Manakamana (The Wish Fulfilling Goddess)
Legend has it that Queen of Gorkha King Ram Shah (A. D. 1614 – 1636) possessed divine powers known only to her devotee Lakhan Thapa. One day, the King found his Queen as Goddess. Following the revelation, he mentioned it to his Queen and suddenly died. He was cremated and his Queen committed sati on his funeral pyre, as per the custom. She consoled her lamenting devotee Lakhan saying she would reappear near his home. Six months later, a farmer ploughing his field hit a stone, cleaved it and blood and milk flowed which ceased when Lakhan worshipped it with his tantric knowledge. The site became foundation of the present shrine. The present pujari is the 17th generation descendent of Lakhan Thapa.
The Shrine of Manakamana renovated many times over the centuries has four story pagoda style roofs with entrance from the South-west. The pujari performs daily prayers and ritual in the temple behind closed doors by offering eggs, oranges, rice, red powder and strips of cloth to the deities. On completion of the pooja of the shrine by the priest, the turn of the public begins.
Manakamana temple lies 12 Km south of historic town Gorkha and located on a prominent ridge (1302 mt. above sea level) overlooking the river valleys of Trisuli (south) and Marshyangdi (west). The unique location of the place is dramatized during winter when the ridge appears as an island above the sea of morning mist.
People believe Manakamana Devi fulfills the wishes of her devotees, thus called the wish fulfilling deity. The reward on reaching the shrine is both spiritual and physical exhilaration. Spectacular views include deep valleys, terraced fields and the Manaslu-Himalchuli and Annapurna ranges. In the past, the only access to the region was by arduous climb of over five hours but one can now visit the shrine in comfort by Manakamana cable car.
Dakshinkali Temple is one of the most famous and popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali, "The Black One". Scowling and emaciated, with protruding tongue and red eyes, decked with a necklace of skulls, Kali is just another form of great goddess Durga. Kali is believed to be extremely powerful and accomplished.
Manakama and Dakshinkali temple tour - Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport, warm reception and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Morning breakfast, drive to Dakshinkali temple, visit the holiest site and drive back to pahsupati temple-visit the temple, evening come back to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Moring drive to Kurintar. Kurintar / Manakamana Temple/ Kurintar by cable car. Evening drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Free day in Kathmandu. Explore and shopping on your own. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Transfer to airport, fly back to home.
The trip cost will vary depending on the number of person in your group, trip duration and standard of services required. Please contact us or send us a quick inquiry with your details to obtain a quote.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife safari.
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