The Badimalika Temple has been one of Nepal’s most important temples, located in the Triveni Municipality in Sudurpashchim Pradesh’s Bajura region. The Badimalika temple is dedicated to Bhagwati, the Hindu Goddess. Badimalika is also one of the new hiking paths that the Nepal Trekking Agencies’ Association has discovered and investigated (TAAN). The route is located in the Bajura district in Nepal’s far western area, and it offers some of the excellent natural greeneries and sceneries.
Badimalika Temple is one of Nepal’s most significant holy locations, with thousands of pilgrims flocking there each year to show their support and worship. Two priests, one from the Kalikot area and the other from the Bajura district, manage and operate the temple.It’s a two- to three-day tough walk from Martadi. It is situated just at top of a hill, which is surrounded by lush green grassland, hills, and the Himalayas. The shrine is a tiny white pagoda-style temple with enormous bells placed from outside gates. The biggest yearly ceremony, Chaturdashi, is celebrated in the temple with much delight and enthusiasm.
Location of Badimalika Temple: The Badimalika temple lies in theTriveniMunicipality in Sudurpaschimpradesh’sBajura District. The temple’s location is problematic by itself, but that hasn’t prevented pilgrims from visiting it. The temple, which is located in the picturesque Triveni area, holds tremendous religious and historic significance in Hinduism. As we climb, the hill is engulfed in fog, as if it were a scene from a movie. The main shrine of the temple, which is positioned at the summit of the hill, provides a clear and ideal view of the landscapes, hills, and mountain ranges. The trip to this temple will leave you with a sensation of harmony and tranquility in your mind, soul, and heart.Travelers can see natural flowers and domestic animals such as sheep, goats, horses, and buffaloes grazing on the verdant slopes throughout this journey.
History of Badimalika Temple: As per Hindu mythology, when Sati Devi’s father, Daksha Prajapati, was holding a yagya, he called all gods to the ritual except Mahadev. Sati went to her father’s yagya event and inquired as to why her spouse was not invited. He began mocking him in front of the entire crowd. Mahadev drank wine, used cannabis, slept in graves, had a snake around his neck, had dreadlocks, was covered in ash, and donned a tiger, according to him. As a result, he was unfit to attend such a significant yagya. Sati, unable to bear such an insult to her husband, threw herself into the yagya fire and died. The loss of Mahadev’s beloved wife enraged him so much that he dispatched Virbhadra and BhootGana to murder Daksha Prajapati and ruin the yagya.
Mahadev then began to weep over the body of his deceased wife. He traveled the world while carrying the Sati’s body on his back. During this moment, Vishnu unleashed his Sudarshan Chakra, wounding Sati’s body and allowing it to decay and be plagued by insects. Sati’s bodily parts began to fall out of her body, and the spots where they landed became shaktipeethas and sites of devotion. Her left shoulder was caught in Mallagiri Mountain during this procedure. The Malika was since then given name to this Mallagiri.
Major Festivals celebrated in Badimalika Temple: Annually, in during lunar calendar quarter of Bhadra, a large fair is held at this temple. During this fair, the temple is packed with pilgrims. Many worshippers from all over the world, as well as India’s neighboring nations, visit to express and offer their blessings and devotion. The pilgrims thought that if they prayed at the temple with their true hearts, their requests would be granted.Ganga Dashara and JanaiPurnima are two significant festivals that are celebrated in the Badimalika temple.
How to get there: The Badimalika Temple could well be accessed by hiking for two to three days from Martandi, the Bajura District headquarters. The temple is located in a secluded area with a poorly built road to it. Because there are no restaurants, motels, or lodges, visitors must bring their own food and accommodation.Take a bus to Budhiganga Municipality’s Banka Bazaar. From there, take the MaureChhatara road to the Triveni Municipality. The MaureKailashmandu route, which follows the Nateshwori temple path, is claimed to be the quickest way to reach there. Badimalika could also be reached by the Martandi route, which takes at least 2 hours from Bamka Bazaar Station.To get a direct bus to Martadi, travelers must first go to Dhangadhi, Nepalgunj, or Tikapur. There is also a domestic flight from Nepalgunj to Bajura airport. Flights to Achham’sSanphebagar are now accessible from Dhangadhi and Nepalgunj. From and where, a bus trip to Bajura will take you a couple hours.
-By: Saru Niraula for Land Nepal