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Tal Barahi Temple in Pokhara

Admin     27 Dec, 2022

The Tal Barahi Temple, also popularized as Lake Temple or Varahi Temple, is a two-story pagoda temple on a small island in Pokhara's Phewa Lake. Both Hindu and Buddhist devotees come to worship Goddess Varahi, an avatar of Goddess Durga. The temple is said to have been built by King Kulmandhan Shah in response to his dream.

The main shrine is built in the traditional pagoda style, with wood, bricks, and stone as the primary materials, and has a large enough premise to accommodate a significant number of devotees. The temple premises is large enough to fit a significant number of devotees and guests. Sailing to the island and exploring the temple are both highly recommended when visiting Phewa Lake.

Phewa Lake is Nepal's second-largest lake and one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is an abode for both domestic as well as international travellers! People who are into adventure trekking usually love Pokhara for the natural wonders it provides! Annapurna region is among the world’s most loved trekking regions, which usually starts with Pokhara! Many also favour touring Pokhara and its eccentricities before they start their journey to the much-awaited ! Or vacations in the serene touristic environment of Pokhara before or after their trekking is usually chosen.

Thus, Pokhara attracts you with many of its eccentricities! Tal Barahi is one of them. Tal Barahi attracts not only travellers but also pilgrims and religious people. The backdrop of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna mountains reflects in this lake, adding to the stunning scenery. And, sure, it is lovelier than you've seen in photographs.

Tal Barahi Temple's courtyard resembles a little island. It is well-known among holidaymakers and tourists. The goings-on in the water does not affect the devotees' worship. The visitors can reach the temple via boat. Thousands of Pokhara residents visit Tal Barahi Temple during Durga Puja and on Saturdays to worship the Goddess. This temple is the only one of its sort in Nepal, as it is built entirely within a lake with no land passageways.

In Nepali, Barahi means 'Boar'. Goddess Durga assumed this shape to slay the harmful demons. With her tusks, she is believed to have fought and killed all of the evil demons. She is believed to have visited the Pokhara Valley after the conflict and found it so appealing that she wanted to dwell there. Since then, the Hindu population in Nepal has revered the formidable form of Goddess Durga as a significant divinity.

A Pujari does daily Puja using Puja Samagri (such as Dhup, Acheta, Abir, Phulpati, etc.). Since the Barahi is regarded as a goddess, goats, ducks, hens, and other animals are sacrificed in her honour, and pigeons are taught to fly. It's all done to please her. It is believed that by making Barahi happy, one might achieve his or her goals and dreams in life. Many marriages and Bratabandha ceremonies are performed at the temple of Barahi Devi after witnessing the Devi on auspicious days of different months such as November through July.

Both spiritualists and materialists should pay a visit to the Barahi temple. Spiritualists can satisfy their inner feelings and beliefs by praying to Devi, as well as observing Nepali culture, art, and architecture. The Tal Barahi Temple is not just a safe retreat for pilgrims, but also heritage lovers and nature lovers.

Legend of the Tal Barahi Temple

There was once a lovely city called Phewa, which is now drowned below Phewa Lake. One day, a very elderly woman who was unknown to anyone arrived out of nowhere and walked down the streets of this bustling city, knocking on doors and begging for food. The city's residents are unaware of the old woman's existence; she was a goddess who had assumed a human form. As the people of Kathmandu previously did for Gorakhnath, everyone turned their backs on her and shut the door in her face.

Finally, an elderly couple welcomed her to join their meal comprising boiled rice and veggies in one of the poor dwellings. Before departing his host, the old woman thanked them profusely. She devised a plot to assassinate nearly all of the city's opponents. She encouraged the elderly hosts to flee their homes as soon as possible and seek sanctuary on a nearby little hilltop. She forewarned them of a dreadful tragedy that was coming to ruin their city, and she threatened to exact vengeance on the city's inhabitants.