Janakpur city, also known as Janakpurdham, is a centre for religious and cultural tourism, also one of the fastest developing cities of Nepal. The city is located about 225 km (140 mi) south-east of Kathmandu and is currently the third largest city in Terai (after Biratnagar and Birgunj) and the seventh largest in Nepal. Janakpur is located in the Terai, where the climate is humid subtropical.
The centre of Janakpur is dominated by the impressive Janaki Mandir to the north and west of the bazaar.The name Janakpurdham is composed of three words, Janak, Pur and Dham which stands for father, village and renowned place respectively. It is also called “Nau Lakha Mandir” named after the cost of construction, said to be nine lakh rupees.
Other Major Festivals
- Durga Puja (Dasain)
- Mithila Madhya Parikrama
- Vivah panchami
- Ram Nawami are celebrated with great fervor in Janakpurdham.
Janakpurdham is the world’s only city having more than 115 ancient ponds of historical and mythological importance.
The biggest temple of Nepal is visited by pilgrims also to encounter more than 200 sacred ponds in the city for ritual baths. The two most important ponds – Dhanush Sagar and Ganga Sagar, are located close to the city centre. Few people are also attracted by the only railways of Nepal, Janakpur Railway, that continues to operate on its narrow tracks. Another major attraction in Janakpurdham is Janakpur Cigarette Factory, the biggest cigarette factory in Nepal.