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Hand Temple (Hat Mandir)

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This temple is situated (27°34’55.5″N 85°16’36.5″E) at  Devichour, Bagmati.  The temple is one of most sacred temple for both Hindu and Buddhist people of Nepal. The temple is located at left side of bagmati river and just below the temple, river forms a daha ( pound, locally know as katuwal daha).  Ever 12 years from this temple to daha, priests of Lord Macchhindranath ( Rato Machhindranath), God of rice grains,  pull scared rope and perform rituals puja. They takes holly water from this daha to Lalitpur and start Rato Machhindranath 32 haat (hands) long chariot jatra (festivals).  The Lord, is also know as Buṅga Dyaḥ (Newar: बुंग द्यः). It is one of the greatest religious events in the city and the longest chariot festival celebrated in the country.

Buṅga Dyaḥ is also known as Raktalokitesvara Karunamaya and Rāto Machhindranāth and is revered as the giver of rain. The name Rato Machhendranath means Red Machhendranath in a reference to the color of the deity’s image. The chariot festival is held according to the lunar calendar, so the date is changeable. It begins on the 4th day of the bright fortnight of Bachhalā, the seventh month in the lunar Nepal Sambat calendar.

Also, every 12 years, the priest of Sankata Temple, situated at Tebahal, Kathmandu, Nepal, a Buddhist Gubhaju of the Newar Bajracharya, worships the goddess in a holy pitcher along with another pitcher for Yogini at the Katuwal Daha at Chobhar and then the goddesses are enshrined in the temple. The route of the 12 years jatra is kept secret. Lord Sankata is worshipped, especially on Saturdays, to ward off bad luck and sickness.

One can view the location in Google Map with above given coordinates. Temple can be reached from Pharping, Kathamndu or from Bungamati, Lalitpur. It takes around 2 hours from Balkhu, Kathmandu. The road distance is about 20 km. Roads are rough and expansion of road is still going on, one need to take enough food and drinking water as there is no shop near by location.  One can see pharping power house (Nepal’s first hydro power plant, 500 KW) and can view range of Himalayas from view tower, during this travel.

 

 

 

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