Located in Devghat VDC of Bharatpur Municipality of Chitwan district, there is a junction of Kali Gandaki, Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers. This junction goes by the name Devghat, which is religiously, historically, naturally and socially rich. In the old times, this place used to be known as Devghatta; Dev meaning God and Ghatta meaning Ghat, the place where there used to be gathering of gods and goddesses. Lying at about 6 miles northern from Narayangadh Bazaar of Chitwan district, this place is called Gandaki or Narayani after the Kali and Seti mix.
There are various sayings and stories about this place. According to Himawat khanda (part) of Skanda Puran (a religious book of the Hindus), a sage named Gandavya bathed in the pond which was filled with the sweats of Gauri. The junction of seven rivers is named as SaptaGandaki after the name of Gandavya. In the Puran, it is mentioned that sages, gods and goddesses gathered at this place on Makar Sakranti for a huge puja and this place was hence named Devghat. After this religious event, special stones called Shaligrams are said to be found in this place. Brinda, a sage cussed Lord Vishnu to transform into a stone and so Shaligrams are said to be formed and are worshipped as Lord Vishnu.
Observing the mythical importance of Gandaki River, the variants of Lord Vishnu is mentioned to be here. This further says that Shaligram is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The seven branches: Trisuli, Budi Gandaki, Seti, Marsyangdi, Kali, Vairabi and Mahakali, have been included in the language genealogy. In the Garud Purana, the Shaligram area indicates that there is a sign of cycles in the existence of human and animals dwelling.
The influence of various communities like Aghori, Shaiva, ramanuj, Nirwak, Nath and Bairagi among the others have made Devghat a center of Religious tolerance. Rich in natural beauty, this triangular place has various temples, statues and artefacts. The temple of ManiMukundeshor Mahadev has a special importance in this place. This temple has a single entrance having six staircase. Built from old raw materials and plastered by lime, this one storey temple has Shivlingas, Chakrashila and silhouettes of Ganesha and Lord Vishnu. Elliptical stones carved with the symbol of om can be found here and there is an interesting saying behind its existence.
In the eastern banks of Kali river, there’s a historical cave named Basistha which looks quite attractive. It is said that a sage Basistha used to teach Ramchandra including his brothers. Down the same path, there is a cave named Sita, the place where Sita vanished in the land, according to the Ramayana. According to the Skanda Puran, the king Roopketu‘s queen Kaamprava was detested for being ugly. The queen along with her servants and other devotees went to Devghat to bathe. It is said that she gained beauty after bathing there and the king once again accepted her. Due to this, there are people coming from faraway places just to bathe here. Widows and elderly people come here as a part of their pilgrimage.