Religion is firmly embedded in the lives of human beings. Gods and Goddess are worshipped in the temples and each of the temples have their own story behind them. Religion has been the driving force of many of the human activities and at the same time religion has been the central topic of philosophical speculations throughout the ages. Temples are one of the tourists attractions in Nepal and every year it attracts thousand of tourists.
Furthermore, religion is responsible for the emergence of value system and to a greater extent; it is a way of life. These places of Hindu religion in the world and at the same time Nepal is known in the world as the birthplace of Lord Buddha. These tow religions, along with many other religious sects, have played great role in the building of social, mental structure, cultural systems, value addition, religion has inspired millions of people to make Kasthamandap, the temple of Pashupatinath and Swoyambhu and so on. Innumerable carvings, idols and paintings of different ages point to the same fact. Above all, the places of religious significance bring spiritual peace to many.
Temples are one of the amazing attractions for tourists in Nepal. However, there are several lakes worth visiting. Gosain Kunda (lake), is situated of Kathmandu, in the region of Ganesh Himal, at an altitude of near about 4,360 meters from the sea level. There is a motor able road joining Kathmandu with Dhunche and two days pleasant walk to the takes one to the place. The place is famous also for its natural beauty. It is visited by thousands of devotees and nature lovers every year. Many devotees congregate here on the occasion of Dashain and Shravana Purnima (August full- moon day).
The significance of the place is greatly emphasized by the ancient Hindu mythology. the Kunda of holy lake, according to the mythology, emerged as a result of the efforts of lord Shiva himself. he drank a disastrous poison called that came during the churning of the oceans and became restless due to the burning pain caused by the poison.
In such state, he came to the rooting atmosphere of the region of Gahesh Himal. There he pierced the ground with his Trisal and up came a cool and soothing fountain creating a lake in the area having done so he lied down to rest at the bottom of the lake does not fail to give an impression of sleeping Shiva to the devotees even today.
The temple of Bhimeshwor is situated in Dolakha district. The temple is a single story roofless structure. It contains Shiva Linga shaped image of Bhimsen (one of the main characters of epic, Mahabharat). A lord of a snake towers above the image. The final and the image of Garuda (the conveyance of Lord Vishnu) are also very attractive. There are the images of crocodiles, lions, gods, and goddesses on both sides of the images of Garuda. In the middle of such images there is the carved image of Bhimsen with Gada (club) and guards stand on the both sides of the image.
This image of Bhimeshwor has certain unique features as it is symbolically related with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. There are certain images and other things considered to be related with them: Linga is Loaded serpent and Garuda are related with Lord Vishnu. As far the exact date of the construction of the temple and images, no facts have been discovered so far.
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This Article and upcoming posts are extracted from the book, TOURIST INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1997. by my Late Father Journalist, Sociologist & Anthropologists, Er. Ramesh Chandra Bandhu Bhattarai.
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