The great Stupa of Boudhanath stands approximately 6 km North East from the centre of Kathmandu Valley. Surrounded by hills, Boudhanath Stupa is a jewel at the centre of Natural Mandala, a source of sacred energy. It is one of the most important pilgrimages for Buddhists. In the past, when the trade routes to central and western Tibet were fully open, traders, pilgrims and travelers sought blessing at the Stupa for safe passage over the mountain passes and offered thanks to it upon arrival in the Kathmandu Valley.
The Stupa is commonly known as Boudha or Boudhanath, meaning Lord of wisdom. It is a protective, purificatory and wish–granting Stupa. Its origins are beyond the recall of folk memory; its foundation and fabric are impregnated with the vibration of innumerable generations of devoted worship and powerful meditation. Its awesome size and unique form are legendary. It is also called Boudha Bhagawan, Lord Buddha since it has become one of the most significant objects of worship in the Buddhist universe.
There are many stories and legends concerning the origin and history of the Stupa. The Himalayan Buddhists believe that a widow named Jyazima aspired to make a great offering to the Buddha, using her hard earned savings as a poultry–keeper. She approached the local king for permission and it was granted on condition that she could use an area of land measuring the size of single buffalo skin. However, Jyazima cut the skin into thin strips and claimed the land enclosed by the strips. This woman’s ambition to build such a magnificent monument to offer to the Buddha caused much jealousy among the rich and powerful at the time. The jealous lords petitioned the king to have the Stupa demolished, but the king who had allowed this to happen, replied, “Since permission to build has been given, it shall not be rescinded.” Thus, the Stupa was named Jyarung Khashor.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Katmandu darbar square, pashupati nath , boudhanath and swayambunath.