Nepal temple – the list of famous Hindu temples of Nepal
Nepal is rich in religious as well as cultural heritage. It is regularly called the home of Gods and Goddesses. Numerous national and International pilgrims discover their way to some of the famous religious sites of Nepal.
The list of famous Hindu Temples in Nepal
A Most Admire Pilgrimage Site for Both Hindus & Buddhists is one of the most frequented & famous places of the Himalayan Nation Nepal that lies in Mustang district with an attitude of 13000ft above sea level. Devotees from far locations come to here to get their sins washed away. The main attraction of this temple is the three stories traditional Nepalese style temple of Lord Muktinath. It is situated at the foot of the Throng la Mountain pass, which is such a pleasant and quiet place. The scenically view in the whole Kali Gandaki valley below Muktinath is more interesting. This is a holy place where both Hindu and Buddhist visit and get religious satisfaction.
Besides the temple, the 108 waterspouts and the temple with the mysterious fire are the most important and interesting sites. Pilgrims hardly bathe due to the extremely cold spout, and some drink at least a few drops of water from each one. It is believed that after taking in this spout, if the devotees pay honor to the deity, he/she will get salvation. The temple roof is of copper and gilded pinnacle with an umbrella. Inside the temple, you can see the bronze image of Vishnu, Laxmi, Saraswati, and Garud. Buddhists also Worship Lord Vishnu as Lokwshwar.
The wind bells in this temple lie below the roofs. As this temple is of Nepalese style, it has carved trusts and lattice windows. The main door facing to the west is one of the most decorated ones. There are two big prayer wheels in front of the temple, which move 24hrs by the current generated by the 108 waterspouts. Mainly the deities are worshiped every day in the morning and evening unmarried local Buddhist girl as well as a priest. Every year many pilgrims from Nepal and India visit this temple. At the floor level of the temple, there burns a blue flame fed by natural gas.
This temple is also known as Jawal Mai or Goddess of Fire and Ning-Ma-Pa call by Tibetans. It is also believed that the founder of Tibetan Buddhism had meditated at Muktinath on his way to Tibet. There are several Buddhist Monasteries around Muktinath, and among them, Narasingha Gumba is the most important one. It is also called the place of salvation as mostly the Hindu performs the Shraddha ritual on the bank of Kagbeni River and worship Muktinath with the belief that their ancestors will get salvation. You will fall in love with this temple, and that will be your lifetime memories.
The Goddess Who Grants the Wishes of the People The temple of the goddess is situated on the top of a hill in the Gorkha district. It is one of the most adore and visited pilgrimage site in Nepal where you can reach there using the cable car from Kurintar. This is a unique temple with Nepalese traditional roofed. The most beautiful thing about this temple is two tire copper roofs and wood carving in struts, windows & doors. Similarly, the wind bells and red banners hanged below the roofs make the temple more eyes catching. The bronze flag called Paths hanged on the first floor of the roof, and the tympanum of the main entrance is another attraction of this temple.
It is believed that the king Prithvi Narayan Shah has built this temple. It is one of the richest temples in Nepal in the context of artifacts and decors. The figure of Durga & Kali is hanged on the wall of Temple. The main gate of the temple with a lion holding flag is kept on the top of the stone pillar and four Bhairav figures in its four corners. The pujari or priest performs daily prayers and rituals in the temple by closing doors offering eggs, orange, rice, red powder, and strips of cloth to the deities. After the ritual worship, the shrine is opened to the public for worship.
The goddess Manakamana is also known as a wish-fulfilling deity because people believe that the Manakamana Devi fulfills the wishes of the people. After performing tantric worshipping in the morning, the sacrifices of animals and birds are made. On every full moon day, a goat is sacrificed as an offering from the state. Both Hindu and Buddhist worship Goddess Manakamana. During winter, the ridge appears as an island in the sea of the morning; the most spectacular view includes deep valleys, terraced field, and the Manaslu Himchuli and Annapurna ranges.
Pashupatinath, or Pashupati, is a Hindu temple on the banks of the Bagmati River in Deopatan, a village 3 km northwest of Kathmandu. Regarded as one of the four sacred Hindu temples in the world, the shrine of Pashupatinath is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built-in the 17th century, the temple glitters in gold and silver. The two famous, pagoda styled temple features roofs made of gold plates and four entrances at four directions of silver, portraying artistic works of highly skilled artisans. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings.’
Budhanilkantha Temple is located at the base of Shivapuri Hill within the Kathmandu valley on the northern side. It is also known as the mystical Budhanilkantha temple or Narayanthan temple. Budhanilkantha means “Old Blue Throat.” The deity is about a thousand years old. Lord Vishnu is about five meters (Seventeen fits) long and lying in a thirteen meter (forty-three fits) long tank as if floating with his legs crossed with his sleeping body resting on the coils of Ananta and his 11 hooded head. His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu, the Shankha as the conch shell, Chakra as disc, Gadha as a club, and the Padma as the lotus flower. It is believed that the deity was carved in the seventh or eighth century during the Licchavi period.