Today we associate the word religion with ‘belief system’ or ‘religious organizations’. In fact we unobtrusively picture Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jain etc. worldviews as soon as we hear the word. Yet its true meaning is far different and simpler than that.
So what does Religion actually mean?
The word religion comes from the latin religiō which means conscientiousness, sanctity, reverence, scrupulousness. Thus you don’t have to be following a belief system to be religious.
There is a tendency these days to consider science and religion as if they are opposites when in fact,
Science can be your religion. Sounds contradictory, but it’s not!
Situated atop the Druk Amitabha mountain, the monastery has been open to the public since not so long ago. The opulent Buddhist/Tibetan architecture with all its intricacies over a vast area of land offers a touch of grandeur amid the hilly terrain where most houses are traditional Nepalese.
I remember several years ago when the monastery was still being built, I used to hike up there almost every evening with my buddies. This time the roads were sealed all the way to the bottom of the hill (leading to the Adeshwor temple and forming a junction with the road leading to Sitapaila and Halchowk) so we would get there on a motorbike. Apart from the magnificent edifices you will also get to witness the enthralling sunset (you can watch this from outside the monastery, too).
The monastery is open to the public only on Saturdays, and has a cafe and a shop inside. The whole area is very well maintained, clean and proper. Peace and tranquility is reflected in every corner. The spectacular panorama of the Kathmandu Valley all around is the icing on the cake.
So if you are in Kathmandu looking for places to visit, make sure you do not miss out on this one! You won’t be disappointed! The nobility of this place will certainly mesmerize you.
While back in Nepal this winter clicked this from my mobile on a sunny afternoon while sauntering off to the Swayambhu temple, a complex of stupas and quintessence of the Buddhist heritage of the Kathmandu Valley. The site is one of the most attractive destinations for tourists and offers a unique, panoramic view of the Valley along with its vibrant, spiritual charm. Rested on top of the Swayambhu hill, the temple is also infamous for a very steep hike that leads to it and for getting mobbed by monkeys roaming around – the reason most people like to call it “The Monkey Temple”.