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Famous Temple of Nepal
« on: July 23, 2007, 11:00:29 AM »
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Re: Famous Temple of Nepal
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2007, 11:04:46 AM »
Pashupatinath Temple


Pashupatinath temple (पशुपतिनाथ मन्दिर) is a Hindu temple located on the shore of the Bagmati river on the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

It is regarded as the most sacred temple of Shiva (Pashupati) in the world. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, particularly from Nepal and India pay homage to this temple everyday. "Shivaratri" or night of lord Shiva is an especially important day in this temple when tens of thousands of people throng here for the annual celebration.

Locals have long regarded Pashupatinath temple as a very important part of the city, both religiously and culturally. Thousands of locals begin their day by visiting the temple and receiving blessings from lord Shiva early in the morning. Along the shores of the Bagmati river near the temple lies "Arya Ghat", the most widely used place of cremation for the deceased in Nepal, especially in and around the Kathmandu valley. There is also a large market in the streets surrounding the temple. Vendors sell souvenirs to tourists, but also cloth, dyes, and religious supplies.

Believers of the faith Hinduism are allowed to enter the temple. Non-Hindu visitors are allowed to have a look at the temple from the other bank of Bagmati river

The unique feature of this temple is that only four priests can touch the idol. The priests are always from south India. This tradition is supposed to have started by Sage Shankaracharya in 6th century, ostensibly to stop human sacrifice which was prevalent in that temple.

The more official view of Indian priests being stationed at Pashupatinath is because when the King passes away, the entire Nepali people are supposed to stop religious services and enter a year long period of mourning. As the Pashupatinath needs to be eternally worshipped, Indians were brought to make sure that the Pashupatinath is worshipped even at the time of official mourning.

The temple is of pagoda architecture. The two level roofs are of copper with gold covering. It has four main doors, all covered with silver sheets. The western door has a statue of large bull or Nandi, again covered in gold. The idol is of black stone, about 6 ft in height and about 6ft circumference.

The priests are called Bhattas and the chief priest is known as Mool Bhatt or Raval. The chief priest is answerable only to the King of Nepal and reports to him on the matters of temple on periodic basis.

East of the temple is the Vasukinath.

One of the most known Chief Priest was Raval Padmanabha Shastri Adiga (1927-2005). He started as a priest in 1955 and was promoted as Chief priest in 1967. In his time, he started a movement to use the temple funds for local development. He retired in 1993 and moved back to his home town Udupi. Nepal is said to be run by Pashupatinath.Everytime in history when Nepal has bad rulers bad government the country is still run and still exists.Recent times with all corrupt leaders and mad king , strikes, bandas, nepal is still governed by Pashupatinath.jay sumbho.

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Re: Famous Temple of Nepal
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2007, 09:57:53 PM »

       Swayambhunath temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible for many miles and from all sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD. Its origins however, date to a much earlier time, long before the arrival of Buddhism into the valley. A collection of legends about the site, the 15th century Swayambhu Purana, tells of a miraculous lotus, planted by a past Buddha, which blossomed from the lake that once covered Kathmandu valley. The lotus mysteriously radiated a brilliant light, and the name of the place came to be Swayambhu, meaning 'Self-Created or Self-Existent'. Saints, sages and divinities traveled to the lake to venerate this miraculous light for its power in granting enlightenment. During this time, the Bodhisatva Manjushri was meditating at the sacred mountain of Wu Tai Shan and had a vision of the dazzling Swayambhu light. Manjushri flew across the mountains of China and Tibet upon his blue lion to worship the lotus. Deeply impressed by the power of the radiant light, Manjushri felt that if the water were drained out of the lake Swayambhu would become more easily accessible to human pilgrims. With a great sword Manjushri cut a gorge in the mountains surrounding the lake. The water, draining away, left the valley of present day Kathmandu. The lotus was then transformed into a hill and the light became the Swayabhunath Stupa.

Swayambhunath's worshippers include Hindus, Vajrayana Buddhists of northern Nepal and Tibet, and the Newari Buddhists of central and southern Nepal. Each morning before dawn, hundreds of pilgrims will ascend the 365 steps that lead up the hill, file past the gilded Vajra (Tibetan: Dorje) and two lions guarding the entrance, and begin a series of clockwise circumambulations of the stupa (Newari Buddhists circle in the opposite, counterclockwise direction). On each of the four sides of the main stupa there are a pair of big eyes. These eyes are symbolic of God's all-seeing perspective. There is no nose between the eyes but rather a representation of the number one in the Nepali alphabet, signifying that the single way to enlightenment is through the Buddhist path. Above each pair of eyes is another eye, the third eye, signifying the wisdom of looking within. No ears are shown because it is said the Buddha is not interested in hearing prayers in praise of him.

