Guhyeshwari Devi Temple

Guhyeshwari Devi Temple


About Guhyeshwari Devi Temple:

The Guhyeshwari Devi Temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas as it is believed that both the knees of the Devi Sati had fallen at this place. Also spelt as Guheswari or Guhjeshwari, this temple is dedicated to Devi Shakti.The form in which Devi is worshipped here is Mahamaya or Mahashira and the form in which Lord Shiva is worshipped here is Kapali.

Guhyeshwari Devi Temple is among the most revered temples of Kathmandu. The name of the temple is derived from the Sanskrit words Guhya meaning Secret, Hidden or Cave and Ishwari meaning Goddess. The name "Guhyeshwari" literally means Cave Goddess.

The temple is designed in the Pagoda-style architecture of Bhutan. It is said that Guhyeshwari Devi Temple must be visited before Pashupatinath Temple as it is believed that Shakti should be worshipped before Shiva.

Location of Guhyeshwari Devi Temple:

The Guhyeshwari Devi Temple is located on the south bank of the Bagmati River about 1 km east of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. The temple shares boundary in close proximity with the Pashupatinath Temple.

Significance of Guhyeshwari Devi Temple:

The Guhyeshwari Devi Temple is believed to be the Shakti Chair of the Pashupatinath Temple. It is an important Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal, especially popular among Tantric worshipers. There is mention of this temple in holy texts such as Kali tantra, Chandi tantra, Shiv tantra, etc. The temple holds the power of divine female energy and is considered to be built on 17 crematorium grounds. It is believed that if a couple visits this temple and seeks the blessings of the Goddess then their relationship is secured for the next six births. Women visit this temple to seek the blessing of good health and the long life of their husbands.

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