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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Namaste !!

Seasons Greeting
Best Wishes for
Happy New Year 2010

Jiban Ghimire & Family

Sunday, December 20, 2009

TAAN, MEDEP organise trekking guide training in Chautara

A total of 69 participants from Kavre, Ramechhap, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Nuwakot and Rasuwa attended the training. Classes were conducted on History, Culture, People & Religion; Basic Tourism & Tourism Management, Trekking & Mountaineering Management; Mountain Sickness and HIV/AIDS; Health& Hygiene and First Aid; Food & Beverage and Hospitality Management; Eco-Tourism; Protected areas and Conservation; Geography, Map Reading and Flora & Fauna; and Communicative English Language.

Chewang Nema Sherpa, Gopal Magar & I are very pleased to teach about expedition management with orientation class. Thank you for inviting us. We had great time to met new faces.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Melting Himalayan glaciers threaten lives in Asia

Claire Cozens/AFP
KATHMANDU: More than a billion people in Asia depend on Himalayan glaciers for water, but experts say they are melting at an alarming rate, threatening to bring drought to large swathes of the continent.

Glaciers in the Himalayas provide headwaters for Asia's nine largest rivers, lifelines for the 1.3 billion people who live downstream. But temperatures in the region have increased by between 0.15 and 0.6 degrees Celsius each decade for the last 30 years, accelerating the rate at which glaciers are shrinking.

As world leaders gather in Copenhagen this month for a crucial climate change summit, campaigners warn that some Himalayan glaciers could disappear within a few decades.

"Scientists predict that most glaciers will be gone in 40 years as a result of climate change," said Prashant Singh of WWF's Climate for Life campaign. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a UN body on climate change, has warned Himalayan glaciers could "disappear altogether by 2035" and experts say the effects of global warming are already being felt in the region.

In Nepal and Bhutan, the receding glaciers have formed vast lakes that threaten to burst, devastating villages downstream.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A interview with Peter Athans on leadership, setting and achieving goals, and the rewards of philanthropy.

Peter Athans - Legendary Everest Climber

Legendary mountain climber who has summited Mt. Everest seven times. Peter is also a high altitude film maker, working on films for NOVA, National Geographic, and in the featur e film, "Seven Years in Tibet". Peter was awarded the highest honor from the American Alpine Club for the rescue of Beck Weathers in the 1996 Everest tragedy

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dr. Geoff Tabin - "Dr. Extreme"

Dr. Tabin has summited the East Face of Mt. Everest. He was the fourth person to climb the highest peak on each of the earth's seven continents. Geoff, an ophthalmologist, has also been instrumental in establishing clinics to help eradicate blindness in the Himalayas and other third world areas.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Baruntse Summit - 25 November 2009 - Exploradus Baruntse Expedition

A little after noon, all seven of us stood on the summit. My GPS called it 23,535 feet above sea level. It was a crystal clear day, and we could easily pick out 5 of the 6 highest mountains in the world all around us. My only complaint was that the wind was relentless, and although the ambient temperature was perhaps warmer than what might be expected in late November, it was just too cold to hang out on the summit.

Jiban Ghimire
Outfitter in Nepal

Friday, November 20, 2009

Architecture team arrived Kathmandu and working with Almunium, glass and Tress group

We are joined by Jiban, our coordinator in Kathmandu, who has been setting up meetings with manufacturers and suppliers of materials. We work on setting up our game plan for the next few before we retreat to our rooms to unload our gear. This, too, is short lived as after only about a half hour we return to the lobby to have coffee and meet with two of our material suppliers and fabricators. Tec is our man in charge of fabricating the trusses. We hope to get one full-size truss made while we are in Nepal. Mingma is our contact for aluminum storefronts. Both have had experience with transporting and installing materials in the Khumbu. Much of our discussion is about the minute specifics of materials and member sizing, as well as the capacity and history of transporting materials to the (remote) Khumbu.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest for Sacred Caves

Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest for Sacred Caves
premieres Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanks a million for tuning in,

Pete Athans & Liesl Clark

Friday, November 13, 2009

Nepal Listed One Of Top 10 Travel Destinations In 2010

Nepal has found its way into the list of top ten travel destinations in 2010 in the world. The Lonely Planet "Best in Travel 2010" has listed Nepal, along with El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Suriname and the United States, as one of the top ten travel destinations, a statement from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said.