The area surrounding the stupa is filled with chaityas, temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects. There are many small shrines with statues of Tantric and shamanistic deities, prayer wheels for the Tibetan Buddhists, Shiva lingams (now disguised as Buddhist chaityas and decorated with the faces of the the Dhyani Buddhas), and a popular Hindu temple dedicated to Harati, the Goddess of smallpox and other epidemics.The presence of the Harati Devi temple signifies the intermingling of the pantheons of Hinduism and Buddhism in the development of the religious trends of Nepal. As Buddhists had no deity in their own pantheon to protect against the dreaded smallpox, they adopted the Hindu deity for assistance.

Atop Swayambhunath hill is another fascinating, though smaller and less visited temple. This is Shantipur, the 'Place of Peace', inside of which, in a secret, always locked, underground chamber lives the 8th century Tantric master Shantikar Acharya. Practising meditation techniques which have preserved his life for uncounted centuries, he is a great esoteric magician who has complete power over the weather. When the valley of Kathmandu is threatened by drought, the King of Nepal must enter the underground chamber to get a secret mandala from Shantikar. Soon after the mandala is brought outside and shown to the sky, rain begins to fall. Frescoes painted on the inside temple walls depict when last this occurred in 1658. The small temple has a powerful atmosphere; it is mysterious, stern and slightly ominous.

The complex of temples atop Swayambhunath hill is one of my most favorite sacred places in the world. It was here, in 1967, when I was thirteen years old that I first became enchanted with visiting and photographing ancient pilgrimage shrines. Swayambhunath stupa is also called the `Monkey Temple' because of the many hundreds of monkeys who scamper about the temple at night after the pilgrims and priests have departed. These monkeys and a hashish inspired yogi first introduced me to the magic of sacred places. Nearby the Swayambhunath hill are other important temples such as the Shiva Jyotir Linga temple of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath stupa, Changu Narayan, Dakshinkali, and Budhanilkantha. Readers interested in studying the sacred sites of the Kathmandu valley in detail are referred to the works of Bubriski, Majupuria and Moran listed in the bibliography.
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Muktinath
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2007, 07:56:32 AM »

Muktinath, a sacred place both for Hindus as well as Buddhists, is located at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas) , Mustang district, Kingdom of Nepal. The Hindus call the place Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of salvation", while the Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means 'Hundred Waters'. For Tibetan Buddhists Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa is a place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers. It is of great importance for Buddhists that Chumig Gyatsa is one of the 24 Tantric places.

The temple

The shrine of Muktinath is considered one of the eight most sacred shrines for Hindu Vashanavites known as Svayam Vyakta Ksetras, the other seven being Srirangam, Sri Mushnam, Tirupati, Naimisaranyam, Thottadri, Pushkaram and Badrinath. The temple is very small. Muktinath is one of the most ancient Hindu temples of God Vishnu. Many people also claim the shrine to be a Buddhist shrine. The idol is of gold and is tall enough to compare with a man. The prakaram has 108 bull faces through which water is poured. It is freezing temperature. There is an Old Buddhist monk present in the temple.

Legend

The Tibetan Buddhist tradition states that for this reason Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism had meditated at Muktinath on his way to Tibet. It is one of the 51 Sakthi peetams.
Sri Murthy Mahatyam

In this astonishing journey there lies the only place on earth where you can find all five tatvas, the five elements from which everything is made, according to the Hindu tradition: fire, water, sky, earth and air at the same place together in their own and distinct form. This place is near Jwala Devi temple.

The entire river bed has Salagrama stones which is equivalent in worshipping Lord Vishnu.

According to Sri Vaishnava philosophy, it is considered to be one of the Divya desam (108 in total) or holy places of worship of Lord Vishnu, where the Alwars or Viashnavite Saints had sung in praise of the Lord, which is compiled as the Nalayira Divya Prabandha.

One has to be gifted to get the Darshan of Lord Sri Murthi and Goddess Sri Devi Thayaar.

Prasadam

There is no specific priest to maintain the temple. Pilgrims who go there should offer food to Lord.
Darshan, sevas and festivals

The most suitable time time to visit Muktinath is from March to June, as the weather conditions would not be safe enough to travel in other months. In your journey you will come across many archeological sites and temples, and will see and feel the enchanting Himalayas.


