Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bouddha Nath Stupa

With the reputation of the biggest Stupa in Nepal, the Bouddhanath Stupa, is the most holy site for Buddhist faith. Located within 7KM east of the capital, the Stupa, is also know as the Khasti Chitya. The Stupa is 100M in diameter and 40M height where it holds its place among the largest Stupas in the world. It has a round path at the bottom while another path is made of three-tier plinth. The Stupa resembles Swoyambhunath Stupa to some extent. The most impressive part of the Stupa is the eyes of the Buddha which are painted with red, white and blue colors.
Prayer flag are draped from the top of the monument and fly in the breeze to spread the message of peace that flows with in the rooftops of the congested urban neighborhood.
Tourists are charged a modest fee to enter the front gate and to join the clockwise procession at the base of the Stupa.
The Stupa holds a special position in the culture and tradition of the valley while during the seasonal festivals it is lined with lamps and there are special parades and ceremonies performed by the devotees.
The Bouddhanath is architecturally built with greater efficacy which was not touched by the destructive earthquake of 1934 where now it holds a special position in the UNESCO world heritage sites.
By Shreedeep Rayamajhi

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