Seto (White) Machhendranath
The double story pagoda style temple of Seto Machhendranath is situated near the road between Asan and Indrachowk at Kathmandu. Inside the temple there is white image of Machhendranath and around the temple there are chaityasq (Buddhists Shrines) of different size. In addition, there is a rich variety of images, paintings, intricate carvings and other artistic ingenuity.
Thousands of pilgrims flock around the pace of the occasion of Rath Yatra, the chariot procession (wooden chariot) which occurs every year in the month of Chaitra (March-April).
Lying at the right ban of the over Bagmati in the south of Kathmandu city, the big pagoda style temple has a shapeless Shivalanga in its sanctum. On its all four corners there are small size temples of Vishnu, Surya , Ganesha and Devi. Historical records show that the temple was built by Queen Lalita Tripurasundari Devi Shah in 1818 AD.
The famous image of Budhanilakantha is located about 8km north of Kathmandu city. The six meter long image, averted by serpent heads and reclining a carved serpents as bed, is partially submersed in small pool of water. This image has four hands the upper right and left hand holds “Chakrs” (disc) and “Gadha”(club) while the lower right and left hands hold “Padmabija” and Shankha (conch Shell) respectively.
Some historians are of the opinions that this image was installed in the place by Vishnu Gupta in 7th Century. Another important thing about the statue is that Vaidics, Saivas, and Buddhists attach similar significance to it and regard it with equal reverence.
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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.