Composers

Thirumangai Alvar could not reach Muktinath, but had sung from nearest place in praise of Lord SriMurthy. Periyalvar had sung in praise of Sri Murthi as "Salagramamudaiya Nambi".

Travel access

It is quite difficult to travel because of tough weather conditions. From Delhi to Katmandu flight and then from Katmandu to Jomsom Airport. From there, trekking can be done or through private helicopter. The helicopter would take around 45 minutes to reach and then it would leave there for 1 hr and

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Changu Narayan
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007, 07:50:43 AM »


Changu Narayan: Narayan, or Vishnu, is the preserver of creation to Hindus. His temple near Changu village is often described as the most ancient temple in the Kathmandu Valley. a fifth century stone inscription, the oldest to be discovered in Nepal, is located in the temple compound and it tells of the victorious King Mandev. The temple, now covers sixteen hundred years of Nepalese art history. The temple, built around the third century, is decorated by some of the best samples of stone, wood, and metal craft in the valley. In the words of one tourist guide, "When you look upon Changu Narayan, you observe the complete cultural development of the Valley".
   
 

On the struts of the two-tiered Changu Narayan Temple, are the ten incarnations in which Narayan destroyed evil-doers. A sixth-century stone statue shows the cosmic from of Vishnu, while another statue recalls his dwarf incarnation when he crushed the evil King Bali. Vishnu as Narsingha disembowelling a demon is particularly stunning. The western bronze doors sparkle in the evening sunlight, dragons decorate the bells, and handsome devas stare from the walls. Garuda, half man and half birds, is the steed of Vishnu, and his life-sized statue kneels before the temple. The favorite of many tourists is the statue of Vishnu sitting astride his steed.

A couple of hours' drive from Kathmandu takes you to the hilltop temple. Bhaktapur, a medieval city and a World Heritage Site, is en route and is worth a trip.

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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2007, 07:03:26 PM »
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Re: Famous Temple of Nepal
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2008, 09:21:50 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2008, 09:23:23 PM »
Famous Temple Ma Banglamukhi Pani Rakhnu Paryo....Paila Tira Mangalbar Ho Ki Budhabar Jaaney GArinthyo afno Jodi Khojna Kta Haru Sita...Eheheheh

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Re: Famous Temple of Nepal
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2008, 09:35:15 PM »
Jal Binayak Temple, Chobar,kathmadu, Nepal

                                 The Jal Vinayaka temple, dedicated to Ganesh, is located six km from Kathmandu, near the Chobar defile of the Bagmati, where a suspension-bridge for pedestrians, built in the early 20th century, cross the river.

Ganesha, also known as Jal Vinayaka (the prominent leader), is the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom, literature and worldly success.

Ganesha is one of the most popularly worshiped forms of divinity - as a remover of obstacles and the embodiment of good luck, in the Hindu system of beliefs and practices.
Ganesh is known (by various names in different parts of Nepal and India and on different occasions) as the Remover of Obstacles, the god of domestic harmony and of success.
He is the most beloved and revered of all the Hindu gods, and is always invoked first in any Hindu ceremony or festival.

Ganesha is represented as a short, pot-bellied man with an elephant?s head with one tusk, four arms and a yellow skin. His vehicle is a tiny mouse. In his hand he holds a conch shell, a discus, a club/axe and a lotus.

Ganesha, also called Ganapati, is a god of wisdom, prudence and salvation. Ga means ?knowledge?, na means salvation?, isa and pati mean ?lord?. Ganesha is also said to mean ?lord of the ganas?, Shiva?s multitude of attendants. He is also called Vinayak (knowledgeable) or Vigneshwar (God to remove obstacles

         
                                                      The Jal Vinayaka temple, dedicated to Ganesh, is located six km from Kathmandu, near the Chobar defile of the Bagmati, where a suspension-bridge for pedestrians, built in the early 20th century, cross the river.
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The present temple has been constructed in 1603 but the sanctuary is, indeed, much older. Built with a triple roof, its displays on the wood-stalls, various Ganesh forms of different colors, over small erotic images.

Facing the inner sanctuary, a huge rat, perched on a tall rectangular pedestal, looks at the Ganesh representation in the sanctuary.

Here, the god is shown like an unshapped rock. As usual in Nepal, he receives animal sacrifices (poultry). The elephant symbolises devotion, patience and truth.

