Formerly a subdivision of Muzaffarpur district,
Sitamarhi was inaugurated as a district on December 11, 1972 by the
then Bihar chief minister Late Kedar Pandey. Situated on the
Indo-Nepal border, its population is around 25 lakh. Sitamarhi is
said to be the birthplace of Hindu goddess Sita, also revered as
Janaki. The legend has it that the King of Janakpur (in Nepal, 60 km
from here), ploughed the land here to get rid of a devastating
drought, and it was in the course of the ploughing that he stumbled
upon an earthen pot out of which Sita emerged. Hence, the place came
to be known as Sitamarhi.
Janaki Temple (Sitamarhi
About 1.5-kms off the
Sitamarhi railway station and the bus stand, this temple is
traditionally being considered to be the birthplace of Sita or
Janaki, the daughter of King Janak. This temple, however, seems to
be built about 100years ago.
Janaki Temple (Punaura)
temple is about 5-kms southwest of Sitamarhi.
This is an ancient temple of
Lord Shiva about 3-kms northwest of Sitamarhi. According to myths
the King of Videha on the occasion of Putrayeshti Yajna, founded
An age-old banyan tree still
stands here about 8-kms northeast of Sitamarhi. It is said that when
Sita left Janakpur in a palanquin for Ayodhya after her marriage to
Shri Ram, she was given rest for a while under this very banyan
There is a famous temple of
Lord Shiva at Pupri village, which is popularly known as Baba
Nageshwarnath. It is said that the Lord had appeared here Himself.
This is a Muslim pilgrimage,
some 26-kms from the Sitamarhi town. The place is treated to be very
sacred after Bihar Sharif and Phulwari Sharif.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
One can visit the famous Janaki, Shiva and Parvati temples at Haleshwar
Sthan, seven km from Sitamarhi, the district HQ town. Devotees as well as
tourists visit these temples and the latter go on to see the famous Janakpur
Dham in Nepal. The two cattle fairs – one on Navami during Navaratra in
September-October and the other on `Vivah Panchami' in the winter – are held
annually and attract thousands of visitors.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest airports: Janakpur Dham, 60 km north; Patna, 150 km
Sitamarhi is situated 60 km north of Muzaffarpur and 70 km away from
Darbhanga. It is well connected with road and is also on the railway map.
WHERE TO STAY
Quite a few budget hotels are around. They include
Hotel Sitayan, Phone: 250605
Hotel Kishore, Phone; 253288
Hotel Raj Kumar, Phone: 250347
In Emergency, Contact District Magistrate: 250515 (Res),
Superintendent of Police: 250421 (Res), 250526 (Off)
In Case of Medical Emergencies, Contact
Dr R A Sharma: 250499
Dr Sita Ram Singh: 251330
Dr Sanjay Singh: 254700
Dr Renu Chatterjee: 254650
BEST TIME TO VISIT
October to March