Guhyeshwari Temple, Kathmandu

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Guhyeshwari Temple (Nepali: गुह्येश्वरी मन्दिर), also spelled Guheswari or Guhjeshwari, is one of the revered holy temples in Kathmandu, Nepal. This temple is dedicated to Guhyeshwari or Adi Shakti. The temple is also a Shakti Peetha and is about 1 km east of Pashupatinath Temple and is located on the southern bank of the Bagmati River. It is said that this temple is the Shakti chair of Pashupatinath Temple. It is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus, especially for Tantric worshipers. King Pratap Malla built this temple in the 17th century. The goddess is also called Guhyekali.

The temple's name originates from the Sanskrit words Guhya (secret, hidden, or cave) and Ishwari (goddess). Literally, the name "Guhyeshwari" stands for the goddess of the cave (गुफाको ईश्वरी) and the origin of the name aligns with the Hindu legend of Sati, her self-immolation when She turns into Adishakti, the Goddess of cosmic energy, at Daksha yagna. In Lalitha Sahasranama the 707th name of the Goddess is mentioned as Guhyarupini (The uncanny form of Goddess intimates that She is beyond human perception, and the invisible location where She resides allows Her to render justice impartially. Another belief is that it is the secret 16th syllable of the Shodashi Mantra) (LS 137th verse: Sarasvati shastramayi| Guhaamba guhyaruupini||).

The main stotras dedicated to goddess are:

Guhya Kali Sahasranama Stotra,

Guhyakali Gadya Sanjeevana Stotram

Guhyakali Mahavajra Kavacha StotramIt is one of the best place nearly to pashupatinath.
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  • Temple allow you to touch the sacred place and take the holy water on your own, you will need to walk to this place or take a taxi. the experience in the temple is amazing.  more »
  • This is most scared Place for Hindus in Nepal but it is not very popular destination for many tourists. The reason is simple it is not advertised as Tourist Destination by Govt as well as Travel...  more »
  • I have seen the gate only but really its too amazing...... The arts and architectures are too good. 😍😍
  • A great place for Hindu to worship. Just 5 minutes walk from World Heritage site, Pashupatinath Temple.

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