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Dakshinkali Temple

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Dakshinkali Temple

236 Reviews
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Rahul G wrote a review Dec. 2020
New Delhi, India198 contributions32 helpful votes
amazing temple. brings peace and a kind of vibration once you enter the premises. great art and architecture. blissful and serene place for blessings of the ma kali. . even in the times of covid, it is open for blessing seekers.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Jalal Iqbal wrote a review Mar. 2020
Dhaka Division, Bangladesh1,464 contributions349 helpful votes
a typical temple for Hindus. not clean or nice. animals are sacrificed here. can be crowded on special days.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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The_Traveling_Expat wrote a review Dec. 2019
Chicago, Illinois341 contributions172 helpful votes
Apparently Tuesday and Saturday are the two days when there are a lot of animal sacrifices. However, when I went, my guide told me that sacrifices happen daily, and that many tourists do not come here because of the live sacrifices. I have a strong stomach, so I was eager to witness this. For me, the most memorable part of the trip was seeing a chicken and 2 goats get sacrificed while alive. It is not possible to take pictures, but it it possible to witness the beheading of the animals. This is not for people who have weak stomachs. There is a lot of blood, and if you are animal lover, you will not want to see this, but I thought it was fascinating to see the cultural practices of different religions.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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rama1 wrote a review Oct. 2019
Melbourne, Australia969 contributions372 helpful votes
To an outsider, this temple is a bit confusing. It was great to see the locals going about their daily life. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Dilip S wrote a review Oct. 2019
Vadodara, India1,135 contributions1,048 helpful votes
I left Shambling Boutique Hotel at 1500 and reached Pharping village , 22 km away from Kathmandu at 1600 on 3rd November , 2018 . The village was an one street one . I followed the street boasting stalls selling Pooja materials, trinkets and cocks, pigeons & uncastrated male goats for sacrifice . At the end of the street , on the left side there were long stairs leading to the revered Dakshinkali Temple . As I didn’t want to offer any sacrifice and just wanted to take photographs , there was no need for me to stand in the queue . Near the temple , there was a raised view point to witness the proceedings . Main entrance was protected by beautiful brass fencing . There were many little ,beautiful brass lamps fixed on the fencing . Two intricately carved brass lions were guarding the entrance of this fencing . People carrying the animals directly went to the place where they were sacrificed to the goddess Kali . It seemed goats knew their imminent death as it was reflected in their eyes . They were very reluctant to move forward . I documented sacrifices of few cocks , goats and a buffalo . It was a gory job to do . Two young men ln hoodies , were so expert in slicing the neck of cocks , in front of a 60 cm high Kali statue , that in a single sweep of knife they used to behead the cock and threw the head over an adjoining roof . Crows were partying on such heads . After the sacrifice , the devotees sprinkle the cock / goat blood on both themselves and the Kali idol . Then they used to drag their offerings to the nearby bloody stream to , wash , butcher and prepare the feast . Tips : Timings : 0600 to 2100 Sacrifices are offered only on Tuesday and Saturday If one wants to sacrifice the animal / bird , she should be mentally prepared to stand in a queue for at least a couple of hours . If one wants to just witness and document the process , she need not stand in a queue . The process of sacrifice used to come to a halt between 1200 and 1300 to clean kilo litres of blood on the idol and the floor . The gory experience is not for any feint hearted human being .
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Date of experience: November 2018
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