Maha Manjushree Temple (Saraswatisthan or Lhasapakhe)

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Each year, during Shree Panchami, a large number of devotees follow in their footsteps at Saraswatisthan or the Maha Manjushree temple, located at Bagishwori, Nagarkokt Road-Bhaktapur. It might be a coincidence but yes there exist the two famous temples of Bhaktapur.

Mahamanjurshree danda


One among them is the temple of Goddess Saraswoti and another is of the Maha Manjushree. Because of this, people seem to have a little confusion regarding the different names of the same place.

Mahamanjurshree danda

Mahamanjushree temple

Besides, Saraswotisthan and Maha Manjushree temples, that place is also called Lashapake (Lhasapako), Ratnagiri, Mahamandapgiri, and sometimes Thakalmath danda. One can witness the beautiful religious harmony over there among the Buddhist and Hindu religions.

There is not much information about the establishment of the Saraswoti temple but there is an interesting story related to the Maha Manjushree temple.

Mahamanjushree Temple

Mahamanjushree Temple

According to the chronology of Nepal, when Mahamanjushree came to Kathmandu Valley to exalt self-enlightened Swayambhu in Tretayuga, he is said to have resided in Thakalmath danda (Maha Manjushree Danda).

And, after that, he went to outlet the water of Naagdaha (serpent’s living lake) by cutting the gorges of Guheswari, Chobhar, and Katuwal with his Chandrahas Sword.

He is claimed to have settled the Kathmandu Valley after cutting the gorges. In our history books, he is also credited with founding the city of Manjupattan and erecting the throne of a monarch named Dharmakar, indicating that he was already of prehistoric importance.

Accordingly, his activities like staying and meditating at some particular place relatively have to have phenomenal importance. That’s why this place has both religious and historical importance. Besides, it delivers a great view of the Kathmandu Valley, although it is quite quashed with smoke and dust.

Mahamanjurshree danda

Mahamanjushree danda

Since the place was reverenced as Maha Manjushree’s cave, several Buddhist sages and Siddhas are believed to have visited this place. One of them was the great Poet and Buddhist master ‘Milarepa’ from the 11 – 12th century. It is believed that he visited the place at the invitation of the king from Kathmandu valley.

This is one of the important power places for Buddhist practitioners with great positive vibrations.
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Again, there is one more belief that every devotee, perhaps, believes in. It is said that in the cave of Maha Manjushree (very well known as the temple of Maha Manjushree), a sound of blowing wind comes and that wind is believed to be coming from Lhasa.

Lhasa, from where Maha Manjushree, himself is believed to have come from.



Besides, Saraswotisthan and Maha Manjushree temple, that place is also called Lashapake (Lhasapako), Ratnagiri, Mahamandapgiri and sometimes Thakalmath danda.


He is a legendary man known for cutting the ridge of the Chobhar hill and settling the Kathmandu Valley.


People visit Mahamanjushree temple to pay respect to him and see if the inside of the really have the hole from where the wind of the Tibet is believed to be passed.


During Shree Panchami and Saraswotipuja, people visit this place.


It is also called Saraswotisthan or Saswo: dega because of the existing temple of Goddess Saraswoti.



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