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Manakamana

The Manakamana Temple situated in the Gorkha district of Nepal is the sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. The name Manakamana originates from two words, “mana” meaning heart and “kamana” meaning wish. Venerated since the 17th century, it is believed that Goddess Manakamana grants the wishes of all those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine to worship her.

Darshan comes from the Sanskrit word meaning sight. The pilgrimage to Manakamana is made by a great many people every year. This religious expedition to see the Goddess Bhagwati at Manakamana is hence referred to as Manakamana Darshan. According to Hindu mythology the universe is said to consist of five cosmic elements- earth, fire, water, air and ether. The offerings to the Goddess are made on this basis. At least one of the following should be amongst the worship materials:

  1. Abir (vermillion)
  2. Kesar (pure saffron extract)
  3. Flowers and leaves
  4. Dhup (incense)
  5. Diya (oil lamp)
  6. Bastra (Cloth, usually in red as it is considered auspicious)
  7. Fruit and foods such as coconuts and sweet desserts
  8. Bell
  9. Betel nut and jannai (sacred thread)
  10. Anna, grain (rice)
 
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