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Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

Boudhanath Stupa Overview

A prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest Stupas in the world, Boudhanath is a sacred place for Tibetan Buddhism. Even with thousands of pilgrims, monks and tourists coming here every day, the air you breathe here is of serenity. Amidst the Kora being performed and the prayer wheels turning, the sounds of mantra chanting would fill your heart with divinity.

Mythological Background
It is believed that the stupa was built right after the demise of Lord Buddha by the four sons of an Apsara, who all were extremely religious in their attitude. According to the Tibetan Buddhists, it was built by four sons of a poor woman who had interred the remains of a Buddha Sage at that spot. Whichever story one may believe, the prominence of Boudhanath Stupa remains the same for all.

What to see here?
Around the stupa there are several monasteries where one can glance into the cultural richness of this region. The nearby lanes are brimming with workshops where different accouterments essential for Tibetan Buddhist life are made. These include the Tibetan drums, butter lamps, ceremonial horns and headgear to name a few. The best time to come here would be on a full moon night when the plaza is illuminated by thousands of butter lamps.

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