There are other pilgrimages to visit that reflects different religion and give a visitor peaceful place to checkout.
Lying at the right bank of the river Bagmati in the south of Kathmandu city, this big pagoda style temple has a shapeless Shiva linga 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 Stupa of Swoyambhunath is location on a hillock nearly two miles west of the city Kathmandu. Swoyambhu means Self Existent One. The Stupa was given the name because of the belief existing among the people that Adibuddha appeared on his own accord from among the lotus in this place.
A prayer wheel encircles the stupa of Swoyambhu with the incarnation Om Manipadme Hum, inscribed on it. There are four images of Adibuddha in all four directions of the Stupa. A square projection surmounts the Stupa. This projection has a pair of unwinking eyes with a peculiar nose below on its all four sides. Buddhist religious scriptures describe them as Tantradi, Mantradi, and Yantradi which are supposed to operate the whole universe. This square projection in crowned by tympanums and thirteen signs. Each of the tympanums bears the image of Adibuddha and the thirteen rings indicate of thirteen heavens.
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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