Boudhanath Stupa Tavel Guide

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  • Boudhanath Stupa Tavel Guide

Boudhanath Stupa was built just after the demise of Lord Buddha and is largest single Chhyorten in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the most popular tourist sites in the Kathmandu area. In terms of grace and purity of line, no other stupa in Nepal comes close to Boudhanath. From its whitewashed dome to its gilded tower painted with the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha, the monument is perfectly proportioned and highly symbolic, serving as a three-dimensional reminder of the Buddha’s path towards enlightenment. The plinth represents earth, the dome is water, the square tower is fire, the spire is air and the umbrella at the top is the void or ether beyond space. The 13 levels of the spire represent the stages that a human being must pass through to achieve nirvana. Around the base of the stupa are 108 small images of the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha and a ring of prayer wheels, set in groups of four or five into 147 niches. To reach the top of the plinth, look for the gateway at the north end of the stupa, beside a small shrine dedicated to Hariti, the goddess of smallpox.