Tal Barahi Temple is located in the center of Fewa Lake, a small island one of the most famous lakes in Pokhara valley. Tal Barahi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga Sapta Matrika in the shape of Barahi. She has four hands. Her face is like the face of a wild boar, holding the earth with his teeth holding different weapons in her hands. The typical two-storeyed pagoda-style temple was built inside a lake by Kaskeli Kıng Kulmandan Singh in 1416 B. S.
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Courtyard of Tal Baralhi Temple is just like a small island. It is famous for lovers of holidaymakers, and tourists. Devotees go about their worship undisturbed by the goings-on in the water. One can reach there only by boat. During Durga Puja and on Saturday thousands of people of Pokhara to worship and sacrifice goat and cock visits Tal Barahi Temple. This temple is only one of its kind in Nepal located inside a lake without any land passages.
Tal Barahi is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage of Pokhara. The temple is just like a typical pagoda style temple the originated in the Kathmandu valley. There is a legend about the origin of the temple of Tal Barahi Temple.
History of Tal Barahi Temple
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful city named Fewa. Where nowadays Fewa Lake, the event is the just reverse of the origin of Kathmandu valley. One day a very old woman unknown to anyone appeared from nowhere and strolled along the street of the thriving city here and she knocked at doors and begged for food. The people of the city know nothing about the old woman, she was a goddess who had taken a human shape. Everyone turned her back on her and shut the door in front of her face, as once the people of Kathmandu did for Gorakhnath.
At last in one of the poor houses, an old couple who are migrated from Kathmandu valley invited him to share their own meal consisting of boiled rice and vegetables. The old man thanked them profusely and before leaving his host. She made a plan to kill almost all peoples of the city who hate her. She advised the host old couple to abandon their home without delay and to take refuge in the nearby small hillock. She warned them of a terrible calamity which was about to devastate their city to gate vengeance with the peoples of the city.
The couple followed the old woman’s advice and started towards the hillock of Tal Barahi Temple having reached the top of the hillock they looked back a past lake had completely submerged the town, killing almost all peoples of the city. This is now the courtyard of Tal Barahi Temple. Where the couple saved their life. They saw Goddess Barahi instead of the old woman. They build a small temple of Goddess Barahi. Later in 1416 Kaskeli King build the present temple instead of a small temple.