Legend has it that Queen of Gorkha King Ram Shah (A. D. 1614-1636) possessed divine powers Manakamana Temple - The wish-fulfilling Goddess known only to her devotee LakhanThapa.
One day, the King found his Queen disguised as a Goddess. Following the revelation, he mentioned it to his Queen and suddenly died. He was cremated and his Queen committed sati by jumping into his funeral pyre, as per the custom.
Before she jumped into the funeral pyre, she consoled her lamenting devotee Lakhan saying she would reappear near his home. Six months later, a farmer plugging his field hit a stone, cleaved it and blood and milk flowed from it which ceased only when Lakhan worshiped it with his tantric knowledge.
The site became foundation of the present shrine. The present pujari is the 17th generation descendant of Lakhan Thapa.
The Shrine of Manakamana renovated many times over the centuries has four story pagoda style roofs with entrance from the South-West. The pujari performs daily prayers and ritual in the temple behind closed doors by offering eggs, oranges, rice, red powder and strips of cloth to the deities. On completion of the pooja of the shrine by the priest, the turn of the public begins.
Spectacular views include deep valleys, terraced fields and the Manaslu-Himalchuli and Annapurna ranges. In the past, the only access to the region was by arduous climb of over five hours but one can now visit the shrine in comfort by Manakamana cable car. The reward on reaching the shrine is spiritually satisfying.
Cable car is a recent phenomenon in Nepal that has become extremely popular with the locals and tourists alike. The 10-minute cable-car ride takes the visitor to the temple of Goddess Manakamma who is believed to have the power to fulfill wishes. The temple of Manakamana lies 125 km to the west of Kathmandu. Cable-car ride starts at Cheres, 104 km from Kathamndu on the highway to Pokhara. Manakamana temple lies 12 km south of historic town Gorkha and located on a prominent ridge (1302m) overlooking the river valleys of Trisuli (south) and Marshyandi (west). The unique location of the place is dramatized during winter when the ridge appears as island above the sea of morning mist. People believe Manakamana Devi fulfills the wishes of her devotees, thus called the wish fulfilling deity. At the cable car station Kurintar there are some resorts, which serve tourists.
How to go MANAKAMANA TEMPLE?
Destination: Kathmandu to Kurintar
Driving Time: Approx. 2.5 Hours
Travel Route: Kathmandu - Malekhu - Kurintar
Also Visit Daily Bus Services: Manakamana Darshan
09.00 AM to 1200 NOON and 1330 PM to 1700 PM
Lunch Break: 1200 NOON to 1330 PM Tour Plan
Day 01: Kathmandu to Kurintar by Private Transport / Ride Cable Car to Manakamana. Puja - Darshan Manakamana Temple & Drive back to Kathmandu or contiue journey to Pokhara for extension trip or Chitwan for Jungle Safari activities.
Tentative Pilgrimage Tour Plan
We have prepared the following exclusive pilgrimage tour itinerary. If any one interest please write us mail as below addressDay 01: Kathmandu Arrival - Evening Pashupatinath Darshan & Join Evening Aarati
Day 02: After Breakfast, Full Day Sightseeing - Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath & Budhanilkantha Temple
Day 03: Drive to Kurintar. Process cable car ride to Manakamana & Puja Darshan then drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel
Day 04: Early Breakfast & Process to drive to Jomsom via Beni. Approx. 10 hrs. Overnight at hotel
Day 05: Breakfast, Drive to Ranipauwa and hike to Muktinath. Puja & Darshan Muktinath. Drive to Tatopani for night halt
Day 06: Early Breakfast and Drive process to Pokhara. Check in hotel and rest of the process half day sightseeing. Overnight at hotel
Day 07: After Breakfast, Drive to Lumbini via Tansen Palpa Siddartha Highway. Visit Tansen and drive to Lumbini. Overnight at Lumbini
Day 08: Early morning, Visit Lumbini Garden, Maya Devi Temple, Musuem, Monasteries, Stupa etc & Drive to Shashwat Dham & Darshan. Drive to Devghat and Darshan. Overnight at Sauraha. Chitwan
Day 09: Morning, Elephant Safari and after breakfast, Drive process to Janakpur. After Lunch, Rest of the time visit Janakpur Dham Sightseeing. Overnight at hotel
Day 10: After Breakfast - Drive process to back to Kathmandu via Sindhuli Bardibas Highway. Approx. 7 hrs. Transfer to hotel & rest of the time free.
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