On the left bank of Bagmati in Slesmantac Jungle stands the temple of Guheshwori as famous as that of Pashupatinath. It was built by a famous Malla King, Pratp Malla and was decorated with golden doors and windows by devotees in the latter period.
There is not the image of Guheshwori in the sanctum, rather there is a small kuda (pool) and a kabasa (holy pot) near the kinda. People worship the kabasa as Guheshwori, who is the consort of Lord Shiva and the place can be counted in the thousands everyday and more than ten thousand devotees come here to offer worship on the occasion of Ratha Yatra (Chariot procession) which begins from the temple, reaches Hanumandhoka and returns to the same place.
Two kilometers north of Pashupatinath stands the Stupa of Baudhanath, one of the biggest Stupas in Asia. The famous king of Lichhavi dynasty Manadeva built the Stupa. Same relate it with the relics of Kashyapa Buddha and some with khasa of China. The later seem to be closer to the reality because the chief lama (priest) of Bauddhanath is still called Chiniya Lama (Lama from China).
This Article and upcoming posts are extracted from the book, TOURIST INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1997. by my Late Father Journalist, Sociologist & Anthropologists, Er. Ramesh Chandra Bandhu Bhattarai.
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