Osho Tapovan is an international commune located in the Nagarjuna forest of Kathmandu. Osho's tomb, Rajneesh Dhyana Kendra, Shivpuri Baba's Dhyana Mandir are the main attractions here.
The meditation method founded by Osho is taught in Tapovan. There is a good arrangement of fooding and lodging is available for those who meditate in Tapovan. Sadhana begins here in the morning with yoga practice. After that, active meditation is practiced and silent meditation is done. Aarti is performed in the evening after Kundalini meditation. After the meal, there is meditation and chanting at night. Time is spent in sadhana.
Forgetting worldly worries, meditatation brings spiritual happiness and increases energy in body and mind. Kapan Gumba in Kathmandu has different places to eat, stay and meditate. Lama Jopa Rinpoche built the Kapan Monastery in 1970 for study and meditation purpose. Children are also given free Buddhist education in monastery.
Aradhyadeva Pashupatinath premises of Hindu religion has Suryaghat on the banks of Bagmati and there are caves. Guru Gorakhnath, Shivpuri Baba, Khaptad Baba and others performed sadhana in these caves. Nowadays, these caves attracts spritual tourists.
The Pashupati Area Development Fund is developing 10 caves in the Suryaghat area as meditation centers. The caves of Suryaghat are considered important for sadhana as it faces east and Bagmati flows in the east. It is mentioned in the scriptures that it would be better to return to the east from the cave of Bagmati and donate in the morning.
Meditation centers have also been set up in the mandapa in Mrigasthali and Vishwaroop areas. Similarly, Pashupat Yoga Sadhana Kendra has been set up at Panchadeval in front of Pashupati's southern gate. The center provides information on Pashupatinath religion. Yoga is also taught to foreigners there. The yoga taught by Lord Shiva was Pashupat.
The four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal includes Bouddhanath and Swyambhunath in Kathmandu, Namobuddha in Kavre and Lumbini. Gautama Buddha has pervious birth under Shakyamuni in Kavre. He has donated his flesh to tigress here. The same place is called Namo Buddha.
It is confluence of spirituality, nature and culture. The environment here is cool, calm and clean. The prayer flags are seen fluttering in the air. Monks dressed in pink. Stupas, monasteries, hostels, libraries, clinics, etc. are very colorful and vivid.
On hilltop is the Thangu Tasi Yangche Gumba, which has become a center for studying Buddhist philosophy. Meditation classes are conducted here regularly. Gumba has a guest house and restaurant to those who meditate and practice.
Rara Lake in Mugu district is the largest lake of Nepal. The color of the water changes from time to time.The water colour turns blue, sometime to black and white too. The color of the lake changes with the color of the sky. When the sky is black with clouds, the water of the lake looks black and turns blue when the sky is blue.
The government established Rara National Park in 2032 BS. Its total area is 106 sq km. Rara is a small valley surrounded by forest, middle of the lake is 167 meters deep, 5.1 km long and 2.7 km wide. The length of the shore is 14.6 km.
Yoga and meditation can be practice by sitting on the shores of Rara Lake.
Halesidham is a holy place in Khotang district where Guru Padmasambhava became Chiranjeebi after staying and meditating here. In particular, Halesidham is a common pilgrimage site for Hindus, Buddhists and Kiratis. Halesi Khotang is associated with Hindu god Shiva, Buddhist guru Padmasambhava and Kirati ancestor Raichhakule.
There are two big caves in Halesi including other smaller caves nearby. Lights are lit and meditation is done in the cave. Adjacent to the cave are the Maratika Chhimet Kshimet Tagten Xholing Monastery and the Ganesh Temple. To the west of Halesi Cave is Basaha Cave. The mountain with the cave is considered by the Buddhists to be Avalokitesvara parbat.
Another beautiful center of spirituality is Swargadwari in Pyuthan district. From this hill, one can see the long ridge of the snow-clad mountain. However, Swargadwari is more famous for its religious reasons than its natural beauty.
Swargadwari (2,048 m) is considered a holy land. According to Hinduism, Brahma performed mediation here. It is believed that five Pandavas had gone to heaven from here. There is a legend that it is called Swargadwari as it is the door to heaven.
There is a shrine at Swargadwari. There are idols of Panchayana Devdevi, Ganesh, Surya, Vishnu and Shiva. Fire pit (agnikunda) in four directions. Smoke keeps coming from the main kunda in the middle. Young brahmin performs Pooja, Veda, Bhagavata, Havana and Rudrabhishek.
There are hundreds of cows in Swargadwari. There is a Gurukul school. Veda, Rudri, Chandi and grammar are taught there. There is a statue of Mahaprabhu near the shrine. The same Mahaprabhu has started an akhanda mahayagya here for the welfare of the world.
Sworgadwari is full of religious heritage, history and natural beauty. It is a center of yoga, meditation and spirituality.
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