Jaimini Dham, Gaithune, Maisthan Haandikot

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    Location

    Longitude: 82°52’47’’-83°40’38’’
    Latitude: 28°04’38’’-28°38’06’’

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    Temperature

    Maximum: 21.°c
    Minimum: 5°c

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    Rainfall

    1673.2 mm

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    Weather

    Sub-tropical, Temperate, Sub-Alpine

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    Accommodation

    Hotel, Lodge, Resort and Community Home Stay

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    Culture

    Dance-Lakhe, Maruni, Ghatu, Hanuman, Jogi, Ropai, Katuwal, Putali, Ghantakarna, Sisno, Khesnae, Bagh (Tiger), Mayur (peacock), Jhakri, Adi, Sorathi, Salejo, Kheli, Thado Bhaka, Cultural and religious fairs

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    Access

    Pokhara to Jomsom: 72 km by Bus

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    Health Service

    Hospital, Health Post, Ayurvedic Centers, Clinic

“Jai” Rishi who was the writer of the “Mimamsa Sutras”, an ancient Hindu philosophical text and the “Jaimini Sutras”, an ancient Sanskrit text on the predictive part of Hindu astrology is said to have worked on his writing in this pilgrimage site in Baglung around 400-500 BC. Jai was the son of Rishi “Parasar” and a disciple of poet “Vedvyas”.

The place in Baglung therefore derives its name from Jai to be name the Jaimini pilgrimage and in the present day time a municipality by the same name. The Jaimini pilgrimage site is located along the confluence of the Kaligandaki river which flows from Muktinath and the Theule khola which flows through Jaimini municipality. The site which lies 17 km south of Baglung bazar has a temple dedicated to lord Shiva, a cave believed to be the meditation spot of Rishi “Jaimini” and the reminiscence of his cooking place. Inscriptions on stone which are mentioned in ancient scriptures are visible when the river’s water level recedes.

There is a Shiva temple 300 m south west of the Jaimini site and is believed to have been a place of worship by Rishi Jaimini. The Kaligandaki river and Kaligandaki corridor which connects China and is the midway spot between Nepal’s northem southern geography. There is a belief that bathing in this pilgrimage site during the Nepalese festival of Maghe Sakranti (mid January) and Bala Chaturdasi, sins committed during the previous life will be washed away.