The Girija temple at Phulher has a background, which needs
mention. The ancient Mithila, the core of which is the district of Darbhanga, has had her
distinct individuality and an eclectic culture. This is the land of King Janaka, whose
capital was at Janakpur about 18 miles from Jainagar in Darbhanga district.
The land is also known as a part of Videha and that is why Sita, the daughter of
Janaka, is also known as Vaidehi. Being intersected by rivers and streams, the area is
also known from the ancient days as Tirabhukti, the land of the river banks, by which name
she has been famous for at least the last fifteen hundred years.