Most Popular Meditation Places in the Himalayas
It is believed that meditation holds the key to our mind. The more we meditate the more we get closer to finding inner peace. Inner peace is what brings us happiness and contentment in our monotonous lives. Meditation can heal lives, demolish negative energy that surrounds us and eliminate worries, anxiety, disorder and all of the things that make us insecure and unhappy.
A calm tranquil place can enhance our mood and set the tone for meditation. The beauty of meditation can be enjoyed in a peaceful and pacific environment where you can fall in deep meditation. Spirituality in one’s life is very important as it gives birth to a new moral ethic and you experience an unprecedented sensation of well being and happiness. The Himalayas have been the place for many yogis and saints to practice and submerge themselves in deep meditation. The importance of meditation is felt in modern times and there is a rise in popularity in the contemporary world. Here are some of the popular meditation places in the Himalayas.
Lumbini is an archeological site where there are many monasteries and Buddhist temples. If you do some research, you will get to know that Buddha was born in Nepal. Archeological evidence has indeed proved that Buddha was born in Nepal. A small town in Western Terai, Lumbini is the perfect place to practice and indulge yourself with yoga. Many people around the world come and visit the place so there is an amalgamation of different energies seeking peace. Lumbini is the place where Buddha was born.
Pokhara is an adventurous sport site where you will find bungee jumping and water touch bungee jumping. But to spiritual seekers, it is also the site where Peace Pagoda and Barahi Durga Temple in Lake Fewa are situated. There are several shrines or series of stupas built by a Japanese monk Nichidatsu Fujii to promote nonviolence. Westerners fill the place in search of spirituality in a world devoid of peace. Pokhara is a place definitely worth visiting and doing some meditation.
The Buddhanilkantha is a stupendous Statue of Vishnu which is a sight to behold. In Nepalese Buddhanilkantha means “old blue throat” and it is beautifully carved in stone. Although the name is attached to Shiva, this statue of Vishnu is located 10km outside Kathmandu. The statue is carved out of basalt and its origin is unknown. Followers of Shiva believes that the statue is actually the reflection of Shiva who saved mankind by drinking poison, hence the blue throat and came to quench his throat with the water of Gosainkund.
4. Boudhanath Stupa
The Boudhanath Stupa is sacred to the Tibetan Buddhists and is the holiest site for the followers of Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet. The white dome and the golden peak is one of the biggest stupas in the world and it was built in the 14th century. Many of the Buddhist temples are modeled after this stupa and the trinket shops and the sound of the brass prayer wheel create a wonderful ambiance. The entire ambience of the place is calm and serene making it a perfect place for some mindfulness meditation.
5. Manakamana Temple
The temple is located high on a hill in the district of Gorkha. The cable car is easily visible to anyone traveling the highway between Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is possible to trek the route and even if the temple was severely damaged by an earthquake it is under repair. It is a pilgrimage place for Hindus and you could view the Himalayas on a clear sunny day.
6. Pashupatinath Temple
Located on the banks of Bagmati River, Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest place for Hindus in Nepal. It is a great place to visit and many devoted Nepalese come here to die. The place is also where many cremations take place. The spirituality attached with the place is something that enhances the meditation practice.
Pilgrims from all over Nepal swarm the place in the month of September and October to celebrate the festival of Dashain. Even if you visit in the non-festive months you will still see the place swarming and with lots of lively activities. On Saturdays and Sundays, many pilgrims flock the site. Dakshinkali is situated near the village of Pharphing where many domesticated animal sacrifices take place. The Image of Kali is carved in stone as Kali is believed to the destroyer of evil and the harbinger of liberation.
These are some of the places in Nepal where you can bring your mind to peace and body to relax while you delve deep into meditation.