Is Hindu tradition best way to prevent and control Corona virus (Covid 19)?

Nepal is under lock-down from 24 March 2020 to 14 April 2020 due to the outbreak of Corona Virus. Relatively Nepal has low numbers of confirmed cases up to today , and we believe is due to the Hinduism tradition we are practicing everyday in our daily life.

The novel Corona virus (Covid-19) is the latest pandemic to hit the world. The virus spreads by way of physical contact as well as transfer of droplets while sneezing, cough or sweat.

British PM Boris Johnson, Prince Charles of Wales, Matthew Hancock (Britain’s health Secretary), Prince Albert of Monaco, Carmen Calvo (Spain’s deputy prime minister) Peter Dutton (Australia’s home affairs minister), Yaakov Litzman (Israel’s health minister), Ali Larijani (Speaker of Iran’s Parliament) , actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, American singer Pink and her family, French actress Olga Kurylenko, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, TV host Andy Cohen, sport personality James Dolan, New York Knicks owner Blaise Matuidi: French football player Daniele Rugani, Italian Football player Mikel Arteta, Coach of Arsenal football club Callum Hudson- Odoi, British footballer Paulo Dybala, Argentine footballer
Marouane Fellaini, Belgium footballer Christian Wood, NBA player Fernando Caviria, Cyclist Marcus Smart have all been tested positive of the virus. Many politician, business personnel, bureaucrats, diplomats and thousands of civilians have lost their lives.

As the world fights the pandemic, it might be a good occasion to reflect on and adopt some ancient Hindu practices for our safety and wellbeing. And hopefully, it will help to prevent upcoming pandemic in future. Following are some of the oldest and scientifically acknowledged social conduct and human behaviors that Hindus adhere to:

1)Namaste

Forget handshakes, time to Namaste: Trump & Prince Charles latest to embrace Indian greeting.

Namaste is a salutation very unique to Hindu culture. It is equivalent to hand shake or hugging in other societies. Namaste has been derived from two Sanskrit words- NAMA meaning ‘bow’ and TE meaning ‘you’, which translates to bowing down to the divinity in other person.

Namaste has become even more appropriate at this period, given how bacteria or virus can transfer by physical contact. Donald Trump- American president, Shinzō Abe – Prime Minister of Japan, Prince Charles, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and many other world leaders have resorted to adopting namaste than handshake as a gesture of greeting.

2) Vegetarianism

Vegetarian diet is preferred by many Hindu communities. Being a vegetarian is not only good for the planet, but also for one’s health and wellbeing. Most viral outbreaks in the past have been linked directly to meat consumption. So vegetarianism significantly reduces the chance of contracting disease, viral infections etc.

3) Turmeric (and other South Asian Spices)

Turmeric or HALDI/BESAR (in Hindi/Nepalese) is one of the most effective antibiotics in existence. Used in India for thousands of years, it is known to boost immunity as it contains powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic qualities. Other foods such as Ginger and Garlic, commonly used in Indian cooking, are also very good immunity boosters.
They all can be can be very effective in preventing or fighting off viruses.

4) Pranayama – Breathing exercise

Pranayam is a breathing technique integral to Yoga and meditation for creating a healthy mind and body. Regular practice of pranayam helps in boosting immunity thereby preventing an individual from acquiring and further transferring any viral or bacterial disease.

5) Cremation

Hindus do not bury dead bodies but rather cremate it. In China, people who have died of Coronavirus are being cremated swiftly, in order to stop spread of the virus.
Cremation is scientific and efficient: it avoids ground contamination and occupying of precious land. Hindu tradition further forbids touching corpses to prevent spread of disease.

6) Isolation period after death

Immediate relatives of the dead stay in isolation for 11 days following the death. They are forbidden to touch any one and partake only vegetarian diet. They must clean their body daily. This practice holds so much truth in this hour of pandemic.

7) Jutho nakhane (Avoid sharing food/drink)

Jutho nakhane is a strange but sensible custom among Hindus. Sharing same piece of meat or any food often involves transfer of saliva from one person to another. Jutho nakhane prohibits sharing of food, or eating from same plate or drinking water from same bottle. This ensures that one’s bacteria or virus is not contracted by others. This social custom can be adopted to contain the transfer of virus.

8) Maintain daily hygiene

It is a Hindu practice to take off shoes and clean one’s hands and legs before entering house. Taking shower and changing clothes before meeting family members and taking food is also mandatory. This goes to show how scientific Hindu system is in cleanliness and sanitation.

9) Avoid cold and staled food

Drinking cold water or any other refreshments and eating stale food is avoided at all costs. Fresh food and warm dishes are considered good for your health.

Global pandemic like the Coronavirus has reminded us the value of our good old Hindu customs. It further proves how far thinking and scientifically right were our ancestors. No matter how advance we are, we should not forget our roots and common sense of living a simple, good and healthy life.

