|Trip Type:||Pilgrimage and Nature|
|Duration :||Half Day|
|Famous For:||Goddess Kali and Animal Sacrifice|
|Max Altitude:||1,550 m/5,085 ft|
|Group Size:||Above 1 Pax|
Dakshinkali Temple is a sacred Hindu temple of goddess Kali at 1,550 m, 22 km south of Kathmandu. Goddess Kali is incarnation of Goddess Parvati and worshiped by devotees as supreme and dark female power over evils. So, the people worship her as a mother figure in many festivals and auspicious ceremonies. Glided Shesnarayans protect main idol and has been linked to the prosperity of the devotees and surrounding area.
It is believed that an animal sacrifice offered to goddess Kali at the temple will grant one's wish and devotees come to pay homage to goddess especially on Saturday and Tuesday. During, Dashain, Hindu’s biggest festival thousands of devotees visit this holy place every day.
As legend says, the goddess herself came to the dream of Malla King and asked him to make a nice temple with the idol which was found at the hill near Pharping. The main temple is just at the confluence of two holy Ganges Rivers. Just above the temple in a small hill, there is a goddess’s Mata Temple (Mother’s Temple) which gives spectacular view of the surroundings.
There are so many small shops way to the temple those sells marigold flowers, coconuts,Incense sticks offered to the goddess and local vegetables, spices, snacks to the visitors make this place more interesting. Only Hindu devotees are allowed to go inside the main temple and taking photo is strictly prohibited inside the main temple premises.
How to get to Dakshinkali Temple?
Dakshinkali Temple is 22 kms south of Kathmandu and takes around 1 hour to reach passing by many villages, terraced fields and forests. The road goes passing by Chovar and Pharping which are significantly important religiously and geographically. You can combine Chovar and Pharping with Dakshinkali Temple.