The Janaki Mandir, located in Janakpur Dham is one of the best example of Mughal Structure.
Built by Queen Vrisa Bhanu Kumari of Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh, India) in 1911 AD (1854 BS), Janaki Mandir is one of the finest piece of architecture. Locally the temple is also known as ‘Nau Lakha Mandir’ because of the cost incurred in the construction which is 900,000 (Nine Hundred Thousand).
The temple is a three storey building consisting of 60 rooms, spread in the area of 4860 square feet. The height is found to be 50 meter. The temple consists of idol of Sita (wife of Lord Rama) which is believed to be found in Saryug River near Ayodhya, the kingdom of Lord Rama.
According to myth, Sita appeared in King Janak’s dream and stated about the idol in the Saryug river which he could get while having bath. On the next day while king Janak was having his bath, the dream comes to be true and he gets the idol. The same idol is supposed to be in the Janaki Temple.
The Temple is visited by hundred of thousands of devotees every year, especially during December which marks the marriage anniversary of Lord Rama and Sita, popularly known as ‘VIVAH PANCHAMI’.
At the back of mandir (Temple) complex lies a small museum which represents the Mithila culture and several other ancient monuments providing information about Lord Rama and Sita.