The Bindabasini Temple is one of the tourist destinations of Pokhara. This sacred landmark is the ideal spot to embrace calmness in the bustling region. The temple is nestled on a hilltop at an elevation of 3000 feet along the Machapuchare and Annapurna Ranges. It is dedicated to Ma Durga, who is often regarded as the guardian deity of Pokhara. She is worshipped here in the form of Bhagwati, the fierce goddess. In order to appease her, animal sacrifices take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It is believed, that the pagoda-style temple was built by King Khadag Bum Malla after Devi Durga instructed him to do so. The central shrine is a Saligram that symbolises the goddess. The auspicious occasion of Dashain witnesses a large number of visitors from Nepal as well as India. This stunning temple is enclosed by lush greenery and visitors come here to spend time amidst the gorgeous panorama and absorb the breathtaking views. A trip to the Bindabasini Temple can be combined with a visit to the Old Bazaar and the Phewa Lake.
The king of Kaski, Sidddhi Narayan Shah or the king of Parbat Khadgaman Malla saw a dream about establishing a temple for goddess Bindhyabasini. He had his men go to Bindhyachal Parbat (currently in Uttar Pradesh, India) to bring back a statue of the goddess. The men when returning set camp for a night in the current location of the temple. When they woke up the next morning to resume their journey, they found they couldn’t lift the statue from the ground. When informed of the situation, the king directed his people to establish the temple and hence the beginning of Bindhyabasini Temple.