Finding faith: Swargadwari in pictures

Mary 30, 2016

In the western Nepal lies Swargadwari. The pilgrimage site located in Pyuthan District is believed to have once been the gateway to heaven. But the allure of the place is not just limited to those who call themselves religious.

Swargadwari has a distinct appeal to it that comes from the region’s abundant untouched beauty and its recognition. There is a serenity that the place exudes that comes from its isolation. But it may be more so because even the most ardent of non-believers would find faith here, even if its just an iota of it.

The seductive calm of the region is only broken by the occasional clanging of bells and the chanting of mantras by priests at the temple complex.

Wherever you are at Swargadwari, you will be above the clouds. Only the peaks to the north and hills tall enough to break the barrier made by the clouds can be seen from the region. This detachment from the world below gives you an intimate way to see the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the Manaslu.

The 120-year-old temple complex draws thousands of devotees every year. The temple houses elaborate statues of Lord Ganesh, Vishnu and Shiva. It also houses the eternal flame in front of which animals are sacrificed and religious text read.

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