The Manakamana Temple situated in the Gorkha district of Nepal is the sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. The name Manakamana means, “mana” heart and “kamana” wish. So devotees who pray from heart, it is believed that Goddess Manakamana grants the wishes of all those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine to worship her.
The Manakamana temple lies 12 km south of the town Gorkha. The temple is located on a mountain hill 1,302 meters (4,272 ft) above sea level and overlooks the river valleys of Trisuli in the south and Marsyangdi in the west. The spectacular views of the Manaslu- Himachali and Annapurna ranges can be seen to the north of the temple. The temple is approximately a 104 kilometers drive from Kathmandu and can also be reached via bus, micro bus, car and jeep in around three to four hours.
Manakamana darshan is most popular during Dashain (Sept –Oct) and Nag Panchami (July –August) during which time devotees stand for as long as five to ten hours to pray to Goddess Bhagwati.
The Manakamana temple is set in a square and looks across a massive sacred magnolia tree. The temple is four storied with tiered pagoda style roofs and lies on a square pedestal. In 1996, brass plates were installed on the roof. The entrance to the temple is in the southwest direction and is marked by one stone, which is the sacrificial pillar.