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MaulaKalika

Located in the premises of holy religious site Devghat Dham, the Maula Kalika temple is a famous religious pilgrimage and tourist site. The temple is situated on the hilltop, around a kilometer north of the East-West Highway in Gaindakot VDC-1 of Nawalparasi lying in the lap of the Narayani River in the mid-part of Nepal. To reach the temple, it takes two kilometers trek to hill upward from three kilometers west of Narayanghat of Chitwan. One has to cross 1,892 footsteps to reach up to the temple.

The temple is highly-acclaimed from the point of view of religious tourism and ecology for its location in the altitude of 561 metres from sea-level in the summit above the holy shrines of Devghat, which is nestled at the confluence of three rivers- the Narayani, the Kali Gandaki and the Trisuli originating from Damodarkunda and Gosainkunda and on the junction of Nawalparasi, Chitwan and Tanahun districts. This natural location of temple has enhanced her touristy and spiritual attraction. Devghat is regarded as the best and most ancient of the prayagas (confluence of two rivers).

Situated on the hilltop amidst dense green forest, it is gaining recognition as a spiritual centre as well as a holy place for fulfilling the wishes expressed by devotees and worshippers before the Goddess. Devotees throng the temple every morning to offer worships and prayers to the Goddess who is believed to materialize people’s longings.

With the increased beauty and panorama of the place with the systematic prayers to the temple since 2038 BS, infrastructure development on the people’s mobilization and constructions of temple in pyagoda style in 2052 BS, the score of visitors has remarkably gone up in the temple for last few years. The snow-capped scenic beauty in the north, holy place Devghat, Chitwan National Park, Sauraha, Tigers Top, and other enchanting natural beauty visible to the north from the temple delight every tourists reaching there. Likewise, people-conserved peace forest park (Banbatika), artistic slate-paved way, stands, tap stands, stations, and various temples on the way to Maulakali are also inspiring people to visit the temple again and again.

Worth-seeing scenes from the hilltop and the pleasure one feels from trekking and wandering green dense forests also mesmerize people there, rocketing the number of visitors arriving in this altitude from all parts of the country thereby help promote internal tourism in the area.

Visitors can offer prayer and worship to Siddi Binayak Ganesh, Shree Krishna and Deurali Devi on the way to Maulakalika andtake joy of the incredible natural beauty intensified by the forest and cool and clean weather on the way to the temple.

There has been public belief that their wishes have been accomplished following the worship to the Goddess Kalika believed to impart conspicuous divine power. Hence, devotees and youths are said to have attained their cherished wishes and intended love with the adoration of Bhagawati.

The beautiful statues and idols of Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswori, female deities as well as Tulsimath and Shivalinga have been set up in the temple premises. Likewise, the temple is well-equipped with RCC kitchen building, room for guests and religious citations, welcome gate, hospitality building and so on. There has also been sound management of drinking water and electricity in the temple.

Visitors felt very difficult to reach the temple a decade before. Everyone is taken aback with the unimagined development of the area when s/he visits the temple after ten years. The temple is a quintessence of human efforts and endeavors, showing what people cannot do with their strong commitment and unwavering will.