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Swayambhunath - Image - SmallSwayambhunath

Kathmandu
  Rabi S
 2 Total Reviews
 Joined: May 20 2012
Peaceful and offers great view of Kathmandu
Posted on Sun 20 May 2012

The Stupa is one of the landmark of Kathmandu. In the western corner of Kathmandu, it sits on a 70 m hillock overlooking the valley. This is existing in the legends and chronologies from the prehistoric time among locals. The architecture is typical to Nepal with its 'all seeing eyes of Buddha' centered by third eye and a 13 ringed canopy over it representing the 13 levels of consciousness one must acquire to get to the enlightenment at the top. At the base of white dome, the Stupa has niches for five Meditation Buddha,-Pancha Dhyani Buddha.
The Shyambhunath hilltop is complex of temples and monasteries. the most notice worthy are Ajima (Harati) temple, Santipur and the Dipankar Buddha. The pagoda style temple of Ajima is mostly offered Tantric prayers by Newari Bajrayana Buddhists. The goddess is worshiped for the farewell of children in the family. The 7 century Dipankar Buddha (future Buddha) statue standing towards west in the corner is the oldest and biggest of its type. Walk down few steps north towards Santipur temple for the Himalayan view. Santipur is the most mysterious temple accessed only by the main priest since hundreds of years. In its secret underground chamber lives the 8th century Tantric master Shantikar. His meditative power has extended his life over centuries and he has mastered the power exercise over the weather.
The hillock is a residence of Rhesus monkeys for which it is also known as 'Monkey Temple'

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Pasupatinath Temple - Image - SmallPasupatinath Temple

Kathmandu
  Rabi S
 2 Total Reviews
 Joined: May 20 2012
Enchanting site
Posted on Sun 20 May 2012

The present temple of Pashupatinath is a very good example of Nepalese Pagoda style temple. However the site is prehistoric and his existence is mentioned even in 'Mahabharata'. The oldest stone inscription found in the premises was from around 3rd century.
The main entrance is from the west. 50 m before the main entrance, there is a shrine of 'Adishankar'. It is believed that he brought a priest from south India for the daily rituals in 9th century. Even in these days the main priest at the temple is south Indian.
The temple is supposed to have 4 silver doors and gold pinnacle. Right in the front lies huge bronze bull, the Nandi. Beside the 'Jyotirlingam' in the main sanctum, there several important temples like 'Unmatta Bhairav' in the south, Basuki Naga in the northeast, 525 Lingam circumnavigation in the platform behind 'Unmatta Bhairav' temple. Towards east, flight of stone steps goes down to holy Bagmati river which is also a famous cremation ground.
For non-Hindus, most interesting would be to walk past the southern entrance to Batshalladevi temple. The temple has beautiful carvings with erotic ones in the struts. walk across the bridge and you can witness the last rite of Hindus. The area above is Picturesque and offers overview of the whole complex. This is famous dwelling of 'Shadus' who follow the devotional path of Hinduism.

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