Baglung Kalika temple is one of the holiest temple of Goddess Kalika in Nepal and also known with the name of Kalika Bhagwati Temple. This temple is holy place of Hindus religious. This temple lies inside the dense forest right above the Kali Gandaki River.
Goddess Kali is considered as one of the most powerful forms of Devi Durga and the consort of Lord Shiva. Kalika is one of the main goddess for the Shaiva sect. Goddess Kali also means ‘the black one’. In an ancient period, Pratap Narayan Singh Malla constructed the Baglung Kalika temple but renovated in 1990. Goddess Kali is considered as one of the most powerful forms of Devi Durga and the consort of Lord Shiva of Lord Shiva. Kalika is one of the main goddess for the Shaiva sect. Goddess Kali also means ‘the black one’. In an ancient period, Pratap Narayan Singh Malla constructed the Baglung Kalika temple but renovated in 1990.
There are four entrances in each of the cardinal direction in the temple courtyard. There are a number of other small temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Radha Krishna, Lakshmi Narayan and others. Not only the Hindu devotees as well as Tantric from different parts of the Earth come here to achieve knowledge. The main festival of this temple is Chaite-Dasain, which is held on the eight day of the Shukla Paksha which falls on the month of Chaitra. Thousands of devotees visit this temple on this day. They perform puja to get victory over their enemies, win legal suits, win the heart of their beloved and protection from black magic. The devotees perform pooja, light oil lamps and also get married with the belief of receiving the Devi‘s blessings. The other major festival is Dashain, which runs from the Shukla Paksha on the month of Ashwin and ends on the day of full moon (Purnima).
There is a history about the temple, how it was constructed. According to the local, it is believed that the King of Parbat District, Pratap Narayan Singh Malla received an idol of goddess Kalika as a part of the dowry in his marriage ceremony with the King Manimukunda Sen‘s daughter. While returning to his palace after the marriage ceremony, the bride, groom and every other people from the marriage procession took shelter in the forest. On the following day, not a single person was able to move the idol of the Goddess Kalika which was given by the KIng Manimukunda Sen. After that the king Pratap Narayan Singh Malla decided to construct a temple on the spot.
Traditionally, devotees used to give sacrifices of pigeon but from 13th April, 2016 the scarification of pigeon has been stopped on the basis that pigeon represented a symbol of peace. So the pigeon are instead released within the temple’s grounds. It is also said that the goddess fulfils the wishes of the devotees if they could please her. She is also known as Bhavatarini “rescuer of the universe”.
This place is also famous for domestic and international tourist people because this temple is surrounded by the high hills and Baglung bazaar lies in the middle of the hills. It looks like a part of heaven. The environment of this site is pleasant to the visitors. We can see many tourists from India and Nepal going to visit the Kalika Bhagwati temple.