Ram Janaki Temple

Photo by Roman Bruehwiler.

Ram Janaki Temple is part of the Tentative list of Nepal in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Ram Janaki Temple is a Hindu site of pilgrimage, dedicated to the goddess Sita. It has a unique architectural design with a mixed style of Mughal and Koiri domes. The temple was built in the early 20th century at the site where in 1657 a golden statue of the Goddess Sita was found.

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Els Slots

The Netherlands - 24-May-08 -

Ram Janaki Temple (T) by Els Slots

In 2001 I toured around Nepal for a month by public transport. To avoid a 12 hour bus trip I flew from Kathmandu to the southern city of Janakpur. I'll never forget the moment I stepped off that (little) plane: hundreds of poor looking relatives and rickshaw cyclists were eagerly waiting behind a fence, looking at the handful people that were on the plane. A bit like arriving in Calcutta. One of the rickshaw men was able to make eye contact with me, and signed where I had to go to leave the airport and arrive at his rickshaw. He transported me safely to the 'best' hotel in town, where I was the attraction of the day.

The next day I visited the Janaki Mandir: the city's largest Hindu Temple. It's a dazzling sight, a fairy tale like palace in the middle of a dusty and poor town. The size of the building is huge, and the little turrets can be seen from afar. In front of the temple is a large square where locals hang out and meet. I can't remember having been inside the complex, it might be that entrance was/is forbidden to non-Hindus.

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