Tal Barahi Temple, also known as Lake Temple or Barahi Temple is a two-story pagoda temple located in the Kaski District of the Gandaki Zone in western Nepal. It is a hindu temple of the Goddess Durga (Barahi), the protector of gods. It is located in a small island on the south east section of Phewa Lake in Pokhara. The temple is used for worship by both Hindus and Buddhists.
There are many stories based on the establishment of the temple. One of them is described below:
The temple was above the lake before King Kulmandhan Shah (The first Shah king of Kaski) according to the dream he had seen. The great devotee of Goddess Durga, King Kulmandhan Shah constructed the temple in the middle island of Lake Phewa.
How to reach the temple
To get the temple you must take a small boat or larger barge for the 5 minute journey.
This Hindu temple in nepal dedicated to Ajima in the boar manifestation, represation of the force of Shakti . Shakti is the Hindu mother goddess who is the origin of the univese creativity and power. Shakti as a feminine power assumens several roles. In the form of Durga, Shakti protects the gogs from demons. Durga takes on the manifestation of Ajima in the form of a boar called Barahi to pirece her evil enemies with her pointed tusks. Barahi is pictureds with the face of boar with a cup in one hand and fish in other hand. As such, Barahi Temple is a very important center of worship for the Hindu devotees. Tourists are likely to see worshipers making their way to the temple on saturdays carrying
way to the temple on saturdays carrying animals fir sacrifice.
The original structure of the temple is made of stone and has a thadched roof. The dramatic beauty of its location it self attracts everyone. As the Temple is on a small island in fewa lake, the only way to visit it is by boat. tal barahi is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Nepal and countless Hindus come to worship the deity