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Kathmandu - The City of Gods PDF Print E-mail
Buddha EyeThe Kathmandu valley, Once a lake, Kathmandu valley is the union of three Newar sister cities namely Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. Surrounded by hills on all the sides, Kathmandu valley has always remained the center of Nepalese civilization and current modern urbanization of Nepal. The Newar community is the ethnic inhabitants of this valley with evidential history of 2000 years. All the 3 cities have an integral role in the development of cultural and traditional heritage as well as national economy. is a world famous pilgrim destination. It boasts its cultural heritage, temples and monuments which display its historic and artistic feats. These cultures, temples and monuments, surprisingly, even with the evidential history of more than 2000 years, have been kept preserved.

Along with the temples, preserved are their tales, myths and legends. The legends swathe Kathmandu The capital city of Nepal is a historic and cultural city of Newars. This largest metropolitan city of Nepal hosts numerous display of magnificent Newari art work in the form of ancient temples as well as traditional festival celebrations all year round. Kathmandu is also the core of urban infrastructure development of Nepal and the only gateway to the tourism adventure in Nepal. This blend of ancient culture and modern development makes it a unique tourist destination worth a visit. when the Gods roam through the streets in processions carried from elaborate temples and shrines in caparisoned palanquins. As the legend goes, the very reason for the existence of Kathmandu is the 5th century Swyambhu Nath The 1,000 years old Swayambhu Nath temple is one of the religious destination of the Kathmandu valley located 3 kms west to Kathmandu city. According to Nepalese belief, this temple self existed in the form of a lotus emitting brilliant light in the center of a lake before the birth of Kathmandu. The modern round structure of the temple was created in due time only to cover the intense light emitted from the center of the temple. Situated on top of a hillock, large crowds gather in this temple everyday to view the overall site of Kathmandu valley. Swayambhu Nath temple was also enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage monument list in 1979 AD. This is also one of those few Hindu temples where foreigners are allowed. temple that stands tall today as one of the most popular Buddhist places of worship in the country. Visit the temple late in the evening when the place is lit with spotlights and oil lamps and just sit back and enjoy the calmness and also the legend from any local who would be more than happy to share it.Pasupatinath The legend also comes alive when you listen to the stories of the 5th century Pashupatinath The temple of the Lord of all living beings, Pashupatinath is the holiest pilgrimage destination of the Hindus throughout the world. This temple is of two storeys with golden roofs and four silver doors in each direction. Pashupatinath temple is located in the banks of the holy river Bagmati in the Kathmandu city. Historic evidences prove that the temple existed since 879 AD however the present temple was built in 1679 AD. The temple premise comprises of numerous holy shrines and archeologically important monuments. This temple is center of accumulation of thousands of devotees and Sadhus flocking from all over the world during the Shiva Ratri and Teej festival. Although a Hindu temple, Pashupatinath is equally worshipped by the Budhists too. Pashupatinath was also enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage monument list in 1979 AD temple in its vicinity. The two storey golden roof temple at the banks of Bagmati river is the most sacred and ultimate Hindu destination. Visit it anytime and experience the guranteed maddening reverie that Pashupati Nath commands.

But perhaps the best kept secret treasure trove of ancient artwork that combines tales from Hindu epics to former royalties is the 4th century Changu Narayan The oldest temple of the Kathmandu Valley according to the 5th century stone inscription found inside the temple, Changu Narayan temple sits on top of a hill in the Changu village which is 23 kms North East of Kathmandu city. Surrounded by green environment, this 3rd century temple is a magnificent display of ancient metal and wood art work. The locals of Changu Narayan are experts in metal and wood carvings. This temple was also enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage monument list in 1979 AD. temple. Its superb architecture from the 4th century says volumes about the impressive art scene of those days.

Amid the hustle and bustle of the community life of Kathmandu, the 4th century Boudha Nath A religious belief that crawling around Boudhanath Stupa on your knees exempts you from your sins has made this stupa popular amongst all. Boudhnath is the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal and large number of Buddhist devotees gathers here to pay their homage every day. Built in the 5th century, Boudhanath stupa is regarded as the biggest stupa in the world. This stupa is located in the ancient Tibetan trade route of Boudha in Kathmandu city. Numerous Tibetan monasteries have been established around Boudhnath since 1950 AD by Tibetan refugees who settled here. temple is somewhere you can lose yourself for hours. With Boudha Stupaevery little detail of the stupa having profound meaning it is a strange aura of peace. Enjoy the serenity early in the morning or late in the evening while you walk clockwise around the stupa and experience the wonderful feeling to be swept around by the centrifugal force of faith.

All these legends which take you back to those days of innocence shall never be experienced in any other part of the world cause these legends live and are as pure as the chink of the wind chimes from the eves of gilded pagoda forgotten, like the legends told by the temples.

Kathmandu evokes strong emotions among travelers. Some look at the crowded and chaotic streets and cannot wait to hop on the next flight home while others fall hopelessly in love with its splendid architecture, bustling squares, majestic monuments and the legends which pervade the city. It adds a whole new dimension to the number of tourists interested to visit the country and it is these that have kept this city alive.

A religious belief that crawling around Boudhanath Stupa on your knees exempts you from your sins has made this stupa popular amongst all. Boudhnath is the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal and large number of Buddhist devotees gathers here to pay their homage every day. Built in the 5th century, Boudhanath stupa is regarded as the biggest stupa in the world. This stupa is located in the ancient Tibetan trade route of Boudha in Kathmandu city. Numerous Tibetan monasteries have been established around Boudhnath since 1950 AD by Tibetan refugees who settled here.

 

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