Badimalika is one of the major temples of Nepal. This place was previously in the Bajura district of Seti Zone. Currently, it belongs to the beautiful Sudurpaschim province after the new structure of the country. We have done our best to spread the word about one of the most important and religious tourism heritage of the Far Western Region of Nepal- The Beautiful Badimalika.
Bajura District and Badi Malika
Bajura is one of the most backward districts in terms of human development and physical infrastructure development, daily life of the people of their region is very difficult as the aspect of geographical location. And the temple’s location is 14000 feet high above sea level.
How to reach Badimalika
It is not so easy to see the beauty of Badimalika. Travel by bus from Dhangadhi. On the second day, after a 5-hour jeep journey from Silgadhi to Tipada in Bajura, you may need to rest in Jaranga. And on the fourth day, passing through Karalichaur, you can reach Triveni of Badimalika.
The other way to reach this holy shrine is through Nepalgunj Airport by coming to Bajura’s Kolti, and from there through the district headquarters Martadi for a three-day trek.
When to Worship.
They hold the main worship of the temple every year on the day of Malika Chaturdashi. The two priests from Kalikot and the other party from Bajura are currently in the look of the temple.
Every year on the day of Janai Purnima / Raksha Bandhan devotes seek to Badimalika, as it’s the special day and also the centre of religious faith.
Everyone reaches to peak of Badimalika. The mountains, hills leading to Badimalika are so colourful bereach lascars. Thousands of devotees set out on a seven-day trek to reach fabulously colourful due of 4,216 meters height. Doesn’t matter if it is rainny or winter, the pilgrims do not care much about the weather.
What are Mythological beliefs?
According to the Skanda Purana, the (old book of Hindu religion) after the goddess Sati Devi was burnt to death in the sacrifice of Daksha Prajapati, Mahadev carried the body of Sati Devi on the Mallagiri mountain.
According to the legend, Daksha Prajapati, the father of Mahadev’s wife Sati Devi, did not call Mahadev and Sati during the yajna. Satidevi went to the Yajna site of Daksha Prajapati and asked her father why she had not called her husband Mahadev.
Daksha Prajapati replied that Mahadev was not called because he used to eat cannabis plant, Hassis, live in a crematorium, wear a snake necklace around his neck, wear a jatadhari, rub ashes all over his body and wear tiger skin.
Unable to bear the humiliation of her husband, Satidevi jumped into the fire of Yagyakunda and died. Then Mahadev angrily sent Birbhadradi Sivagana to kill Daksha and destroy Daksha’s sacrifice.
After that, Mahadev became mad at his wife’s bereavement and began to travel around the world carrying the dead body of Satidevi. At the same time, Lord Bishnu struck his chakra Sudarshan and killed the goddess Satidevi.
In this way, the limbs of Satika began to fall (falling) in places, wherever the limbs of Sati fell, there became a single Siddha Pitha.
Many pilgrims from home and abroad visit Badimalika Mai. Especially from these Bajura, Bajhang, Achham, Doti, Dadeldhura, Baitadi, Darchula, Humla, Jumla, Kalikot, Kailali, Kanchanpur Districts. According to locals, visitors also come from Kathmandu, Gadwal and other places in India.
The practice of Government Officer Worship
A priest has been appointed in this temple on behalf of the government Officer basically it is included as Chief District officer of Respective four districts like Dotii, Achham, Bajura, Kalikot and Jumla. The official worship of the Goddess is performed by the Chief District Officers and other staff.
Badimalika is considered important not only in terms of religion but also in terms of tourism. The beautiful mountains were seen nearby, the good fortune to get snow and the beautiful natural scenery are the jewels of Badimalika. The beauty of Badimalika is in huge fields.
The beauty of the place is enhanced by the variety of beautiful flowers around the temple of Badimai on the high peak and the animals like sheep, goats and buffaloes grazing on the 22 patans (green fields). The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the melodious deuda vaka echoing through the mouths of shepherds and travellers.
Devotees and tourists have to make their own arrangements for food and shelter as there is no suitable place to stay to reach Badimalika.
Even temple management has built a Dharamshala for the devotees to stay in, You can stay there. It is difficult for anyone to reach here. Carrying the rice flour, blankets and clothes you need, cooking and eating utensils as well as other paraphernalia to reach here by crossing inaccessible roads, ups and downs, cliffs and ridges is no less challenging.
Pilgrims eat food cooked only in pure oil, stay in the Barta( Fasting) for half a day during the journey and meditate on Bhagwati. There is a religious belief that meditating on Bhagwati brings happiness to the miserable, children to the childless, and wealth to the poor.
Due to this characteristic and faith, visitors not only from Bajura but also from other districts come to pay homage to Goddess Bhagwati.
Badimalika for Adventure & Tourism
This area is not only of religious importance but also full of natural beauty. There are more than 140 species of flowers, 130 species of herbs, more than 70 species of birds, 22 meadows, Triveni, a holy place at the confluence of three rivers, and dozens of districts across the country.
If Government must relate to developing eco-tourism in Badimalika there is no doubt to catch the beautiful amount of tourists.
Our expectation is with the Government
Due to Religious importance, Historical aspect and Tourist Significance, the government’s initiative for the development of the Badimalika area has been expedited and developed as a religious and adventure tourism for all the tourists if it is properly managed.
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