The blogger is native of Langtang region of Nepal. My name is Pasang from Baruwa which is located in the vicinity of Panchpokhari Lake and at the lap of Dorji Lakpa (6,966 m) within the Mahalangur Himalaya range. Most of the travelers visiting Nepal get involved in the Langtang Valley Trekking, Gosainkunda Lake Trekking, Ganjala Pass Trekking and Kyanjin Gompa Trekking as well as Helambu and Aama Yangri Baruwa Trekking in Nepal. However, there are numerous mythical wonders and cultural grandeurs to experience in this region other than just walking on the hills of Langtang.
As a native from this place I would like to shed some light on the various local festivals as well as myth behind various religiously sacred place of the region. It would be fascinating to understand the history, culture and values associated with this region of Nepal. Here are some excerpts of the festival and religious significance of various iconic places of Langtang region of Nepal.
This is the most popular trekking destination of Nepal and Langtang region. It is situated at the crossroads of Langtang Valley Trek and Helambu valley trekking in Nepal. It is believed that the lake is formed by the strike of Lord Shiva’s trident. According to myth demons and gods did some excavation in sea to get the elixir. While mining the elixir the poison got excavated and was about to engulf the entire universe and fortunately in order to save the universe the Lord Shiva drank all poison. He kept the poison in his neck and out of sheer pain he threw his trident on the rocks. It resulted as the source of cool mountain water forming the Gosainkunda Lake. The Lake is equally important to Buddhists and Hindus as it is believed that whoever drinks and take dip in this holy water their pain and sufferings will banish. The lake is also the source of famous Rafting River of Nepal the Trishuli River.
Up in the hills there are five different beautiful lakes. The place is so holy that locals pay tributes and visit this place during August to worship lord Shiva. According to ancient myth it is believed that cattle herder once saw the Lord Shiva planting seeds of rice on the plains of the hills around lakes. As the lord heard the voice of herder and his watch dog he vanished from the site. The bulls used by Shiva later climbed downhill and turned itself into statue. The remains are still visible and one can relate the myth with all the geographical landmarks seen around the Panch Pokhari. Apart from the religious aspect the area is equally popular for the scenic beauty.
Kyanjin Gompa and Langtang Village
Langtang Village is situated at the lap of Langtang Lirung Mountain overlooking to more than 2 dozens of mountains from Nepal and Tibetan side. After the earthquake of 2015 and glacier outbreak the village was completely washed away. The calamity tolled heavy damage destroying almost every household schools and monasteries. However, the intrepid people and kind help from the travelers the hamlet is slowly returning to the normalcy. Kyanjin Gompa is mythica place which is about 2 hours of walking distance from Langtang Village. The Gompa is the oldest monastery of the region. Therefore, these places too can be visited in order to understand the intrepidity of people as well for the mystical experience.
This is the holiest place for the Buddhists followers. Most of the people of this region are Lama and exercise various Tibetan influenced festivals. The place becomes vibrant during the local festival the followers climb the holy Mt. Ama Yangri before the day break. Once they are on the summit of the mountain they offer prayer to the first morning sunray. The festival is observed during months of March or April. The prayers are offered basking in the sun and relishing the local barley beer (Chhyang/Nigar), butter tea and Local wine. Apart from these religious significance the place is the vantage point for the scenery of splendid mountains as far as Manaslu and Everest.
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