Description

MANAKAMANA: The temple of Manakamana, a very popular pilgrimage site in Nepal, is a temple of one of the manifestations of the Hindu goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. Bhagwati is believed to have the power to fulfill wishes. It lies 125km to the west of Kathmandu. It is a steep three hour hike from Abu Khaireniion Kathmandu-Gorkha Highway. Cable-cars also take travellers to Manokamana. Manakamana 9the name) means, Mana means Heart and Kamana means wish. Regarding to Methology, Manakamana Goddess grants the wishes of all those who make the pilgrimage worship to her shrine. Manakamana temple set on a square four storied pagoda style roofs. There is a old tradition of sacrifice animals. Visit to Manakamana temple only by walk from Anbu khaireni with the long Tinmane stairs (3hours) an earlier time. But since few wears, there is available of cable car from Kuringhat, it takes only 10 minute to reach there (2.8 km). Manakamana temple was destroyed by devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015, The new construction has been finished now. Himalaya Family Adventure has everyday departure from Kathmandu to Manalamana temple.

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Legend:

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The legend of Manakamana Goddess dates back to the reign of the Gorkha king Ram Shah during the 17th century. It is said that his queen possessed divine powers, which only her devotee Lakhan Thapa knew about. One day, the king witnessed his queen in Goddess incarnation, and Lakhan Thapa in the form of a lion. Upon mentioning the revelation to his queen, a mysterious death befell the king. As per the custom of that time, the queen committed sati (ritual immolation) on her husbands funeral pyre. Before her sati the queen had assured Lakhan Thapa that she would reappear in the near future. Six months later, a farmer while ploughing his fields cleaved a stone. From the stone he saw a stream of blood and milk flow. When Lakhan heard an account of this event, he immediately started performing Hindu tantric rituals at the site where the stone had been discovered thus ceasing the flow of blood and milk. The site became the foundation of the present shrine. According to tradition, the priest at the temple must be a descendent of Lakhan Thapa.