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  Rabi S
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 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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