are some temples in the garden from the altar to the north. This place is of great importance since Ramayana period. The religious festival such as Vivaha Panchami attracts native and foreign tourist Saints and devotees.

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Radha Krishna Temple

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The Radhakrishna temple is located a few miles northwest of Dhanusha Land Revenue Office, southeast of Bisahara Lake in Janakpurdham. This is a grand temple of Radha Krishna. There is a cow and Krishna murti on first floor and Radha Krishna on the second floor. It has been established on 9th May 2011. The current Mahantha of this temple is Ganesh Das, and the first Mahantha was Kamal Das.

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Shree Ratna Sagar Mandir

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Shree Ratna Sagar temple is situated in south of Ratnasagar lake. This temple is famous by the name of the lake. There is Shri Ram Janaki statues along with four statues of Radhakrishna and Hanuman in this temple. This temple was founded by Shri Raghunath Das Ji. He was a saint from the banks of the Ganga. This temple is built in a domed style. Religious festivals such as Vivah Panchami, Rama Navami, Janaki Navami, Jhula, Phagupurnima, Annakutta, Kojagrat Purnima, are celebrated in this temple. The temple is located west from Ramananda Chowk and North West to the Eye hospital.

Nepali style temple. The temple was build in Nepali Shikhar style where small Aakhi Jhyal (windows) were placed. This place is also called Rani Pati since it was founded by Queen (Rani) Ram Kumari Devi. Vivaha Panchami, Ram Navami, Janaki Navami, hula etc. are celebrated here. It is on the north side of Bihar Kunda road.

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Sita Kund

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Sita Kunda is situated west of Rasik Niwas, northwest of Gyankup school. The Satyananda Kuti is situated on the south ridge. According to the religious texts, jagatjanani Janaki used to bathe in Sita Kunda and studied with Satanand Ji Maharaj in this temple.

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Agni Kund

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It is said that the king Janak prayed at this place, hence the nomenclature of this section was also kept in Agnikund. It is very important to bathe for the fulfillment of wishes on the day of Falgun Purnima. There are many lakes in Janakpurdham like Paapmochan, Rukminisar, Bidar Sar and Laxman sar. Due to the lack of cleanness, it is difficult for tourism and for worshiping of Shiva at Janakpurdham and its surrounding. Ram Nandi Baisnav communities have been worshipers of this religion.

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Agraja Pokhari

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The locals call Angaraj Panchayat AAR GAJA also. This lake runs north from the Janaki temple. Religious believes say that Sita was offered to take a bath here during the marriage. The Brahmin deity of Kashi is believed to have been relieved of the disease after bathing in this pond after having Laprosy by Shiva’s curse.

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Yugal Binod Kunj

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In the northern side of Vihar Kund, the Saint Prem Das and his disci ple Ram Das place is called “Yugal Binod Kunj”. Vivah Panchami and Ram Nawami festivals are celebrated there.

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Kupeshwornath Mahadev Mandir

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This Mahadev Temple is one of the oldest Shiva temple in Mithila. The antiquity of this place is connected with the establishment of the Kingdom of Mithila. Built in the year 1996 after the ancient temple was damaged in the 1990 earthquake, this temple is a unique example of a Tirhut style. The temple has an ancient Shiva linga built of black stone. Shiva Ratri and Shrawan month bring a huge crowd all month long.

Mahant Sheetal Giri was given the Kuwa Mauja Birta by the Makwanpur Naresh Jagat Sen in BS. 1995, but the propagation of this temple is needed for the development of tourism. This temple is located in Janakpurdham sub-metropolitan ward no. 12.

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Tirhutiya Gachi

Swarg Dwar

Bhootnath Temple

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Bhootnath mandir is located in the southern part of the Gangasagar. It is also called Swargdwari of Janakpurdham. Shiva Parvati statue, shankha ghanta, Kaal Bhairav mandir is visible in this temple. This temple is 345 ft in length and 125 ft wide.
This place looks like a very beautiful garden with diversity of flowers and trees. This place is also crematorium (samsanghat). There is arrangement of wood and other related items for use in the premises. There is also a place for people attending funeral. On one side, a view of Lord Shiva Parvati’ and Bhoothnath Nath temple and on the other end corpse burnt connects philosophically.

