Officially known as the Democratic Republic of Nepal, the country is bordered by some of the biggest developing countries of the world. The country is home to several peaks and diverse heritage of linguistics. Having been a monarchy for most part of its history it is now a federal multi party republic system. Now let us know some interesting facts about Nepal
Interesting Facts About Nepal
#1: Weighted Significance of Hinduism
- Lord Shiva is considered the guardian deity of the country. Hindus from all over the world come and visit the Pashupathinath temple of Lord Shiva.
- The Mithila kingdom of King Janaka from the greatest epic of all times The Ramayana lies in Nepal. This kingdom is believed to be the birthplace of Lady Sita Devi who is the wife of Lord Shri Ramachandra.
Lumbini in the Kapilavastu district which is the birth place of Siddhartha Gautama who gave birth to the Buddhist tradition is a UNESCO heritage site and one of the most famous tourist and pilgrimage site in Nepal.
#3: Festivals and Ceremonies
- The cultural differences among the Hindus and the Muslims are not much here as the two cultures intertwine. Buddha was born a Hindu and is said to be a descendant of the Sage Gautama. Hindu festivals make up most of the national festivals.
- Many Buddhists celebrate Machendrajatra festival which is primarily a Hindu festival and is of the Shaiva siddha. Important Gurus are called Thirthaguru Nemuni after Ne Muni who is said to have established Nepal.
#4: Landlocked Sovereignty
The Republic of China and the Republic of India are the countries that share borders with Nepal. The Indian states of Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal are the ones lying on the borders. The Siliguri corridor of India separates the country from sharing a border with Bangladesh.
#5: The Flag’s Significance
The only non quadrilateral flag is that of Nepal. They flag is made of two triangles. The triangles are said to represent Hinduism and Buddhism. They also represent the Himalayan Mountains.
#6: Mountains and their local names
A larger part of Nepal is surrounded by mountains, there are some very interesting facts about Nepal related to mountains, here are they-
- The World’s highest peak Mt. Everest lies in the Nepal – Tibet border in the section of Mahalangur. It is called the Sagarmatha, which means Goddess of the Sky, by the Nepalis.
- The Annapurna region has secured a place among the top ten most wonderful trekking places.
- The Country is home to eight of the peaks that are highest in the world which include Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Kanchenjunga.
#7: Common Practices
- People fold their hands and bring their palms together and bow their forehead as a form of greeting. When doing so they say Namaste. This phrase means ‘I salute the God in You’.
- It is offensive to use your feet to touch anything.
Nepal boasts of having the most World Heritage sites with as many as seven of them being in the Kathmandu valley.
#9: Rich in Languages
Nepali is the official language of Nepal. It has its roots in the Devanagari script and the language of Sanskrit. Additionally Awadhi, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tamang, Tharu, and Urdu are some of the other most commonly spoken languages. The country is also having four sign languages.
#10: Water Power
Another interesting fact about Nepal is that the country comes second only after Brazil when it comes to water resources. Hence the country generates a lot of its electricity in the form of hydroelectric power.