has it that Queen of Gorkha King Ram Shah (A. D. 1614-1636)
possessed divine powers
known only to her devotee LakhanThapa.
One day, the King found his Queen disguised as a Goddess.
Following the revelation, he mentioned it to his Queen
and suddenly died. He was cremated and his Queen committed
sati by jumping into his funeral pyre, as per the custom.
Before she jumped into the funeral
pyre, she consoled her lamenting devotee Lakhan saying
she would reappear near his home. Six months later,
a farmer ploughing his field hit a stone, cleaved it
and blood and milk flowed from it which ceased only
when Lakhan worshipped it with his tantric knowledge.
The site became foundation of the present shrine.
The present pujari is the 17th generation descendent
of Lakhan Thapa.
The Shrine of Manakamana renovated
many times over the centuries has four story pagoda
style roofs with entrance from the South-West. The pujari
performs daily prayers and ritual in the temple behind
closed doors by offering eggs, oranges, rice, red powder
and strips of cloth to the deities.
On completion of the pooja of the shrine by the priest,
the turn of the public begins.
Manakamana temple lies 12 Km south
of historic town Gorkha and located on a prominent ridge
(1302 MT. above sea level) overlooking the river valleys
of Trisuli (south) and Marsyangdi (west). The unique
location of the place is dramatized during winter when
the ridge appears as an island above the sea of morning
mist. People believe Manakamana Devi fulfills the wishes
of her devotees, thus called the wish fulfilling deity.
Spectacular views include deep valleys, terraced fields
and the Manaslu-Himalchuli and Annapurna ranges. In
the past, the only access to the region was by arduous
climb of over five hours but one can now visit the shrine
in comfort by Manakamana cable car. The reward on reaching
the shrine is spiritually satisfying.