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Things To Do In Sitamarhi
The place Sitamarhi is associated with Ramayana. It is believed that Sita, the queen of Raja Ram was born here. Actually as per the epic Ramayana, she was found in the furrow of a farm in Sitamarhi by the reigning King Janak who thereafter adopted her. Today Sitamarhi is all lit up during Ram Navami celebrations. There are a few things to do in Sitamarhi and after you have done those you could pay a visit to Patna which is a little over 120km from Sitamarhi and that place being the capital, will give you many places to see.
The Attractions of Bairagania
Bairagania, located around 32 km from Sitamarhi is actually very near to Motihari, the place where Gandhiji was incarcerated in 1917. Among the various places to see there is Shiva’s temple which is located at the village that is called Areraj. There are two famed Ashoka’s edicts. While one of these edicts is at Ramgarhwa the other edict is located at Lauria Areraj. These edicts are priceless. You must try and see both of these.
Panth Pakar Where Sita left her Mark
Sitamarhi is a place in and around which there are several sites linked with either Sita or her family members. One such case is that of Panth Pakar where it is said that Sita stopped under a banyan tree and took some rest before she set course for Ayodhya where she was to go after her wedding functions had been completed. Located some 8km from Sitamarhi Panth Pakar has now become a full -fledged tourist spot.
Sita Temple where Sita was Found
Once again the Sita Temple in Sitamarhi is a popular place for visitors to head for as the belief is that Sita as a baby was found here in the furrow of a farmland nearby. It is understood that the temple was constructed only around a hundred years ago. In the temple you will find the statues of the two brothers Ram and Laxman besides Sita of course. Janaki Kund, a water body close by is said to have been used by Raja Janaki to bathe Sita after he accidentally found baby Sita and adopted her.
Pray to Lord Shiva at Pupri
Pupri in Bihar is yet another place close to Sitamarhi where one could pay a visit to the famed Baba Nageshwarnath Temple, the temple of Lord Shiva. Folklore has it that the Lord paid a visit to the earth at this place in order to meet the requirement of his disciple. The temple is therefore a great attraction for Shiva disciples especially during the auspicious occasion of Shivaratri. Do try to visit the temple on such an occasion.
Visit Hanuman Mandir during Ram Navami
True disciples of Lord Rama can never pass up an offer to visit a Hanuman Mandir. Well, Sitamarhi has one such temple that you can visit with your family and friends. What makes this temple special is that it is maintained very well, attracts a number of devotees and yet it is clean and serene. One can meditate here for hours. It would be a good idea to visit the temple during Ram Navami when surely the most favoured disciple of Lord Ram will never be ignored.
Visit Haleshwar Sthan Temple
It is believed that Haleshwar Sthan, the temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva was founded on the auspicious occasion of Putra Yeshti Yagya by one of the most popular kings, King Videha. Soon Haleshwar Sthan became a popular temple for all Hindus who come for a visit from far off places. A visit to this beautiful temple is recommended to all visitors to Sitamarhi and its nearby places.
Offer Prayer at Vaishnav Devi Mandir
People have heard of Mata Vaishnav Devi Mandir in J&K but down in Sitamarhi there is a Mata Vaishnav Devi Mandir that is located on a road known as Thana Road and it is this temple that is among the important centres for Hindus in and around Sitamarhi. This temple is not an old one. It was established only around 25 years back. Visitors admire the beauty of the idol of the Mata which is actually the sole reason for the temple drawing huge crowds. The crowd increases during Chaitra and Sharadiya Navaratri.
Make a Day’s Trip to Patna
If you find that you have energy left after you have seen the sights at Sitamarhi you may like to take a trip to Patna which is just about 120km from Sitamarhi. There is lots to do in Patna. You could visit the Museum and the Buddha Smriti Park. Gandhi Maidan will remind you off our struggle for freedom while at the Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan you could be among prize animals. Patna will keep you entertained for more than one day if you like.