Location: The sacred shrine dedicated to Hindu goddess Bhagwati (an incarnation of goddess Parvati) is enticing the glory of the location nearby town Gorkha. This famous temple is located on the ridge, i.e. 1302 meters above sea level where Trisuli in the south & Marsyangdi in the west disperse awesome picturesque image. It is 104 km away from Kathmandu by road.
Etymology: ‘Mana’ stands for core/ heart while ‘Kamana’ purports ‘wish’.
Prime Deity: Goddess Manakamana alias Bhagwati.
Holy offering to deity consists of: The spectacular view of the pilgrims’ congregation outbursts for paying their reverence in the form of holy offerings. Hindu myth conveys that holy offering should be consisted of 5 cosmic elements as our existence that comprises panch-tatva (five elements, i.e. air, water, soil, ether and fire).
- Saffron (Kesar)
- Flowers, blossoms & petals
- Earthen lamp
- Cloth (usually of red colour)
- Fruits, desserts & coconut
- Betel nuts & Jannai
- Cereals & grain (such as rice)
The offering of animals to deity: ‘Many men many mouths’- apart from such section that offer ‘saatvik’ offering to the deity, there is another category of people which follow the tradition of sacrificing animals in a pavilion of the temple in order to appease the goddess. But recent ban on such killing by the ‘District Livestock Service office’ of Gorkha has restrained the tradition of sacrifice which has saved the lives of several innocent creatures as pigeons, roosters & ducks etc.
Sacred occasions to visit the temple:
- Dashain (Sept- oct)
- Nag Panchami (July- August)
- The legend goes that the queen of Gorkha king Ram Shah of 17th century was blessed with divine power. The only sharer of her secret was her devotee Lakhan Thapa. Coming face to face with the goddess incarnation of his wife & Lakhan Thapa as a lion, an ill omen befell on the king. The king died. Sati pratha- an evil practice was in trend at that time according to which the wife had to be immolated herself with her husband’s corpse at death-bed (funeral- pyre). The queen had to follow the same custom. But before committing such ritual, the queen assured her devotee for her reincarnation.
Six months later, a peasant witnessed a miracle. While cleaving a stone, milk and blood began to spring out of the stone on being hit by shovel. As the miracle widely spread, Thapa understood in a jiff that it had a link with the incarnation of the queen. He performed Hindu tantric rituals at the very spot of streaming blood & milk. The streaming ceased and hence, the recent structure of the temple was laid down afterward.
Description of Temple:
- Resemblance of the temple: The structure of the temple is drafted similar to enormous ‘Magnolia tree’.
- Number of storys of the temple: 4
- Architectural style of roofs: Pagoda erecting on a square pedestal. The roof is leafed with brass.
- Entrance: As per vastu, its main entrance is fixed in the southwest marking by a stone, i.e. the sacrificial pillar of the temple.