Distance from Kathmandu to Dakshinkali Temple is 22km. We drove from Thamel at 11.30am, arrived at 12.30pm. We took exactly 1 hour drive from Kathmandu to Dakshinkali Temple.
Read my visit to Dakshinkali Temple on a Saturday, and I am lucky to witness the “Animals Sacrifices in Nepal”
Dakshinkali Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. This is the main temple where – mass animals were/are going to be sacrificed in Nepal. A lot of people said/blamed the ritual of animals sacrificed in Nepal that caused the Nepal earthquake in year 2015. This is the main temple where you can witness animals sacrifices in Nepal every Saturday and Tuesday, and during some festival especially on Dashain Festival which falls on November every year.
NOTE: Dashain Festival is a 15 days festival celebrated for goods win over the evils (the gods won over the demons).
Let me tell you about Goddess Kali in my understanding, and
“Why locals / Hindu worship goddess Kali – the goddess of death and destruction?”
Goddess Kali is the wife and power of Lord Shiva. She is the destroyer and protector. She destroys ignorance, she helps those who desire the knowledge of God. Her name means “The Black One” and the city of Calcutta is named in her honor.
Kali worship is much in the same vein. She is seen as the mother that protects the child from all evil. Even if you can see she looks absolutely horrible when in anger, but she is your mother. The angry form is just another part of her that comes out when you need a strong hand.
She is not destroying you but destroying something that is threatening you. She is protecting you from destruction and hence she becomes the goddess of destruction. So when you say she is the goddess of destruction, she is not destroying creation or is an evil goddess BUT she is a goddess protecting you from evil and destruction wrecked by the evil of the world. So, as a worshiper of Kali, you worship that motherly love. The love that drives her to take the form of destroyer to protect you, her child. She may look dangerous but you know that is only to the evil. For you she is still your loving mother and you, her child that called for her help.
Pilgrims seek protection from Goddess Kali on demons/ evils which give a threat and seek power for courage within themselves.
Locals/Nepalese usually came here when they buy a new vehicle (to protect from accidents) and travel abroad(seek safe journey) etc.
Some photos on my visit on Dakshinkali Temple.
Prayers by the pilgrims to wish protection and power within oneself.
Not sure what else to write.. Today – 20 January 2018, is one of my best day – No work but pray made Angie a pretty woman. Ends…