Kalika Bhagwati Temple, Baglung

#7 of 8 in Historic Sites in Dhaulagiri Zone
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Kalika Bhagawati Temple, also known as Baglung Kalika Bhagawati Temple, is a significant Hindu temple located south-east of the town of Báglung in western Nepal. It is situated on the southern banks of the Kali Gandaki River.

The presiding deity of the temple is Kalika (or Kali), one of the fiercest forms of Shakti, the consort of Shiva. Kalika is one of the main goddess for the Shaiva sect.

The temple courtyard has four entrances in each of the cardinal directions. The temple compound contains a sprawling collection of various other small temples dedicated to Shiva, Radha Krishna, Lakshmi Narayan and others.
The major festival of the temple, Chaite-Dashain, is held on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha (bright lunar fortnight) of the month of Chaitra, with thousands of devotees visiting. The devotees light oil lamps, perform pooja, rituals and get married with the belief of receiving the Devi's blessings. The other major festival is that of Dashain, which runs from the Shukla Paksha of the month of Ashwin and ending on the Purnima (full moon).
According to local folklore the King of Parbat District, Pratap Narayan Singh Malla, received an idol of goddess Kalika as part of the dowry in his marriage with King Manimukunda Sen's daughter. Whilst returning to his residence after the marriage ceremony, the bride, groom and others from the marriage procession took shelter in the forest. On the following day, not a single person was able to move the idol, so, the king constructed a temple on that spot.
Traditionally devotees practiced live animal sacrifices at the temple in the belief that this would enable their wishes to be fulfilled. On 13 April 2016 the sacrificing of pigeons was stopped on the basis that pigeon represented a symbol of peace. The pigeons are instead released from within the temple's grounds.
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  • I was travelling to my home and suddenly my wife asked me to go in the temple. We decided to go. I was uncomfortable because of long travel in bus. When i reach in tha temple i feel peace of mind...  more »
  • I visited last month baglung kalika temple its was a amazing very beautiful place and view u can see there baglung kalika temple surround by the high hills baglung bazaar located in middle of all...  more »
  • Wonderful place. Peaceful surroundings. The temple is in the middle of a jungle and at the other end of the jungle there is a view point from where one can see the panoramic view of kaligandagi river surrounding hills. Pristine place. Well managed and clean.
  • A very beautiful temple made in Pagoda style. The thing that I liked about this temple is that it is situated in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by the trees. Very famous destination for religious people. The surrounding areas are very calm and peaceful. You can also get the things that you need for puja outside the temple area. Very clean place.
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