Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath In Nepal

An ancient Stupa, Boudhanath is one of the largest Stupas and holiest Tibetan Buddhist temples in the world. It stands almost a hundred metres in diameter and forty metres tall. The Buddhist Stupa of Boudhanath in Nepal commands the city skyline and from 1979 is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boudhanath Stupa is the centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu, an iconic Buddhist symbol, and one of the most famous tourist sites in the Kathmandu area.

Himalayan Footsteps® organise the most inspiring and wonderful luxury escorted tours in Nepal. If you would like to make a wonderful holiday or trip to explore Boudhanath in Kathmandu, here’s what it has to offer:

Boudhanath Eyes And Nose

In Nepal, you can explore the giant Buddha eyes on every Stupa that watch from the four sides of the main tower, they are seen as a symbol of Nepal. The Buddha’s eyes look out in the four directions to symbolise the knowledge of a Buddha.

When you visit the spectacular Boudhanath Stupa, you can enjoy the informational images that provide you with Buddha’s teachings. The Stupa has a curly symbol nose that looks like a question mark, which is the Nepali character for the number 1. The question mark symbol represents the unity of all things and works as an amazing way to reach Buddha’s teaching information. This is the third eye of Boudhanath, which means the all-seeing knowledge of the Buddha.

Boudhanath Facts

The Boudhanath Stupa is a significant place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and Nepal’s local people. This Stupa is very demanding as a popular visiting site for the tourists. The alternated squares, circles, and the form provide a three-dimensional mandala. The mandala is composed of abstract religious concepts in which every part is significant: the dome, spire, pinnacle, base and square Harmika represent the five elements.

Symbolic Numbers

Five levels personify the five elements such as air, water, fire, earth and ether. These are represented in the Stupa’s architecture. Nine levels of the Boudhanath Stupa represent the mythical Mt. Meru. From the base, thirteen rings to the pinnacle symbolise the path to instruction. An irregular sixteen-sided wall at the bottom side surrounds the Boudhanath Stupa. There are five colours of prayer flags, which represent the components – the five pure lights.

Make your holiday more memorable with an experience in and around Boudhanath Stupa – colourful homes, street vendors, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and walking the streets!

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