Religious practices are important part of the lives of the Nepali people. Mythologies of various Hindu gods and goddesses abound in this country and cultural values are based on the philosophies of holy books like the Vedas, the Gita, the Ramayan, etc.
Holding plates of rice, flowers, and vermilion powder; lighting incense; ringing the temple bell and applying ‘tika’ (a red paste on the forehead), they perform Puja. Passersby stop at temples and show their relevance to the gods spending a few minute in prayer. In Gorkha, most people follow Hindu religion and the people in the upper Himalaya are mostly Buddhist. The two have co-existed down the ages and many Hindu temples share the same complex as Buddhist shrines. Hindu and Buddhist may regard the same god with different names while performing religious rituals. The major temples in Gorkha are: Gorkhali, Manakamana, Panchayan, Namrung, Ramshah chautarau, Raschimkali, Akala mandir, Himalayan temple etc. Among these, Manakaman temple is most popular pilgrimages in Nepal.
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Sita Cave Located at Swar VDC, Sita Gufa is the biggest cave found in Nepal. It spreads from Surpani, Auawang, Aruchanaute to Arughat. It lies to the north of Gorkha Bazzar at a distance of 11 miles.
Gorakhnath Cave The beautiful Gorkha hill also contains the Gorakhnath Cave. It is believed that Gorakhnath was the hermit from whom the district derives its name. The Gorakhnath Cave lies to the east of Gorkha Durbar. Ten meters below the palace’s southern side, is the sacred cave temple of Gorkhanath. The cave is carved out of the solid rock and is among the most important religious sites for mainstream Brahmins and Chhetris of Nepal.
Hanuman Bhanjyang Hanuman Bhanjyang lies just below the eastern side of the Gorkha hill where the stone image of Hanuman (the monkey god) has been placed. The Gorkha Hanuman is exactly at a distance of 52 miles from the Kantipur Hanumanat Kathmandu Durbar Square. Also located in the place is the historical inscription dated 1769 B. S. of the then Minister Chandra Roop Shah with his contribution and work.
Siddhi Ganesh Temple The temple of Lord Siddhi Ganesh is located to the west of the Gorkha Durbar, on the way to Ram Shah’s Chautari. Though there are many temples of lord Gonesh in different parts of the country, it is the only temple containing the standing idol of lord Ganesh which makes this site unique and worth visiting. Moreover, this is a capital location for panoramic view of the Himalayan Range in the north and enchanting sight of the green Daraudi valley, villages and hamlets can be caught from here.
Mahadev Mandir It is a rare dome shaped temple available in the country, also known as Rameshwor Mandir built by king Ram Shah in 1693 B. S. Chevan Cave and Dudh Pokhari In the north of Gorkha city, at a distance of 18 miles, there lies the village of Siran Danda. If you go 8 miles forward in the same direction, you will come across a big cave which can accommodate about 400 people at a time. The cave is known as Chevan Cave. Again, if you walk forward 2 miles in the same direction you will find a pond called “Dudh Pokhari” (Pond of Milk”) in Khari Bot VDC. The cave was inhibited by a sage called Chevan and used the pond to have a bath. A river originates from here which is known as Chepe rivier. On the auspicious occasion of Janai Purnima (August) there is a gathering of people from various parts of the country to have a sacred bath.
Bhimeshwor Mahadev Mandir The temple of Bhimeshwor Mahadev is located on the bank of Budhi Gandaki river in Ban Kot Hamlet. July is the month during when this temple receives a lot of visitors and devotees for religious activities. The then Prime Minister, Bhimsen Thap, born in Borlang Village of the district, had established the temple and initiated the religious activities in the temple.
Monasteries In the Northern part of Gorkha, there is a big Shringi monastery at the base of the Himalayan range in the Bihi Village. Likewise there are many other Gumbas like Rajan Monastery, Chamdi Monastery, Sama Monastery, etc. located in Chhekampar, Bihi, Prok, Lho and Sama Village Development Committees. The North part of Gorkha is noted for its historical Monasteries. The trek to these monasteries is adventurous and sometimes difficult as they are located in very high altitudes. These monasteries date back to as early as 1368 BS and 1394 BS during the reigns of kings Aditya Malla and Punya Malla respectively. The evidence of their time can be found in the copper inscriptions left out by these kings which also instruct coming generation by these kings to perform ritual ceremony in these monasteries.