Monday, March 4, 2013

Bindabasini, The Guardian Deity Of Pokhara

Situated in the northern part of the beautiful lake city of Nepal is the temple of Bindabasini Located near the busy Old Bazzar of Pokhara, the temple of Bindabasini stands proudly at about 3000 feet above the sea level along the Annapurna and Machhapuhhare Himalayan Range. Bindabasini temple, the temple of the guardian deity is of great religious value to the Hindus living in Pokhara.
The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga and is regarded as the guardian deity of Pokhara. The form of Durga residing in the Bindabasini temple is of Bhagawati, a blood-thirsty aspect of the goddess. The temple was founded in 1845 BS after the goddess ordered King Khadag Bam Malla to set up her statue there. The temple observes animal sacrifices on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Large numbers of devotees throng to the temple during the festival of Bada Dashain.
The beautiful white pagoda style temple of Bindabasini is surrounded by a park-like setting. Many people come here not only to visit the temple but to enjoy picnic with families and friends indulging themselves in the breathtaking view of the Pokhara bazaar from atop the hill. Also the majestic view of the snow clad mountains and the fresh scent of the incent sticks in the temple gives peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. This is one of the most important holy places for the Hindus in Nepal. Also, the stamps were printed with the picture of the temple in the year 2045.

Bhutan Devi Temple In Hetauda

Situated at Butan Devi Road-10 in Hetauda, the temple of Butan Devi is not only famous in Hetauda but all over Nepal. The temple is built is perfect Vastu principal and it is believed that worshipping the goddess helps one to get victory over serious troubles, problems and fear. Butan Devi actually is the form of goddess Durga who killed the great demon Mahishasura because of which she is also known by the name of Mahishasura Sardinia.
According to the legends, Mahishasura has terrorized all everyone, from humans to saints, even the gods could not defeat him. He had captured all the three worlds lost by the gods in the battle with him. The defeat was too much for the gods to take and the power of their anger took a form of a mountain that unified the power of all the three worlds and transformed into a woman, who then killed the demon in a battle that lasted for nine days and nights. The battle is now celebrated as the festival of Nauratha or Navaratri.
She is also known as the warrior avatar of goddess Durga, the Mother Shakti. She is the greatest form of power and courage. The temple houses a statue of the goddess killing Mahishasura, who is trying to transfer his Buffalo form back to Human. There are various other small temples of gods and goddesses like Radha-Krishna temple, Laxmi-Narayan temple, Shiva temple, Manakamana Devi temple, etc. inside the Bhutan Devi temple premises and it is said that she holds the power of all these gods and goddesses. Also many monkeys live around the temple area who would snatch away anything you carry if you are not careful enough.
People from all over Nepal come to visit this temple and seek for power and courage to overcome their troubles and fear. The temple is quiet and peaceful and being in the temple itself makes the person forget their problems.

Batuk Bhairav, The Child God

One of holiest place of Nepal, Devghat accommodates a secret temple of Batuk Bhairav. The image of the god lay in the form of Shiva Linga which is situated under a Pipal tree. This temple of the Batuk Bhairav is famous for removing the evil effects of Rahu and Saturn(most harmful grahas on a birth chart).
It is said that performing a puja here removes the evil effects, the Rahu Maha Dasa and Sani Maha Dasa, in your birth charts. Bad position of Rahu and Sani on a birth chart means a lot of pain, trouble, health problems, job problems and other disasters, etc., hence, conducting a puja here is believed to save you from all these problems.
 The ancient text Shakti Sangam Tantra in its Kali Khand chapter has mentioned the origin of Lord Batuk Bhairab. According to the text, once a demon named Aapat had gained powers through Sadhanas and he used it to harass everyone including the gods. The gods then got together and started to think of ways to find a solution to this problem. As they started concentrating, their powers appeared as a flash of light and took the form of a five year old child, Butak The child, then, killed the demon and saved the gods which is why he is known as Aapat Uddharak Batuk Bhairav.
In tantra and other Hindu puja, this is the most worshiped form of Lord Bhairav among the various forms of Bhairav. All other forms of Bhairav are terrifying apart from this as this is in the form of a child. He is also known as the child form of Lord Shiva. The image of Batuk Bhairav is displayed with a dog accompanying him, which is symbolized as dharma.
He is said to be pleased by the devotion of the worshippers and conductingpuja and homam is said to take away all the obstacles and cleanse the soul. Also, the dogs, especially the black dogs are considered to be the form ofBhairav and feeding the dogs every Saturday and taking care of them is also said to please the god and bring good fortune.

Bakreshwor Mahadev For Curing Stammering Problem

The mysterious temple of Bakreshwor Mahadev or Bakreshwor Shiva and Shakti temple is situated at the remote mountain near the Manakamana temple. This rare place is very much present into its natural form without any kind of artificial interferience by humans. It is believed that the tongue of Sati Devi,Lord Shiva‘s wife, fell into this place when he was roaming the world carrying her dead body in his arms. It is, hence, considered as one of the major Shakti Peethas of Nepal.
The temple is still untouched from the urban and modern means of transportation's and is still present in its pure and natural form. One has to walk through the Manakamana temple, climbing mountains and passing through remote villages of the region to reach the temple. One of the reasons why the temple is not famous is that there are no means of transportation that could talk you to the temple except for your own two feet. Also, being in a mountain amidst some of the remote village is one of the many reasons why the temple still lies in secret and unknown to the rest of the world.
It is believed that the kids who have stammering problem started speaking after conducting a puja in this temple. Hence, Bakreshwor Mahadev is believed to cure the stammering problems of his devotees. This temple is also considered as a temple of Mahavidya. The main spot where Sati Devi stongue is believed to have fallen is untouched and in open. Also, a temple of Lord Ganesh lay in the temple premises as he is considered as Gana Nayaka, leader of the ganas (attendents). The Shiva Linga present here is made up of natural rock and is shaped as a tongue. Also, Sati Devi’s tongue is found here which is also in a state of rock.
The temple is said to be powerful and the Lord is famous for cures the stammering problem of his devotees. People from various corners of Nepal come to visit the temple and worship the Lord for the fulfillment of their wishes.

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