Milarepa Cave, Gandaki

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Milarepa Cave
Stupa near Milerpa Cave Nepal.jpg
Stupa near Milarepa Cave
AffiliationTibetan Buddhism
LocationManang District, Gandaki Province, Nepal
Milarepa Cave, Gandaki is located in Nepal
Milarepa Cave, Gandaki
Shown within Nepal
Geographic coordinates28°38′13″N 84°02′22″E / 28.6369°N 84.0394°E / 28.6369; 84.0394Coordinates: 28°38′13″N 84°02′22″E / 28.6369°N 84.0394°E / 28.6369; 84.0394
Elevation13,450 ft (4,100 m)[1]

Milarepa Cave or Milerepa Cave is a cave associated with Milarepa in Nepal on the Annapurna Circuit at approximately 13,450 feet (4,100 m) just outside Manang.[1] It is credited to have been the residence of the famous Tibetan Buddhism siddha Milarepa during his stay in 11th century in what is now modern-day northern Nepal.[2] This site also includes a holy spring and a gompa. The cave is located beyond the gompa, with locals praying from the edge of a glacial moraine in direct line of sight of the cave as its approach is on a steep scree slope.[3]

A bow can be seen hanging from the nearby cliff. The bow is purportedly from the local hunter named Kera Gompa Dorjee, who tried to kill Milarepa over an argument about slaying animals.[1] Milarepa taught the hunter causation and compassion through a Buddhist song, which became the classic hymn known as Milarepa's Song to the Hunter.[4][5] According to local folklore, this is the site of this famous tale.


  1. ^ a b c Sagar Mani Shiwakoti (2015-03-13). "Echoes of Milarepa in the Mountains of Manang". Buddhistdoor Global. Retrieved 3 January 2021. proximity to the “Milarepa cave,” situated at an altitude of about 13,450 feet near the mountain Annapurna III. ... It is said that Milarepa was once disturbed in his meditation by a deer that was being chased by a dog, which in turn was being followed by a hunter named Kera Gompa Dorjee. When Milarepa did not allow the hunter to kill the deer, the hunter shot his arrows at Milarepa. The arrows could do no harm to the yogi, and instead of being angry with the hunter, he started teaching all three the way to attain salvation in the form of three songs: the song of the deer, the song of the dog, and the song of the hunter.
  2. ^ Create Consult (July 2019). "Master Plan for Tourism Development in Milarepa Cave, Manang" (PDF). Gandaki Provincial Government. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  3. ^ Andrées de Ruiter. "Milarepas Gompa in nepal". Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  4. ^ Quotations related to Milarepa#Song to the Hunter at Wikiquote
  5. ^ Garma C. C. Chang (1997). Sixty Songs of Milarepa. Buddhist Publication Society. ISBN 983-9382-03-9. Retrieved 2 January 2021.

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