Dhamma Birata, Purwanchal Vipassana Center

The center name, Dhamma Birata, comes from the name of Biratnagar, the largest city in Eastern Nepal. In Sanskrit the word "Birata" also means "colossal". It denotes "birata sworup" or colossal feature of Dhamma.

Dhamma Birata, is situated in ward no. 7 Phulbari Tole of Itahari Municipality in Sunsari District of Kosi Zone of Eastern Nepal Tarai Plain. The geographic coordinate of Itahari is 260 40 ' north and 870 17' east. The center is located at1.5 km south west of the junction of east-west (Mahendra Highway) and north-south (Koshi Highway) at Itahari.

Itahari can be reached conveniently by road from all over Nepal. The bus station at Ithari lies only 150 meters away from the centre. The Himalayas and scenic Mahabharat and Churia mountains are visible from the centre, besides the foothill saal forest the green paddy fields surround the centre. The nearest airport lies at Biratnagar at a distance of 20 km.

The flight time to Kathmandu from Biratnagar is about 40 minutes. The nearest railway station lies at Jogbani (30 km away) at Nepal-India border from where broad gauge trains link Calcutta, Patna and Delhi almost daily. People coming from India by trains to Dhamma Birata can enter Nepal either from Jogbai or from Kankadbhitta as per their convenience. The later lies some 90 kms bus ride east of Ithari. You can reach Jalpaiguri Railway station from Kankarbhitta by bus in about one hour ride.

Other important nearby cities and towns are Biratnagar (24 km. south), Dharan (19 km north), Dhankuta (71 km north), Inarwa (17 km west) and Damak (43 km east) of Itahari.