Global Warming: Nepali Cabinet To Meet On Everest
KATMANDU, Nepal — Nepal's Cabinet will hold a meeting on Mount Everest to highlight the threat from global warming, which is causing glaciers to melt in the Himalayas, an official said Monday.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Everest veteran explores Mustang; findings to air on PBS

Pete Athans made history in 2002, when he reached the summit of Mount Everest for the seventh time, the first climber of non-Sherpa ethnicity to do so, earning him the title of Mr Everest.

During his talk for the Mountaineers, an event that is open to the public, Athans will show slides and video of his extensive alpine climbing career as well as clips from his latest documentary project in the caves of Mustang, “Secrets of Shangri-la,” set to air on November 18 on PBS.

The Wild West of the East: A Ski Expedition to Nepal

It is high noon on Monday, Nepal time, when the phone rings. Jiban Ghimire, our expedition agent, [] has the news we'd been waiting for since we landed in Kathmandu five days earlier. "Your ski bags have arrived."

After five days of wondering whether we'd be able to proceed as planned with the expedition, our skis’ arrival delivered a jolt of energy we'd been sorely lacking. We ached to get to the airport and pick them up. Alas, Nepalis run a hard line when you're trying to excuse yourself from their party. We politely explain no fewer than three times that we have to be leaving before they actually allow us to leave. Finally, they adorn us each with a silk scarf and bid us farewell.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sherpa Shangri-La Treks is listed on Lonley Planet guide book of Nepal

our adventure company,
Sherpa Shangri-La
Treks & Expedition listed on
Lonely Planet guide book of Nepal.
You can see our name on page#333.

Jiban Ghimire
Managing Director
Sherpa Shangri-La Treks & Expeditions
GPO 6802 , Shangri-La Nivas
Kapan 03, Kathmandu, Nepal
T+977 1 481 0373
F+977 1 481 1317
M+977- 985-103-5161
Skype: trekandclimb

Saturday, November 7, 2009

First Ascent and Melissa Arnot Top Ama Dablam at 22,348 Feet

Melissa n Kristine in Khumbu - Summit of AmaDablam on 26/10/09

Around 9 a.m.,in the wind and freezing cold, Cory, Chhewang and I stood on top of Ama Dablam at 22,348 feet. The sun was just cresting the summit and the wind made it feel frigid and inhospitable. Around us, we could see amazing views of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and many other beautiful Himalayan peaks.

Hi Jiban,
Home safe and sound, fighting jet-lag. I spoke with Neil, the CEO for Eddie Bauer, I am not sure what the best way to do but you seem like a good start! Again, Jiban, thank you so much for all of the fantastic logistics. You make my trips so seamless and easy, and treat me like family. Greatly appreciated.

Melissa Arnot

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ghorepani - Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Hi, Jiban!
Great trip...already planning our next one. We also enjoyed meeting you...

Architecture from California exploring Ghorepani, Annapurna Base Camp
Trek for 12days. Mary Griffin, Heidi Richardson, Lily Richardson and Laura Hartman.

Mary , Heidi, Lily, Jiban & Laura at hotel Manang, Thamel, Nepal

Exploradus Baruntse Expedition - 2009

Greetings to friends and family following us on the Baruntse Traverse. We are now all in Kathmandu and getting ready to depart tomorrow. Please follow the dispatches ...always good to know ...

Jiban Ghimire
Outfitter in Nepal

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Having lunch with celebrity of film actors & directors in Villa Everest- Korean Food at Thamel, Kathmandu.

