MANAKAMANA TEMPLE; GORKHA

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                   Manakaman is a temple of Durga Bhawani of Hindu religious, situated in Gorkha district of Nepal. The name Manakamana originates from two different words, ‘mana’ means ‘heart’ and ‘kamana’ means ‘wish’. So it means ‘heart-wish’. It is believed that Goddess Manakamana grants the wishes of all those who make the pilgrimage to her Shrine to worship her. Manakamana temple is situated at 1,302 meters above the sea level on the top of a hill, surrounded by a small village community. We can also overlook the river valleys of Trishuli in the south and Marsyandi in the west. The Manaslu Himachali and Annapurna range can be seen to the north of the temple.

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 saw his queen in Goddess incarnation, and Lakhan Thapa in the form of a lion. But when the King dead, his queen committed Sati on her husband’s funeral pyre. Before her sati the queen said Lakhan Thapa that she would reappear in the near future. After six month, a farmer while ploughing his field cleaved a stone. He saw a stream of blood and milk flow from the stone. When Lakhan heard about this event, he immediately started performing Hindu tantric rituals at the site where the stone had been discovered. This site became the foundation of the present shrine. According to tradition, the priest at the temple must be a descendant of Lakhan Thapa.

Manakamana is Hindu Goddess so she is worshiped with offering of flower, sound, scent, dress, make-ups and colour. According to Hindu mythology the universe is said to consist of five cosmic elements; earth, fire, water, air and ether. The offerings to the Goddess are made on the basis. At least one of the following should be among with the prayer in the worship materials, such as; abir, kesar badam, flowers & leaves, dhup, diyo, bastra, fruits & foods such as coconuts and sweet desserts, bell, betel nut & jannai, anna, grain, saubhagya, etc. There is a traditional of sacrificing animals at the temple. Devotees stand in the line more than 5- 10 hours during festivals. People stands in the line with worshiping materials in hand and some of people carrying duck, pigeon, cock and goat with them. People stand on the line without food and water. When the devotees reache to the temple, the priest takes the pooja material and he offers their pooja materials to the goddess and returns the same after offering her. 

There is a good transportation facility till to Kurintar and rest of the up-to Manakamana temple is off-road so it may takes more than 3 hours. But it only takes 10- 12 minutes in cable care. There is also a good facility of cable care from Kurintar to Manakamana temple.The cable car generally operates during the day time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and takes lunch break from 12 to 1:30 p.m. But in festivals and on Saturday it starts an hour before the schedule time. We need to pay certain amount for cable car.

     There are many hotel, motels and lodges near the temple for the devotees with all kinds of facilities. This place is also a good for trekking. Many peoples go trekking to Manakamana in the winter season.

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