Maratika Caves and Monastery
The Maratika caves are mentioned in scriptures dating back to the 8th century and are associated with Guru Padmasambhava and Mandarava. Padmasambhava, one of the most important Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism, is said to have realised immortal life at the Maratika Cave in Eastern Nepal, as did his consort Mandarava. But even before this happened, the cave and its surroundings were known in the region to be a sacred place for Buddhist and Hindu practitioners.
Today's great masters still visit the caves and do retreats at Maratika, thereby allowing the teachings to continually inspire many on their path to enlightenment and wisdom. In addition, Maratika is also a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus.
The Maratika caves are lovingly cared for by the Buddhist monks of the monastery. And Maratika Foundation strives to support this sangha of over 50 monks, so that they could continue preserving this sanctuary of long life.
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