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The Myths about Top 3 Temples in Kathmandu Valley

These temples in the Kathmandu valley are almost known to everyone in Nepal. Many myths and legends cover their discoveries and establishment. However, did you know the story behind these myths? Today, I will cover the myths about these temples in Kathmandu Valley and the story behind them.

1.Pashupatinath Temple

Known for the home of Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath Temple is not just a temple but a blended form of art, culture, and life itself. The templTemplepremises in about 246 hectares of land that has just templTemplemonuments.

The place is spiritual and holy for the followers of Hinduism. One can find internal peace and devotion within the temple premises. For anyone who likes to have a taste of history, Pashupatinath can be a perfect place to have it. The templTempleot only religious but also carries a fraction of history on its back, making it an open museum. 

Daily, hundreds of rituals get performed. Whether the person is born or leaves his soul, Pashupatinath has been a gateway to heaven for those who have lost their lives. On days like this, Maha Shivaratri devotees from Nepal and India visit Pashupatinath to take blessings from Lord Shiva. More than half a million visitors come to visit Pashupati during the weekend of Makhashivaratri. 

The blissful Evening Aarati of Pashupatinath

Besides that, the templTempleinues to provide Evening Aaratis(Evening Prayer) where hundreds of people gather to listen. The prayer positively impacts our lives and spreads positive energy on our minds. The temple lights up from the evening every day, making it even more beautiful.

Evening Pashupati Aarati


Visit Pashupatinath; it is located at the bank of Bishnumati River at 3 km northwest of Kathmandu. The gates of the main TemplTemple allow Hindus to enter inside the templTempleever, people from other religions can freely walk in the Pashupati Area too. The main templTemplea Shiva linga ( the statue of lord shiva), faces the outward of the templTemplein front of that is Nandi (an ox, which Lord Shiva uses as a vehicle) protecting the outer area.

MYTHS ABOUT PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE

The origination of Pashupatinath temple dates back to 400 A.D. While it's still unknown that when was it built, Pashupatinath is considered as the oldest and largest temple in Kathmandu Valley. 

There are numerous legends about Pashupatinath Temple but there are specifically two that connect. It is said that on one fine day when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were mesmerized by the beauty of the bank of the river they decided to stay there. So they disguised themselves as Deers. Lord Shiva used to stay with animals (Pashu)like snakes, deers, and protect them. 

When the Gods and sages knew about it, they requested Lord Shiva to get back to his place. However, he refused and decided to stay there only. The Gods then we're compelled to fight with Lord Shiva and Parvati who were disguised as Deers.  On a battle, Lord Shiva broke his one antler( the horn of a deer) which is worshipped as the first lingam/linga of Lord Shiva.

Later, mother Earth gulped it and it was lost. Miraculously, some decades later, a herdsman noticed that his cow was behaving abnormally. She used to irrigate milk on a usual spot. He knew it has some other meaning as well and started to dig. And found the Antler in the shape of Linga. And then people started to worship the linga and today, Pashupatinath is one of the religious temples of Hindu religion where thousands of devotees visit every month.

Source: Pashupatinathtemple.org , rudraksha-ratna.com
Myth about Pashupatinath Temple | Temples in Kathmandu Valley

2.Swayambhunath

A temple rises on the hilltop northwest of Kathmandu. Surrounded by the forests on three sides, the habitat of the woods “the “monkeys” mak” is their place of entertainment. And for visitors who feel the name is a tongue-twister, they call it the monkey temple

The templTempleomes you with the three giant stupas of Buddha and is a holy place for followers of Buddhism. Swayambhunath is considered one of the oldest temples in Nepal. After the name that translates to “self” existent one,” th” growth of Kathmandu Valley is said to have occurred.

With the history of its existence that dates back to 460 A.D., it has many legends. Out of which one that is considered to be most practical is the stupa growing out of a lotus flower that spreads rays over all Kathmandu. And later built by King Mandheva in the 13th Century.

The stupa has numerous shrines on its premises. The place is very spiritual for the followers of Buddhism. Followers on the day of Buddha Jayanti ( the birth date of Lord Gautam Buddha) visit Swayambhunath in a large number. 

Artictechures in Swambhunath

There are many famous stupas like the sleeping Buddha, a giant statue of Buddha on the east side of Swayambhu. There are thousands of prayer wheels surrounding the templTemplelowers wishing with prayer wheels all the time. The beautiful structure of the building and temples attracts many visitors.

There are two ways to go to the top of Swayambhu, either by riding a vehicle to the back of the templTempley climbing the hundreds of staircases to the front of the templTempleever, Swayambhu is still the major attraction for tourists that visit Kathmandu and has a panoramic view of the whole Kathmandu Valley from the top.

Swambhunath Temple| Temples in Kathmandu Valley

3.Boudhanath

The most nuanced view of Boudhanath can be seen in the evening when all the lights are lit up, and the stupa looks astonishing. Boudhanath is the primary pilgrimage site for the followers of Buddhism and has the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley.

The touching sky stupa of Bouddha can be seen as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International airport(TIA). Situated at the lower east of Kathmandu valley, Boudhanath is one of the UNESCO World heritage sites and one of the most famous landmarks in Kathmandu.

As soon as you reach the premises of Boudhanath, you can find yourself surrounded by countless monasteries and rooftop restaurants. You can eat the popular Tibetian dish Laphing that is best found in Boudhanath and enjoy the evening view of the city. 

The stupa has four eyes of Buddha, each surrounding that gives awareness as a message. This 36-meter high stupa has  13 stages, out of which the first two stages are just walls that are 147 inches. Also, you can find a total of 108 images of meditation Budhha that are set behind the copper prayer wheels.

People who visit this stupa involve themselves with prayer wheels or lighting a butter lamp, releasing a small prayer for your wish. The stupa has stores that sell handmade products that spread Buddhism and its saying. The artisans are highly skilled so you will find exceptional works of art.

History Behind Origination of Boudhanath

 
The statue is designed in the structure of a Mandala. It is said that the design is a built-in way to replicate the Gyangtse of Tibet. Since the place was used to be a way to trade routes to Tibet, Tibetian Merchants used to rest here and do their prayings for centuries.  Later the stupa was refurbished by Licchavi Rulers and since then  Bouddhhanath is one of the major pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. People from all around the world visit here and it holds great value for Busshist from all around the globe.
Boudhanath | Temples in Kathmandu Valley


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    Razi

    Very informative 😌

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    Praju

    Wooww!! That’s awesome!!

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      Sumir

      Thanks for passing by 🙂

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