The life of Terai people starts wit the smell of the smoking chimney. From the surrounding country side long files of bullock carts full of sugar cane are converging on the mill in trails of brown dust. All around them stretches a patchwork of rice fields, dotted here and there with clumps of bamboo or huge, placid banyan and pipal trees sheltering a few huts with thatched roofs. At the edge of the vast Ganges plain, the alluvial soil is rich and bountiful.
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Janakpur was the capital of ancient Mithila and the birthplace of Sita, consort of Rama, hero of the Ramayana. The most popular temple dedicated to Sita, popularly known as Janaki Temple is in the center of the town. Janaki Temple is also a pilgrimage site for Hindus from all over the subcontinent. Janakpur was a well planned city and once a major center of learning.
Located some 250 kilometers west of Kathmandu, Lumbini rests on the plains of Kapilvastu. There are numerous builidngs of religious significance in Lumbini. The most important religious significance of Lumbini is the massive stone pillar known as Ashoka Stupa, was erected by Mauryan Emperor Ashoka in 250 B.C.
Maya Devi Temple is another site of Lumbini. This temple is situated at the same place where Buddha was born in a palace garden, it contains a stone relief depicting Gautama’s nativity scene. There is also a reactangular pond said to be the remains of the sacred pool.