Dakshinkali temple is the most famous and popular sacred place for Hindus in Nepal at the southern part of Kathmandu valley. This prestigious Hindu temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kali, the black one with a long tongue protruding out and red dark eyes, adorned with skull necklace in her neck. She is also known as Kali Maa normally. She is the only Hindu Goddess, who is blood thirsty and to accomplish her thirst pilgrims sacrifice animals like chicken, pigeons, sheep, ducks, goats, and travel with them uphill to the temple.
There are two main days for visiting Dakshinkali temple, Tuesday and Saturday. People sacrifice the animals on Tuesday and Saturday, specifically on Tuesday, so the place is overly crowded on these two days of the week. Goddess Kali is believed to be very powerful and forceful and it is believed that she delivers power and energy to her devotees who worship her and sacrifice their animals for her. Dakshinkali is always quiet on other week days as compared to Tuesday and Saturday. Worshippers from all parts of Nepal come to worship Goddess Kali. Goddess Kali is worshipped mostly on a special festival called as Dashain, which is held every year in the month of October.
Reaching the Temple
One can reach Dakshinkali temple within 45 minutes on taxi from Kathmandu, which is 22 km away from this temple. Roads are clear and easy to go. Pilgrims can enjoy the journey of 45 minutes from Kathmandu to Dakshinkali temple watching the beautiful greenery scenario. Dakshinkali temple is 1 km away from the village of Pharping so if you are going from Pharping then you will reach Dakshinkali temple within no time. You can choose the option of mountain biking too to reach Dakshinkali temple to make your journey more enjoyable. Using public transport to go to Dakshinkali temple is not a good idea as it is over-crowded.
It is strongly believed that Dakshinkali temple was built after the dream of a Malla king, who was the ruler of 14th century. In his dream, Goddess Kali herself said the king to build a temple for her in the place where the temple is actually standing today. The king decided to do so but a person said that he had already made a statue of Goddess Kali in the same place, which was then left there as it is and a temple was built as commanded by the Goddess Kali. Hindus strongly believe that the Goddess Kali possesses the divine quality of fulfilling their wishes. Non-Hindus cannot enter the Dakshinkali temple but can enjoy outside the temple and get themselves photographed outside the temple.