The five holy lakes of Nepal are called "Panch Pokhari", which is located near Lantang National Park. It comprises three of the country's major districts: Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchowk. Hindus and Buddhists frequently travel to these five lakes for religious purposes.
Panch Pokhari is indeed Nepal's best-kept secret from the outside world. Hence, Pach Pokhari hiking is in the north of the Kathmandu Valley. It is located at a height of 4,100 meters above sea level and is the ninth wetland in the world. The destination includes the Tamang, Yolmo, and Sherpa communities' traditional residences.
In addition, the trails of Pachpokhari are full of gigantic and spectacular waterfalls. Thus, the Hindus celebrate “Janai Purnima” here with the greatest joy in their hearts. Pilgrims from around the country hike up to these lakes to cool off in the icy water. It is one of the major festivals in the region.
The locals' mythology claims that "it is the residence of Lord Shiva Parvati." The legend began ages ago when a farmer by the name of "Bumba Ruba Waiba" came upon the location while hunting. He noticed a man farming in this desolate terrain far from his line of sight. Waiba's curiosity moved forward to see who was cultivating at this elevation and knew it was Lord Shiva.
As soon as Lord Shiva caught sight of Waiba, he sprinted for safety. When Waiba chased him, however, Lord Shiva was nowhere to be seen. Waiba then marked the location of Lord Shiva's hiding place by placing the bell around his dog's neck there. So, in order to honor Lord Shiva, Waiba constructed the temple at the very location. Hence, only in Nepal can one observe such amazing natural creations and tales.
The Indravati river is part of the Panch Pokhari. Thus, the original religious significance of the lake is described in the Panch Pokhari Mahatmyam, Skanda Purana, and Himkat Khand. In it, the five lakes are called Bhairav Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, Surya Kunda, and Nag Kunda. which are the pilgrimage places of Tirthraj Prayag and Badganga Kurukshetra.
Similarly, this Panch Pokhari is the Tapobhumi and the mystery of Tantra mantra siddhi in Tibetan scriptures. Many great Buddhist figures, such as Mahayogi Milarepa, Ama Yangri, and Param Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), meditated here.
The sacred ponds are thus the daughters of Lord Shiva and Parvati. And their names are Jethi, Mahili, Sahili, Kaili, and Kanchi Pokhari, respectively.
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