Standing proudly atop a hill, The temple of Bindyabasini looks calmly over the bustling city of Pokhara.
Bindyabasini, one of the oldest temples of Nepal that lies within the Pokhara valley at a height of 3000 ft. above from the sea level. It lies along the renowned Annapurna and Machhpuchhare mountain ranges. With an immense cultural value, the temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, who is Pokhara’s chosen guardian deity. Durga, also known as Shakti or Kali has numerous manifestations and at the Bindyabasini temple she is seen as Bhagwati, a blood-thirsty aspect of the goddess. Situated at a small hill-lock in between the main old market and Bagar, it is considered as one of the main and foremost Shaktipiths of western Nepal.
Since the temple is situated within the Pokhara city it would take around 20-30 minutes to reach from the airport but usually it depends on traffic. The temple is worshipped both by the Hindus and the Buddhists. It is believed that one's prayers are never left unanswered after praying in this temple, such is the power and the grace of Bindhyabasini. Lots of animal scarifies are also performed here as the temple is also believed to be dedicated to Kali/Durga who demands animal sacrifices. During the festival of Dashain, a large number of believers can be seen coming to this place to offer the sacrifice.
The ornate structure of Bindabasini Temple is surrounded by a park-like landscape. Many locals and visitors come here to enjoy pleasant picnics whilst enjoying the amazing panorama.
A visit to Bindyabasini Temple can be combined with a stroll through the Old Bazaar. Nearby is also the popular holiday leisure spot of Phewa Lake. Located at the foot of the hill on which Bindyabasini Temple stands is the roadway to Sarangkot, another popular lookout point. Recently an elevator has been constructed on the premises of Bindhyabasini Temple, in order to ease mobility to elderly and physically-impaired visitors.