The Yogurt Festival / Sho Dun Festival

The Sho Dun Festival is commonly known as the Yogurt festival and is an annual festival that is celebrated at Norbulingka or “Jewel Park” palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It is named yoghurt festival because yoghurt is offered to the monks who happen to finish their meditation retreats. It is a week-long gala celebrated in the summer, from the 15th to the 24th of the 5th lunar month. It usually falls on the mid of August. This year it is from August 11th .

The divine living goddess in Nepal – Kumari

Nepal is a land of real divinity. Nepal is the land of living goddesses known as Kumari. The practice Kumari dates back to centuries, probably from the Malla Kingdom. The spirit of goddesses Taleju Vawani has been residing in form of pre-pubescent virgin girls. Kumari – A brief introduction Kumari is derived from the Sanskrit word Kaumarya which means princess. Kumari is worshipped both by Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal. Most of the traditional kumari .

Situation of Temples After Earthquake

The earthquake of April 25, 2015, did not only harm the lives of Nepalese people but also did a serious damage to the historical and the religious monuments. It has already been more than two years but many temples are not still renovated. There is a number of donations coming from national and international level still temples are not repaired. Let’s have a glimpse of temples destructed during the devastating earthquake and their condition .

Saraswati, The Goddesses and Her Significance

Saraswati is the goddesses of knowledge and the wisdom. She is also the goddesses of music and the poetry. She is believed to be the consort of the Lord Brahma. Considered as the mother of Sanskrit language she is identified in different forms, Bharati (eloquence), Shatarupa (existence), Vedamata (mother of the Vedas), Brahmi, Sarada, Vagisvari, and Putkari. Saraswati first appeared in the Rigveda and, in later religious texts. Goddesses of Wisdom Sanskrit word Sara means ‘essence’ and .

Manjushree, The God and The Temples

Manjushree – “God of Divine Wisdom”  whose worship confers mastery of the Dharma, retentive memory, mental perfection, and eloquence. He is one of the forms of Bodhistawas and symbolizes the wisdom. Manjushree is considered as the founder of Nepalese civilization and the creator of Kathmandu Valley. According to the tradition, he was a Chinese Saint. His intuition told him of the blue flame (symbolizing Adibuddha or Swayamnhu) on a lotus in the big lake of Nepal. His .

Bajrayogini, The God and The Temple

Bajrayogini is an eldest tantric goddess. The goddesses have three forms. In one form her head is absent and carries it in her hand. In another form, her head is intact. The former form is similar in appearance to the Hindu goddesses Chhinamasta. She is always attended by two yoginis on either side of her. Appearing in yellow color, she carries her own head in her left hand and Katari in her right hand. Stretching the .

The oldest Hindu Temple, Changu Narayan

Changu Narayan is the oldest temple in Nepali history and stands on the top of a hill called Changu or Dolagiri. It is located in Changunarayan VDC of Bhaktapur district and is 8 miles east of Kathmandu and a few miles north of Bhaktapur. The temple is dedicated to the deity Lord Vishnu. The temple was originally constructed during the Lichhavi Dynasty that dates back to 4th century and was rebuilt in 1702 after a major .

Tantra, its concept in East and West

Tantra Tantra is a Sanskrit word that can be broken into two sub-words: tan and tra Tan – meaning expansion Tra – meaning translating into tool In other words, tantra is the tool of expansion. It is purely a spiritual practice. The way of practicing tantra is known as tantrism. There have been different concepts and practices of tantrism till the date. The practice of tantrism varies in Eastern and Western world.   Tantrism in Eastern World .

OM MANI PADME HUM, mantra, mandalas and its importance

OM MANI PADME HUM is the six syllable mantra of the Avalokitesvara, known as a savior and protector from the dangers. It is believed that one who chant this mantra, will be saved from all dangers and the misery in the life. This mantra is widely used in Mahayana Buddhism for different purposes from chanting to using them in arts. The mantras are often found inscribed on rocks, prayer wheels, Chaitya walls, paths, the approaches .

Adi Buddha – The origin of Buddha

The Buddha that neither has beginning or ending is Adi Buddha. He is considered to be the original Buddha. He has infinite existence, self-created and representing himself in a blue flame emitting out of a lotus. The great stupa of Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath is devoted as an Adi Buddha. The concept of Adi Buddha was first acknowledged by the Kalachakra Yana group of Vajrayana section that belongs to the Mahayana branch of Buddhism. The .