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Bajrayogini Temple

January 02, 2011

The Goddess Bajrayogini is the Hindu – Buddhist parallel manifestation of Goddess Kali. The temple complex is supposed to be as old as Changunarayan (467 AD). It is mentioned in Gopal Vamsabali, a research manuscript, which states Manadev, performed penance at this place. The present three- tier structure or the temple is the contribution of King Pratap Malla.


The Bajrayogini Temple is situated in Sankhu which is in the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is situated roughly 20 kilometers north-east of downtown Kathmandu. It is considered to be a very sacred temple because it is believed to have one of the strongest abilities to bless its worshipers. The area where it is located is often referred to as Gunbaha which can be roughly translated from Newari as ‘recreational forest place’. The area is very pretty and this adds to the allure of the temple. The main temple is a three-story high building which was obviously carefully constructed with the utmost attention to detail. You will likely find a statue of the goddess Bajrayogini in this temple which will feature a red face with three eyes as well as hands which have the thumb and middle finger carefully decorated. Her statue is surrounded by ornaments and it helps to hear her story to better understand the significance of the statue.

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