The Modaka or cake he holds in his trunk indicates that, beneath the outer layer of sordid self, lies the Atman which is sweet and which must be discovered by everyone.

His corpulent figure conveys prosperity. The laddoo's are meant to reward devotees for spiritual activity. Ganesha rides on a mouse, signifying the unity of the small with the big. Ganesha?s mouse, by gnawing its way through everything, is said to symbolize the god?s ability to destroy all obstacles.

Ganesha is also known as Ekdanta, or the one with one tooth, because one of his tusks is broken. In his upper hands he holds a hook and a noose. The noose is for pulling man along the right path, the hook is for goading forward the recalcitrant. In this manner Ganesha helps us in overcoming obstacles and ensures success.

The fourth hand?s palm is always extended to bless people. Ganesha?s ears, which appear like large winnowing baskets, have a philosophical significance too. Just as one uses a winnowing basket to separate grains from dirt, one must use discrimination (viveka) to separate the real (Brahman) from the unreal (Maya). The snake that runs round his hip is indicative of Energy in all forms.                 
                 
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2008, 09:38:59 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2008, 09:52:21 PM »
Banglamukh Khai...Jodi Khojnu Paryo Vaney agye Huncha

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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2008, 10:02:25 PM »
Bagalamukhi


In Hinduism, Bagalamukhi is one of the Ten mahavidyas. Bagalamukhi Devi smashes the devotee's misconceptions and delusions by her cudgel.

The name literally means ?crane faced,? though this is a misnomer. The name 'Bagla' is a distortion of the original Sanskrit root 'ValgA'. She has a golden complexion and her cloth is yellow. She sits in a golden throne in the midst of an ocean of nectar full of yellow lotuses. A crescent moon adorns her head.

Two descriptions of the goddess are found in various texts- The 'Dwi-BhujA' (two handed), and the 'ChaturbhujA' (Four handed).

The Dwi-BhujA depiction is the more common, and is described as the 'Soumya' or milder form. She holds a club in her right hand with which she beats the demon, while pulling his tongue out with her left hand. This image is sometimes interpreted as an exhibition of stambhana, the power to stun or paralyze one?s enemy into silence. This is one of the boons for which Bagalamukhi?s devotees worship her. Other Mahavidya goddesses are also said to represent similar powers useful for defeating enemies, to be invoked by their worshippers through various rituals.

The legend behind the origin of goddess Bagalamukhi is as follows:

Once upon a time, a Huge storm erupted over the earth. As it threatened to destroy whole of the creation, all the gods assembled in the Saurashtra region. Goddess Bagalamukhi emerged from the 'Haridra Sarovara', and appeased by the prayers of the gods, calmed down the storm.

A demon named Madan undertook austerities and won the boon of vak siddhi, according to which anything he said came about. He abused this boon by harassing innocent people. Enraged by his mischief, the gods worshipped Bagalamukhi. She stopped the demon's rampage by taking hold of his tongue and stilling his speech. Before she could kill him, however, he asked to be worshipped with her, and she relented, That is why he is depicted with her.

Bagalamukhi maha mantram meaning is as below:

Oh Goddess, paralyze the speech and feet of all evil people. Pull their tongue, destroy their intellect.

Major temples to the goddess are situated in the Himachal Pradesh in the north, and at Nalkheda at Shajapur and Datia in Madhya Pradesh. Nepal, where the worship of tantric goddesses had Royal patronage, also has a large temple devoted to Bagalamukhi in the Newar city of Patan. The territory of the Bagalamukhi temple in Patan also has several other temples there: a Ganesha temple, a Shiva temple, a Saraswati temple, a Guheswari temple, a Bhairabha temple and also temples for many other gods and goddesses. In Hinduism there are 330 million separate gods and goddesses. The main difference between any other temple and a Bagalamukhi temple is that if someone worships all the gods in this temple, they would actually worship all 330 million gods and goddesses at one place. Bagalamukhi Devi Temple is situated at Guma in Mandi, in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India. Large numbers of Hindu devotees offer prayers here to fulfill their wishes. Bagalamukhi Puja is performed by an experienced Pandit, as any mistake in the ritual may result in bad effects.

Bagalamukhi Devi is one of the ten Hindu Goddesses of Power. Bagalamukhi Puja is performed according to Vedic ritual, to defeat enemies. It not only decreases the power of the enemy, but also creates an atmosphere where he or she becomes helpless. The Abhimantrit Bagalamukhi Yantra is also used for the same purpose. It protects the person from enemies and evils.
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