Kathmandu. Dakshinkali is the goddess of power. She is worshiped as a wish-fulfilling goddess. According to legend, Dakshinkali is one of the three million daughters of Daksha Prajapati.
Dakshinmata is worshiped as the goddess who fulfills her wishes. Due to his power, Hindus from different countries including Nepal and India come to this temple to worship and pray.
The temple of Dakshina Kalimata, which is always crowded with thousands of pilgrims, is located 22 km south of Kathmandu. Every week on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays there is a special crowd in this temple.
Every year on Maha Ashtami day, many families visit Mother’s temple to perform Kalaratri. On the day of Maha Ashtami, there has been a tradition of offering bhog to Kalimata at midnight.
In addition to this, there is a tradition of offering bhog on the Ashtami of Bada Dashain along with the regular worship of Mother. Earlier it was customary to offer sacrifices to the idol of the mother. For the last few years, it is customary to offer bhog on a separate stone in the temple premises. There is a trend of offering coconuts to the mother to make her happy.
Where did Mata Dakshinkali originate?
While Dakshinami Mata was taking her seat, she was sitting on the hill above Gorakhnath on the head of Farping Shikrapur city i.e. Nagarcho Danda (the head of Sheshnarayan).
In whose dream did Mata Dakshinkali come?
V.No. Around 1825, Dakshinkali told Pratap Malla in a dream at night that he was Dakshinkali and that he was sitting on a rock on the Nagaracho hill above Pharping. There is a legend that Dakshinkali appeared to one of the five maidens of the palace and told her about the place where she was staying and the worship.
Who established the temple of Dakshinkali?
After knowing this, King Pratap Malla, with the help of Tantric Guru Lambkarna Bhatta, worshiped at the site of the ancient Dakshinakali stone. It is said that after that two demons named Bhushakarna appeared and ordered to do according to the king’s dream. According to his dream, Dakshinkali and his family were carried away in one night from there at the head of two rivers on the south side, i.e. at the place where Dakshinkali Mata’s temple is today, that stone was installed.
At the same time, Kumari was established at the place where the present Kumari Temple is located. While carrying Ganesha, after the rooster crows in the morning, Kimbdanti is found on the Paucho hill, which was perfected at the same place. If the temple of Dakshinkali was placed in the middle of the forest, inside a cave on the top of the hill, people would not go to that place. There was a rumor that even among the people who went to visit the Mother, the last person would not return.
After that, Pratap Malla asked Guru Lamvakarna Bhatta to exterminate Dakshina Kali by Tantric method, and under the stone of the present Dakshina Kali Mata, he crossed the ghopta, covered it with a big stone, made the face of Kali and installed Bhairav in front of it. After that, Pratap Malla made a white marble statue of Chamunda (Dakshinkali). Tantrikas said that the statue will become very powerful after the prana Pratishta.
Then King Pratap Malla installed two big lions outside the cage in a room in the courtyard of his palace. The king ordered to make a black stone statue again and installed Purnvati Ganga and Prakavati Ganga in the valley. There he performed puja with Ashta Matrika. After that gradually the number of devotees going to worship is increasing.
How to go to the temple of Dakshinkali?
Dakshinkali Temple is located south of the capital Kathmandu. You can easily reach this temple in 1 to 1.5 hours by public transport from the bus park. This is the temple of Kalidevi. Decorated with greenery all around, this temple is located at the junction of two rivers.
In this temple there are idols of Kali and other gods and goddesses. Basically, a special fair is held here during Dashain. During Dashain Navratri, many devotees sacrifice ducks, chickens and goats here.