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Pathivara Temple, Dharan Overview

Pathivara temple, also known as Mukkumlung, is said to be one of the most significant Hindu temples in Nepal. Situated on the Taplejung hills, the Pathivara temple offers scenic views of the Mount Kanchenjunga. In fact, the road to the temple itself meanders through fog-filled landscapes and tall, shady trees. The members of the Nepal royal family are said to be ardent devotees of the Goddess and come here often to pay their respects.

Dedicated to Pathivara Devi, also known as AdiKali, Maha Maya, Maha Rudri among many other divine forms, the Pathivara temple is considered to be one of the holiest temples. Many travel from various parts of Nepal and India as well to seek the blessings of the goddess.

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Legend and Rituals of the Pathivara Temple

Pathivara Devi
Believed to possess supernatural powers, Pathivara Devi is said to fulfil dreams and wishes of devotees. The story regarding the beginning of the temple was built tells a lot about the divinity of Pathivara Devi.
Pathivara, the hill goddess, is believed to be a fierce goddess easily pleased with selfless and straightforward acts of prayer and sacrificial offerings (the sacrifice of one's ego and greed).

Myth Behind the Temple
This story states a few local shepherds to have been moving their sheep when they lost hundreds while grazing at the same place where the temple stands today. One day, the shepherds dreamt Pathivara Devi ordering them to carry out the ritualistic sacrifice of a sheep. When the sacrifice was offered, all of a sudden, the lost sheep returned to the temple. Since then, the ritual of offering sacrifices have been significant in this temple.

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