Posted in Religious on Apr 27, 2019
It is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the holiest sites for Buddhist people all around the world. The stupa is located in Boudha one the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. There are various myths and legends on when the Stupa was built and gained its popularity. According to legend, the king constructed the stupa as an act of penance after unwittingly killing his father. The first stupa was wrecked by Mughal invaders in the 14th century, so the current stupa is a more recent construction.
This huge Stupa is located in its own square with smaller temples, restaurants, and shops around the perimeter. There is even an art school where the iconic Tibetan Mandala's are hand painted before your eyes.
Located in the city, the stupa is mind-blowingly beautiful. Despite the crowds, the shops all around the stupa, you feel at peace while gazing at this structure. While you can google for the full history of this stupa, this is a MUST VISIT place in Kathmandu. About 20 mins drive from Thamel, it is easy to find and approach. There is an entrance fee to enter.
While this was badly damaged during the 2015 earthquake, it has been fully restored now.
The Boudhanath Stupa area is bustling, lively, noisy, fascinating with visitors mingling with Buddhist monks and locals, circulating around the foot of the stupa which towers above the circular shopping area, with the Buddha's eyes looking out from the four sides of the stupa. Surrounding Boudhanath Stupa are streets and narrow alleys lined with colorful traditional homes, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and street vendors.
Remember to turn the prayer wheels - they are supposed to bring you luck!