From left Ashok Sherstha, film Director, Ang Dorjee Sherpa, very famous Nepali film actor Mr. Shiva Shrestha, Ang Temba Sherpa, film actor Mr. Shree Krishna Sherstha, guest and Jiban Ghimire at Thamel - Villa Everest.

Monday, October 19, 2009


Hi Jiban,

I have faxed you a copy of the evaluation form I sent to Alpine Ascents – to Gordon & Todd. I put the suggestion to begin CHO OYU expeditions in KTM & gave you a good wrap up as the miracle flight change engineer! Please tell me if you can read the form? How is the tennis @ Yak & Yeti going – and are you busy at work??


Dr Jan C. Smith,

Friday, October 16, 2009


Bhai tika is the last day of Diwali celebrations in Nepal. It is the most important day and is also known as Bhai tihar. On this brother and sister day, sister pray to Yamraja for her brother's long life and prosperity. The royal astrologer gives the appropriate time to put the tika through the national radio a day before and the entire nation abides by it. Even his majesty, the king of Nepal receives tika from is sisters. When his majesty receives tika a thirty-one-gun salute is given to honor the function. At this moment the entire nation will be observing Bhai Tika.

Legend holds that when the Kirat king fell ill, Yama sent messages in the form of dogs and crows. At this time, Bali Hang's sister guarded him by sending messages that he could take him only after fulfilling certain conditions; that the god of death should wait till Panchami ie bhai tika. She also put forth conditions that Yama should not take Bali Hang until the tika, which she had smeared on his forehead, fades away, the water sprinkled dries and the makhmali (a kind of flower) flower wilts.

A Mandap is made in the name of her brother, then the sister put Paanch Rangi Tika (Five colored) -- Yellow, green, red, blue and white color ,offers him Shagun, fruits and sweets and in return the brother gives their sister gifts or money. The main theme behind bhai tika is the sisters praying for their brother's long life from Yama Raj, god of the underworld.

Lakshmi Puja on Diwali The third day of the festival of Diwali is the most important day of Lakshmi-puja and is entirely devoted to the propitiation of Goddess Lakshmi. On this very day sun enters his second course and passes Libra which is represented by the balance or scale. Hence, this design of Libra is believed to have suggested the balancing of account books and their closing. Despite the fact that this day falls on an amavasya day it is regarded as the most auspicious.

The day of Lakshmi-Puja falls on the dark night of Amavasya. The strains of joyous sounds of bells and drums float from the temples as man is invoking Goddess Laxmi in a wondrous holy "pouring-in" of his heart. All of a sudden that impenetrable darkness is pierced by innumerable rays of light for just a moment and the next moment a blaze of light descends down to earth from heaven as golden-footed Deep-Lakshmi alights on earth in all her celestial glory amidst chantings of Vedic hymns.

A sublime light of knowledge dawns upon humanity and this self enlightenment is expressed through the twinkling lamps that illuminate the palaces of thewealthy as well as the lowly abodes of the poor. It is believed that on this day Lakshmi walks through the green fields and loiters through the bye-lanes and showers her blessings on man for plenty and prosperity.

Lakshmi Pooja, or the worship of the goddess of wealth, is the main event on Diwali in North and West India. It is extremely important to keep the house spotlessly clean and pure on Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, and she will visit the cleanest house first. This is also the reason why the broom is worshiped on this day with offerings of haldi and kumkum (turmeric and vermilion). Lamps are lit in the evening to welcome the goddess. They are believed to light up Her path.

First Ascent Guide Melissa Arnot Returns to the Himalaya

At breakfast, Cory Richards, my climbing partner and photographer and our outfitter from
Sherpa Shangri-La, Jiban Ghimire pour over maps of the Khumbu region and discuss price for permits and logistics. It is important that Cory and I have a good schedule that allows for acclimatization to the altitude while still allowing us to summit three peaks in the next three weeks. It is ambitious and will keep us moving almost every single day. On my past Everest expeditions, there were a lot of ‘rest’ days and down time. That will not be the case this trip, as we will be covering a huge area of the Khumbu region in a very short time.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

10 days Jomsom -Muktinath- Ghorepani trek [ Mr. Michael Barel x 2pax - Israel

They suppose to fly Jomsom on 07th Oct but having unusual weather they are following opposite itinerary. Hope all will be fine for their great adventure trip which Micahel was thinking to do since 30 years.

