Boudhnath Stupa

Boudhnath Stupa

About Boudhnath Stupa:

The Boudhnath Stupa is a three-dimensional representation of Buddha’s path to enlightenment. The stupa's base represents Earth, the Kumbha (white dome) represents water, the harmika (square tower) represents fire, the spire represents air and the top umbrella represents the void. The 13 levels of the Stupa’s spires symbolise the 13 stages which Human beings need to pass to attain Nirvana.

No other stupa in Nepal comes close to the grace and purity of Boudhnath Stupa. It was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 1979. The Boudhnath Stupa was badly damaged during the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal and had to be reconstructed.

Location of Boudhnath Stupa:

The Boudhnath Stupa is one of the largest spherical stupas in the world and the largest in Nepal. It is located at a distance of 11km on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu - the capital city of Nepal. The Stupa is situated on the ancient Nepal-Tibet Trade route.

Significance of Boudhnath Stupa:

The Boudhnath Stupa is known as Khasti in Nepali and Jyarung Khashor in Tibetan. The colourful and vibrant prayer flags on the Boudhnath Stupa represent the religious significance of the place. According to legends, Stupas were initially constructed to contain sacred artefacts. It is believed that the Boudhnath Stupa houses a skeleton bone of Siddhartha Gautam (past Buddha). There are 108 small images of the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha around the base of the Boudhnath Stupa. The ring of the Prayer wheel is carved with the Avalokiteshvara mantra. There is a place near the Boudhnath Stupa where people perform Deep Daan.

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