Boudhanath Stupa- One of the largest stupas in the world-World Heritage site-Kathmandu Nepal

Boudhanath Stupa is Nepal's most distinctive monuments.Boudhanath Stupa is the second holiest site for Tibetan Buddhists, right after Tibet.Boudhanath Stupa is considered to be one of the oldest and biggest Buddhist monuments in Nepal.It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism.Here is Some Information about  Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu Nepal.


Location:Boudha, Boudhanath, Kathmandu
Built in: 14th century
Built By: Mother Jadzima
Dedicated to:Lord Buddha
Entry: 150/- INR Rs. Per Person
Photography:Allow
Significance: World Heritage Site
Timing:12:00 Am to 12:00Am
Visiting Timing: 1 t0 2Hour
Best time to Visit: Nov to April
Nearest Airport: Kathmandu Airport


More Information about  Boudhanath Stupa

 

The ancient and one of the largest stupas in the world, Boudhanath or the Khasa Caitya is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu, Nepal.The stupa is located at about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu Nepal.The stupa was built in 14th century and built by Mother Jadzima who looked after her chickens.The temple is dedicated to Lord Buddha.In 1979, Boudha became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Great Stupa of Boudhanath is the focal point of the district.The stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.

With a diameter exceeding 100 metres and a wall-to-wall length roughly equaling a football field, Boudha is among the largest stupa in the world- certainly the biggest in Nepal. The monument rises 36 metres above the street. The form and the alternated squares and circles represents a three-dimensional mandala, which is comprised of abstract religious concepts. Every portion has symbolic significance: the base, dome, square harmika, spire, and pinnacle represent the five elements; the 13 tiers of the spire stand for the stages to enlightment, while the umbrella atop is the symbol of royalty. In Bouddhanath Stupa, there are many monasteries or Gompa attractions. They are all impressively adorned and colorfully painted. Anyone can visit the monasteries and take visuals. It is advisable to give small donation if you take photographs.

The stupa is a peaceful place and a welcome break from the rest of Kathmandu.  There are surrounding shops selling religiously inspired souvenirs that would be perfect for the hippie in your life back home .Early morning and dusk are the best times to be here, when an otherworldly cacophony of ritual music drifts from the houses and monasteries that ring the stupa, and monks, locals and devout pilgrims all perform kora together, strolling, shuffling and prostrating their way around the dome.Stupa symbolize path to enlightenment. On top there are Buddha’s eyes, which are painted in all directions. Stupa should be circumvented in a clockwise direction. The influx of large populations of Tibetan refugees from China has seen the construction of over 50 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries) around Boudhanath.During the festival of Losar (Tibetan New Year) in February or March, Boudhanath hosts the largest celebration in Nepal.


Architecture of  Boudhanath Stupa


Boudhanath Stupa achieved UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1979.There are wonderful Architecture of Boudhanath Stupa.At the bottom, the stupa is surrounded by an irregular 16-sided wall, with frescoes in the niches. In addition to the Five Dhyani Buddhas, Boudhanath Stupa is closely associated with the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Padmapani), whose 108 forms are depicted in sculptures around the base. The mantra of Avalokiteshvara "Om Mani Padme Hum" is carved on the prayer wheels beside the images of Avalokiteshvara around the base of the stupa.

The base of the stupa consists of three large platforms, decreasing in size. These platforms symbolize Earth, and here you can look out at the mountains while listening to the chants of the devout doing kora, walking around the stupa praying.The main entrance to the upper platform of Bodnath Stupa is on the north side. Here Amoghasiddhi, progenitor of the future Buddha, presides. Below Amoghasiddhi is the Buddha Maitreya, the future Buddha.


History of  Boudhanath Stupa

 

History says that The Boudhanath stupa is built about 14th century.It is Buddhest Religion Place and best destination.It is known as heart of Kathmandu.According to the Gopālarājavaṃśāvalī chronicles, the Boudhanath Stupa was erected at the turn of the sixth and seventh century during the reign of King Śivadeva of the Licchavi dynasty. Other sources attribute the construction of the Stupa to the Great King Songtsän Gampo of Tibet, which would also indicate the seventh century. The majority of sources claim, however, that the Stupa was not built until the fourteenth century, after the Mongol invasion.

Also like many religious stories from long ago, there is a component of cleverness and of the underdog coming out on top.  Upon hearing the old woman’s request, the king offered her as much land as she could cover with the hide of a buffalo .Naturally, the woman cut the hide into thin strips and outlined a large circumference.  Despite being tricked, the king was ok with this and now Boudhanath Stupa is a top destination for Buddhists and tourists alike.When the stupa  was consecrated 100 million Buddhas dissolved into it, and it has the glory of being filled with their sacred relics.  Whatever prayer is offered to it is fulfilled, and if you meditate upon your personal deity here, at the time of your death you will be reborn in Sukhavati.


Nearest Visiting Places of  Boudhanath Stupa 

 

Basuki Nag Temple
Tsamchen Gompa
Authentic Organic Textiles
Unmatta bhairav temple
Kirti mukh bhairav temple
Pingala temple
Krishna temple
Gorakhnath temple
Vishwarupa temple
Manakamana temple
Ram mandir
Sapta matrikas
Hanumanji Temple
Asta chiranjibi
Satya narayana
Guheshwori temple (Shakti peetham)


Nearest Hotels and Restaurants of  Boudhanath Stupa

Mahadev Hotel-0.5 Km
Bagdurbar, Pokharaline
Kathmandu

Hotel Mansarover-0.3 Km
Pashupatinath Road Mitrapark
Kathmandu

Mirage Lords Inn Kathmandu-1.0 km
310 Battisputali Road
Kathmandu

Palagya Hotel-0.5 Km
Near Tribhuvan International Airport,
Gaushala,Kathmandu

Hotel Narayana-0.1 km
Gaushala Tilganga, Kathmandu

The Amadablam Hotel-0.6 Km
Pingalsthan,Kathmandu

Hotel Pashupati Plaza-0.6Km
Gpo box 11502, Gaushala
Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Road Mitrapark
Jay Bageshwori, Pashupati,
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Phone: +977 1447 3790

Hotel Travel Inn-0.6 Km
Gaushala 9,Kathmandu

Hotel Shraddha Palace-0.7 Km
Gaushala Chowk,Kathmandu

The Dwarika's Hotel-0.8
Battisputali,Kathmandu


How To Reach  Boudhanath Stupa



 By Road : There are also a number of local buses and vans that carry passengers in the Kathmandu Valley around Ring Road  to Chabihil and  Boudhanath Stupa.There are many public and private Vehicals available to reach  Boudhanath Stupa.

By Rail: The Nearest Railway station is  Bhikhna Thori Rail Way Station  93 KM from Pashupatinath Temple Kathmandu Nepal.

By Air: Kathmandu has its own Airport , so Nearest Airport is Kathmandu and  Gorakhpur Airport 245 Km from Boudhanath Stupa Nepal.


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