Bageshwari Temple

Bageshwori Temple (Nepaliबागेश्वरी मन्दिर) is one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal. It is at the center of Nepalgunj, the biggest city in mid-western development region. It is dedicated to goddess Bageshwori- Durga.[1] The temple area also houses another famous temple- the temple of Shiva with mustache, which is one of the only two such temples in the country.[2]

There are several other smaller temples inside the temple area including a temple of Buddha, statue of Ganesha, and the temple of Hanuman. The Bageshwori pond that is situated within the temple area is also famous among the devotees, specially for the reason that the temple of Shiva with mustache stands at the center of it.

Bageshwori temple is known to be one of the oldest in the region, and the oldest temple in Banke District. Every year it attracts a large number of devotees from around the country, as well as from the nearest border cities of India. Especially in the festival of Dasain, the biggest festival in the country, the temple receives a huge crowd of people wishing to pray the goddess and offer animal sacrifices. Shiva ratri, Teej, Magh sukla purnima on these festivals bageshwori temple gots crowds. The temple's image can be seen in Nepalese one-rupees coins and postal stamps.[5]