One more summer is over and the snow on the Himalayas have started melting and another season of the Kailash yatra has started. The publisher of adiyen's book on Kailash yatra Shri. Ravi Ramanathan has a desire to visit Kailash after publishing the book by the grace of Lord Shiva, his desire got fulfilled this year. He undertook the yatra during the earlier part of this year through Annapoorani travels, Chennai. In the coming posts we will see the photos taken during the yatra and the anectodes associated with it as described by him. When he sought the permission from Lord Kapaleeswara of Mylapore first He asked Ravi to first visit kasi along with his wife which he did in the month of April and undertook the Kailash yatra during May. The tour operator in Chennai was
Pasupathinath temple , Kathmandu
Annapoorna Yatra Service,
The itenary of the yatra through Nepal normally starts from capital of Nepal , Kathmandu all the yatri's first reach Kathmandu. Shri Ravi travelled from Chennai by flight to Delhi and then to Kathmandu on 07-05-2011 and stayed in the Hotel and was given briefing about the yatra by
Richa ToursNepal Plaza Bldg,
Tridevi Marg, Thamel,
PO BOX 1657,
Phone:977-1-4423064, 4420710, 4411953,
Website:www.richatour.com who were the tour operator on the Chinese side for this yatra.
( You can see the rear side of Nandi the mount of Lord Shiva)
On 08-05-2011 they had a tour of kathmandu in which they visited Pasupathinath temple, Guhyeswari Sakthi peetam and Neelkant Vishnu. They were provided with the kit bag and made last minute shopping in Kathmandu. These photos are that of Pasupatinath temple. Pashupatinath Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga symbol for Lord Shiva. The lord is Pasupathi "Lord of animals".
Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple, that is also known as 'The Temple of Living Beings'. This temple can be called as the Kasi of Nepal and is situated on the banks of Bagmati river in the eastern side of Kathmandu. The priests are from India a tradition started by Adi Sankaracharaya. The Sakthi peetam Guhyeswari is also situated in this temple.
The Linchchhavi Legend According to Gopalraj Vamsavali, the oldest ever chronicle in Nepal, this temple was built by Supus Padeva, a Linchchhavi King, who according to the stone inscription erected by Jayadeva 11 in the courtyard of Pashupatinath in 753 AD, happened to be the ruler 39 generations before Manadeva (464-505 AD).
The Devalaya Legend Another chronicle states that Pashupatinath Temple was in the form of Linga shaped Devalaya before Supus Padeva constructed a five storey temple of Pashupatinath in this place. As the time passed, the need for reparing and renovating this temple arose. It is learnt that this temple was reconsturcted by a mediaeval King named Shivadeva (1099-1126 AD). It was renovated by Ananta Malla adding a roof to it.
During the Shivaratri (also spelled Shivratri) festival Pashupatinath temple is lit with ghee lamps throughout the night and the temple remains open all night. Thousands of devotees take ritual baths in the Bagmati river on the day of the festival and observe a fast for the whole day. Hundreds of sadhus (sages) from different parts of Nepal and India come here on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.
Shri Ravi Ramanathan
Propreiter Prema Prasuram
Pigeons in the temple complex
There are lot shops in and around the temple
where shopping can be done.
As it is seen there are no restrictions for Indians visiting Kailash through Nepal, but when we travel through India there are many restrictions the first batch starts from India starts on 29th May only and only 16 batches are allowed in a year. But before that many groups would have travelled via Nepal. Ravi told that on the day his yatra started there were some five groups and in totoal there were around 90 yatris. Also the time taken for yatra through this route is only 15 days so many elderly people prefer this route but there are acclaimatization problem and also most of the time the tour operators of Nepal do not allow pligrims to do the full Kora.