Religion is firmly embedded in the lives of human beings. 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.
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.
Many believers of Hinduism and Buddhism believe that Nepal is the land of Gods. Similarly, many shrines and temples of the kingdom are related with the mythical patterns embedded in the religious systems. People of the land commonly agree that the Himalayas are the dwelling place of Lord Shiva; Pashupatinath, the lord animals dwells in the temple of Pashupati; Indra, the kind of gods frequented Kathmandu and still look after the kingdom and so on. People searching for mental peace and other desirous to offer worship to gods and visit sacred places come in thousands from the different parts of the world.
The present article does not attempt to define religion and describe different religions of Nepal. However, attempts are made to introduce some important places of pilgrimage in the upcoming posts.
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