Amazing sights of Nepal: Dakshinkali temple
Nepalese are very religious. It is believed that most of the population in Nepal professes Hinduism, although in fact the inhabitants of this country have created a mixture of Buddhist beliefs, Hinduism and tantric rites. A small part of the population professes Islam, shamanism, and Christianity.
The main attractions of Nepal are the highest mountains (Himalayas), national parks and temples, which are numerous in the country.
This article will focus on the temple with an interesting and difficult to pronounce name Dakshinkali (Dakshinkali).
Because of their religion, Nepalese believe that all the surrounding space is filled with spirits, sometimes unfriendly. And that they, that is, spirits, did not do anything bad, they periodically need to please, for example, to make a sacrifice. In Hinduism, there are 330 million gods, which is why it is simply impossible to do without periodically repeating the rite of sacrifice to a simple Nepalese.
Dakshinkali Temple, Nepal
It is worth noting that some of the deities of the Nepalese given entire temples, located sometimes in remote places. Of course, it is easy to talk about the deep faith of the people of this country like this, sitting at the computer. To truly understand the inhabitants of Nepal, learn a little more about the Dakshinkali temple.
The Dakshinkali temple is located in the southern part of the Kathmandu Valley. This religious structure was created in honor of the goddess Kali, the consort of the God Shiva. There is a legend about this:
The beautiful Kali was the wife of the God Shiva. Daksha, Kali’s father, decided to perform a large sacrifice ceremony. Upon learning that Kali had come to the house without her father’s invitation, an angry Daksha scolded and chased Kali away, after which she threw herself into the fire in despair.
Disconsolate Shiva carried the body of his beloved wife in his arms and completely abandoned the Affairs of the Universe. Alarmed by what was happening, Vishnu turned Kali’s body into stones and threw them on the ground. One of these stones fell here, in the place where the Dakshinkali temple was built.
Every year, hundreds of Nepalese people come to the temple to sacrifice a pet-a goat, a rooster, a RAM, and a duck. Buddhists who come to the temple sacrifice fruits and vegetables. The altar of the temple is usually watered with the blood of the victim, and the meat is fried and eaten immediately, on the lawn, near the temple, where visitors arrange a kind of picnic. The stone that fell (according to legend) from the sky is located near the temple. A gazebo is built next to it.
As a rule, sacrifices are made on Tuesdays and Fridays. Most of the sacrifices take place in October, during the Dasain festival, when the Kali sculpture is literally bathed in blood. The Dakshinkali temple is only 20 km from Kathmandu. you can get there by bus, which goes to the temple on Tuesdays and Fridays, or by Bicycle.
Representatives of various religions and tourists are allowed to visit the Dakshinkali temple. The stone floor of this temple is literally covered with blood, which goes to the flies. Here, not far from the temple, it is customary to hold weddings, during which the bride and groom can observe the ceremonies of sacrifice. These are the Nepalese.