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NEPAL PILGRIMAGE INFORMATION  
Ridi is situated on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River where it joins the smaller Ridi River to form a confluence and changes its direction of flow from north-south to west-east. Ridi is also called Ruru Kshetra in Sanskrit.

This area also contains a number of caves, including Kanya Gufa which has been the abode of sadhus, or holy men.

Legend

It is said that in ancient times there lived a Brahmin named Devdutta. He got married to heavenly The beautiful Premlochana. They got On the other hand, Premlochana became pregnant, and bore Devdutta a daughter, and immediately left for her heavenly abode. The child was suckled and brought up by a particular kind of deer called "Ruru" and so the child in turn was also named Ruru. She grew up into beautiful maiden and rejecting offers of marriage, decided on strict meditation and worship of the Lord Vishnu. After a hundred years of meditation, she was so much in control of her senses that she was unable to see the Lord Vishne who had appeared before her. So the Loard Vishnu entered her senses, and with them went through her hart and stood before her once more. He only did she see the Lord before her. after she had touched the Lords feet with her head, he said: what wish do you want me to grant you:, and she replied" My Lord if it pleases you, stay in this place (Ridi) as you appear before me now". This was done. She then asked the Lord Vishnu to purify her and to name the place after her, so that it would become famous later on. This too was granted and the Lord said "those people who come here and worship me, and fast for three days, will be forgiven of all sins including 'Brahmahatya' (Murder of a Brahmin). From then on, the place became widely known as Ridi or Ruru. Thus, the Rishikeshav Temple beside the Gandaki River is widely worshipped. Rishikesh means controller of the senses, and since the lord Vishnu had to control Ruru's senses so that she could see him, it is known as Rishikesh"

Pilgrims visit here to earn merit for this life as well as for their next life. About 200 Vaishshnavas of the Nimbarka & Sri Ramanuja Sampradaya sects live in nearby Ridi Bazar.

NEPAL PILGRIMAGE INFORMATION
Nepal was the only Hindu Kingdom in the world and also a Hindu majority country. The second largest religion is Buddhism.
PashupathiNath Temple is the Holiest pilgrimage of Lord Shiva. Mt. Kailash is the mountain of Lord Shiva and it is considered holiest of all holy mountains. Mt. Kailash is in Tibet near Nepal Tibet border.

Lord Sri Mukthinath
temple is considered to be one of the greatest Vaishanava shrine in the world. Sri Jal Narayan (Budhanilkantha narayan) patan Krishna temple, varakshetra, Janakpur, the birth place of Goddess sita. Devdham (gajendra moksha stalam), Devghat, ridighat and valmiki ashram are the famous Vaishnava stalas in Nepal.

There are several Shakti-peethams through out Nepal. Dakhinkali and Guheswori are most famous Shakti-peethams of Kathmandu valley. Other important Shakti-peeths are Pathibhara, Shaileswori, Vindyavashini, Manakamana and  Jogeshwori.

KATMANDU 
Kathmandu, the capital and the largest city of Nepal, derives its name from Kasthmandap or "house of wood" a pagoda-style temple. A few steps away is the Temple of the Living Goddess, where the clients may catch a glimpse of the Kumari at one of the open windows overlooking the inner courtyard. All around the splendour of historical monuments is the hustle & bustle of the market place. Vegetable vendors, trees of flutes, salesmen with their wares displayed on their person, souvenir hawkers, street shop selling imported goods and tucked away in a quiet corner the glittering bead market for custom made bead necklaces.  

PASHUPATHINATH
It is situated 5 kms east of Kathmandu on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple of lord Shiva, Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof & silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The best view is from the terrace on the wooded hill across the river. The large gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 AD though 300 years earlier there was a structure on this site. The Bagmati River is lined with dharmasalas and cremation ghats including a royal ghat reserved exclusively for members of the royal family. There is usually a cremation in progress on one of the platforms by the river, regarded as holy as it flows into the sacred Ganges.

GUHESHWARI   
Near Sri Pashupathinath temple is another historic and holy temple of Guheshwari. One of the main shakthi peetam in the world.only hindus are allowed to enter the temple courtyard.



BUDHANILKANATHA NARAYAN
It is situated about 8 kilometres north of Kathmandu at the foot of Shivapuri range. The Vishnu statue of Budhanilkantha was found buried in the ground in its original state. The staute is estimated to be thousand years old and shows Vishnu lying on the cosmic water before the universe was created. Here one can see the image of Vishnu reclining on the bed of snakes dating back to 5th century AD. The staue is in the middle of a small pond and seems to float in water.  

BALUJU 

Situated about 5 km north of katmandu, balaju gardens features fountains with 22 crocodile-headed water spouts dating from the eighteenth century. There is also a large swimming pool inside the park.




SWAYAMBHUNATH  

this is one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist chaityas. It is said to be 2000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire’s base are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is 3km west of katmandu city and is situated on a hillock about 77m above the sea level of the katmandu valley and hence commands an excellent view of the valley. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal. It was listed in the UNESCO world heritage monument list in 1979.

