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Dakshinkali Temple, Nepal.

Dakshinkali Temple, one of the main temples of Nepal, is dedicated to Kali, the fearful form of Lord Siva’s consort, Parvati. The main deity in the temple is the black stone, six-armed form of Kali, standing on a prostrated figure. Dakshinkali is located 22 km outside Kathmandu, and about 1 km outside the village of Pharping at the south end of the valley between two hills and at the confluence of two rivers.
Sacrifices - the main way that the goddess is worshipped - are made two times a week at this temple. The animals sacrificed have to be uncastrated males, particularly cocks and male goats. Saturday is the main day, but animal are also sacrificed there on Tuesdays. The Dashain festival in October is a major festival here.
At Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
At Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
Saddhu at Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
Saddhu at Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
Saddhu at Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
Saddhu at Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
Saddhu at Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
Saddhu at Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
Saddhu at Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
Saddhu at Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
Getting a blessing at Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
Getting a blessing at Dakshinkali temple, Nepal.
Oil lamps in front of the Kali temple, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
Oil lamps in front of the Kali temple, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
Oil lamps in front of the Kali temple, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
Oil lamps in front of the Kali temple, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
Offerings for the goddess, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
Offerings for the goddess, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
Cocks to be sacrificed, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
Cocks to be sacrificed, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
Shiva shrine, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
Shiva shrine, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
In front of the Kali temple, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
In front of the Kali temple, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
Inside the Kali temple everything is covered with blood, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
Inside the Kali temple everything is covered with blood, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
The sacrificed goats prepared to be taken home, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
The sacrificed goats prepared to be taken home, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
The sacrificed goats prepared to be taken home, Dakshinkali, Nepal.
The sacrificed goats prepared to be taken home, Dakshinkali, Nepal.