Mahalaxmi Temple, Lubhu

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The warm and cozy town of Lubhu carries numerous exciting folklores. Goddess Mahalaxmi and her tales is what lies in the hearts of all the locals here. A temple; supernatural force; a common belief that binds the town and its people.

The temple holds a special place in the lifestyle of Lubhu.

Well, locals believe that Goddess Mahalaxmi arrived in Lubhu making her way from Gundu, Sisnery, and Devisthan. When Shringi Rishi was meditating in Sisnery Cave, Mahalaxmi and Bhairab were embodied in Gundu. After meditation and numerous rituals, they were established at Devisthan (a temple further up in Lubhu). Devisthan is believed to be the maternal home of Mahalaxmi. The idol of Mahalaxmi remains inside the Mahalaxmi temple, however, during Jatras it is placed in a Chariot and taken to Devisthan. 

In ancient times, many people there were seen to have a common condition of swelling in the neck. Although there is no scientific explanation, the people there say that it was because the Mahalaxmi was established above Gobhrateshwar Mahadev. Therefore, after different rituals, the Mahalaxmi temple was relocated in the gateway of Lubhu. 

The temple exists as one of the nine heavenly powers in Kathmandu Valley. The copper inscription found inside the temple takes us back to Nepal Sambat 847. The stone inscription dates the history of Mahalaxmi temple back to Malla dynasty.  

Even Though the wave of urbanization is seen to hit the old town, it still has managed to conserve the warm feel of the countryside. During harvest months, the grains are scattered on the roads adding to the vibrant vibe of this culturally rich town. The people of Lubhu make sure not to harvest any crop when the idol of Mahalaxmi is not inside the Mahalaxmi temple. It is believed that if any resident harvests crops at the time then all the crops would get damaged. 

Bringing the Mahalaxmi closer to one’s home is believed to bring auspicious peace and prosperity; as may be seen by the presence of the Mahalakshmi Temple among the lovely community of simple and social people. The municipality was also named after the symbol of affluence and prosperity, Mahalaxmi.

Jatras

Jatra in Lubhu is conducted during the month of Baishakh. The idol placed inside Mahalaxmi temple is taken out by Thakali [head of Mahalaxmi temple and eldest member of guthi (trust)] and placed in the chariot for the Jatra to begin. One set of chariot filled with gold plated masks of deities carries idols of Ganesh, Maha Laxmi and Kumar while the other set carries Ganesh, Maha Bhairav and Kumari. The chariot is taken around the town and to Devisthan (Mahalaxmi’s mother’s temple) so that the mother- daughter meeting can take place which also marks the climax of the Jatra.

So, when you’re here don’t miss out on Gobhrateshwar Mahadev temple and Devisthan nearby. 

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Best season to visit: During Jatras

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