Bagalamukhi (Pitambaradevi/Brahmastra Roopini), The Historic Temple

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Bagalamukhi (Pitambaradevi/Brahmastra Roopini), The Historic Temple

Bagalamukhi Temple is one of the most famous and ancient temple of Lalitpur .

The word “Bagalamukhi” consists of two words “Bagala” and “Mukhi”.”Bagala” means “bridle” and “Muhki” means “face (like) “. Thus, Bagalamukhi means one whose face has the power to capture or control. She thus represents the hypnotic power of the Goddess. Another interpretation translates her name as “crane faced”. Bagalamukhi has a golden complexion and her dress is yellow. She sits in a golden throne in the midst of an ocean of nectar full of yellow lotuses. A crescent moon decorates her head.

Location: It is situated in Lalitpur district of Kathmandu Valley. It is few metres North to Patan Krishna Mandir.It is the most sacred and worshipped temple by the locals of Lalitpur.

 

  • There are various other small temples inside the Baglamukhi temple premises.
  • It is mostly crowded on Thursdays as it is considered as the day of Bhagawati.
  • Outside the temple premises we can easily get materials like Aagarbattis (incense sticks ), special diyos (made of ghee of Chiuri plant) and flowers which are used to perform Pooja inside the temple.
  • Unlike in other temple , 3 Aagarbattis should be lit here at once.
  • It is believed that Goddess turns speech into silence, knowledge into ignorance, power into impotence, and defeat into victory. She represents the knowledge whereby each thing must in time become its opposite.
  • Bagalamukhi is the secret presence of the opposite wherein each thing is dissolved back into the Unborn and the Uncreated.

 

The way to Bagalamukhi:
We can go to Bagalamukhi as:

  • From the TIA( Tribhuwan International Airport), we can hire a Taxi to Lagankhel.(Rs. 500-1000). From Lagankhel Buspark take a subway to North along with small shops on foot, in a couple of minutes we will reach to Patan Durbar Square.From Patan Durbar Square take straight north for about 5 mins, we will be exactly on Bagalamukhi Premises.
  • If You want to take Public Bus, take SAJA vehicle to Lagankhel get dropped at Lagankhel. ( Your charge will be Rs. 20).From Lagankhel follow the same process as said earlier.
  • If you are interested on walking, you can reach on foot too. From New Baneshwor Chowk , Walk to Sankhamul side (i.e, South from New Baneshwor Chowk), take straight distance, in about 15 mins, you will reach to a Narrow Bagmati Bridge.(Where only two wheelers vehicles can pass due to its narrowness) Go along the bridge, walk straight without taking turn to any other subways. In about 15 mins you will be exactly on the Bagalamukhi Temple Premises.

I have myself visited the Temple many times; it is really wonderful, amazing, unique and beautiful. Unlike other Temples visit, you can’t reach the temple without walking for a few minutes. (Because of narrowness of the road)Hope, you will not miss it whenever you will visit to Lalitpur.

If you have ever visited this temple then please write a short review in comment below.

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