Sunday, July 14, 2024

About Manakamana Mandir

Nestled in the hills of Nepal, the Manakamana Mandir showcases the country’s rich cultural heritage and strong faith. The sacred temple is located in the village of Manakamana in Gorkha District, Gandaki Province. Arman Rayamajhi founded the Manakamana Mandir in 1678. More than just a religious site, it is a place where devotees believe their wishes come true.


Situated 1,300 meters above sea level on Kafakdada Hill, the Manakamana Temple offers stunning views of the Trishuli River and  Mountains. The temple is approximately 127 kilometers west of Kathmandu making it accessible. On clear days, we can marvel at the sight of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, and Baudha, part of the Manaslu range, the eighth-highest mountain in the world.

The temple is a two-story structure built in the traditional Nepalese pagoda style. For those who prefer a scenic journey, the Manakamana Cable Car, constructed in 1998 offers a breathtaking ride up the hill.

Legend and Significance

The queen of Gorkha, who possessed divine powers, was the human manifestation of the goddess Manakamana. Only Lakhan Thapa, a priest, knew of her true nature. One day, the king witnessed his wife transforming into the goddess, and Lakhan Thapa into a lion. After revealing this vision to the queen, the king mysteriously died. Following the traditional Hindu practice of Sati, the queen sacrificed herself at her husband’s funeral. Before her death, she promised to reappear, which she did six months later. When a stream of blood and milk emerged from a stone in a farmer’s field. Lakhan Thapa performed rituals to stop the stream and built a temple at the site, establishing a legacy that the temple’s priests would descend from his lineage.

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The temple is said to grant people’s wishes. Manakamana is believed to be Champawati, the wife of Ram Shah. She reappeared during the reign of his son, Dambar Shah, though some sources say she appeared during the reign of Prithvi Narayan Shah. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati Devi, an incarnation of Lakshmi, with Garud as her protector. “Mana” means “heart,” and “kamana” means “wish.” These two words combine to form the name “Manakamana.”

Visiting Manakamana Mandir

Are you ready to visit Manakamana Mandir? The temple is a cable car ride away and offers spiritual and visual delights. Whether you seek blessings or simply wish to experience the serene beauty and rich history of the region, Manakamana Mandir promises a fulfilling journey.

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