Ram Janaki Temple

Nepal
Date of Submission: 30/01/2008
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(vi)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Department of Archaeology
State, Province or Region:
Dhanusa District, Janakpur Zone, Central Nepal
Coordinates: N26 43 49 E85 55 32
Ref.: 5261

Description

According to Vedic literature, the present Ram Janaki Temple in Janakpur is located at the birthplace of Goddess Sita, consort of Lord Rama. As mentioned in the great epic of the Ramayana, the area belonged to the realms of King Janak. The Ram Janaki Temple is one of the most holy places for Hindus.  Various vestiges of the 11th and 12th Century AD can be found. The temple architecture is of a much later period, however its style is unique; a blend of classical and neo-classical design with elements of fortification within a unique environmental setting.

Statements of authenticity and/or integrity

The religious significance of the Ram Janaki Temple provides for it constant upkeep and maintenance. The monument remains a site for pilgrimage. There are various areas that are potential archeological sites, though these have not been excavated.

Comparison with other similar properties

The Ram Janaki Temple is a religious site and therefore in this respect can be compared to numerous similar sites such as Lumbini World Heritage Site and Pashupati Monument Zone of Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site. The tangible character of the proposed site is however unique.