Gosaikunda Lake, Nepal's one of most famous religious places for both Buddhism and Hinduism is situated at an altitude of about 4381 m. in north east of Kathmandu surrounded by Himalayas. Every year during Full Moon day in August, thousands of Buddhists and Hindu pilgrims come here for pilgrimage and it is quite a sight to visit during the festival as well as the lake is worthwhile to visit all year round.
Gosaikund Lake is religious symbol of a Shiva shrine. According to religious belief channel carries water from the lake directly to the tank at the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan (Kathmandu Valley), 60 km south west. In the occasion of Full Moon Festival, Shamans ("Dhami Jhankris") come from all over Nepal arrive to the lake and have religious dancing and singing ceremony.
On Janai Purnima, a full moon day, Hindus chant the powerful Gayatri Mantra and change their Sacred thread (Janai), while a Rakshya Bbandhan, a red or yellow protection cord, is tied around the wrists of other Hindus and Buddhists by the priest. Here they emulate Lord Shiva by bathing in the sacred lake of Gosainkunda. Here, a pool with an image of Shiva at its center is filled with water believed to have come from Gosainkunda.
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