Pathibhara : Overview
Pathibhara is a famous Shakti Peeth located in Taplejung district. The Pathibhara temple is considered an important religious site for Hindus, Buddhists and nature worshipers. The goddess is believed to have been named ‘Pathibhara Devi’ because of her place of origin on the top of a hill, which is as beautiful as a grain-filled pathi.
The indigenous Limbu communities of Taplejung know this temple as “Muktratuvung”. In the Limbu language, “Muktru” means power or force, “Wung” means plant. That is to say, the Limbu people manifest Pathibhara as a source or path of power. It was a religious site for the Limbus, but after the conquest of the Gurkha kingdom, the goddess was included in the Hindu and Buddhist clans and was worshiped as a sacred temple.
We should not be mistaken about Pathibhara Devi’s shrine or pilgrimage site. There are three pilgrimage sites of Pathibhara Devi in Mechi zone.The largest is Pathibhara Mata Puranic Dham in Taplejung District, the second is Pathibhara Dham in Kutidada near Ilam Kanyam Tourist Area and the third is Pathibhara Dham in Kutidada near Ilam Kanyam Tourist Area. It shrine located in a forested area a little west of Charali Bazaar in Jhapa district, which is considered to be the largest in the Mechi zone. The place is also called by the devotees as Pathibhara Devi.
Worship is also done at the feet of the goddess Pathibhara. Thus, there are three Pathibhara shrines including Taplejung , Ilam and Pau Pathbhara of Jhapa.
Devotees can easily visit Jhapa, Ilam and Taplejung Pathibhara respectively. If you are planning to visit Taplejung even after visiting Jhapa and Ilam Pathibhara, it may take you one more day depending on the type of vehicle on the journey and you may have to stay in Ilam or Pachthar district for one more day. One day it will decrease or there will be a new settlement in Ilam or Pachthar district.
This is how to reach the Main Temple of Pathibhara Mata
Tute Durali is reached 87 km east of the district headquarters Khandbari. After an hour’s walk through the dense forest of Gurans from Tute Deurali, you reach here. Khandbari-Chainpur-Tute Deurali can be reached which falls on the Kimathanka-Jogwani Koshi highway. From there, it is a 20-minute drive to reach the first step to reach the Pathibhara Bhagwati Temple. After crossing a thousand steps from that step, one reaches the temple.
The secret of the Sacred Blood Presented to Goddess
Another surprise is that sacrifices (offerings) are made to the goddess there. Thousands of animals and birds are slaughtered. But there you can’t even see any blood on the head of the animal. Blood is seen on the top with the chinna. Combines with soil on falling on the ground.
Wishes come true
People’s faith that Bhagwati will fulfill her request if she worships Mata with a clean and holy spirit is increasing day by day. Most of the people who go to this place say that they have succeeded or been free from the crisis because of the gift they asked for. Truly supernatural and wonderful is the result of Mother’s philosophy. This is the reason why devotees from India, Bhutan and Sikkim, not only from Nepal, but also from India, Bhutan and Sikkim, have come to pay their respects. Most devotees say that all success is achieved only after Darshan.
But in Pathibhara Dham, it is said that a pregnant woman, a woman with menstruation (untouched or moved), a man with a barkhi, a person with greed in his heart and sin should not go.
The supernatural secret of Pathibhara Mata’s Temple
The Dham is an ancient mythological shrine. Therefore, there are many rumors about the origin of Dham. There is a widespread tradition that in ancient times there was a sheepfold and that the shepherds were encouraged to build shrines at night by showing that the mother was there in a dream due to the influence of the mother’s power.
Panch Kanya is actually Bhagwati Devi. Even if it is not obligatory for the goddess, animal sacrifices are offered. Those who do not worship sacrifices enjoy sweet coconuts and fruits. Being the goddess of eternal good fortune, the cosmetics of good fortune (Sindur-Tika, Ghazal, Kangio, Chura, Dhago, etc.) must be offered. The favorite colors of the goddess are red colored garments, sari, fariya, choli, khumti etc. There is a widespread practice of offering copper-brass utensils, bells, etc. The room is full of offerings.
Offerings should not be taken by anyone, as taking is said to cause harm. It is said that offerings and offerings should not be taken by oneself, but should be bought with a priest. An unbroken lamp has been lit inside the sanctum sanctorum.
A steering committee of local dignitaries has been formed to run the temple. The chairman of the committee is local Shankar Silwal. The patrons of the committee are Bharat Prasad Lamsal and Gauri Bahadur Karki, a resident of Bhaktapur.Special worship is also performed on Asoj and Chaitra Navratri, Magh, Chait Dashain and Asar. Thousands of pilgrims come every year not only from Mechi zone and Taplejung district but also from other parts of the country and India to visit Pathibhara Mata.