Kankalini Temple, one of the famous temples of Nepal, is located in the village Bhardaha that lay on the either sides of the Mahendra Highway in Saptari district. The five storied temple is located at the side of Mahendra Highway and is easily spotted. One can reach there by a bus with 17 km ride towards north – east from Rajbiraj or 5 km west of Koshi Bridge. The temple is a shrine of one of the powerful forms of the Hindu goddess of Durga whom people worship with full of devotion and faith.
Kankalini Temple has great religious importance. Like most of the other Shakti Peethas in Nepal, this temple, too, has a legend attached to it. According to the legend, the people settled in Bhardaha village had started to use the land for farming, however, while digging, some farmers had found a stone statue carved beautifully with the image of Goddess Durga and in that very place, this temple is said to have been build. It is believed that when a devotee worships with great devotion and true heart in the temple, their wish comes true. So, thousands of peoples from many part of the country come to this temple to worship the avatar of Goddess Durga, known famously as goddess Kankalini.
During the festival of Dashain, this temple witnesses more than 5000 visitors worshiping daily the goddess with devotion and animal sacrifices of goat or buffalo. More than 1000 goats are offered daily but buffalo sacrifices are made only in the ninth day of Dashain, which is known as Nawami? This temple is situated in a large area that has a beautiful garden and a small temple of Lord Ganesh.
To the north of the temple lay Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve while to its east, the largest river of Nepal, Saptakoshi River is situated. Although Kankalini temple is a highly significant religious place, it is now also viewed as a tourist destination because of the presence of the wildlife reserve and the largest river along with the traditional village giving full experience of the culture and traditions of the people living there.