Dakshinkali Temple- Breathtaking place to visit in Nepal
Dakshinkali Temple is one of the major hindu temple in Nepal. It is the temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. Kali is the hindu goddess of empowerment, time and change. Goddess Kali is the most bloodthirsty incarnation of Parvati. It is 22 kilometres outside Kathmandu and about 1 km outside the village of Pharping. It is located in the southwest part of the Kathmandu valley.
To reach there you can hire cab or taxi or you can also take bus from Old Ratnapark, Kathmandu and Martyr’s Gate. It is set at the confluence of two sacred streams in a rocky cleft in the forest. Pilgrims drag a animals down the path to the temple to be beheaded and transformed into cuts of meats to satisfy the blood-lust of the goddess. The big sacrificial day is Saturday and the blood also flows freely on Tuesday.
The temple used to be wash by a crimson tide and the image of Kali is bathed in the gore during the annual celebrations of Dashain. Many worshippers use to come here. You can have tea and pappadams in the stall that is in Dakshinkali bus park. After worshipping you can also go to Pharping to visit as it is near from the temple. You can visit Shesh Narayan Temple. It is an ancient hindu temple which is near the ancient town of Pharping.
The main temple was built in 17th century. In the courtyard there are lively depictions of Hanuman and Garuda and some carved Lichhavi era statues. You can also visit Asura cave and Yanglesho cave. This both are blessed by Guru Padmashambhava. The lower cave of Yanglesho is located below the village of Pharping whereas the upper cave of Yanglesho (Asura cave) is poised in the thick of a forest on the hill. You can also visit monastery that are around the village. Cafe and restaurants are available in there if you are hungry on your way.
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