Pokhara is one of those kinds of destinations that strike our mind whenever the word “travelling” is spelled. And, whilst we travel to Pokhara, Bindabasini temple is a must go-to place for peace lovers. Standing with poise atop a hill, this striking temple looks peaceful over the bustling city of Pokhara.
Bindabasini temple is of huge religious importance for people of all kinds. With such vitality, dedicated to Hindu goddess Durga: Bindabasini temple is Pokhara’s oldest temple and chosen guardian deity. Durga, also known as Shakti or Kali has numerous manifestations and at the Bindabasini temple she is seen as Bhagwati, a blood-thirsty aspect of the goddess. It is believed that goddess Durga appears in the form of Saligram. According to Hindu mythology, Saligram is a sacred and propitious stone used for worship purposes.
It is said that the temple was created after the goddess ordered King Khadag Bum Malla to set up a statue here. The temple was then founded in 1845 B.S. ( 1788 A.D.) covering 47 ropanis i.e. approximately 24,000 sq. m. of land. Embellished layout of Bindabasini Temple is encompassed by a park-like landscape. The picturesque structure of the temple was assembled in Shikhara style. An amazing fact is: the design of Shikhara style is considered older than the design of Pagoda, which is more prevalent.
Unquestionably, Bindabasini temple amazes people with it’s bewildering anatomy but even more fascinates the visitors with the spot to look out all over the town of Pokhara. With it’s astounding scenario, the temple is also a pleasant experience for people coming for dry picnics whilst enjoying the peaceful panorama. Adding on to the peaceful atmosphere is the fresh scent of “Dhup” i.e. Incense sticks as it purifies and freshens the air, and is regarded as an essential part of holy ceremonies.
Bindabasini temple in a glance is a simple yet striking monument situated in a narrow hill lock between primary old market and Bagar, 3000 feet above sea level. With an inclusive and considerate gesture, a 12 person lift was installed in the temple premises and inaugurated by the President of Nepal on March 07, 2019. The elevator is used mainly by tourists and seniors with disabilities. If you get to be fortuitous, you’ll get to see traditional Hindu weddings with beautiful brides and a heart alluring cultural reflection of Nepali community. And while you dive in the field of vision of Bindabasini temple, you can take pictures if allowed by authorities. But, please do not enter the temple premises wearing shoes as it is deemed unholy in Hindu culture. Bindabasini temple standing atop a hill can be walked up via stone staircases on the East and North East. When you enter, there are two golden metal lions standing erect beside the temple gate to welcome you and metal gong-bells for the musical note to embrace your presence.
- Roads are well built, there won’t be any difficulty to drive back and forth from the temple.
- Travelling from Lakeside, we can quickly catch a bus to the temple; it will approximately take about 20-25 minutes to get there.
- To travel more easily, hire a private cab along with a tourist guide from a travelling agency. However, the price may vary, but it’s the best option if you are not fully aware of the way around Pokhara.
- When you reach your destination ‘Bindabasini Temple’ you will need no permit or payment to access inside. Finally, the place will just gracefully take you in and give you memories for a lifetime.