Buddhanilkanth temple in Kathmandu (Photo Feature)

3rd May, 2019 | Tourism Mail Crew

Young priests and devotees perform morning ritual offering prayers to the statue of Lord Vishnu at Buddhanilkanth temple in Kathmandu.

Budhanilkantha also known as Narayanthan temple is located at the northern end of the kathmandu valley below the Shivapuri hill which is about 9 KM from city. Budhanilkantha is the open air temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is regarded as one of the 'Trimurtis', along with Brahma and Shiva. The shrine with probably the largest stone statue of Lord Vishnu in Nepal is reclining on a bed of Nagas or serpents in the middle of a small pond.

The 5 meter long granite image carved out of a single rock dates back to the Lichchhavi period. It is well adorned with a crown engraved with multiple Kirtimukha images which can often be seen being overlapped by a silver crown. This temple is regarded as a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists which is an excellent example of religious harmony in Nepal. A big mela (fair) is held at Budhanilkantha on the auspicious two main Ekadashis, Harishayani and Haribodhini, marking the 4-month period when Lord Vishnu is believed to retire to sleep. People come from different places to worship lord Vishnu.

Text/Photo: Bivas Shrestha