These time tested social conduct will be helpful and effective not just for now but in combating and preventing all future epidemic and pandemic situations. Prevention is better than cure and beneficial in saving more lives.

And guess what? Even the Hindu ritual of sprinkling alcohol in the surrounding vicinity before drinking also serves a purpose of acting as sanitizer.

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About Gosaikunda Trek

Gosaikunda trek is named after Gosaikunda Lake situated at an altitude of 4380m in the famous Langtang trekking region. It is just a day’s walk from Dhunche, the district headquarters of Rasuwa district. Dhunche is directly connected to Kathmandu by road and is accessibly on both private and public vehicle.

What to expect during the Gosaikunda Trek?

The ultimate goal of Gosaikunda trek is to reach Gosaikunda Lake, an alpine freshwater, located at an altitude of 4380m. There are other 107 freshwater lakes in this area all of which lies within Langtang National Park. The trail passes through Tamang villages on the trek giving you spectacular views of Langtang and Ganesh Himalayan ranges.

Gosaikunda Trek altitude

Gosaikunda trek altitude ranges from 1880m up to 4380m. The highest place you will reach on Gosaikunda trek is Gosaikunda lake. This variation in altitude is reflected by the change in climate and vegetation as you will move to sub temperate to alpine zone.

Gosaikunda Trek cost

Usually Gosaikunda trek cost around US$70 per day. This cost includes transportation between Kathmandu and Dhuche and a day’s food and lodging. Extra expenses related to insurance, refreshments, alcohol, tips etc. are excluded from this cost.  The cost actually depends upon the route you have chosen and the services you are trekking.  

Gosainkunda Trek cost for Nepali

Gosainkunda trek cost for Nepali is approximately US$50 per day. This cost is inclusive of transportation from Kathmandu to Dhunche and back, food and transportation. Any additional costs such as refreshments, alcohol, gifts, tips etc., are excluded from this cost.

Gosainkunda Trek route

Gosaikunda trek route usually begins from and ends in Dhunche , the district headquarters of Rasuwa district. Alternatively it can also end in Sundarijal. Gosaikunda trek route passes through traditional villages of Tamang community and party through Langtang National Park. The trek route is well maintained with signage and stone steps at different sections.

Dhunche to Gosaikunda

Dhunche to Gosaikunda is the shortest trekking trail to Gosaikunda Lake (4380m). It takes a total of 2 days to reach Gosaikunda and one day return to Dhunche. We will stay overnight in Chandanbari en route and one night in Gosaikunda before coming back to Dhunche. Dhunche is the district headquarters of Rasuwa District, located about 114km or 5hrs drive from Kathmandu. Both public buses and private vehicle ply between Kathmandu and Dhunche.

Gosaikunda Trek season

Gosaikunda trek season occurs two times of the year: Spring (March-April) and Autumn (Sept-Nov). During these seasons, the weather is excellent due to sunshine and balmy climate. Also flowers bloom, the entire forest turns green due to new leaves and the visibility of mountains is clear. The chances of catching the views of Himalayan ranges is easy over the period.

Gosainkunda Trek weather

Gosaikunda Trek weather is best during Spring (Feb-April) and Autumn (Sep-Nov). These periods are characterized by balmy and sunny weather and pleasant days. The scenery of Himalayan peaks is also visible along with blossoming of beautiful flowers and trees in the forests.

These treks can be adjusted for longer or fewer days depending upon your time availability. Langtang treks won’t disappoint you. Most importantly if you do Langtang trek, it will help contribute to local economy and especially support the rebuilding process in the aftermath of 2015 earthquake. This trek is popular among both local and foreign tourists.

Gosaikunda Trek itinerary – how many days?

We have two Gosaikunda Trek itinerary

Gosaikunda Trek 7 days 6 nights

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek 12 days 11 nights

If you have any confusions, queries or questions about Gosaikunda trek or any other treks, feel free to contact us.

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Four days yoga and meditation retreat in Kathmandu

Four days yoga and meditation retreat in Kathmandu Nepal is the longest course we have on offer that provides both theoretical and practical knowledge.

This program indulges you into full four days of yoga, meditation and outdoor activities. This yoga and meditation retreat Nepal program is the first and unique in its design run only by us. Famous yoga instructors from Indian subcontinent will immerse you in the knowledge and practice of yoga and meditation, interact and exchange their experience on one to one basis and allow you achieve spiritual excellence and well being.

On this Nepal Yoga retreat program, you can also take up cooking class, hiking, cultural tours or natural relaxation. Four days yoga and meditation retreat in Kathmandu is a perfect all rounded course to learn yoga and meditation in Nepal. Extra offers include steam, massage and Siru Dhara depending on the availability of the oil.

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