Sunday, July 03, 2016

Bajrayogini Jatra at Sankhu

Each year the Bajrayogini Jatra is celebrated in Sankhu, Kathmandu, Nepal. This Jatra is celebrated up to 8 days. This is one of the major Jatra among other jatra which is celebrated each year inside Kathmandu Valley. During the period of this jatra, we can see lots of people and the possession of festival.

Sankhu is a small village which is situated in the east north side of Kathmandu and the population is also very less in comparison to big cities like Kathmandu.  This jatra is very famous among Newar Community so from different locality people gather to observe this festival.

This Bajrayogini temple is at the top of the hill, bringing down the statue of Bajrayogini Goddesses in the heavy chariot is really exciting to see. While watching this jatra people get too much excitement and happy. People came from different locality due to which the brotherhood relationship increases.

While celebrating this jatra, many people were invited like friends and relatives due to which there will be the promotion of this Bajrayogini Jatra as well as the locality of Sankhu. This place is also famous for Sali Nadi (The Holy River which is mentioned in the Holy book of Hindu called Swasthani).

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Holi Cheer Has Been Stood

Holi is the festival of color, friendships and love. This festival is also known as fagu Purnima where fagu is the sacred red powder and purnima means the full moon. Holi is celebrated in full moon day in month of Falgun. It is also known for welcoming summer and spring and also observed to get blessing of god for coming harvests and fertility of the land.

In Nepal holi starts one week before the main day of Holi. There is a ritual of erecting the long bamboo stick (lingo) covered with pieces of different colors clothe (chir) in Basantapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu at the beginning of the week. To mark the end of the Holi festival the lingo is taken down and the chir is burnt. The event is called Chir Haran or Holika Dahan.

On the day of Holi people go to their houses of relatives and friends in groups to celebrate the Holi. They celebrate holi with Color, Water, sweets and music.  People put color on each other as a token of love. People put different beautiful colors on each other eat sweets, dance, play music and move whole day. In Terai people celebrate Holi the next day from the hilly region of Nepal.

Now days people used balloons (Lola) and Plastic water guns (pichakari) filled with colored water throw on each other from the main week ahead of main Holi days in Nepal specially kids. People collects woods and burn fires, perform dances and play music's with some drinks and makes jokes on this day.

On the occasion of Holi festival there is an official holiday in Nepal. Offices, colleges, schools are closed on holi in hilly region and the very next day in Terai region to celebrate it.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Pokhara and It's Destination

Pokhara is a place which is situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200km from the west of Kathmandu city. It has several beautiful lakes and places to visit .It is also known as the second highest touristic destinations of Nepal after the Kathmandu City. It is also a place to relax and to enjoy the beauty of nature.
In pokhara, we can view beautiful scenario and can visits different places like Fewa Lake, Barahi temple, World Peace Pagoda, Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake, Bats Cave and Mahendra Cave, Devi’s fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Bindhyabasini temple and etc. Pokhara is also famous for the trekking and rafting destinations. In this city, we can found the different people of different caste, age and religion.

8.      Fewa Lake
9.      Mahendra Cave and Bats Cave

1.      International Mountain Museum
International Mountain museum is all about to cover the information and exhibits related with the Man, Mountain and Mountain activities around the world. This museum is the major attraction of Pokhara city.  It opens daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Museum have halls filled with models of famous peaks, equipment’s and materials used in mountaineering as well as the culture and lifestyle of mountain people.
2.      World Peace Pagoda
This pagoda is a huge Buddhist stupa and is located at the top of a hill on the southern part of Fewa Lake. And from this site we can view snow peak mountain ranges of Annapurna range, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and   Pokhara city.
3.      Barahi Temple
This temple is situated in the middle of Fewa Lake and is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. There is a belief that this pagoda style temple is dedicated to the deity Taal Barahi. For visitors this temple is famous for its peaceful and nature surroundings, bird watching and watching the reflection of Himalayan range in the lake. We   have to go there by boating.
4.      Gupteshwor Mahadev cave
Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave is a beautiful cave that is situated opposite to Devi’s fall. This cave lies 2km from Pokhara    airport. The entrance point is right across from Devi’s fall. This cave is honored as a Shiva lingam which holds special value for the Hindus for praying etc and this cave is 3 km long. This cave is the longest and attractive where we can find the amazing and natural pictures of lord Shiva, lord Ganesh and Goddess Parvati. There is a tunnel behind the linga it cost entry ticket to enter the tunnel.
5.      Devi’s fall

