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Goddess Manakamana and Rules and Regulations

Updated on May 7, 2009

Story of Goddess Manakamana

Background

If someone needs justice, go to Gorakha. That was the famous phrase, in Nepal at the time of Gorakha king Ram Shah. He was famous for his Judiciary system. There was no injustice and no discrimination, during his time. In present day world also most of the places there is necessary of good Judiciary system like in those days of Gorakha.

Now the story:

This is a story of goddess Manakamana. Manakamana meaning wishes fulfillin(goddess). The queen of Ram Shah, the king of Gorkha born in 1614 AD, was a goddess known to only her devotee, Lakhan Thapa. One day the king saw his queen in the form of a goddess.He told about it to the queen and he died instantly, in 1636 AD. The qeen committed Sati (commit cremation with the husband's pyre as per custom of that time). Lakhan Thapa lamented on her Sati.The queen consoled him to reappear again. Six months later, a farmer hit a stone while ploughing his field. Blood and milk came out from the stone. Lakhan Thapa came to know the news. He worshipped the place with tantric rituals. The flow of blood and milk ceased. The site became the foundation of the present-day shrine- Manakamana Temple. The current pujari, Priest, is the 17th generation descendant of Lakhan Thapa. The shirine is at an altitute of 1302 meter high at Gorkha. There is cable car service, the only cable car service in Nepal, from Kurintar to Manakamana, It is 10 minutes cable car ride from Kurintar to Manakamana. Kurintar is 95 km, 2 hours drive, from Kathmandu on the way to Pokhara. Kurintar is at an altitute of 258 meter high from sea level. When there was no cable car service people used to walk 3-4 hours all the way to Makamana. Now it is easy and the place is famous for tourist distination. It is one day trip from Kathmandu. It is worth to visit the Goddess Manakamana..

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