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Manraja→ is a village development committee in the Saptari District located in the Sagarmatha Zone of south-eastern Nepal. It has a total area of 3.9 km2 and is located at (26.5564200,86.5853500) [lat,long] and sits at an elevation of 89 m. Its most well known landmark is Shree Raja Ji Than Temple.
Manraja is located 10 km from East West Highway, 20 km South West of Rajbiraj and 10 km from the South of VDC, the Indian border of Laukhi. In the 2011 Nepal census, the population was 4,447, consisting of 902 households. The village development committee was included in Bodebarsain municipality (Bodebarsain Nagar Palika in Nepali) in 2017.
Shree Raja Ji Than Temple
The Shree Raja Ji Than Temple lies in the Bodebarsain Municipality of Manraja. The temple consists of ancient stones that have been carefully hand-carved with different symbols exemplifying Mithila region. The temple contains rectangular stones on either side which are about 5 feet high, carved with different symbols. There are many fragments of black stones carved with different symbols near the roots of the tree. According to locals, the statue is known by the name of Shree Raja Ji Baba of Shree Lakshmi Narayan.
The statues in the temple are in a fragmented state. Some believe that the statues may have been damaged during the spread of Islam into South-East Asia. According to a survey conducted by the government of Nepal, the temple may be situated on the remains of an even older temple as evidenced by the older rectangular hand carved stones found within the temple. There is a tamarind (imli) tree in the temple.
The temple is surrounded by many other temples dedicated to the god Hanuman and goddesses Saraswati and Durga, in addition to a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year at Baishakhi, a huge puja is performed and a large festival is held in the Raja Ji Than area. Festivals are held on auspicious days such as Ekadashi, Shivaratri, Chaturdashi, and Rama Navami. In times of misfortune, people come here to practice bhajan, puja, aarti, yagya, hawan, and other ceremonies. People also visit the temple to pray to God to fulfill their wishes.
Sacrificial offerings are often placed within the temple and can include animals (pigeons, goats etc.), as well as offerings of kheer, laddu, peda, paan, and supari. It is a common tradition for people suffering from aliments, particularly skin diseases, to present four pairs of brinjal in the hope that they will be cured. The Raja Ji Than Temple is held as sacred and is worshipped by the local people of the Bodebarsain region.
In Phase 3 of the Nepalese local elections 2017, the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) achieved victories in both the mayoral and deputy mayoral posts in the Bodebarsain municipality of the Saptari district. Atish Singh Yadav achieved 4,547 votes to secure the mayoral post, while Ranju Saha collected 3,721 votes to win the deputy mayoral post. The mayor's strongest opponent, Amarendra Yadav, of RJP-Nepal, received 3,298 votes. Similarly, the nearest rival of deputy mayor, Renu Saha, acquired 3,637 votes.
- "National Population and Housing Census 2011(Village Development Committee/Municipality)" (PDF). Government of Nepal. National Planning Commission. November 2012.
"राज्यद्वारा उपेक्षित मधेशको ऐतिहासिक स्थल मानराजा गढी", News Today, 12 April 2016.