A secular country, Nepal is home of people following 4 major religions. As the country’s national anthem suggests, Nepal as a garland made up of 100 different flowers, flowers representing different people of different religions and different ethnic groups. Everyone knows that Nepal is naturally diverse but Nepal is also culturally diverse and very rich in traditions. The country is home of over 29.3 million people who speak different languages, and have their own unique cultures. This richness in culture is also reflected in Nepal’s heritage. Different people following different religions have different sacred places, making Nepal a hub of sacred places. So, here we have listed down some of the many sacred places to visit in Nepal.
Shrine for Hindu god Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is the biggest and the most important temple of Lord Shiva not only for Hindus in Nepal but Hindus spread all over the world. Listed as one of the World Heritage Sites of Nepal, Pashupatinath sits beside the holy Bagmati river and holds massive important among devotees. While only Hindus are allowed to enter the main temple of Pashupatinath, tourists from all over the world can explore the remaining parts of the temple premises by paying a small fee. One of the main attraction of the Pashupatinath Temple is the art and sculptures. The temple is a representation of Nepal’s art as every part of the temple is decorated with carvings on wood, rocks and much more. Another attraction of the temple is the open cremation ceremony that takes place in Pashupati every single day. It is believed that people who are cremated in the banks of Bagmati river beside Pashupatinath Temple go directly to heaven. People from different parts of the world are shocked by the emotional yet mesmerizing ceremony that takes place in the location. Moreover, the temple lights up even more during the evening aarti session. Pashupatinath Temple is indeed one of the sacred places you need to visit in Nepal.
The birthplace of the light of Asia, Gautam Buddha, Lumbini is a mystical location in Nepal. The location holds a very important place in the hearts of Nepalese. Despite being a Buddhist pilgrimage site, Hindus from all over the world as visit Lumbini to experience Zen. Lumbini is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and people from all over the world come to Nepal to visit Lumbini. The main attract ion of Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple and The Ashoka Pillar which is the place where Buddha was born. Along with many old monasteries and new ones, Lumbini is a sacred place where Hindus and Buddhists from all over the world come to worship.
Located at an altitude of 3,710 m, Muktinath temple lies in the Muktinath Valley. Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists and is widely known for the eternal flame that never goes off. According to mythology, Hindu God Lord Brahma lit the flame and to date, the flame burns without any human intervention. Muktinath is an amazing location as it is not easy to get there. An individual has to trek for days from Pokhara through the Annapurna Circuit trail to reach Muktinath. While the trek is quite strenuous, many tourists even visit Muktinath just for the thrill. As you reach Muktinath, you will be awakened by the strong and flora smell of incense and as you walk further you will see both Sadhus and Buddhist Monks in the location. Trekking to Muktinath is a spiritual journey and is one of the best-sacred places in Nepal to visit.