Boudhanath Stupa is one of the most popular sites which is listed in the UNESCO world heritage site. The most popular site Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple. It is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Situated 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. From its spectacular white huge dome structure to the 13 grilled spires painted with the Buddha’s eyes, the monastery is designed perfectly from every perspective.
Boudhanath stupa is called Khasti by Newars, Boudhanath or Boudha by Nepalis and Jarung Khosar by Tibetans. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. Many Tibetan Merchants had used it as a resting place and had also offered prayers for many centuries. The Vicinity of the Boudhanath consists of a number of small monasteries and a large population of Tibetan Buddhists.
Your Kathmandu Heritage Tour will be incomplete if you miss this place. Visiting the Boudhanath and listening to the chants, and prayers give you a unique and memorable experience. The colorful flags are worth watching. The peaceful environment of Boudhanath gives you eternal happiness. Boudhanath stupa is part of the monastery tour in Nepal.
History of Boudhanath Stupa
The precise history of Boudhanath Stupa is quite mysterious. There are a number of myths related to the establishment of the Boudhanath Stupa.
Construction of Stupa according to Newar Buddhist Mythology:
According to the history of Nepal, the palace of the Lichhavi King (King Vikramjit) once stood in the place where the Naryanhiti Palace stands currently. King Vikramjit instructed to build the Dhunge Dhara in the southern part of the palace courtyard. But there was no sign of water from the Dhunge Dhara, due to which the King consulted Astrologers. Astrologers suggested to the King that sacrifice with a male candidate having Battis Lakshana or thirty-two perfection should be performed.
The King and the two princes were only suitable candidates. So he decided to sacrifice himself. After making a decision to sacrifice himself he ordered one of his sons to sacrifice him so that the source of water could be seen at Dhunge Dhara. The son killed him without knowing that he was his father.
Later when he knew that he had killed his own father he felt guilty at that time. With the regret and the guilt, he asked the priests about the way to salvation. As per the priest’s suggestion the Prince flew a hen from the top of Bajrayogini and decided to construct a stupa where the hen landed. The hen landed in the place where currently the Boudhanath Stupa stands. At the same time, the palace was struck with a scarcity of water. However, the people managed to decline the problem by collecting droplets of dew. So at that time the place was named Khasti as in Newar language “Khasu” refers to dew and “Ti” refers to drops. Later it was renamed as Boudhanath by the Government of Nepal.
Construction of Stupa according to Tibetan Buddhist Mythology
According to the legend, Boudhanath Stupa was built in the 5th century by an old woman Jhagdima who owned the poultry farm. However, before the completion of the construction of stupa, she died and her four sons continued the construction. After the completion, all the Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas entered into the Stupa.
Legends who have worked with this site consider that the Stupa was probably built in the 14th century after the Mughal invasion.
It is the perfect place for anyone to have a peace of mind away from the busy and monotonous day-to-day life.
Entrance fees of Boudhanath stupa
Foreign nationality NRP 400
SAARC country nationality is NPR 100
Free for Nepalese people
Free for children below 10 years of age
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