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A city in Nepal, just inside the border with India, said to be the site of the ancient city of Mithilā. Identified as the birthplace of Sītā, and the city in which she was married to Rāma, it was effectively founded by the Rāmānandīs in the 18th century, since when it has been a major tīrtha for Vaiṣṇava devotees of the divine couple. A large Jānakī temple was built there at the beginning of the 20th century, and there is an annual festival (known as Vivāha Pañcāmī) in Mārgaśīrṣa (November–December), during which the wedding of the deities is re-enacted.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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