Manakamana Temple

Manakamana Temple

A short drive will bring us to the Cable Car Terminus from where we shall ride the cable car over some terrain covered with tangerine and other citrus gardens to the mountain-top shrine of Manakamana, the Wish-Fulfilling Goddess of primeval times.   The temple itself is old though the town that has grown around it is very new and a consequence of the cable car installation.  Here the shrine is attended by Magar tribal priests and not the traditional Brahmin that usually are custodians of most Hindu temples !  On certain days of the week, pilgrims sacrifice goats to appease the Goddess or less bloodily, release pigeons in her honour, seeking her acquiescence to their desires !  A trail descends to the Valley below, worn through the ages by the feet of many pilgrims long, long before the advent of the cable car.  You have the option of either walking down to the lodge or return by Cable car.