Dakshinkali Temple is one of the most famous and popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali, "The Black One". Scowling and emaciated, with protruding tongue and red eyes, decked with a necklace of skulls, Kali is just another form of great goddess Durga. Kali is believed to be extremely powerful and accomplished.
Devotees in the queqe to worship to the Goddess Kali at DakshinKali Temple
Getting to DakshinKali :
It is located 22km outside Kathmandu Valley and 1 km outside the village of Pharping.
The road to DakshinKali is in a good condition but it is uphill all the way. If you plan to go on the Mountain Bike, it is really a interesting place to go and coming back fast is the fun park. Dakshinkali is about a 45-minute taxi ride from Kathmandu. You can hire a taxi and pay a little bit more to the taxi driver to wait while you explore other sites.
Public transportation to the Dakshinkali is available but it is little bit crowded. The public buses run from the Old Buspark, Ratnapark and the minibuses leave from Near Martyr's Gate.
Scenario Around the Temple:
When you get to the Parking lot of the Dakshinkali temple, it is little bit crowded. The route then leads you down a shaded stone pathway lined by local people selling flower and offerings for the Goddess, buffalo milk youghurt and Khuwa (a condensed milk sweet).
A local woman is selling flower and the offerings for the Goddess.
Saturdays in Dakshinkali are like cheerful temple fair, with crowds of worshippers dressed in their best clothes, tea stalls doing good business and people dragging goats and chickens for the sacrifice to the Goddess.
Temple is loacted down the flight of steps open to the sky and is decorated with the canopy of gilded snakes. The black stone image of Kali shows her squatting on a corpse, symbolizing victory over time. She holds other terrifying emblems such as skull cup, a severed head, and a sword. Along the sides are enshrined images of Ganesh, the Ashta Matrika, and a plain stone Bhairab.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY BEHIND ITS EXISTENCE?
Dakshinkali temple is of great importance among those who need her blessing and also among the blessed ones. There is a strong believe in the ability of goddess to make wishes come true. Among thousand of visitors we can see lovers, businessman, children, students, job seekers , sick, etc. Here wishes are made in front of the goddess with sacrifice of animals particularly of cockerels and uncastrated male goats.On Tuesday and Saturday and particularly during the festival of Dashain, the court yard of temple is covered with blood of sacrifice and goddess Kali is bathed with the blood.
What else can you do in Dakshinkali ?
Dakshinkali is popular as the picnic spot and dating place for the lovers. A hiking and a short trekking experience in Dakshinkali is treasured by the many tourists coming to this place.