Parphing, a small village in the Kathmandu Valley, is the location of three Buddhist pilgrimage sites of interest. First is a chapel to the Buddha Tara, which houses the venerated self-arising image of the Goddess Tara. This image of Tara that spontaneously arose from the rock grows clearer and more defined every year. Next to the Tara, another very big image of the Hindu god, Ganesha, has also spontaneously arisen on the same rock. The chapel is dedicated to both Ganesha and Tara, marking the joyous harmony between the two religions in Nepal.
Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism from India to Tibet, has also left his mark in Parphing. On his way to Tibet , Guru Rinpoche stopped by Nepal and meditated at a cave in Parphing. As he left, he left an imprint of his hand on the outside of the cave, which still carries many blessings with it today. Many pilgrims continue to visit this site to make butterlamp offerings and prayers within the cave, or to touch their heads on the handprint outside.
A sacred Vajrayogini chapel can also be found at the summit of a hilltop in Parphing. With its humble begininings as a family’s personal place of worship, the chapel’s central image is a Vajrayogini statue with one leg up, over which countless offerings from over the years have been made. Little butterlamp offerings and garlands of flowers surround Vajrayogini in this small, old chapel, offered by practitioners who come to pay homage and worship.
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