Manakamana lies on a steep hill about halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. The temple is one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal and said to have to power to grant wishes. A short cable car ride takes visitors, pilgrims and sacrificial goats up the hill – but better not look down!
Manakamana is one of the most sacred sites for all Hindus in Nepal. Hindus believe that the Goddess has the power to grant wishes, and many people come up here to wish for something – for example many young couples come up here to pray for a son – and seal the deal by sacrificing a goat or pidgeon.
From the village Cheres a cable car takes visitors within 10 minutes up the steep hillside to the top, where the temple lies. One of the carriages on the cable car is dedicated to transport the goats that are brought up there as a sacrifice.
The temple dates back to the 17th century and is built in the pagoda style of the Kathmandu valley. On feast days, the temple nearly vanishes in the sea of pilgrims and sacrificial goats and pidgeons. It is still mainly visited by local pilgrims, rather than tourists, so you can be sure to get a true taste of religious life in Nepal here!
About 3 kilometers uphill from Manakamana you can have unobstructed views of the Himalayan peaks.
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