Dakshinkali Temple

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Dakshinkali, Nepal

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Bloodfilled Hindu Nepali Temple Feb 15, 2013
The Hindu temple of Dakshinkali is located about 22km outside of the capital city of Kathmandu. You can easily catch a local bus for about 50 rupees which will take you to the temple.

You can visit on any day but the best day to go would be a Saturday when hundreds or even thousands of Nepalis visit the temple to receive blessing from the goddess Kali who the temple is dedicated to.

Kali is the Hindu goddess associated with empowerment, shakti. She is a blood thirsty goddess and as such Nepalis each bring with them an animal to sacrifice. This is mostly likely to be a chicken, goat or duck.

As you arrive at Dakshinkali bus park, you first notice the amount of people. There is no such thing as a quiet hindu temple and Dakshinkali is no exception. The temple is situated at the bottom of a wooded hill and the steps down to the temple take only a few minutes. The sounds of bells ringing echo throughout. There is no entrance fee to get into the temple but if you are kind hearted then bring along some change for the many disabled and elderly beggars who line the steps down to the temple.

As you reach the bottom of the steps you immediately see the whole temple complex. There is a small river that separates the temple into two. You will notice a long long line of people all queued up with a chicken under their arm or goat at their feet. As you are not there to sacrifice anything you can skip the queue and go into the temple. Please respect the people who are there to worship and DO NOT enter right into the centre of the temple where the sacrifices are being held. You can view from behind the small fence and still be able to see the not so nice sight of chickens being beheaded. If you look on the roof of the shrine you will see a mound of chicken heads!!

The river which runs through the temple is most often coloured bright red due to all the blood being washed into it.

This temple is not for the faint hearted and regardless of your views on sacrifice, you should come here with respect for the beliefs of these people. Some tourists and christian preachers have in the past held protests here and even attacked some of the people who come to worship. The best bit of advice i can give is if you are 100% against animal sacrifice then DO NOT VISIT!

Overall i thought Dakshinkali was a great place to visit only to experience Hindu Nepal. I had visited Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu before here and seen Hindu life in Nepal but Dakshinkali allows you to go closer than anywhere else in Nepal to see for yourself the ancient rituals and traditions.
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williamsworld says:
I have to get to Nepal soon. Thanks for the review
Posted on: Feb 25, 2013
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