Boudhanath Stupa is commonly known as the Bodnath Stupa. The stupa is the most important stupa in Nepal. It is located in Kathmandu. Bodnath Stupa is considered as the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist temple that is located outside Tibet. It is the core of Tibetan civilization in Kathmandu and well-off in Buddhist representation. The stupa is situated in the township of Boudha, which is in the outskirts to the east of the Kathmandu.
Boudhanath Stupa kathmandu
Bodnath was almost certainly constructed in the fourteenth century subsequent to the Mughal attack; a variety of out of the ordinary mythology are been put in the picture on the subject of the causes for the construction of the stupa. Following the appearance of a large number of Tibetans subsequent to the year 1959 when the Chinese had invaded the city. The Boudhnath temple has been converted into one of the most significant interior of Tibetan Buddhism. Nowadays its remnants are an imperative position of pilgrimage as well as meditation for the numerous Tibetan Buddhists and also the local Nepalis, as well as a well-liked traveler position.
What to See
From exceeding height the Bodnath Stupa appears like a massive mandala, or drawing of the Buddhist outer space. And as it is found in almost all of the Tibetan mandalas, 4r of the Dhyani Buddhas scratch the fundamental tips, with the 5th, Vairocana, preserved in the core. It is located in the white colored hemisphere of the stupa. The 5 Buddhas also exemplify the 5 elements namely earth, air, water, ether and fire. These 5 elements are very well characterized in the architecture of the stupa.
There are many other representative numbers at this juncture as well: the different 9 levels of Boudhanath Stupa stand for the legendary Mt. Meru, core of the outer space; and the altogether 13 different rings from the bottom to the summit be a symbol of the path to enlightenment which is commonly known as the “Bodhi”, this is how the stupa have got its name.
At the foundation, the stupa is bordered by an asymmetrical wall having in all 16 sides with frescoes placed in the forte. In accumulation to the 5 Dhyani Buddhas, Bodhanath Stupa is intimately connected with the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara commonly known as Padmapani, whose hundred and eight appearances are portrayed in statuette in the region of the pedestal. The mantra that is mostly recited at Avalokiteshvara – ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ – is imprinted on the prayer wheels at the side of the descriptions of Avalokiteshvara in the region of the foundation of the stupa.
The pedestal of the Boudhanath stupa comprises of three huge raised areas which are placed in the order of the declining in volume. These raised areas be a symbol of Earth, and thus here you can witness out at the numerous mountains ranges while paying consideration to the mantra of the pious performing the kora, later walking in the region of the stupa and praying.
After that comes the 2 spherical pedestal which supports stupa’s hemisphere. It is believed that it symbolize water. As it is at Swayabunath, Boudhanath it is crowned with a square shaped tower comportment the all-pervading Buddha eyes on all different 4 sides. As an alternative to the nose, a question-mark sort of symbol is been placed. It is believed that the symbol is actually a character in Nepali language. It stands for the numeric character 1, it is believed that it symbolizes unity and it is one of the distinct ways to arrive at enlightenment—from first to last of the Buddha’s knowledge. On top of this is the 3rd eye, which stands for the understanding of the Buddha.
The square shaped tower is crownned by a pyramid which has almost 13 steps, on behalf of the stepladder that would take you to the enlightenment. The triangular shaped is the theoretical appearance for the constituent of fire. At the apex of the tower is a canopy which is covered with gold, the personification of atmosphere, with exceeding it a golden made spire which stands for ether and also the Buddha Vairocana. Prayer flags which are being attached to the stupa wave in the wind which carries the mantras as well as the prayers towards the heaven.
The most important entrance to the higher stage of Bodnath Stupa is positioned on the northern side. Here Amoghasiddhi, a progenitor of the prospect Buddha, take the chair. Underneath Amoghasiddhi is the Buddha Maitreya, the potential Buddha.
Neighboring Boudhanath Stupa are boulevard as well as the narrow passage wrinkled with multicolored residences, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries as well as the street vendors.
How to reach
You can take a direct flight and reach Kathmandu which is the nearest located airport. Kathmandu is very well connected to the various important cities of Europe, USA, Middle-east as well as South-east Asia. There are many cities of the world which have daily direct flight to Kathmandu. You can cover your further journey using the pre-paid taxis which can be easily hailed from the arrivals of the airport. Decide the fare before lodging the taxi and remember you should not pay anything more than Rs 300 if you are reaching Boudha or even Kathmandu. It is possible that you mite be charged a little more these days from the airports due to the scarcity of the fuel.
When to go
The best time of the year to visit Boudhanath Stupa is Mid-november to the end of February. The climate during this period is quite pleasant to travel. The best time of the day to visit the Bodnath Stupa is in morning.
The Boudhanath stupa is open from sunrise to sunsets for the public visit.
There is no entrance cost for the Boudhanath stupa.