Travelogue

Boudhanath Stupa–the center of mandala

The Boudhanath (a.k.a Boudha, Bouddhanath) Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world.

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Like Borobudur, both structures are UNESCO World Heritage Site, and both are large ancient Buddhist stupas designed based on mandala.

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Boudhanath situated about 10km from Kathmandu city center. It has been a pilgrimage site for Tibetan and Buddhist for the past century.

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Because the location is situated at the center surrounded by Himalayan mountains, the stupa is believed to have sacred natural energy.

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The symmetric dome of the stupa is ~120m in diameter and 43m tall.

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Beneath the dome has a terrace of 108 deities.

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Pilgrims and worshipers made their prayers in clockwise direction. Turning the prayer wheels (mani) fixed on the wall and reciting mantras.

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Most of the devotees are from the Tamang community. I saw many people that dressed that Tibetans.

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The origin of the stupa remains a mystery but many interesting legends and stories related to Boudhanath.

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General believe that the structure started as smaller stupa since 15th-16th century and developed to today’s scale. There is a circular row of multi-storey shops surrounding the stupa in circle.

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If you are passing by this part of Kathmandu, it is worth making a visit to the holiest Buddhist site in Kathmandu.

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