Vajrayogini Temple
Vajrayogini Temple
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PamelaSS888
Canberra, Australia1,219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Nepal is a Hindu country mixed with Buddhism and Pharping is an excellent example of where Hindu culture and Buddhism can be seen side by side. The Pharping area is an ancient Newari area and at the same time, it is a sacred Buddhist area too. Although it is only 19km from Kathmandu, you should allow two hours for the road trip as the road is in very poor condition. But it is not too far to make a good day trip and there are many guest houses there if you want to stay. A round trip by taxi costs around US$25 for the day. Pharping is said to have been established way back in the 5th Century and is famous for the Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) Meditation Cave where it is said he got Enlightenment at Asur Cave. The Vajrayogini Temple is another important site. When you get there drive through Pharping village past the Sakya Tharig Monastery and stop on the road for the walk up to the Guru Rinpoche Cave. From there you can follow the stairs up and down and come out at the Vajra Yogini Temple, a 17th Century Newari holy site. From there you can walk or drive through Pharping to the Sheshnarayan Temple under a cliff. On the right on the way down there is a magnificent Mandala Temple near the Nyingma Palyul Retreat Centre. Anyone wanting to do a retreat at Pharping should contact the Palyul Retreat Centre as it has a wonderful setting and outlook. Pharping now has over 22 Buddhist Monasteries including a huge newly constructed Guru Rinpoche statue on the right in the valley as you enter the Pharping area. It is well worth a day trip as the mix of Buddhist, Newari and Hindu culture is unique to the area.
Written December 27, 2017
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kz20162016
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
The panoramic views through the Sanchu valley are mesmerizing with wide green central plain, surrounded by mountains. It is on the ancient trade route to Tibet and said that Lichchhavi period (2nd to 9th Century AD) settlement of Sankhu lies on the northeastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley. On the way to Vajrayogini Temple, we can observe the traditional Newari settlement which retained their medieval characteristics showing old tiled houses, dusty narrow streets, public squares with in dispersed tiered temples and rest houses.
Reaching to the Vajrayogini Temple, located on the flanks of the hills 1.5 km north of Sankhu, by ascending long stone stair is in fact wonderful!
According to the records the Vajrayogini temple complex constructed in the mid 17th Century with the main tiered temple dedicated to the tantic goddess Vajrayogini, surrounded by several monuments and freestanding statues, admixture of Buddhism and Hinduism.
There are the upper temple and lower temple, in both there are mother goddess Ugra-tara (Vajrayogini) enshrines as main sacred representations, flanked by Baghini and Singhini, the Tiger and Lion-headed Yoginis, said to give powerful blessings.
Locals believe that the image in the upper temple is particularly more powerful. In the upper temple is an identical image of Ugra-tara in bell metal, in which her left leg is outstretched. There is the loom of the Nepali Princess Brhikuti, spouse of the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. There is also a solid bronze standing Buddha and a standing Bodhisattva Awalokiteswara. Below there is a small room with Swayambhu stupa in stone.

The image of goddess in the lower temple is red in color with four arms, two of which hold a skull-cup and knife at her heart, and the remaining two hold a sword and an utpala lotus.

When ascending by open narrow stairs to upper part of the hill continuous with the temple complex there is a courtyard in the centre of with a basin “Water of the Kalpa” which said never dries up in all sesons.
There are the four gates with own have their own cultural significance and belief, main one is the entry and exit gate of goddess Vajrayogini, next is to bring bride to groom's house, other to send daughter after marriage and last one to take dead body of local people after rituals in the temple for cremation or burial.
Visit once to there is so mysterious, curiosities still alive!
Written March 23, 2016
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Golden T
Nepal2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
An truly amazing little gem of a Temple that that enthralls and mesmerizes one with its character and charm. The small town of Sankhu bellow this temple is worth the visit all by itself with its small Newari shrines and powder coloured stones.
The small 40 minute walk up to the temple is brilliant and built with antisipation which doesn't disappoint. A place I always return to when back in the lands of the Ancients.
Written November 2, 2015
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Yogendra Rajkarnikar
Kathmandu, Nepal151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
Actual vajrayogini temple is located on the way to Dakshin kali temple at pharping about 15 km south, but popular temple at Sakhu which is 15 km is actually khadgayogini is said vajrayogini.
There are 4 yogini temple in kathmandu Valley , kept at different place to strengthen country n drive evil forces accordingly spiritual tantra way.
1. Vajrayogini at pharping south of Valley. The goddess holding thunderbolt ( Bajra) represent Fire for protection.
2. Khadgayogini at sakhu north of Valley. The goddess holding Sword ( Khadga ) represent Water .
3. Vijayswori at west to kathmandu Durbar. The goddess flying posture represent Air.
4. Guaiheyswori at east to kathmandu Valley. The goddess under the earth represent soil.

Beautiful temple of sakhu along with driving through oldest trade route to Lasha ( Tibet )
Is worth visiting. Pagoda style temple located on hill above with the view of sakhu city will be exciting tour.
Written January 28, 2017
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Judith A
Pittsburgh, PA445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
Kathmandu has several Vajrayogini temples, each with its own history and special feeling. My favorite is the one located just below the Asura Cave temple in Pharping, about an hour's drive south of Kathmandu. The ancient temple is mounted by a traditional wooden staircase, and there is generally a pujari around who can allow a sincere visitor to see the goddess, but photographs are not allowed. Conveniently, the best restaurant in Pharping is about 100 meters down the road. This is The Haven, where you can have cake and coffee. or a full meal after your visit to the temple.
Written May 26, 2015
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ManuteP
Madrid, Spain44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
This temple is one of the less touristic of the valley of kathmandu, but no less impressive for it. It's located a pair of kilometers away from Sankhu, and you wil have to park your car before going up the long stairway up until reach the temple. In the highest part you will find the complex with the squares and narrow streets, and a bunch of monkeys playing and having rest.

My advice is that you go along the main wall and go behind the temple, you can find a little mountain to hike for about an hour (if you like to take your time, but you can have it in less time) and get to the top. From here you can see an amazing landscape from this side of the valley and Sankhu.
Written January 1, 2013
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Raghu4Travel
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Old temple of Vajrayogini, to travel through narrow village roads and wheat fields, up the hill. Went in Toyota Hiace, but a 4 wheel drive vehicle would be better. To walk by foot some 500 steps to reach temple. The main temple is intact, adjacent structures damaged during the earthquake are being rebuilt.
Written May 15, 2019
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shaggyd0g1
Glencoe, UK447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
For lovers of Edwardian poems of adventure and romance the 1911 poem 'The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God' should need no introduction - and this is the temple of the 'Little Yellow God' (pardon my nonbeliever's phrasing, no offence meant). The poem is fictional but the setting is atmospheric (as an atheist), beautiful, contemplative and calmly joyful. It is a site of great religious feeling and there is always a stream of quiet, reflective celebrants at the shrines of the three Hindu deities here, but as a place for a tourist to visit and see a 'real' temple, off the beaten track and yet very much in use, it is an excellent opportunity. A lovely, quiet temple - with a touch of "Kipling's subcontinent" for the dreamer.
Written April 7, 2017
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vineet4u2016
99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
This temple is situated at Budhaneelkanth. Its not that far from Thamel, main tourist attraction. It is a beautiful temple. In this temple the main attraction is a lying Vishnu God in water. People come to seek his blessings.
Written August 28, 2016
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Samantha
Bangkok, Thailand12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
this place is stunning. full of history and culture and makes one feels enlightened. good for those on a bugdet and photo friendlies
Written June 27, 2016
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