Jiban-Michael-Gilad n Prakash

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Wild West of the East

26 Oct 2009

Thanks Again Jiban for helping to make the great adventure happen, I think we would all be interested in returning. Kris Erickson.

Jiban, I hope all is well and I can't thank you enough for helping us with our trip. We couldn't have done it without you. Again, thanks so much and I look forward to seeing you again soon......jamie laidlaw


Dashain Day - Vijaya Dashain: The tenth day is the 'Dashami'. On this day we take tika and jamara from our elders and receive their blessing. We visit our elders in their home and get tika from them while our younger ones come to our home to receive blessing from us. The importance of Dasain also lies in the fact that on this day family members from far off and distant relatives come for a visit as well as to receive tika from the head of the family. This function continues for four days. His Majesty also receives tika from the royal priests and then gives on tika to his loyal subjects. Thousands of loyal Nepalese people as well as foreigners also receive tika from His Majesty the King as this is said to be auspicious. After four days of rushing around and meeting your relatives Dashain ends on the full moon day, the fifteenth day. In the last day people stay at home and rest. The full moon day is also called 'Kojagrata' meaning 'who is awake'. The Hindu goddess of wealth Laxmi is worshiped. On this day the goddess Laxmi is given an invitation to visit each and everyone. After Dashain the nation settles back to normal. After receiving the blessing of goddess Durga, people are ready to work and acquire virtue, power and wealth. Dashain thus is not only the longest festival but also the most anticipated one among all the festivals of Nepal.

My mother, me, durga, bhabi & Sapana

Me, Durga and mum

Didi-Durga-Sangam & Sapana

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sapana's Birthday puja at home

Birthday pooja is done on the date of birth and recommended for everyone for happy long life. Every person shall get Birthday pooja done because this not only brings prosperity but also removes the obstacles present. Also makes a great gift.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

We had nice blessing and burn hundred thousand [Lakh Batti] holy threads in Manakamana temple is well known as the wish fulfilling goddess

We had nice blessing and burn hundred thousand [Lakh Batti] holy threads in Manakamana temple is well known as the wish fulfilling goddess. Lakh batti can cure problems related to eyes, even blindness. While performing the rite we alight 100,000 battis. Logically, therefore, it heals all health problems that are in some ways related to body temperature. Almost ever y function of the body generally depends on temperature, therefore, the rite has overall benefits. Even matter has its dharma (essential character). Water quenches thirst, air carries oxygen, likewise, the dharma of fire is to aid in vision and anything that requires heat.

Burning Lak Battis in Manakamana .................................Durga & Jiban

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy Bijaya Dashami Ko Hardik Mangalmaya Subhakamana.......

28 Sept 2009 [12 Asbin 2066] Vijaya Dashmi
आयु द्रोणसुते, श्रियम दशरथे, शत्रुक्षयम् राघवे ऐशोर्यम नहुषे, गतिष्च पवने, मानन्च दुर्योधने दानम सुर्यसुते, बलम हलधरे सत्यन्च कुन्तिसुते विज्ञाने बिदुरे भवती भवताम् किर्तिष्च नारायणे !!
The actual meaning of ‘Aayu Drona Sute’ means May you have a long life like Son of Drona. The Son of Drona is called Asosthama, which is considered to be one of the Aastha Chiranjivi (Aastha Chiranjivi means those eight people who never die as per Hindu epics). Therefore, when our parents bless us saying ‘Aayu Drona Sute’, that means let my children have long life like Asosthama………that means you never die.

“Aayu drona sute” is in sanskrit and it is a long chant and each words used there signify something great thing about various people. It is basically the blessings given by your near and dear ones who are generally aged in your families and respected by all family members.

