Guru Rinpoche / Asura Cave

Many practitioners come to this cave to bring offerings and pay homage, especially to Guru Rinpoche.

The three main images enshrined inside the cave are those of Guru Rinpoche in the middle, Yangdak Heruka to his right and Vajrakilaya to his left. 

Protruding Tara

Inside the Asura cave, located in Pharping, Nepal, a Tara protruding out of the rock can be seen.


On the upper left side of the entrance door is the imprint of a hand. Various accounts are told about who set this handprint in solid rock outside the entrance of the cave. Most people agree that Guru Rinpoche did not make it. According to one story, a close disciples and followers of Samten Gyatso, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s root teacher, made the handprint.

Crack in the ceiling

It is said that during his stay at Asura Cave in the late 1980’s, Jigkme Phuntsok Rinpoche revealed a terma in the form of a phurba from the ceiling of the cave, which is now in the possession of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Smoke offerings

Outside the cave is an auspicious place for hanging prayer flags and making smoke offerings.

Text references by Rigpa Wiki