southern edge of the valley, in a dark,
somewhat spooky location in the cleft
between two hills and at the
confluence of two rivers, stands the
blood-soaked temple of Dakshinkali. The
temple is dedicated to the goddess Kali,
Shiva's consort in her most bloodthirsty
incarnation, and twice a week faithful
Nepalis journey here to satisfy her
Sacrifices are always made to goddesses, and
the creatures to be sacrificed must be
uncastrated male animals. Saturday is the
major sacrificial day of the week, when a
steady parade of chickens, ducks, goats,
sheep, pigs and even the occasional buffalo
come here to have their throats cut or their
heads lopped off by professional local
butchers. Tuesday is also a sacrificial day,
but the blood does not flow quite as freely.
During the annual celebrations of Dasain in
October the temple is literally awash with
blood and the image of Kali is bathed in it.
After their rapid dispatch the animals are
butchered in the stream beside the temple
and their carcasses are either brought home
for a feast or boiled up on the spot for a
picnic in the grounds. You'll see families
arriving with pots, bags of vegetables and
armfuls of firewood for the big day out.
Dakshinkali Temple Tour Package
Arrive at Kathmandu airport, transfer to
hotel. Overnight stay at selected hotel.
Morning breakfast, drive to Dakshinkali
temple, visit the holiest site and drive
back to pashupati temple-visit the temple,
evening come back to hotel. Overnight at
Morning drive to Kurintar. Kurintar /
Manokamana Temple/ Kurintar by cable car.
Evening drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 04: Free day in Kathmandu. Explore and
shopping on your own.
Transfer to airport, fly back to home.