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Pilgrimage tours in Nepal
Nepal
Nepal, once the only Hindu Kingdom in the world, is a Hindu majority country. The second largest religion is Buddhism. Hinduism is a multi disciplinary religion called Sanatan Dharma. The Hindu religion has a large number of Gods but the Trinity of Gods is considered Supreme. The Trinity of Gods are:

Brahma: The Creator;
Vishnu: The Preserver or Savior; and
Shiva: The Destroyer.

The Gods are always associated with their consorts. The Gods are not considered complete without their female counterparts i.e. Consorts. The three gods represent the three fundamental powers of nature which are manifest in the world viz. Creation, destruction and maintenance. The creation is going on all the time and so is the destruction. And preservation is an integral part of the processes of creation and destruction.

Brahma: The Creator is not worshiped as such and no known temples or pilgrimage is associated with Brahma except for his consort Sarswoti. Sarswoti is Goddess of Learning.

Vishnu: The Preserver or Savior. Occasionally, the balance of power is upset in favor of evil, and then Lord Vishnu is believed to descend to earth in a mortal form to save humankind or the world. The phenomenon is called Avatar (Re-incarnation). Ten such incarnations are commonly recognized, of which Lord Rama and Lord Krishna are the most important. Nine such incarnations have already occurred, the most recent being Lord Gautama Buddha himself; the tenth and the last Kalki is yet to come.

Shiva: Ma Parbati incarnated as a Shakti (power) to destroy the Demons (evil power). Kali, Chandi, Durga are her most famous incarnations. Lord Shiva and his consort are very “popular”God and Goddess. Lingam (phallus) is symbol of Shiva and is worshiped. Lord Shiva appears as Bhairab when he is in his fearful or terrific form.

There are three kinds of Hindu Pilgrimages in Nepal for

1. Lord Shiva
2. Lord Vishnu, and
3. Ma Shakti.

According to the Purans, Himalaya is home of Lord Shiva and Parbati. Hence there are many Pilgrimage sites related to Lord Shiva in Nepal. Pashupati Nath Temple is the Holiest pilgrimage of Lord Shiva. Mt. Kailash is the mountain of Lord Shiva and it is considered holiest of all holy mountains. Mt. Kailash is in Tibet near Nepal Tibet border. A mountain with a Temple on its top is also considered Holy Mountain.

There are several Shakti-peeths related to the Goddess Durga through out Nepal. Dakshinkali and Guheswori are most famous Shakti-peeths of Kathmandu valley. Other important Shakti-peeths are Pathibhara, Shaileswori, Vindyavashini, Mankamana, Jogeshwori, etc. Such Shakti-peeths are usually situated on the top of a mountain.

The confluence of rivers, particularly when they are major tributaries of the Ganges, is always regarded as religiously significant by Hindus, as it is believed that a third spiritual river also joins. Such a confluence is called Triveni.
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