• Last Updated on Oct 1, 2022

Bindhyabasini Temple in Pokhara

Pokhara is a magical land as it houses some of the ornate historical landmarks that the world has ever seen. The soothing waters of Phewa Lake and the sky-piercing peaks of Annapurna are to die for, but shrouded in mystery is the religious temple called the Bindhyabasini temple. Nepal is a religious country, and out of the thousands of religious temples, the Bindhyabasini temple stands out as one that is a must-visit during your tour in Nepal. This temple proudly resides on top of a hill in old Pokhara, and quietly overlooks the hustle of the bustling city.

The Bindhyabasini temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati. The Goddess is a popular deity known throughout Hinduism and is generally referred to as Shakti. The temple is considered one of the main Shaktipiths of western Nepal. If some myths are believed, then people say that this temple is directly related to the Vindhyachal temple that is in Uttar Pradesh, India.

The temple is clad in white, and during Dashain, pilgrims flock to the temple and offer animal tributes to their guardian deity. The temple is a popular hub for marriage ceremonies and Bratabandha as well. There is a big tree on the temple premises which provides a calm environment to meditate and relax.

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A brief history of Bindhyabasini Temple

There are numerous accounts regarding the fact as to how the temple came into existence. The most popular belief is that King Khadag Bum Malla had a dream in which the Goddess Durga appeared and ordered him to set up a statue there. To please the Goddess, the king had the temple constructed. If historical accounts are to be believed, then the temple was constructed in 1845 BS. There are many questions as to the exterior structure of the temple. People believe that it was initially small, and with time, the temple saw renovation and is what it is today. Currently, the exterior of the temple is of pagoda structure and is clad in white.

Laxmi Narayan Temple in Bindhyabasini

In recent years, the Bindhyabasini temple has seen a sudden influx in the number of tourists. The people that visit here are mostly Indian tourists as well as Nepali tourists. The availability of transport facilities and the internet has made this temple renowned to the general public.

Getting to Bindhyabisini Temple

The Bindhyabasini temple resides in Bagar, Pokhara. More specifically, it lies on the Pokhara Baglung highway. The roadways are aptly developed so commuting will not be a problem. If you are traveling from Lakeside, then you can easily catch a bus that takes you to this temple. It may take somewhere between 25 to 30 minutes. If you feel the urge to explore the valley in a simplified way, then choose to hire a private Vehicle through a tour agency with a guide, if you want to have a guided Pokhara tour, they charge you a bit extra, but it is a better alternative if you do not know your way around the city.

Permits and fees to enter Bindhyabasini Temple

To enter the Bindhyabasini temple, you don’t require any sort of permits or fees. Don’t wear shoes while entering the temple as it is considered unholy. You should only take photos when you have permission to do so. There is always a donation box so if you are feeling generous, then you make some swift donations.

Some interesting facts about Bindhyabasini Temple

  • In Bindhyabasini Temple, Durga is represented in the form of a Saligram. In Hinduism, a Saligram is a holy stone and is used for religious purposes. It is an ammonite fossil, which is mostly found in the Kaligandaki river of the Upper Mustang. It is said to be a symbolic form of Lord Vishnu.
  • The Bindhyabasini temple resides about 3,000 feet above sea level and is located in the busy Old Bazaar of Pokhara.
  • The Goddess Durga is the guardian deity of Pokhara and protects the city from harm.
  • The temple is built in pagoda style and is white-coloured.
  • It is almost one and a half-story tall, and on the top, there is a golden Gajur.
  • The gate of the temple is golden in colour.
  • From the temple, you can catch amazing sights of the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri Mountain.

Things to do around Bindhyabasini Temple

The road leading to the Bindhyabasini temple is filled with ancient settlements that remind you of the ancient Newari architecture of Nepal. In the 17th century, the king of Kaski had invited artisans from Kathmandu to build artistic buildings and sculptures in Pokhara. Many of them went back to Kathmandu, but some of them stayed in Pokhara.

The houses we see here are reminiscent of ancient times. You can choose to include the visit to Bindhyabasini temple during the tour of the Pokhara valley. You can opt to go souvenir shopping in these old Newari streets and learn the culture here.

Since its foundation, the Bindhyabasini temple has been a major hub for not only Hindus but international tourists as well. The chanting of prayers, the sound of bells, and the powerful smell of incense take the visitor on a religious journey that is bound to provide unforgettable memories.

Conclusion

A visit to Bindhyabisini Temple is included in the Pokhara Day Tour, Spirit of Nepal Tour, and Taste of Nepal Tour, Furthermore, The Pokhara is the gateway of many Annapurna Trekking such as Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Khopra Dada Trek and many others. So, you can make a short tour of the temple if you are going on those treks as well.

Arjun Rijal

Arjun Rijal

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I am Arjun Rijal, Founder Director of the Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd & working as a travel planner/consultant for Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet Travel. I love hiking, trekking, and traveling.

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