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Hindu God Machhendranath – Bungadyo In Nepal

Machhendranath, or Bungadyo, is worshipped in Nepal as a manifestation of Shiva. He is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists. He is propitiated for good rains and for no droughts. He is worshipped for good harvest and or no natural calamities.

The most famous temple dedicated to Machhendranath, or Bungadyo is located at Lalitpur (Patan) in Nepal. This temple has elements of both Buddhism and Hinduism. The temple also observes a unique festival during which the deity is taken to another temple at the start of the summer solstice and returns back only at the start of the winter solstice.

In ancient India, Matsyendra, who lived during the 10th century CE is one of the foremost teachers of the Nath tradition and he was also the Guru of Gorakhnath, the founder of the Natha tradition. It is believed that he brought the knowledge of Yoga to earth, which was shared to him by Shiva. This is the same Guru who is worshipped as a deity in Nepal.