Swayambhunath Stupa | Buddhist pilgrime site in Kathmandu

Swayambhunath Stupa | A heritage site in Kathmandu.

Posted On:Saturday, September 2, 2017
Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa

The Swayambhunath Stupa of Kathmandu is very popular as the monkey temple of Nepal. Swayambhunath stupa is one of the most glorious and beautiful Buddhist stupas. It is also the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. This temple is one of the World Heritage Sites in Nepal. This Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a huge lake. Swayambhu has the other name is called Samhengu. It is among the oldest Buddhist shrines in Nepal, dating back to the Lichchhavi period. This is a holy place for many people from all over the world.

According to the Swayambhu Purana, the entire Kathmandu valley was once an enormous lake, out of which there grew a lotus. The Swayambu, meaning ”Self-created.” The name comes from an external flame over which stupa was later built. This stupa is a white structure with a gilded spire on which is painted the bright color of Buddha’s eyes.

Different parts of this stupa interpret various people on their own beliefs. The nose paint in the stupa is the Nepali number Ek (one) for one belief to signify unity. The third eye shows the wise sight of Buddha. The white dome represents the earth and the 13-tiered structure signifies the stages that humans must experience to achieve nirvana. Swayambhunath stupa is also known as the temple of monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west. This temple is a perfect example of the Buddhism religion.

It is also ok to say that Swayambunath is the famous temple across the valley. Therefore, the feeling of relaxation is one that will you get in Sayambhunath.