Sitamarhi, with its matchless beauty and great religious association, claims to be one of the major tourist attractions of Bihar. The location of the city, on the western bank of the Lakhandai River - in the fertile Middle Ganges Plain of Bihar, gives it a picturesque stance. The city derives its importance from the fact that it is associated with Hindu mythology. Sita, wife of Lord Rama, is said to have emerged from an earthen pot somewhere in Sitamarhi. It is after this incident that the city got its name. Sitamarhi also boasts of a major Muslim pilgrimage site - Goraul Sharif. The city still conjures up images of its glorious past, in the form of the ancient temples and mosques. These places serve as the travelers delight and add up to some of the prominent tourist attractions of Bihar. Let us know more about the places to see in Sitamarhi.
Janaki Temple (Sitamarhi)
Janaki Temple is a highly respected shrine located in Sitamarhi, near bus station. The temple is devoted to Sita and along with Sita Devi, Lord Ram and Lakshman are also worshipped here. It was built approximately 100 years ago and is adorned by a spring located next to it.
Janaki Temple (Punaura)
Janaki Temple of Punaura) is situated at a distance of about 5-km to the southwest of Sitamarhi. Dedicated to Goddess Sita, it is one of the must-visit places on a trip to Sitamrahi.
Haleshwar Asthan is an example the magnificent ancient architecture of India. An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is located about 3-km to the northwest of Sitamarhi. According to local myths, the King of Videha founded this temple during Putrayeshti Yajna.
Panth Pakar is age-old banyan tree that stands about 8-km to the northeast of Sitamarhi. The connection of this banyan tree with the Gods has given it a place of prominence in the glorious chapter of Hindu Mythology. It is said that Sita left Janakpur for Ayodhya, after her marriage to Shri Ram, in a palanquin. On her way, she rested for a while under this very banyan tree.
The village of Pupri is home to a very famous temple of Lord Shiva, which is popularly known as Baba Nageshwarnath. It is said that the Lord had appeared here Himself.
Goraul Sharif is a Muslim pilgrimage places, situated some 26 km away from the Sitamarhi town. The place is treated only second in reverence to Bihar Sharif and Phulwari Sharif.