Namobuddha, one of the popular tourist destinations located 40km southeast of Kathmandu Valley is one of the holiest Buddhist sites. It is an important pilgrimage for Buddhist and also Namobuddha is home to several ancient monasteries and stupas. Stupas and Monasteries with flattering vibrant prayer flags and serene environment of NamoBuddha welcomes every visitor in its shadow. From Namo Buddha, you can have the magnificent view of some of the highest peaks in the world as Mt.Everest, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Ranges, Gaurishankar. On some of the mountains, the groves of trees appear to glow with emerald and turquoise. Namo Buddha is the place where Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to the starving tigress and her cubs. From religious sites to alluring nature views, from historical stories to palatable organic food from each and every perspective Namo Buddha is a perfect tourist destination in Nepal.
The place Namo Buddha is also famous for short and easy trekking in Nepal. Namo Buddha to Panauti Hiking, Hiking from Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha, hike from Namo Buddha to Pulchowki is some of the popular Hikes.
History of Namobuddha
According to the legends in many years ago there lived a King named Great Charioteer (Shinto Chempo) who ruled the small kingdom. The King had 3 sons the youngest was named Great Being (Semchen Chempo), the middle was named Great Deity (Lha Chenpo) and the oldest was named Great Sound (Dra Chenpo). The two elder Prince always spend their time in helping the king to govern the Kingdom while the younger one ,Great Being, was magnanimous and Kindhearted person from the earliest time.
One day the Great Being along with his two brothers went for outing towards the forest of Namobuddha. During the outing, they saw a tigress. Brothers of Great Being wanted to kill the Tigress but Great Being stopped them as he was a benevolent person. Great Being noticed that the starved tigress was very weak and was not able to feed her cubs also. This sight made him very sad from the depth of heart, even tears came out from his eyes. He told his brothers to return home and himself stayed there. His Kindness towards the tigress compelled him to sacrifice himself to save the tigress and her cubs. The remaining two Prince waited for a long time and went back to the den to see Semchen Chempo but there they found only the bones, nails, hairs and some clothes. After seeing all that they returned to the king and Queen and told all about what had happened. They all became very sad. The queen did not recover for a long time.
At the same time the Prince, Great Being had been reborn as Great Courage (Nyingtob Chenpo) in the celestial realm of Tushita. From there Prince spoke to his parents and told them that we will definitely meet again in the next life. After speaking with the Prince they became a little happier and decided to carry on the virtuous activity. They made a small box covered with jewels. Inside that box, they kept the bones of the Prince and the Stupa was built in the place in which it was buried.
Climbing up for about 15m from the Stupa there is a place where the scene of Buddha giving his body to the starved tigress is inscribed in the stone. It is the same place where Buddha has sacrificed himself to save tigress.
Around 8 kilometers below the stupa, there is Panauti.It is believed that the town Panauti consists of the ruins of the Palace of King Great Charioteer. Also, 3km below the Namo buddha stupa there is small temple which is said to contain the remains of mother of the Prince Semchen Chempo.
Further a new monastery Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery has also been built in the area of Namo Buddha Monastery. Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery was built by Khenchen Thranchu Rinpoche.
.Why is the place given the name Namo Buddha?
The Tibetan name of Namo Buddha is Takmo Lujin. However local people call it Namo Buddha. These people have such a fear of tigers that they do not call Stupa with its real name as the real name of NamoBuddha contains the word Tiger. According to Buddhism, it is said that if you utter the name of Buddha then you will be free from fear and anxiety so people call it as Namo Buddha.
How to get in Namo Buddha?
To get into the Namo buddha you can take a local bus from Kathmandu to Banepa. From Banepa take another bus to Namo Buddha which is available at least once in a day.This bus goes through the Dhulikhel so you can also catch the same bus from Dhulikhel.
If you are interested in Hiking then You can also get a bus to Kavre Bhanjyang and start your hike to Namobuddha from here.Within 2hours of hiking from Kavre Bhanjyang, you reach Namo Buddha which is about 9km away from Kavre Bhanjyang.
Passing through Panauti and Sangkhu you can also trek from Banepa to Namo Buddha. Besides this, you can also start your hiking from Dhulikhel from where it takes around 3 hours for you to reach Namo Buddha.
Apart from all of these you can also hire a taxi from Kathmandu to Namo Buddha which is quite costly.
In Spite of getting so confused regarding which path to choose it will be great if you book a Day Hiking in Kathmandu Package offered by Local Trekking Company In Nepal.
Things to do in Namobuddha
Hiking around the Holiest Buddha Shrine of Namo buddha
Visit Stupa and Monastery
Getting the introduction of Buddhist Philosophy and teaching