Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bouddhanath and Buddha Nilakanta

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Bouddhanath :

Boudhanath  (also called Boudha, Bouddhanath or Baudhanath or the Khāsa Caitya) is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu (Yambu), Nepal.Located about 11 km (6.8 mi) from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal
The Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath dominates the skyline. 

The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. The influx of large populations of refugees from Tibet has seen the construction of over 50 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries) around Boudhanath.

As of 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along with Swayambhunath, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area.

The Stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner, passes by Boudnath Stupa to the ancient and smaller stupa of Cā-bahī (often called 'Little Boudnath'). It then turns directly south, heading over the Bagmati river to Patan - thus bypassing the main city of Kathmandu (which was a later foundation).Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Bouddhanath. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha.

The Gopālarājavaṃśāvalī says Boudhhanath was founded by the Nepalese Licchavi king Śivadeva (c. 590-604 CE); though other Nepalese chronicles date it to the reign of King Mānadeva (464-505 CE). 

Tibetan sources claim a mound on the site was excavated in the late 15th or early 16th century and the bones of king Aṃshuvarmā 605-621 were discovered there.
The kunkum between the eyes, is the kutastha chaintanya or " Eye of super consciousness "

However, the Tibetan emperor, Trisong Detsän (r. 755 to 797) is also traditionally associated with the construction of the Boudhanath Stupa.Yolmo Ngagchang Sakya Zangpo from Helambu resurrected Boudhanath.

   Buddham Saranam Gacchami
   Sangham Saranam Gacchami
    Dharmam Saranam Gacchami

Buddha Nilakanta :

Located here is a Deity of Lord Vishnu, Vishnu (Narayan) , lying on Ananta Sesa, in the cosmic ocean. The Deity is over 1,000 years old. Lord Vishnu is about 5m (17 ft) long and is lying in a 13m (43 ft) long tank, as if floating, with his legs crossed. His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu: the chakra (disc), club, and conch-shell and lotus flower.

Budhanilkantha literally means “old blue-throat.” Ananta has 11-hooded heads. It is believed that the deity was carved in the 7th or 8th century during the Licchavi period.  The main festival of the year is when Lord Vishnu, who sleeps on the cosmic ocean during Caturmasya period wakes up on the Haribondhini Ekadashi day in late October or early November.

Many thousands of people come on this day. Three other images of Lord Vishnu were carved at the same time. One is here at Budhanilkantha and is considered the most important and original, one is at Balaju Gardens, and one is at the old Royal Palace in Kathmandu, but can not be viewed by tourist.

The deity of Budhanilkantha was lost for a while and was later rediscovered by a farmer. It is believed that the farmers struck the buried deity with his plough and that blood came out from the ground.
Nilakanta was the name of the farmer, and that is how the name came to the place.

Om Namo Narayanaya
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya


  1. The entire blog is very much informative as well as it carries snaps that it seems they (snaps) have professional touch.
    Arjun’s enthusiasm in touring, seeing places , meeting people and getting information about places is wonderful.
    I wish he continues this work.
    He has managed balance between textual information and snaps so that one does not find it difficult to be stable on the page and enjoy and learn too.
    I attempted but am short of words to appreciate this.

  2. nice article. forgot the 32 dhara in balaju.

  3. Super blog with lot of information. Pictures are worth for a book on Nepal. Some images are a winner in Travel section in salons. You have pictures, but do not know how to Popularize it or worth of it. Come out and explore. you will be a winner. keep continuing the writing of articles. My best wishes are always with you my boy !!


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