Pokhara – A quiet corner in the shadows of Sarangkot, hosts a Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga’s incarnation as Bhagwati, the blood thirsty Devi. The temple itself is a simplistic white pagoda on top of a mini-hill with a roomy cemented plateau.
Easy steps lead your way through sadhus and pundits to the top where the view and space opens up. The location and position offers a good vantage point for viewing the Himalayan range that Pokhara is so popular for. Also, the belief that you do not need to wait for an auspicious day to get married here, lends to its popularity among visitors and locals alike.
On any given day, devotees can be seen lining up with abir and flowers to offer to the goddess. While unfortunate animals, mainly chicken and goat, are added to the mix on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Their desperate last squawks for freedom, met with indifference by the silent mountains that encompasses the horizon. Run-away lovers tying the knot and sealing the deal with sindoor-pote is a common sight. Where a couples on a date, can be seen making promises of eternal love and devotion towards each other. The spacious and open surrounding area allows visitors the opportunity to enjoy decent views of mountains and nearby locales. It is also favored as a dry-picnic spot by families out on a day-trip.
There are several versions and legends regarding the establishment of this temple. One story goes that King Khadga Malla of the Pang kingdom was bringing Bindabasini’s statue from Bindhyachal. An overnight stop was made to rest and recoup but when he tried to set off the next day, he could not lift the statue. Another very similar story claims King SiddhiNarayan Shah was responsible for building the temple. Either way, one thing is certain; Bindabasini has stood here, since time immemorial and served as the guardian deity of Pokhara.