Day IV of Bhaktapur Nawaratri: Worshipping in Bhadrakali Temple

24th Sep, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

BHAKTAPUR , Sep 24 : The fourth day of Bhaktapur Nawaratri is dedicated to the Goddess Bhadrakali. Worshippers make pilgrimage to the Bhadrakali Temple located at Lyasinkhel on this day. The location is an important one to Newars of Bhaktapur as it plays a major role in the celebration of the Bisket Jatra festival.

Lyasinkhel is situated in the southern outskirts of inner Bhaktapur. It is only a short distance away from the Kaumari Temple, which is visited on the third day of Nawaratri. The Bhadrakali Temple is situated to the west end of the large Lyasinkhel square, while to the middle is the a elevated structure, which is used to raise the wooden pole known as Lyasindya during the Bisket Jatra. There is also a small polygonal pati attached to the structure, where the statue of the god Bhairav is kept during the Bisket Jatra, while the Lyasin is being lifted.

The Hanuman Ghar River, also known as the Hanumante River, flows from the Maheshwori Temple area and around the east of Lyasinkhel, right above the Bhadrakali Temple. The worshippers to Bhadrakali Temple also visit this section of the river, which is known as Chopinghat.

One can reach the temple from Jagati as it is situated five minutes to the east of the temple, across the bridge. Alternatively, one can reach the temple from the inner city area going down the fork at the south end of Taumadhi Square, and then to the right.