Lele Manakamana : Undiscovered temple in an ancient city
To travel itself is a very soulful and adventurous phenomenon of our life, but sometimes we can add more soul into it by making it cultural and historical. Meanwhile, in Nepal, we can travel to different astonishing places filled with cultural values and natural beauty at the same time.
Manakamana Temple of Lele is one underrated but an amazing travel destination located at the ancient city of Nepal, Lele. It is about 22 km away from Ratnapark and is situated at the southern part of the Lalitpur. Firstly, we can take a bus to Lagankhel from Ratnapark which takes about 20 minutes, and Ultimately a direct bus to Manakamana from Lagankhel bus park. It takes around 1.5 hours to reach there in public bus, and around 30 minutes in private vehicles from Lagankhel bus park. Apart from being a historical monument, Manakamana of lele is also highly preferred hiking and picnic spot among the people. It’s serenity, holiness and the views which can be witnessed from there are to be grasped at least once in life.
Manakamana is believed to be the most sacred place of Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. What makes Manakamana such a historical place is the belief that people carry about it. The name Manakamana originates from two words, “mana” and “kamana” which means wish of heart. Hence, it is believed that if we are able to make the Goddess Bhagwati genuinely happy and wish for something then it shall come true. Lele Manakamana is believed to be constructed when a local villager dreamt about the Manakamana Devi Temple of Gorkha. While we are traveling around Manakamana, there are also some astounding nearby places we could visit in a day trip. Phulchwoki is one of the exciting places nearby where we can enjoy the snowfall in winter and is also the tallest hill in the valley and on the other hand, Godawari is a popular picnic/educational tour spot and a peaceful Botanical Garden.