Welcome to the Birth Land of the Buddha and sacred sites of Padmasambhava. This trip has designed for spiritual Journey in the Himalayas of Nepal with 13 nights 14 days. We take you most of the important Buddhist sites of Nepal including the birthplace of Buddha “Lumbini” to “Pharping” and “Maratika” which is also known as a “Halesi cave” where Padmasambhava attained life longevity; a level of power beyond birth and death in that cave.
The tour combines all natural, cultural, religious aspects about Nepal. Tour starts from Kathmandu valley including world heritage sites of Temples, Stupas, medieval palace squares. We explore the monuments, temples, monasteries, stupas with cultural, historical and political values.
Guru Rinpoche is the first master who prevail Buddhism in Tibet. Guru means master and Rinpoche means “precious one.” Guru Rinpoche is equally venerable as Buddha for Himalayan Buddhist.
#Introduction and Historical Background of Maratika/ Halesi
Maratika or ‘Chi ba mthar byed’ in Tibetan means “eliminates from death”, and is known as Halesi or “literally astonishing”. The place is rich in history, mythology and sacred geology despite its great isolation, it is a major holy place for both Buddhists and Hindus. For Tibetan Buddhists in particular, it is the site of immortality, one of the six supreme pilgrimage sites in the world. It is the place where the great master, the second Buddha Padmasambhava and Dakini Mandarava obtained the realization of immortal life. Maratika was also blessed by the family of three protectors Manjushri, Vajrapani and Avalokitesavara. For many years the sacred caves of Maratika have been a very important pilgrimage destination for Buddhist seeking to engage in the long life practices. Due to its historical connection with Padmasambhava the Lotus Born Guru, and the family of the three protectors, it is particularly sacred within the Rime or Non Sectarian movement in Tibetan Buddhism in general and within the Vajrajana vehicle in particular.
Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava first subdued the demons of the Lord of the death, before engaging in a three-month-long meditation retreat in the central cave of Maratika, on the practice of the deity Amitayus, the Buddha of boundless life. The aforementioned deity appeared directly to Guru Padmasambhava, bestowing the Abhisheka of long life, and Guru Rinpoche accomplished the level of Vidyadhara, beyond death and birth, the signs of which are still visible in the cave to this day.
The greater region is made up of three hills or holy mountains, the central smaller of which is known as Avalokitesvara mountain and houses the two main caves itself, above it next to the entrance of the cave is Maratika Chimney Takten Choling monastery. On either side of the Avalokitesvara hill stand Vajrapani hill to the south, and Manjushri hill to the north, making up the trio of the “family of three protectors” or Rig sums Gonpo in Tibetan.
MEANING OF “MARATIKA”
Maratika literally means ‘Chi ba mthar byed which translates as “the cave of making an end to or destroying death”. Because Padmasambhava achieved a level of power beyond birth and death in Maratika, the name of this place became known as “Maratika”. Several termas such as those by Nyang-rel Nyima Özer, Sangye-lingpa, and others include references to “Maratika”.
MEANING OF “HALESHE”
When the Tibetan King Trisong De’utsen was building the glorious Samye Monastery, what they constructed during the day was destroyed by demons during the night. King Trisong Deutsen sent his minister, Dorje Dodjom, to India to invite Padmasambhava, the great tantric practitioner who holds the power of all the Buddhas of the past present and future. Padmasambhava, accepting the King’s invitation was returning to Tibet with Dorje Dodjom when passing through Nepal they arrived at Haleshod, which literally means “to describe the experience of astonishment”. Stopping here to take rest, the minister was so surprised just by being on the site of this holy mountain, that he turned to Guru Rinpoche and asked: “why is this mountain so astonishing?” Padmasambhava revealed to him the Outer, Inner and Secret explanations of the astonishment concerning the sacred place, thus the name of Maratika came to be known as “Haleshe”, “Haleshod” or “Haleshen” in the Tibetan language and gradually became “Halesi” in the local language.
Welcome to Nepal, The country of Mount Everest and Birthplace of Lord Buddha. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport our Community Trek representatives will you receive with marigold garland. After taking at your hotel we will deliver detail trip briefing at the time of check-in or after.
Early morning drive to Namo Budha 38km east of Kathmnadu dedicated to a Buddha of previous time as a youngest Prince Mahasattva among 3 brothers. He is believed to be killed himself to fed his flesh to the hungry tigress who was nearly dead by hunger with her cubs. On the way back visit to Bhaktapur Durbar Square and drive back to Kathmandu.
Early morning visit to Boudhanath Stupa, the center of Tibetan Buddhism. Perform Special ceremony/Pooja with Lama in a small Buddhist center and if able to manage time then will go to visit to Kopan Monastery, couple of minute drive from Boudhanath which is highlighted as a popular monastery in the town.
About 19km south of Kathmandu valley is a culturally prosperous and thriving Newari town identified with the sacred site of Buddhism where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) had meditation. It is believed that he had subsided the obstacles and attained enlightenment at Asura Cave. There is another cave just below of Asura cave called Yanglesho where Padmasambhava is believed to be manifested in the form of Manjusri. Yang means– Yangdag Heruka one of his Yidam Deity and Sho means below.
Swayambhu is a self-arisen hillock in the valley where magnificent stupa is standing on. Very good view spot of Kathmandu valley. Patan is one of the most beautiful medieval kingdom in the valley where we can see wonderful medieval palace with temples and monasteries with beautiful wood, stone and metal carvings.
The Halesi Cave or famous Maratika Cave associated with Padmasambhava, where he attained Vidhyadhara of immorality or long life. Other beliefs hold that Buddha Amitabha and Dakinis wrote the eighteen secret Tantras (mystical ritual text) to get a long life and hidden these in the Maratika Cave inside a ritual vase/Kalasha. The water droplets from the ceiling of the cave are considered to be the potion which gives a long life and is considered to be very holy.
There are two caves one from opened from upside and from downside. In one cave Guru Padmasambhava attained Viddyadhara of Immorality or Long life and another cave he had subdued the Maras or the Maras of Death. (Meditation and ceremony with Lamas and Tour Guide)
Fly to Bhairahawa and drive to Lumbini 22km, the birthplace of Buddha. Lord Buddha the apostle of peace and the light of Asia was born in Lumbini Garden 623 BC, it is known as the center of holy faith for the millions of Buddhists all over the world. Lumbini is a historical world heritage site of Nepal declared by UNESCO. The historical values of this place are really important and an awesome place to see Buddhist culture and cultivation. The sacred Bodhi Tree and the ruins of ancient monasteries also can be seen in Lumbini.
In the Morning: Mayadevi Temple where marker stone was found to locate exact place of Birth place of Buddha, Ashokan Pillar, World Peace pagoda with important sites.
In the afternoon: Early morning visit to Tilaurakot 29km west of Lumbini, ancient capital of Kapilavasto Kingdom where Lord Buddha had spent his first 29 years before the great renunciation. There is also a museum kept the artifacts founds around that area.
Free day in KATHMANDU: Optional scenic flight on Everest or Heli Tour in the morning and souvenir shopping in the afternoon. Farewell dinner in one of the selected restaurant in the evening.
1. All ground transport
2. All hotel and foods as mentioned in above itinerary.
3. Lama and Pooj’s cost
4. Tour Guide
5. All permits
6. Ticket for KTM-Bhairawa-Ktm
1. Meals in Kathmandu
2. Bottled drinks
3. Personal expenses
4. Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
5. Tip for guide tour
6. Tip for guide & porter (trekking)
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