Bhimeshwor, the famous temple is located in Dolakha Bazar of Dolakha district. The main statue of this temple is the god Bhim. Bhimsen or Bhimeshwor or Bhim of Dolakha is noted as one of the most popular throughout the country Nepal. He is the second prince of Pach Pandav and notably worshipped by the traders or merchandisers as their will god. In Dolakha, under the roofless temple, the idol of Bhim Sen is like a triangular and rough stone. People regard this idol as Bhim Sen but it has three reincarnations as Bhim Sen himself, Goddess Bhagawati, who wants always the sacrifice of animals as a demon/devil and the last one: God Shiva who never sacrifice blood.
The legend relates that long, long years ago there were 12 porters coming from elsewhere who stopped at this spot and they tried themselves to make three stone stove to cook rice. After a few minutes, the other part of the rice had already cooked but the other part still the same texture as rice. Not only that but when the porter shifted around the cooked rice became uncooked again when it came in contact with the triangular shape of black stone. One porter became so much anger and the stub the stone with “Puneu” (ladle) and then out of the cut stone came about the blood coated with milk. Later they made realized that the stone is God Bhim, and after then worshipers started. There are so many faith incidents about the Bhimsen of Dolakha. The miraculous things of Bhimsen statue of Dolakha are sweating, fluid-like drops of warm water. People believe that if there are any incident happened either in future or present in the whole country or in Ex-Royal family, Bhim sen himself tries to protect his people from the sweat like or signs to work hard all over the country.
Trek to Kalinchowk
The trekking trail to Kalinchowk from Dolakha, might seem rigorous and monotonous but the scenery accompanying you throughout the journey will make up to you. The trail starts at the distance of about an hour from the town of Dolakha and along the trail, the biggest buildings that you have seen in the villages on your way is usually a monastery. The premises of these colourful structures that stand out amidst neatly raked fields are often adorned with the prayer flags blowing in the wind. It is an ideal place if you are an avid nature lover and love to watch the beautiful mountains and natural beauty of the earth.
Between the last village on the trail and Kalinchowk, there is only one house, however, the pylons along the trail give you the sense of people’s presence here in the past. From here, the mountains play hide and seek with you between the forests and appear sometimes only to tease you from between the trees and branches. The winds, bring along the dry pods of the seeds, making the trails quite boring from here. The trek to Kalinchowk takes about three to four hours, depending on your speed as the people who usually start the trek around mid-day reaches there in the evening. But what could you want more than the setting sun waiting just for you before it hides behind the mountains for the night? The daylight ends, leaving behind the glittery stars in the sky and the artificial lights lighting up in the village below.
Kalinchowk is also called Kuri and on the northern side of this village lays a dark hill that accommodates the Kalinchowk Bhagwati. The acclaimed goddess is considered as the sister of Kavre’s Palanchowk Bhagwati and Kathmandu’s Naxal Bhagwati and is an equally powerful goddess. Although the climb to the shrine might seem tiring, the view from there is wonderful and if you climb from the western side, which is usually the tradition, climb an iron staircase that crosses through a narrow but deep crevice. However, you can also climb through the eastern side, which is less frightening. The simple temple has a collection of bells hanging from wooden bars and a heap of rusty tridents. The deity is symbolized by a small pit where you are to place your lamps and pray.
Kalinchowk is a beautiful village adorned with the backdrop of Mt Gauri Shankar and is also culturally and religiously rich because of the presence of powerful Kalinchowk Bhagawati.
How to get there?
Local buses are available from Buspark in Kathmandu. The buses leave early in the morning, with few shifts starting at 6 am. Many private companies or local travel and tours also provide packages for Kalinchowk temple.
How Far is Kalinchowk?
Charikot, Headquarter of Dolakha, is about 132 kilometres from Kathmandu, and Kalinchowk is about 18 kilometres from Charikot. Local vehicles are not available but can be reserved to reach Kuri from where Kalinchowk temple is about 1-hour hike for regular hikers and can take up to 2 for others.