Manakamana temple located in the Gorkha district of Nepal Nepal. Manakamana is the sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. The name Manakamana originates from the two words, “mana” meaning heart and “kamana” meaning wish. Venerated since the 17th century, it is believed that Goddess Bhagwati grants the wishes of all those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine to worship her.
The Sanskrit word Darshan means sight. Many people make the pilgrimage to Manakamana every year. This religious expedition to see the Bhagwati goddess in Manakamana is therefore called Darshan Manakamana. The universe, according to Hindu mythology, consists of five cosmic elements–earth, fire, water, air and ether. The offerings are made to the goddess. The offerings to the Goddess are made on this basis. At least one of the following should be amongst the worship materials:
Abir (vermillion) # Kesar (pure saffron extract) #Flowers and leaves #Dhup (incense) #Diyo (oil lamp) #Bastra (Cloth, usually in red as it is considered auspicious) #Fruit and foods such as coconuts and sweet desserts #Bell #Betel nut and Janai (sacred thread) #Anna, grain (rice)
There is a tradition of sacrificing animals at the temple. Some pilgrims sacrifice a goat or pigeon in a pavilion behind the temple. However, recently the District Livestock Service Office, Gorkha has banned the sacrifice of birds such as pigeons, roosters, and ducks to name a few. Senior livestock service officer Chhetra Bahadur K.C. said poultry sacrifice would not be permitted until further notice.
Manakamana darshan is most popular during Dashain (Sept –Oct) and Nag Panchami (July –August) during which time devotees stand for as long as five to ten hours to pray to Goddess Bhagwati.
DAY TRIP ITINERARY
07:00 AM: We leave from your Hotel in Kathmandu ( 4 Hrs ) to Manakamana Cable Car Station.
11: 00 AM: Arrival at Cable Car Station / Collect your tickets from our Guide /
11: 10 AM: You will reach in Manakamana temple after 10 Minutes Cable Car ride crossing Himalayan river & through beautiful villages.
11:00 AM -13 : PM : Time to Perform Puja / Shopping & photography of its beautiful surroundings.
13: 15 PM: Ride back to the station & get your Car to the lunch station in a famous river side Spring Restaurant having swimming pool and river views from its terrace where lunch is served.
14:00 PM: We drive back to Kathmandu which will take approx 3.5 hrs. You will check in at Hotel and go for short city tour.
Evening for Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.
Mode of Transport:
We provide private Car/ Van / Bus for private group & lunch will be served in Spring side restaurant.
Alternatively: One Can stay in River Side Spring resort or continue to Chitwan National Park, White Water Rafting for 1 hr to 3 hrs or Pokhara depending on the time & interest on additional cost.
Cable Car tickets: We will have pre-paid cable car tickets available for you to avoid the crowd & big que.
Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu.
Transfer from Kathmandu to Manakamana Temple and back.
Meals as per inclusions in itinerary.
Meals not included in the itinerary in Kathmandu and Manakamana
International airfare and airport departure tax.
Nepal entry visa fee Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
Personal clothing and equipment.
Tips for guide and driver. (tipping is expected)