It is recorded that when Guru Rinpoche began the practice of Yangdak Heruka with the consort Shakyadevi, daughter of a king of Nepal, at Pharping, powerful spirits caused a three year drought, with famine and disease throughout the land. To counter these forces, Guru Rinpoche requested his teachers in India to send teachings, and it is said that the very moment the messengers reached Phaping with various tantric texts, the obstacles were immediately pacified and the famine and disease subsided.
Recommended reading: A Buddhist Guide to the Power Places of the Kathmandu Valley – Keith Dowman (http://keithdowman.net/essays/guide-to-kathmandu-valley.html).
By busRegular buses from Ratna Park Bus Station in Kathmandu. There are no signs in English in the bus station or on the bus, and so passengers will need to ask around to find the correct one. The fare is Rs30 and the journey takes a little over an hour. Pharping is the final stop.
The town is very small and the bazaar can be covered on foot, though it may require a vehicle to reach some of the outlying monasteries, such as Neydo Tashi Choeling. Taxis are available in the town.
Asura CaveGuru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated in this cave in the 8th century. The three main images enshrined inside the cave are those of Guru Rinpoche in the middle, Yangdak Heruka to his right and Vajrakilaya to his left. There is a self-‐arisen ཨ་ “A” syllable on the left side of the cave just below an electric bulb, and there is a hand print embedded into the stone above and to the left of the cave entrance.
- Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery A monastery in the Nyedo Kagyu tradition, and under the directorship of the late Karma Chagme Rinpoche, on the left side of the road (when coming from Kathmandu) some distance before entering the village. The main statue is magnificent and definitely worth visiting.
Rigdzin Drubpe Gatsal Ling MonasteryOne of two monasteries built by the late yogi Chatral Rinpoche; the other is in Siliguri.
- Self arisen Tara images. On the right side when passing Ralo Rinpoche's monastery (just below the Asura Cave) there is a small shrine that contains an image of Ganesh. To the right of the shrine are two small self-arisen Tara images.
- Vajrayogini Temple. Within the same cave-temple complex, there is a small temple dedicated to Vajrayogini. It is said that Marpa the Translator visited this temple three times when travelling between Tibet to India.
Yanglesho CaveThe cave is where Guru Rinpoche practiced meditation and attained the level of mahamudra vidyadhara. It's connected to Asura Cave by a narrow channel.
Hotel Padmasambhavaphone: +4710292Clean, simple rooms. Restaurant on ground floor. Not far from Asura Cave.
Family Guesthousephone: +4710412A simple but clean guesthouse with rooftop restaurant. Convenient for visiting Asura Cave.
address: Bhanjang VillageA guesthouse is in the compound of Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery, a 30 to 40 minute walk to Pharping bazaar. The rooms are clean and quiet and perfect for a personal retreat.