Dashain ko Jamara -2066 - 27 Sept 09

Ready for blessing car and bikes - 26 Sept 09
Beginning of Dahain Festival

During the month of Kartik in the Bikram Sambat calendar (late September and early October), the Nepalese people indulge in the biggest festival of the year, Dashain. Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country. The fifteen days of celebration occurs during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon. Thorough out the kingdom of Nepal the goddess Durga in all her manifestations are worshiped with innumerable pujas, abundant offerings and thousands of animal sacrifices for the ritual holy bathing, thus drenching the goddess for days in blood. For more......

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ancients Caves of Northern Mustang - Nepal. I hope all of our friend will love to watch the Secrets of Shangri-La

PBS PREVIEWS | Secrets of Shangri-La

Wed, Nov. 18, 8PM Priceless treasures unearthed inside human-carved caves in legendary kingdom of Mustang. In the legendary kingdom of Mustang, a remote corner of the Himalaya previously off-limits to outsiders, ...

We have put lot of effort to get the permission from Govt. of Nepal make this film to shoot in Mustang. Thanks for the Department of Archeology and entire team !

Monday, September 14, 2009


It gives me great pleasure to share with the public my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Jiban for making my trip to Base Camp and Kalapattar the most memorable and unforgettable

experience of my life. During the trip, it was evident to me that Jiban’s professionalism, devotion, dedication and commitment to clients earns him huge respect and recognition not only in Nepal but worldwide. I therefore proudly recommend Jiban to any one wishing to trek/climb in Nepal. Unlike most trekking companies in Nepal, Jiban’s priorities are his clients’ concerns, “…their health, safety and happiness are what matters”, Jiban insists modestly.

Furthermore, my sincere thanks to my guide, Hasta Gurung, for making my journey to Kalapattar and Base Camp a truly unforgettable one.

Not only is Sherpa Shangri-La the most highly respected trekking company in Kathmandu, they are ‘value for money’ too!

Nina Alkiviades, Kingston upon Thames, UK

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Palace of ex-king of Nepal to become a museum

June 16, 2008 , Narayanhiti Palace Museum, Kathmandu

The palace where Nepal's former king once lived will be converted into a museum that will offer the public a glimpse of royal life, including the ex-monarch's throne and a vintage car given as a gift by Adolf Hitler, the government said Monday.

Items on display at the museum will include valuable artifacts accumulated by the Shah dynasty in its 239-year rule of the Himalayan nation, according to Home Secretary Umesh Mainali.

The palace in Katmandu was formally renamed the Narayanhiti Palace Museum at a government ceremony Sunday, days after deposed King Gyanendra moved out.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Nepal’s tourism holds bright future: Todd Burleson

By Ballav Dahal. The Rising Nepal. National News Paper . Published on 07 April 2009
While Nepal’s tourism industry has been showing a downward trend, renowned American expedition leader Todd Burleson says that the country’s tourism holds a brighter future.
"Mountaineers from across the world will keep coming to Nepal. This is a country of innumerable attractive mountains, vast water resources and hospitable and friendly people with amazing cultures," says Todd, who is the founder and president of Alpine Ascents International. Todd is considered among the top mountain guides in the world, as he has been able to accomplish unparalleled successes in the mountain guiding industry. He has already climbed all the highest mountains of all the seven continents for two times.

Todd Burleson & Jiban Ghimire tour in Rajasthan, India winter 2005

While Nepal’s tourism industry has been showing a downward trend, renowned American expedition leader Todd Burleson says that the country’s tourism holds a brighter future.
"Mountaineers from across the world will keep coming to Nepal. This is a country of innumerable attractive mountains, vast water resources and hospitable and friendly people with amazing cultures," says Todd, who is the founder and president of Alpine Ascents International. Todd is considered among the top mountain guides in the world, as he has been able to accomplish unparalleled successes in the mountain guiding industry. He has already climbed all the highest mountains of all the seven continents for two times.

