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side of the Girija temple, there is a temple of Bhairav and also a big tank. This is the
tank where, according to legend, Sita took her bath daily before worshipping the goddess
Girija in the adjacent temple.The priests of the temple are Vaishnavas. This temple is
claimed to be their ancestral property. About 100 people a day come here to offer prayer.
Visitors generally bring sweets, fruits and garlands to offer to the deity. The priest
marks the forehead of the devotees with vibhuti (ashes) and he usually gets money from
them as dakshina.
The devotees of Rama and Sita specially observe the month of Phalgun
very religiously. As mentioned before, there is a string of temples in the neighborhood
dedicated to Rama and Sita. In Phalgun, devotees undertake Panch Kosi Yatra and walk ten
miles visiting the Rama-Sita temples at Janakpur, Ahalyasthan, Durgasthan,
Kapileswarasthan, Besaul, Phulher etc.
The Girija temple at Phulher draws about a thousand persons
daily throughout the days of that sacred month. This is, no doubt, indicative of the deep
impact of the Rama-Sita cult on the people of the locality. Rather peculiar is the fact
that the devotees all worship Sita as mother although they lovingly refer to her as a
daughter (maiyah) and take pride in narrating about her triumphs and travails, joys and
sorrows. Sri Ramachandra is fondly referred not only as the Lord and Master of the
Universe but also as the son-in-law of the area.