Meditation and Yoga

Buddhism Meditation and Yoga

Something different to do in Dharamsala, Mcleodganj, BhagsuNag is Meditation and Yoga: – If you want to something different in Mcleodganj then one of the best things is to learn about Buddhism.  There are four basic Nobel Truths acting as base of Buddhism and they are:-

1)      Suffering: – Birth, disease, company of unpleasant, separation from pleasant and loved ones is suffering, not able to fulfill desires; old age and death are suffering.

2)      Cause: – Any desire for corporeal pleasures or ones existence and extermination or the craving for materialistic things or such other things leads to birth and rebirth and which ultimately cause suffering.

3)      End of Suffering: – It is the entire elimination of such desires, the abandonment of it, the freedom and liberation from desires is the end of suffering.

4)      Middle Way: – Middle way is the Eightfold course consisting of right concentration, right mindfulness, right thoughts, right understanding, right speech, right endeavor, right action and right livelihood.

These four Truths are Universal in every situation. Buddha simply discloses these Truths which are unknown to humankind and which positively energies human soul. There are many institutions in Mcleodganj and BhagsuNag offering courses in Buddhism Meditation and Yoga.

Some of them are Tushita Meditation Centre, Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies in Dharamsala India and Dharma Dharamsala

****Though we have provided names of the institute here on the basis of experience of our genuine contributors but still it is the duty of the reader to confirm the righteousness of the institutes mentioned here if one wishes to join these institutes.

 

BhagsuNag Shiv Mandir and Bhagsu Waterfall

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Dwapara Yuga (द्वापर युग) is the third yuga in Hindu religion and which came to its end, when Lord Krishna returned to Vaikuntha, his eternal abode.

It was this yuga when the King of Demons Raja Bhagsu had his capital in Ajmer and which faced the callous drought of its time.

The Chiefs of villages in Ajmer requested Raja Bhagsu to make an arrangement of water for his people; otherwise they’ll be forced to leave his country. Hearing that, Raja Bhagsu decided to find water himself. Since Raja Bhagsu had magical powers and being a demons king, he travelled alone and after two days reached the Lake Nag Dal, which is still about two miles wide with enormous depth and situated at an approximate height of 18000feet in the mountains of Dhauladhar. Raja Bhagsu was pleased to see the Lake Nag Dal with plenty of water and with his magical powers filled all of the water in a pot. While he was on his way back to kingdom Raja Bhagsu decided to rest at the foothills of Dhauladhar, since it was already dark.
While Raja was in deep sleep, up there in Dhauladhar Mountains, Nag Devta was on his routine visit to Lake Nag Dal. He found the Lake empty. Surprised and furious he noticed the footsteps of Raja Bhagsu, followed them and challenged Raja Bhagsu for a war. In the fight, Raja Bhagsu was severely wounded and dropped his magical pot as a result Lake Nag Dal was again filled with water and in that place the natural fountain of water started to flow. While Raja Bhagsu was on his last breath he sincerely prayed Nag Devta. Seeing his faithful prayers Nag Devta happily granted him a wish. Raja Bhagsu wished that the drought in his kingdom should come to an end and his name is honored by all. Nag Devta fulfilled his wish and now there is enough water in Ajmer also Nag Devta named this place with the name of Raja Bhagsu prefixed with his own name.
Centuries have gone after this incident and this is how this place got the name of Bhagsu Nag. With the beginning of Kali Yuga, Raja Dharamchand ruled this place. Since this place has the holy water of Nag Devta, one day while Raja Dharam Chand was in sleep Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and ordered him to construct a temple for him. Raja Dharam Chand constructed the Shiva temple here and it’s about 5080 years old.

Today people from across the country and even from all over the World come to see this holy place.

Bhagsu Nag is just 2km from McLeodganj, you can either walk up to here or reach by bus/autorikshaw. There is a beautiful waterfall a few meters away from Shiva Temple. Because of climate change the density of waterfall has considerably shrunk and now there is lesser water. Even during monsson, the waterfall rarely reaches its actual height of about 30feet.

Kareri Village and Dal Lake

Kareri Village is another interesting place neighboring Triund Hill. Kareri village is approximately in following co-ordinates 32° 16′ 50.93″ N  76° 16′ 50.77″ E and is just 3km from Ghera village.

From Kareri village, the Kareri Lake (Locals of Kareri call it Dal Lake) is at a distance of 13km and approximately in following co-ordinates 32° 19′ 18.52″ N  76° 16′ 37.06″ E and about 2,934 meters  above sea level. Kareri Lake is a high altitude lake with low depth and its primary source of water is snow melting from Mankiani Peak, with Nyund stream as its main outflow in Dhauladhar region.

You can reach Kareri village from Dharamsala via Ghera village. For complete detail go to Neighborhood page of Triundhill.com

Shri Guna Devi Mandir

Another moderate trek neighboring Triund Hill is the Temple of Shri Guna Devi ( Shri Gunna Devi ) located in following co-ordinates 32° 16′ 21.89″ N  76° 18′ 54.56″ E and about 2,400 meter above sea level and approximately at a distance of 15km from Dharamsala. Shri Guna Devi mandir is completely surrounded by forests. People from neighboring villages and even from Kangra, Dharamsala annually come here for pilgrimage.

For complete detail check Neighborhood page of Triundhill.com

 

Triund and temple of Shri Kunal Pathri

The temple of Shree Kunal Pathri is located at the highest point of Triund Hill.

You can start trekking for the temple by two trails:-

  • Taking a stiff and risky trail from the side of the cave located behind one of the rest house owned by shopkeeper which is located above concrete water storage tank. Here while the risky word may sound tempting to take risk but it will be of no worth if you take this trail, because you’ll get to go through thick woods and you’ll miss the beauty of the trail on the other side.
  • There is another regular and trail which is bit of moderate but long one for Shri Kunal Pathri Devi Mandir, it is after reaching Snow Line cafe then take up side trail to the left of Snow Line cafe follow the trail for about 45 minutes and you will be surprised to see meadow on the trail up in the hill. After a careful walk you’ll reach the temple of Shree Kunal Pathri, from there you will have the complete  180 degree view of Triund and Kangra valley beside Dharamsala and also you will feel Dhauladhar Mountain very close to self without trekking to Dhauladhar heights.

 

Heaven on Earth for Nature Lovers and Hikers

Triund a paradise in its own is one day trek on one of the oldest migratory route seasonally used by Gaddi shepherds of Chamba and Kangra districts. Heaven on Earth for Nature Lovers and Hikers

Triund Hill is located at a height of about 2,842 meters above sea level and with a distance of about 9 km from McLeodganj ( located at height of 2,082 meters above sea level ) and 17km from Dharamsala ( located at a height of about 1,457 meters ).

During your trek if you are lucky enough can see the snow birds and black bear. Once you reach top of Triund hill you will find yourself standing in front of the mighty and humble looking snow-clad Dhauladhar (the mountain peak of Dhauladhar is at an altitude of about 4,800 meters from sea level).
Once you reach Illaqa your soul can experience the majestic and positive energy that Dhauladhar Mountain disperse off all around. The shepherds and trekkers cross over Indrahar-Pass (located at height of about 4,342 m above sea level) to reach Chamba .

On Trek from Mcleodganj to Triund you first reach Dharamkot and then Shri Galu Devi temple (located at a height of about 2300 meter)  here you will find a small refreshment shop named Rest A While from here the trek gets a bit of hard.