Established on December 1st, 1972 the newly created district of Madhubani was carved out of the old Darbhanga District as a result of reorganization of the district in the State. This was formerly the northern subdivision of Darbhanga district bounded on the north by a hill region of and extending to the border of its parent district Darbhanga in the south, Sitamarhi in the west and Supaul in the east. Madhubani fairly represents the centre of the territory once known as Mithila and the district has maintained a district identity of its own.
Practically there are no prehistoric sites in the district though remains of the earliest aboriginal population can be seen in some parts of the district. Hunter in his "Statistical Accounts" has referred to the existence of the people, known as tharus in the erstwhile old Subdivision of Madhubani. The Bhars are also believed to have belonged to some aboriginal race though nothing positive about them is known from any reliable source. The settlements in the north-eastern part of the district indicate that they possibly wielded some powers in the remote part. From the work of Dr. Suniti Kumar Ghatterji entitled 'Kirtahanakirti' it appears that Kiratas also inhabited the district for a considerable period. The Mahabharata had also thrown light on the kirata culture. Prior to the Aryanisation of this land the area seems to have been under the aboriginal population and Shiva worship was predominant. The association of the family of Janaka with the worship of lord Shiva is an indication of the fact that though they formed the vanguard of Aryan culture they had to assimilate with the local religious belief, dominated by the Shaivas. The of included a greater portion of the district. In course of time it was ruled by a successive line of kings known as Janakas.
According to the traditional folklores and tales, pandavas during their exile stayed in some portion of the present district and Pandaul (block headquarters) associated with them. Janakpur' capital of Videha is situated at a short distance to the north-west of the district in the Nepales territory and tradition points to the village of the Phulhar in the north east corner of the Benipatti thana as the flower-garden where the kings' priests used to gather flowers for worship and identifies its temple with that of Devi Goirija, which was worshipped by Sita before her marriage with lord Ram. Legends and traditions associate this district with a number sages and Scholars of ancient times.
The judgeship of Madhubani was created on the 8th April, 1978 consisting of the Sub divisional court at Jhanjharpur. Before the creation of this Judgeship, Madhubani was the Sub-divisional civil Court of Darbhanga Judgeship. Madhubani Sub-division was created in the year, 1976. The court of Munsif at Madhubani was established in the year 1905. The court of Sub-Judge, Madhubani was created in the year 1973. After creation of this Judgeship, the court of Munsif, Jhanjhapur was shifted from Madhubani on 29.11.1986 and the court of sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate, Jhanjharpur shifted from Madhubani on 12.01.1990. The court of Sub-Judge-Com-A.C.J.M. was created at Jhanjharpur on 11.12.1993.
The Galore of Madhubani Paintings
India as a land of art and culture, offers various rich heritage to cherish. One among which is Madhubani Painting also known as Godhna, Maithili and Chitra figure painting, its a unique art form practiced in Mithila region (Madhubani district) of state.
Conception of Madhubani Paintings
The citizens of Madhubani have this belief that Gods visit each house in the morning to bless them with luck and prosperity, hence Madhubani paintings started as a welcome painting on the walls, doors and floors for the Gods. In its early times, it was done only on freshly plastered mud walls and doors of huts, which later carried on to cloth, hand-made paper and canvas.
Elements of Madhubani Paintings
Madhubani painting is an illustration of day-to-day experiences and beliefs.
Its theme holds the depiction of Hindu deities such as Lord Krishna-Radha,Lord Ram-Sita, Shiva-Parvati, Ganesha, Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati, and ancient mythological characters like Raja Salesh, Buddheshwar, Jutki Malini, Reshma etc. supported by various symbols that have their specific meanings, for instance
→ Fish symbolize fertility, procreation and good luck,
→ Peacocks are associated with romantic love and religion,
→ Serpents are the divine protectors.
→ Turtle a symbol of Vishnu avatar,
→ Lotus denotes femininity and bamboo depicts masculine sexuality
Formerly Madhubani Painters use white rice paste, turmeric, sindoor to make this craft on walls or as floor paintings.
Dominated by vibrant use of colour, underlying symbolism and traditional geometric patterns supporting the main theme, this Indian folk art form of Madhubani accomplished in creating a niche for itself in the national and international market and is now recognized world wide.