Day VI of Bhaktapur Nawaratri: Worship in Indrayani Temple

26th Sep, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

BHAKTAPUR, Sep 26 : On the sixth day Nawaratri, the Newars of Bhaktapur throng to the Indrayani Temple at Khauma. The Indrayani Temple marks the north-west end of the pilgrimage circuit of Nawaratri. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Indrayani, also called Indrani, who is known as the consort of Indra.

The temple is a fairly popular one among locals, as it is situated so close to the heart of inner Bhaktapur. The Khauma road, which runs close to the Indrayani Temple, covers an important part of the city as it connects the west end of Bhaktapur Durbar Square with the main road at Dudhpati. Due to this, it is regularly visited by worshippers despite being technically on the outskirts of the city.

On the sixth day of Nawaratri, visitors to Indrayani Temple also visit the Siddha Pokhari pond at Dudhpati. The pond is situated a good distance from the temple itself as compared to the pilgrimages on the other days of the festival, but it is the closest body water to the Indrayani Temple with religious and historical significance.

The temple is situated on a plane between two considerable slopes. Reaching there from Khauma, one has to go down a flight of stone steps situated next to a conspicuous dhungedhara, which is an ancient type of stone or metal tap with intricate carving. The temple is right at the base of these steps, underneath a large pipal tree and even integrated into it. To the north side of the landing is another flight of steps that lead to the main road. Despite being a relatively small temple, it enjoys much veneration from religious locals and even as a place to just visit.