Temples Inside Kathmandu


SOYAMBHUNATH Located approximately 4 kms./2.5 miles, situated on the hillock, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be over 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base
of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. From the hillock, once can have a spectacular view of the Kathmandu city.

BOUDHANATH 8 kms / 5 miles east of Kathmandu City is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands
with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity.
It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by houses of Lamas (Buddhist priest) and Monasteries.

PASHUPATINATH 5 kms / 3 miles east of Kathmandu City lies Pashupatinath temple, the holiest temple
dedicated to Lord Shiva in Nepal. Situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple is built in pagoda style with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors on four sides. Tourists are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati river, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. There are cremation grounds on the bank of Bagmati river.

DAKSHINKALI temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, a Hindu Goddess of power is 18 Km / 11 miles southwest of Kathmandu city. Goddess Kali, one of the nine Goddesses is believed to fulfil the wishes of the pilgrims. Every Tuesday and Saturday animals are sacrificed at this temple. As the site is peaceful and is surrounded by rhododendron forest, it offers unique scenic and religious pleasure.

CHANGUNARAYAN located at a distance of 16 km/10 miles north-east of Kathmandu city. is universally acknowledged as the most stately example of Pagoda style in Nepal. It is considered to be one of the greatest artistic legacies of the Lichhavian era. Changu is one of the ancient historical places situated on a hillock with conical shape. It is said to be the oldest pagoda style temple in the valley from early 3rd century AD. A sweeping view of the surrounding country side can be seen from this temple.

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