He believes that Nepal’s ongoing political instability will come to an end soon, opening doors for her overall development. "When there is peace and stability in Nepal, more tourists will visit here, as it is a dream destination internationally,He first came to Nepal from Alaska of the United States in 1982. As an expedition leader, he climbed Mount Everest in 1992. The 49-year-old mountain guide has, so far, lead eight expeditions to the world’s highest mountain. He still has zeal to explore the wilderness in the mountains. "Climbing high mountains in remote areas has been my life’s passion," says Todd, who has recently gone to the Khumbu Valley for trekking.

He has started loving Nepal as a ‘special destination’ since his first trip to the country. At that time, he was just 22 years old. "During my first trip, I attempted Mt. Pumori," The trip was instrumental for him in the sense that the country of topographical and cultural diversity fascinated him. "It was an important opportunity for me to explore the Himalayas and the Sherpa culture,"Until now, he has come to Nepal for more than three dozen of times.

He was brought up in Alaska where he developed his love for climbing. When he was graduated from High School, he says he received some training in the Northwest and went to Asia at a very young age. "I fell in love with the mountains and the tribal people there. The mountains became my second home," His company-- Alpine Ascents International—not only organizes expeditions in different countries of the world but also conducts mountaineering training programmes.

"After having undergone mountaineering training from our alpine institute in Alaska, climbers develop a dream of attempting Everest and other peaks in the Himalayas," He says the company is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers and offering courses and expeditions of unsurpassed quality. He says his company has been promoting Nepal as an exotic destination for climbing and trekking. "Every visitor is overwhelmed by the generosity of the Nepalese people,"

In 1998, he was awarded the American Alpine Club's prestigious David J. Sowles Award for his rescue efforts on Mt. Everest in 1996. Apart from promoting Nepal as an adventure tourism destination worldwide, he has also taken the initiative to help some Sherpa children from the Khumbu Region. He has established the Alpine Ascents Foundation that has supported some 20 children. "We collect funds from our groups for imparting education to these children,"

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Emergency adventure rescue operates through Sherpa Shangr-La Treks & Expedition for IHI in Nepal
Nepal Contact address:
Jiban Ghimire
Managing Director
Sherpa Shangri-La Treks & Expeditions
T+977 1 481 0373
F+977 1 481 1317
M+977- 985-103-5161
Skype: trekandclimb

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Teej Festival - Women Special - Hartalika Teej

Hartalika Teej is the biggest of the various variation of Teej. Hartalika Teej falls on the third dayof the first fortnight of the month of 'Bhadra'. It is a three-day festival which is celebrated by women in honor of Parvati Ma. On this day, womenfolk keep fast for long and conjugal life of their husband. Hartalika Teej fast proceeds without even drinking a drop of water. By rigorous fasting and praying to Goddess Parvati on Hartalika Teej, married women are blessed with healthy life of their husband while the unmarried girls are said to be blessed by a husband like Lord Shiva

Durga-Sapana n Sita -Teej fasting- 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

After long time family trip to Muktinath [06-12June 09]

Muktinath is a village and temple located at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas), Mustang district, Nepal. Administratively the village is a Village Development Committee in Mustang District in the Dhawalagiri Zone. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 899 people residing in 191 individual households.

Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists. The Hindus call the place Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of salvation". It is also one of the 51 Sakthi peetams. Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means 'Hundred Waters'. For Tibetan Buddhists Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa is a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

HBS group trek to Kalapather -Everest base camp & climbed Lobuche East 6119m. in 2001

As I guess Gilles & Manuel would love to see this banner.
Harvard Business School
, Massachusetts

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sapan's Bratabandha - Six Year Ago

Bratabandhan (Sanskrit brata-promise, bandhan-to be bound), Chudaka rma or simply bratabhanda is an ancient Hindu tradition carried out in Hindu families. This tradition is based on the four age periods of a Hindu man. A religious ceremony is held where a boy shaves his head and performs various rituals. It is a symbolic representation that a boy is mature enough to perform his duties as a bharmachari(that is to learn).