Devi’s fall is also called Patale Chango in Nepali which means underground water fall. It is also known as David’s Fall and is an awesome waterfall.  It is an interesting spot for visit. This awesome waterfall is named as Devi’s fall from the fall of Swiss tourist couple who fell unfortunately in the water and drowned. This water fall has some good places for pre-monsoon swimming to its left and behind it. Its main source is water from the Fewa Lake.

6.      Seti River Gorge
              This river flows through the city and runs completely underground at places. Mahendra Bridge provides perfect view of river and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.
7.      Bindhyabasini Temple
It is located in the old bazar and is also known as the center of religious activity. This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati, the manifestations of Shakti.
8.      Phewa Tal (lake)

Fewa Lake is the center of all attraction in Pokhara, known as the second largest lake after the Rara Lake. It covers the area of about 4.43km2 (1.3 sq.m) with an average depth of 8.6m (28ft). This lake is famous for watching the reflection of snow peak Himalayan range of Machhapuchhre (fishtail), Boating, Swimming etc.

9.      Mahendra Cave and Bats Cave

Mahendra Cave is one of the most popular visiting spot in Pokhara Nepal. This cave is named by the late king Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah.  Mahendra Cave is enriched with the variety of rocks (limestone) and the rocks sparkle when light strikes on it. Bats Cave is also nearer to Mahendra Cave. It is also known as the house of Bats.

10.   Sarangkot

Sarangkot is also another main attraction of Pokhara where tourist came for sunrise and sunset view. We can also see the different panoramic view of the mountain ranges like Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and Ganesh. In this place different adventurous activities like Paragliding and Hiking can be done so number of tourist came to this place. And they can also see the magnificent view of Fewa Lake and Pokhara city. 

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Gyalpo Losar

Gyalpo Losar is one of the most important festivals in the Tibetan communities. Gyalpo Losar is celebrated as the symbol of New Year where LO holds the semantic field “year, age”; SAR holds the semantic field “new, fresh”. This Gyalpo Losar is celebrated mostly by the Sherpa, Tamang, Bhutia and Yolmo. This Gyalpo Losar is celebrated in different ways by different communities in different places.
Gyalpo Losar is celebrated for almost 2 weeks but the main 3 days are celebrated with full enjoyment. On the first day, a beverage called changkol is made from the chhaang (a Tibetan cousin of beer). And the second day is celebrated as the Gyalpo Losar, The main New Year Day. On the Third day, there will be the gathering of friends and family relatives and they starts to talk, dance and sing song. On this day, they feast varieties of food and drinks to friends and family members and to the relatives.

On this Gyalpo losar, Sherpa people visits to the monasteries and Chants the mantras and give gifts to the monk. And on this occasion traditional dances are shown by the Sherpa people in their community and sings a folk songs. Special dishes are cooked like Soup the most important dish which is made up of meat, wheat, rice, sweet potato, cheese, peas, green peeper, vermicelli noodles and radish. On this day, Firecrackers are fired to get rid of ill spirits and every people seems to be happy and enjoy the Losar.

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World Peace Pagoda

The World Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist monument which is located at the hilltop of Pumdi Bhumdi. It is situated at a height of around 3600 ft (1100m).Among the 80 World Peace pagoda in the World, two of the World Peace Pagoda are found in Nepal one is in Lumbini and another is in Pokhara. It was built by the Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji Organisation. The shrine was built as a symbol of peace. It is a famous tourist attraction which provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna Range, Pokhara City and Fewa Lake.

The World Peace Pagoda is a massive Buddhists Stupa which is situated on the top of a hill on southern shore of Fewa Lake. This Stupa is famous for short hiking activities where tourist can reach their destination by doing hiking and while returning back they can also use another way where they do hiking until they reached to the Fewa Lake. After reaching Fewa Lake, tourist get chance to do boating and visit Barahi temple.

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