Pathibhara temple, also known as Mukkumlung is said to be one of the most significant Hindu temples in Nepal. Located on top of the Taplejung hills, this temple offers scenic views of Mount Kanchenjunga. Pathibhara temple is dedicated to Pathibhara Devi who is also known as AdiKali, Maha Maya, Maha Rudri among many other of her divine forms. This temple is considered as one of the holiest temples and many people travel from various parts of Nepal and India as well to seek the blessings of the goddess.
It is believed that Pathibhara Devi has supernatural powers and she always fulfils her devotees' dreams and wishes. The story regarding how and why the temple was built says a lot about how divine Pathibara Devi is. The story is that when the local shepherds were moving their sheep from one place to another, they lost hundreds of their sheep while grazing at the same place where the temple stands today. One day, the shepherds had a dream in which Pathibratha Devi ordered them to carry out ritualistic sacrifice of sheep. When the sacrifice was offered, the lost sheep returned to the temple all of a sudden. Since then, this ritual of offering sacrifices have been an important part of this temple. The hill goddess, Pathibhara, is believed to be a fierce goddess who can be easily pleased with a simple and selfless act of prayer and sacrificial offerings (sacrifice of one's ego and greed).
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