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Guru Padmasambhava Pharping Asure Cave Tour

Do you want to spend few hours while in Kathmandu in the place which has been a famous pilgrimage to the spiritual seekers? do you want to touch the land where the blessed ones got

enlightenment? do you want to meet the some of the real monks in Kathmandu ? chat with them ? have cup of tea ? avoid the dust and smoke of Kathmandu valley with some fresh air in the mountain ? then Pharping also known as Asure Cave is the place you should not miss during your Nepal trip .

Guru Rimpoche beloved teacher got final enlightened around 8th century practicing Vishuddha Heruka combined with the sadhana of Vajra Kilaya at the upper cave of Yangleshö, also known as Asura Cave. The area has a very rich spiritual vibrations connected with divine energies People come to hang Tibetan prayer flags called lugta to send good vibrations in the cosmos for the peace which is another attraction of pharping. The Bajra barahi temple is near the asura cave of pharping. On the upper left side of the entrance door is the imprint of a hand in the rock which makes you wonder could it be true? The place is just below the Asura Cave, sacred to followers of Padmasambhava since last 35 years people around Pharping in the southern part of the Kathmandu Valley have noticed that an area of a cliff began to slowly bulge out. It began to look more and more like Tara, the female buddha. At the same time the form of Ganesh also appeared..Know about different aspects of Tara and be mesmerized by listening the chant of Buddhist monks in pharping.

Pharping, where Guru Padmasambhava attained the level of a Mahamudra vidyadhara. Yangleshö is thus, according to Katok Rigdzin Tsewang Norbu, considered to be for Vajrayana practitioners as important as Bodhgaya because it is where the second buddha Guru Padmasambhava attained the state of enlightenment. Every year Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche leads several seminars and retreats in Asura Cave monastery in Pharping. Pharping has not only been blessed by Guru Rinpoche, it has been also visited by many great beings, like long term resident Marpa Lotsawa, who practiced, made offerings, ganachakra feasts, aspiration prayers and so on.

Sites to see in Pharping
There are two major practice caves in Pharping blessed by Guru Rinpoche: the Asura cave and the Yangleshö cave. At the bottom of the flight of stairs climbing up to the Asura cave is an old and important Vajrayogini temple, the Pharping Vajravarahi temple. This is one of the four or five Vajrayoini temples of the Kathmandu valley. The others are located in Sankhu, near Swaymbhunath, below the hill of Pashupatinath (Guhyeshwari), and in Chapagaun. They start towards the end of the village, at Ralo Rinpoche's monastery and start by a shrine containing a self-arisen Tara on the side of an image of Ganesha. To the south of the village is the temple of Dakshinkali, one of the four Kalis surrounding the Kathmandu valley. Pharping also has several monasteries, temples and retreat centers, including Chatral Rinpoche's monastery, and the Palyul Retreat Centre, which is the residence of Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche and home to the Rigpa Shedra.

Tour Itinerary
Drive to Pharping. It is 20 kilometer south from Kathmandu and takes about 1 hour. Drive with private car, we visit Asura cave and Yanglesho cave, both blessed by Guru Padmashambhava. Visit Pharping monastery, Parphing Bhajrayogini temple and surrounding area covered by prayers flags. Option to drive further to Dakshinkali temple, a Hindu goddess Kali. It is about 2 kilometer further from Pharping village. There are many other Monastery around the village, if you wish to visit. Drive back to Kathmandu with the same car. the whole process can take 3-4 hours. but you can also spend 6-7 hours if you want to spend more time while meditating .

you can contact us for tour to Pharping / Asurave cave . we will try to enrich your spiritual journey .

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche explains that:

In the innermost recesses of the Asura Cave is a tunnel that connects this cave to the Yangleshö Cave down below, about half a mile away. It is not a big hole. Wind passes through this passage and you can feel the draft when sitting near it. Although Padmasambhava could traverse freely through solid matter, he used this narrow tunnel to move between Yangleshö Cave and the upper Asura Cave.

Tulku Tenpo writes:

In the past, in the Asura cave at the border of India and Nepal, Padmasambhava, the great master from Orgyen, and Langchen Palgyi Sengé, one of his main disciples, opened the mandala of the great and glorious Drekpa Kundul[2]. They gave the spirits the Vajrayana empowerments, and bound them under oath to obey their command. When the twelve Tenma made their pledge and promised to protect Tibet, Guru Rinpoche and Langchen Palgyi Senge poured samaya water on the tongues of the Tenma and placed a symbolic crown, corresponding to their particular buddha family, on each of their heads. Then they placed the unchanging vajra in their hands and entrusted them to protect Tibet, and particularly to prevent the tirthikas from ever entering.

Present Day:
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche restored the cave in the late 80s, early 90s, and built a monastery and three-year retreat centre for the practice of the Chokling Tersar called Pema Ösel Ling, which surrounds the cave.

Tour and offers : 

in Good Karma Trekking we runs this kinds of tour for promotional prices and including a Car transfer and Tour guide it will be just USD 100 for single. if you you are two 50 USD each. if you are three or more numbers 35 USD each. contact us for more info or booking regarding this speical spiritual programe 


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