BOUDHANATH  
The stupa of Boudhanath lies 8 km east of Kathmandu. It is the biggest Stupa in Nepal and is located on flat land and encircled by houses & monasteries, where Rinpoches reside. This colossal Stupa is set on concentric ascending terraces in the powerful pattern of a Mandala. Around the base of this strikingly enormous and simple stupa are a ring of 108 images of the Buddha and 147 insets containing prayer wheels.  

PATAN
Patan is also known as Lalitpur or the "city of fine arts" and is the oldest city in the valley. This Buddhist City is said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. Patan is the cradle of arts and architecture of the valley, a great center both of the Newari Buddhist religion and of traditional arts & crafts with 136 bahals or courtyards and 55 major temples. Well known among these are the Krishna Mandir, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, Kumbheshwar temple, Jagatnarayan temple & the Mahabouddha temple. Patan is enclosed within 4 Buddhist stupas set on the four-corners of the outer boundaries of this ancient city. A tour of Patan would also include a visit to the Tibetan refugee village to witness the hand weaving of Tibetan carpets using age-old methods of dyeing and finishing. Three or four persons at each loom weaving traditional designs, chatting & singing can also be seen here.

CHANGUNARAYAN

Situated at the end of a long ridge which runs well into the valley, it is aid to have been built by king hari dutta in 323 as and said to be the oldest temple in the alley. It was listed in the UNESCO world heritage monument list in 1979.




BHAKTAPUR 

Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon meaning the "city of devotees" lies 14 km east of Kathmandu. It is the home of medieval art & architecture and still retains its rich medieval aroma. A city of farmers, Bhaktapur is also known for its pottery and weaving. Bhaktapur is the most charming and the best preserved of the valley’s three cities. The intricately carved temples, alleyways and timeless atmosphere of this place are simply intriguing. The major sightseeing places in Bhaktapur include Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, Palace of 55 windows, Bell of the barking dogs, Nyatapole Temple, Bhairavanath Temple, Dattatrya Temple, Pujari Math etc

MANAKAMANA DARSHAN

Legend has it that the queen of Gorkha, King Ram Shah (A.D 1614- 1636) possessed divine powers known only to her devotee Lakhan Thapa. One day the king found his Queen as Goddess. Following the revelations, he mentioned it to his queen and he suddenly died. He was cremated and his queen committed sati on his funeral pyre, as per the custom. She consoled her lementing devotee Lakhan saying she would reappear near his home. Six months later, a farmer ploughing his field hit a stone, cleaved it and blood and milk flowed which ceased when lakhan worshipped it with his tantric knowledge. The site became foundation of the present Pujari is the 17th generation descendent of Lakhan Thapa.

The shrine of Manakamna renovated many times over the centuries has four story pagoda style roofs with entrance from the south-west. The Pujari performs daily prayers and ritual in the temple behind closed doors by offering eggs, oranges, rice, red powder and strips of cloth to the deities. On completion of the pooja of the shrine by the priest, the turn of the public begins.

Manakamana temple lies 12 km south of historic town Gorkha and located on a prominent ridge overlooking the river valleys of Trisul (south) and Marsyangdi (west).The unique location of the place is dramatized during winter when the ridge appears as an island above sea of morning mist. People believe Manakamana Devi fulfills the wishes of her devotees, thus called the wish fulfilling deity. The reward on reaching the shrine is both spiritual and physical exhilaration. Spectacular views include deep valleys, terraced fields and the Manaslu-Himachuli and Annapurna ranges.

In the past, the only access to the region was by arduous climb of over five hours but one can visit the shrine in comfort by Manakamana cable car which takes about 15 minutes.

NAGARKOT
Nagarkot is situated about 35 km/22 miles east of Kathmandu and from here one can see Mount Everest and other peaks of the Himalayas. Nagarkot is located between Kathmandu Valley in the west and Indrawati in the east. The top of Nagarkot commands accelerating views in all directions. The altitude of Nagarkot is 2229 m/7133 ft. above sea level.


DAKSHINKALI

Literally meaning the Kali of the south, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, Hindu goddesses of power. Dakshinkali is one of the sakthi peetams. A sacrifice ceremony of goats, chickens, ducks etc. is held every Tuesdays and Saturdays. The temple itself is located in a forested canyon and lies 19 km/12 miles from Kathmandu city.


CHOBAR

Chovar is 8 km/5 miles south west of Kathmandu city. "Chovar " is famous for it’s gorge, which is said to have been cut by Manjushree to drain the water out from Kathmandu Valley which was then supposed to be a lake. Famous “jal vinayak” temple is situated here.



POKHARA
VALLEY:
The rare combinations of snow clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers has helped to make the valley of Pokhara (210 km/131 miles from Kathmandu) one of the most picturesque natural attractions in the kingdom. A must for all visitors to Pokhara valley is the Phewa Lake. A half day excursion of the Pokhara Valley consists of a visit to the Gupteshwar mahadev cave, vndya vasini temple, varashi Devi temple and the Seti gorge. For people with more time in hand can visit the Begnas and Rupa Tal or take a 3 hours hike to Sarankot or Hyangia. Pokhara is accessible by road or air from Kathmandu.