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Mithila Bihari

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Mithila Bihari Mandir is located on the north side of Janakpurdham. This temple is ancient and religious. The first Dola for Madhya Parikrama comes from this temple for 15 days. In the Dola Ram Janki statue, along with saint and mahant travel to Janakpurdham. Mithila Bihari temple is for antiquity and for circulation. The first Dola goes from this temple and it has an important place in Mithila.

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Ganinath Govinda Temple

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On the banks of the Dudhmati river, one kilometer towards Jaleshwor road, Gani Nath Govinda temple is situated. If Krishna Astami Falls on Saturday or on Bhadra Krishna Asthami first Saturday, Gani Nath Jayanti is celebrated here with great importance. Thousands of people visit here during this festival. The temple was established in Bikram Sambat 2030 in Gaanga Dashara by an effort of hundred year old Santa Ram Lochan Sah Kanu. There is also Dudheshwor Nath temple where thousands of people every year on Monday, during month of Shrawn carry Dudhmata holy water and head towards Jaleshwor Nath to worship.

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Sundar Sadan

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On the west side of Janakpurdham, close to parikrama and north of Thulan kunj, Saint Ram Dulari Sharan established Sundar Sadan in 1990 where hulonautsav and Viva Panchami festivals are celebrated.

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Jhulan Kunj

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The Jhulan Kunj is in the north-west part of the Agni Kund which was established by Ballabh Sharma in Bikram Sambat 1805. Ramkripal Saran was the 8th generation Mahanta of the temple who died at the age of 104 on the day of 2045 Ashwin Purnima. Currently, 9th generation Mahanta resides here.

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Ganga Aarati

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At northen west side of Ganga Sagar lake, every evening at 7:00 pm, Ganga Aarati takes place and is one of the major attraction for locals as well as tourists. The proceding of Aarati is held similar to Aaratis held on Haridwar and Varanasi of India.

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Jaleshwornath Shiva Temple

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At northen west side of Ganga Sagar lake, every evening at 7:00 pm, Ganga Aarati takes place and is one of the major attraction for locals as well as tourists. The proceding of Aarati is held similar to Aaratis held on Haridwar and Varanasi of India.

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Sona Mai

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Sona Mai Shaktipeeth, located in Mahottri districts , has been famous for a ghost fair since ancient times. Every year, from Saptami to Vijaya dasami, Ghost fair is held. Thousands of victims and protesters appear to be crowded in this festival. People troubled from ghost come here from Nepal-India’s. It is also believed that by the grace of the Sona Mai people will not have ghost problems. This temple is in Mahottari district.

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Chinna Masta Bhagwati

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Chhinna Masta Bhagwati is near the Indian border, 10 km south of Rajbiraj, the headquarters of Saptari districts. The people sacrifice goat, sheep, pigeons and duck at this temple after fulfilling of individuals wish. It is said that about a 125 years ago the Bhagwati temple of Sakhada was in shape of cave. In Bikram Sambat 2028, the then Indian Railway Minister, Lalit Narayan Mishra had built the temple with three room for Dharmasala. Similarly, in Bikram Sambat 2044, King Birendra Birbikram Shahadev provided assistance of Rs 5 lakh to built a pagoda-style grand temple of Chhinnamastika Bhagawati. According to history, the fifth generation of Nanya Dev dynasty, King Sakrasen came to Saptari to live in exile. At that time, the area was covered with forest and fauna. During the deforestation, he found Bhagwati statue and worshiped as Kuldevi, which was named after him and called Sarkaswori. Since the head of the goddess is beheaded and it is called as Chhinna masta Bhagwati. The devotee’s worship Sakhadeshwari Bhagwati as Shakti Peetha and it is believed that every individual wishes will be fulfilled. Therefore, there is an annual gathering of visitors and devotees from different states of India and different regions of Nepal. From a tourist point of view, this place is considered very important.

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Lok Nayak Salhesh Temple

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The Lok Nayak Salhesh Temple is situated in Siraha and 4 km west from Lahan in the highway. The Salhesh, worshiped as the patriarch (kuldevta) by the Dusadh community, who is a folk god honored by all castes and communities. The religious, archaeological and historical sites around this Janakpurdham area can be explored and attracted for tourism. This is also caste based temple. The gardens are historical places for tourism. On the right side of King Salahesh stands his brother Motiram on horseback, Budheshwar and bodyguard Kabela Kirant on the left. There is a harem tree near Gahabar. Every year, on the 1st of May, the flowers bloom in the middle parts of the tree branches. There it seems to be a delightful view, huge crowd gathers to celebrate this festival.

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Mathihani Matth