Nepal abounds in Holy sites and many of them are little known outside of Nepal. If one references the Vedic literature, especially the Puranas, we find uncountable places associated with the stories of the Rishis and Devattas. Because Nepal is largely composed of the Himalayas, many places require a bit of effort to visit and are just tremendously inspirational by both Vedic association and by the beauty of the Himalayas.
Nepal is divided into two spiritual zones (mandalas). The western zone of the Nepali Himalayas is known as Mukti-Kshetra and the eastern zone (mandala) is known as Pashupat-Kshetra. The origin of the Kali Gandakhi River is in the Mukhti-Kshetra at Damodhara Kunda… The origin of the Trishuli River is at Gosain Kunda in the Pashupat-Kshetra.
These two Holy rivers abound with Holy sites and merge in a confluence at Dev Ghat in the Nepali Terai. Dev Ghat is the ‘Adi-Prayag’. The place where the Devattas go for their Holy Bathing and is also called Hari-Har Kshetra… the place where lord Shiva and Mother Parvati and all their attendant Devotes like to stay and where Lord Vishnu and Mother Laxmi also like to reside. Dev Ghat is the place the Devattas come to take their Holy Bath in relation to Allahabad where the mortals go to take their Holy Bath at the Sangam of the Ganges and the Yamuna Rivers. It should be noted that ALL the holy Rivers of Nepal eventually join merger into the Holy Ganges and are part of the origination of the Ganges.
This is also according to legend the actual place where Mother Sita entered the earth and just across the Kali Gandaki River is the place legend has it that Veda Vyasa composed and organized the Vedas and Puranas. It is in the Kali Gandaki River that the Holy Shaligram Stones are found that are worshiped in every devout Hindu home.
The Himavat Khanda of Skanda Purana lists 64 JyotirLingas as being found in Nepal. In addition there are Vedic references to 8 places of Kumbha Mela found in Nepal in addition to the 4 well known locations in India.
So, if one wishes to explore Nepal, the Holy places are virtually uncountable and as they are not much exposed, they retain their original and unexploited nature.
Depending on the interest, there are so many wonderful T.V. shows and documentaries that could be made about these places.
- Visit to Pashupatinath Temple, Janakpur Dham, Valmiki Ashram, Lumbini, Muktinath Temple, Damodar Kund/Kagbhusundi Lake and Manakamana Temple
- Scenic overland journey
- Wildlife safari in Chitwan
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