Finally, we are in Bode!
Bode, the place that I consider the mini version of Madhyapur Thimi (the main Thimi area). Because, it is full of life, dances, temples and celebration. One of the most popular Devi dances of Nepal, the Nil Barahi Naach originally belongs to this place and it is still adored by the people of Bode.
Well, my last blog ended with the Sileshwor Mahadeva’s visit. And, continuing from the same place reminds me that we took quite a long ride from there to reach Bode.
The very first thing that we discover there was the extremely beautiful Manohara river. Of course, not by close but from fairly quite a distance, we adored the river and nearby farming.
A few minutes’ walk from there brought us to our first stop in Bode, the Kumari temple area. But, before we went to the temple, we spotted some people cleaning the surrounding pond. Even my friends were astounded to find the pond full of water (though not pure water) and surrounded by a pathway.
Later, I discovered additional information about that same pond, which was named after a local. As a result, the Madhyapur Thimi Municipality reclaimed the property and began rehabilitation work. That was a truly admirable effort.
Now, returning to the Kumari temple, it has recently gained popularity due to its gorgeous natural backdrop and a vast park. Anyone can tell that it was freshly remodelled based on its appearance. The location also serves as a setting for filming.
There existed a Goddess Kumari temple, which was eventually essential for the local residents as well as other followers. It is stated that during Biska Jatra (Thimi’s indoor Jatra), some chariots should travel by this temple. This minor event definitely serves to highlight the temple’s significance.
After a brief rest, we proceed to the Mahalaxmi temple of Bode. It was in the midst of dense settlements. We passed through some alleys and temples, as well as roadside ponds. While we were there, we noticed posters for the Nil Barahi dancing festival and the tongue piercing festival in several locations.
We were probably there in five minutes, on the grounds of the Mahalaxmi temple. The temple, as depicted in photographs, was classic and elegant, particularly the upper false level. The environment was quite pleasant, and I was telling my friends (of Thimi) about the temple’s legends.
If you’d like to learn more about the legend, check out this article on the Mahalaxmi temple of Bode.
From there, we proceed right to the most popular attraction in Bode, the Nil Barahi temple. Because it was my first time in Nagadesh and Bode, I was looking forward to each destination. I was trying to defend what I had read about these places, such as their tales and significance because I had already read a lot about them.
And it is true that there is a significant difference between reading and seeing them.
But none of my studies mentioned the possibility of encountering monkeys in the bush of Nil Barahi temple. Monkeys can be rather frightening at times, especially if you are bringing food with you. As a result, that was completely unexpected for me.
Fortunately, I only came across two or three of them. So, keeping them in mind, we proceed to the temple. There are no comments regarding the temple. The atmosphere was peaceful. There were picnic areas and relaxation areas.
But the most amazing thing I saw over there was the view of Changu Narayan from the northeastern arena and the airport in the southwest. It was breathtaking. Sitting in a chair and analyzing those vistas, on the other hand, is more relaxing.
We spent some time there before hurrying back to Madhyapur Nagara because we were starving at the time. And this is how we completed our exploring thimi mission in a single day.
Lastly, I’d want to thank my friend once more for treating us to the classic Newari local cuisine and making our one-day trip to Thimi much easier and doable. So, if you want to discover all of the thimi in a single day, make a friend of Thimi. Just part of a joke.
So, if you’ve read my previous two blogs and this one, I’m guessing you could easily visit the Thimi.