Boudhanath

Location:-

8km North-East from Central Kathmandu lies Boudhanath Stupa.

Introduction:-

Also known as ‘Khasti’,the globular edifice stands on the brick made plinth and is one of the oldest and largest stupas of Nepal. It is in various levels of terraces and prayer flags glorify its beauty. The stupa is set in the octagonal Mandala design. There are altogether 108 Buddha images and 147 Mane(Prayer Wheels). It was built by Licchavi king Man Dev in 5th c. A.D. Recognizing its importance, it is enlisted in World Heritage Site.

Major attractions:-

1 There are about 4dozen monasteries around Boudhanath .

2 Bouddhanath Stupa is much bigger than Swayamvunath Stupa and unlike Swayamvu which is on hill top, Boudhanath lies on the valley floor and is surrounded by many colorful private houses.

3 The stupa is about 36m high.

Some Facts:-

1Mostly visitors from Tibet, China, Srilanka, Korea  and Japan where Buddhism is adopted as major religion, pay visit to Bouddhanath.

2The four pairs of eyes in four directions is an all knowing eye of Buddha which stands for righteous behavior and human prosperity.

3 Sacred relics of Kashyap Buddha is believed to be laid in the central chamber.

Major Festival:-

1 Buddha Purnima:

The day of the full moon in late April or early May is considered as‘The Triple Blessing’ by Buddhists as this was the very day when Lord Buddha came down to earth, received enlightenment and passed away into Nirvana. To commemorate this day, the fasting devotees bring offerings of rice, coins, flowers and flaming wicks

How to reach:-

Though there are several ways to reach Bouddhanath, the easiest way is to take bus from New Buspark near MaachhaPokhari and drop off at Chabahil. Then as you cross through Chuchhe Pati, Bouddhanath can be reached.

Where to stay:-

There are many small and large hotels and lodges in Bouddhanath as it lies in the very core of the Capital. Hyatt Regency Hotel serves the International Standard Service and can be your option.

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