Janakpur, a city in Nepal's eastern terai, is a Hindu pilgrimage site with an ancient heritage. God Ram and goddess Sita are said to have been married there, and each year Janakpur celebrates Ramnawami (the birthday of Lord Ram) and Bibah Panchami (the marriage of Sita and Ram). People come to Janakpur from all over the world to see the Janaki Mandir, a temple dedicated to Sita. Janakpur was once the capital of a kingdom called Mithila (whose territory extended into the present day Indian state of Bihar) and it remains today the centre of Maithil culture in Nepal.
Most Maithil people live in small villages, usually with no more than around 100 households. House walls are made from bamboo or thatch, plastered with a mixture of cow dung and mud. The roofs are thatched, sometimes tiled, with most houses having a fenced courtyard constructed with mud and cow dung.
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