King Janaka is revered throughout the scriptures of Hinduism. He is mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita (3.20) as an enlightened leader who worked for the benefit of the world. In this way we see an example not of a monastic being living in the caves, but of a great King, living in the world, working for the benefit of all living beings. The father of our beloved Sita is an example to us all.
23. I bow to the great King Janaka and his family, I know they hold Shri Rama’s feet close to their hearts. Although he appears austere, his being shines like the sun, soaked from the rays of Shri Rama!