Nepal is perhaps one of the holiest places in the world. It is considered the birthplace of Lord Buddha and Goddess Sita and is home to thousands of religious shrines such as temples, stupas, mosques, churches, shakti peeths etc.
There are people of various faiths in Nepal: Hindus, Buddhists, Kiratis, Muslims, Chirstians and many more. According to Hindu Tradition, there are 330 million gods and goddesses. Thousands of pilgrims as well as tourists visit these shrines for prayers, worships, knowledge & devotion, wonder and excitement. Religious shrines are spread throughout the country and making a pilgrimage is a ritual affair that has been practiced for centuries.
Pashupatinath, Lumbini, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Namo Buddha, Budanilkantha, Daskhin Kali, Pathibhara, Janaki Temple, Gosai Kunda, Barah Chhetra and Muktinath are the most popular and powerful religious sites in Nepal. Some of them are in the Himalayas, some in the hills, some in the valleys and some in the flat lands of Terai.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every year during Shiva Ratri, thousands of pilgrims from far and wide visit the temple and pay homage to Lord Shiva. Likewise Gosai Kunda hosts the festival of Janai Purnima every year during the month of August.
Religion in fact offers a peeping window into the culture and rituals of Nepali people. Visiting temples and religious shrines will allow travelers and pilgrims to know more about Nepali culture and experience it before your own eyes.