It is said queen of Ram Shah was a goddess.
It is only known to her devotee. Even, king
was unaware of it. Ram Shah is king Gorkha
born in AD 1614. One day the king found his
queen in goddess incarnation. He told this
to Lakhan Thapa. King dies instantly, in AD
1636. The queen went Sati (commit cremation
with the husband's pyre as per custom of
that time). Lakhan Thapa objected and
dismayed on her Sati. The queen convinced
him that she would reappear again. In six
months after queen’s death, Lakhan Thapa
heard news that a farmer hit a stone while
he ploughs his field and a stream of blood
and milk came out from the stone.
Immediately, he started performing Hindu
tantric rituals and worship (hom and pooja)
at the place. As soon the flow of blood and
milk ceased, he established it as Manokamana
Mai. It later on grew as Manokamana Temple.
The current priest at the temple is the 17th
generation descendant of Lakhan Thapa.
Manokamana is only one of very few of its
kind of temples where priest is from Magar
community of Nepal.
Manokamana is Hindu Goddess so she is
worshiped with offerings of flower, sound,
scent, dress, make-ups and colors. There is
a tradition of sacrificing animals at the
temple. Devotees stand in line for even for
5-10 hours during festivals. The line
started from the temple gate reach longer
than few kilometers sometimes. People can be
seen standing in line with pooja samagri
(worship materials) in hand and some of them
carrying duck, cock or goat with them.
People seem to enjoy standing in the line
without food, some even with no water.
(worship and offering materials) for
As per hindu mythology all objects in this
universe is consists of five cosmic elements
the earth, water, fire, air and ether or
space or sky. Therefore the arrangement of
pooja samagri is done on the basis of these
elements then it helps in balancing and
regulating the activated five cosmic
elements in the universe. The worshipper
then gets the maximum benefit both manifest
and unmanifest frequencies emitted from the
god and goddess.
Devi is worshiped with the same elements,
and in Nepal there is a tradition to offer
cloth (bastra) to god and goddess.
Especially red is considered as saubhagya
(long life in Nepal) so Devi is offered
almost everything in Red color.
The pooja thali
should contain at least the following in a
puja basket along with pancha patro,
1. Abir (kumkum) for saubhagya Manokamana
Cable Car Entrance
2. Kesar represents earth
3. Flower and Leaves
4. Dhup for Scent (Fragnace)
5. Diyo for light
6. Cloth (Bastra or Dress) and mirror
7. Fruit and Foods for Prasad (Coconut and
8. Bell for sound
9. Betel nut and janai
10. Little amount of rice (anna, grain)