MUKTHINATH DARSHAN
It is believed that all miseries / sorrows are relived once you visit this temple (Mukti = Nirvana, Nath = god) Elevation 3,749m. The main Shrine is a pagoda Shaped temple dedicted to Lord VISHNU. There are 108 water sports from which pour holy water. Also visit Jwalamai temple nearby contains a spring and an eternal flame led by natural gas under ground henceforth, the name Jwala mai

A Shradha at the confluence of Kag khola and river Kaligandagi at Kagbeni and worship after that in the shrine of lord Mukthinath is heavenly and boon bestowing. One would be enlightened and thrilled to have the Darshan of Lord Vishnu flanked by the idols of His divine consorts Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess earth on right and left.

People wishing to do the Shradd for the ancestors – they can do it in Kagbeni (A Place on the way to Mukthinath) Kagabeni Shradh is considered to be the highest one in the world)

DAMODAR KUND (ORIGIN OF SHALAGRAM AND KALIGANDAGI RIVER)
We welcome you to a serene and highly religious Damodar Kund; it lies on the north east of Mustang District and is at the altitude of 5400 meters. Barah Puran has narrated the damodar kund's religions significance. While describing domodar Kund, River Kaligandaki can't be left untouched. River Kaligandaki has its source in Damodar Kund and throughout its flow to south right up to Indian border carries a manifestation of lying lord Vishnu with Damodarkund jewelled as His auspicious Head and with Muktinath as the mouth, Shaligram Chakra as chest, Ru Ru Kshetra of Palpa district as the waist, Devaghat as the Knee and lastly the auspicious feet of lord Vishnu goes to the credit of Gajendra Moksha devadham, Nawal Parasi. Such a beautiful elaboration of the lord, one may find starting from the auspicious lakes of Damodar Kund.

LUMBINI

Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha. The broken Ashoka Pillar, remnants of old monastery, images of Buddha’s mother Maya Devi are still preserved here. Interesting places to see here are; pushkarni pond, peace stupa, and temples of lord Buddha.



Kapilvastu

Kapilvastu, also known as modern Piprahwa in the Lumbini Zone of Nepal, is one of the most holy Buddhist centres globally. The capital city of the Shakya clan, and one of the earliest Republics in the world, Kapilvastu witnessed the childhood and early family life of the Buddha in the royal palace. It was at Kapilvastu, the prince saw sorrow, pain, disease and death, the four sights which disturbed Him and He abandoned His life in search of the reality of life, and became the Buddha. Twelve years later after He attained enlightenment, the son of the city came back to His home, but not as a prince but rather as the Buddha, who preached His sermons over here. One can visit The Royal Palace of king sudhodhana, Sri Lankan Monastery and Eastern Stupa Complex

VALMIKI ASHRAM

the Balmaki Ashram is situated in the forest on the banks of the Triveni River, at the south western corner of the Royal Chitwan National park. It is said that Valmiki Rishi (sage) wrote the great epic, "Ramayana" here. It is also believed to be the birthplace of Lava & Kusha (the two sons of Lord Ram and his divine wife- Sita.The hermitage also has landmarks of Sita’s ‘Falahar’ (eating place), Meditation place of the great Sage-Valmiki, the place where the Ashwamedh horse was tied, Amrit (nectar of immortality) Kuan (well); Vishnu Chakra and the Hawan (Yagna) Kund.

VARAHAKSHETRA

Varahakshetra, located at the confluence of the Saptakoshi and Kaka rivers, is 20 km away from a town in eastern Nepal - Dharan. Varahakshetra is among the four great Hindu pilgrimages. Here, the boar-Varaha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu is sald to have a said to have killed demon Hiranakshaya. Apart from the main shrine dedicated to Varaha, there are many other temple with images of the Varaha is Varahakshetra. Every year on the first of Magh (November), a religious fare takes place here.

DEVGHAT

Devghat is situated 6 km to the north of Narayanghat, the gateway to the Royal Chitwan National Park. On the day of the Makar Sakranti festival in January pilgrims come here to take holy dips in the Narayani, formed by the meeting of the kali Gandaki and Trisuli. This is known as triveni sangam



JANAKPUR

Religious place, Janakpur is famous as the birth place of Goddess Sita, the wife of Lord Ram. Temple of sita (Janaki) popularity known as Naulakha Mandir. Sightseeing in an around the religious site, can witness places where God Ram and Goddess Sita got Married.



GAJENDRA MOKSHAM
Gajendra was the king of elephants. While roaming in the jungles, the elephants were drinking water from the River Kandagi, when a crocodile caught hold of Gajendra's legs. For a few hours, Gajendra was trying to fight the crocodile but his efforts went into vain. Gajendra, the elephant cried out to the God in hopeless situation. Gajendra took a Lotus from the pond and prayed to the Lord and he called loudly, “JAGANNATHA. No sooner did the Lord realize that the little elephant had surrendered itself to Him, relinquishing the ego and his over-self-confidence that he started on His GarudaVahana and equipped with Sri Sudharsana Chakra he freed the elephant gajendra and granted him the Moksha.


 
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