Manakamana and Pashupatinath Darshan Yatra is one of the best religious yatra in Nepal. Legend has it that Queen of Gorkha King Ram Shah (A. D. 1614 – 1636) possessed divine powers known only to her devotee Lakhan Thapa. One day, the King found his Queen as Goddess. Following the revelation, he mentioned it to his Queen and suddenly died. He was cremated and his Queen committed sati on his funeral pray, as per the custom. She consoled her lamenting devotee Lakhan saying she would reappear near his home. Six months later, a farmer ploughing his field hit a stone, cleaved it and blood and milk flowed which ceased when Lakhan worshipped it with his tantric knowledge. The site became foundation of the present shrine. The present pujari is the 17th generation descendent of Lakhan Thapa. The Shrine of Manakamana renovated many times over the centuries has four story pagoda style roofs with entrance from the South-west. The pujari performs daily prayers and ritual in the temple behind closed doors by offering oranges, rice, red powder and strips of cloth to the deities. On completion of the pooja of the shrine by the priest, the turn of the public begins.
Manakamana temple lies 12 Km south of historic town Gorkha and located on a prominent ridge (1302 mt. above sea level) overlooking the river valleys of Trisuli (south) and Marshyangdi (west). The unique location of the place is dramatized during winter when the ridge appears as an island above the sea of morning mist. People believe Manakamana Devi fulfills the wishes of her devotees, thus called the wish fulfilling deity. The reward on reaching the shrine is both spiritual and physical exhilaration. Spectacular views include deep valleys, terraced fields and the Manaslu-Himalchuli and Annapurna ranges. In the past, the only access to the region was by arduous climb of over five hours but one can now visit the shrine in comfort by Manakamana cable car.
Literarily Pashupatinath means Lord of all the Living things. According to the Hindu religious belief Lord Pashupatinath is the almighty God and savior of all human beings. It is therefore said that all Hindu should pay homage to Lord Pashupatinath at least once in their lifetime for their eternal peace and salvation. It is believed that Lord Shiv with Sakti is the center of the creation, savior and destruction.
DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Welcome, meet, assist by our representative & transfer to hotel. Welcome drink followed by tour briefing. Evening is free for your own leisure. Stay Overnight at Kathmandu.
DAY 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
Breakfast, proceed for the full-day sightseeing to Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, & Budhanilkantha and then back to hotel. We will take you to Arati at the Pashupatinath in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03: DRIVE TO MANAKAMANA TEMPLE
Breakfast and transfer to Manakaman Temple 3 hours and take a cable car to Temple, Puja at the temple. After lunch drive back to Kathmandu. Free time at your leisure. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04: DEPARTURE
Free until you are transferred to the international airport for onward journey.