Budhanilkantha Temple, located in Budhanilkantha, Nepal, (Nepali:
बुढानिलकण्ठ मन्दिर; translation: Old
Blue Throat) is a Hindu open air temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Budhanilkantha Temple is situated below the Shivapuri Hill at the
northern end of the kathmandu valley . and can be identified by a
large reclining statue of Lord Vishnu. The temple's main statue of
Budhanilkantha is considered the largest stone carving in Nepal.
Budhanilkantha Temple Entrance
3 Origin of the statue
5 The Legend of the
Budhanilkantha temple, also known as the Narayanthan Temple, is
situated in kathmandu. Though the temple is named Budhanilkantha, its
name does not come from the Buddha;
Budhanilkantha stands instead for
“Old Blue Throat”. The statue symbolizes Lord Vishnu, who is
regarded as one of the 'Trimurtis', along with Brahma and Shiva.
The main statue is a black stone structure carved from a single block
of black basalt. The statue stands 5 meters tall (around 16.4 feet)
and is positioned in the middle of a recessed pool of water, which is
13 meters (42.65 feet) long. It depicts the deity reclining on the
coils of the cosmic serpent Shesha.
Origin of the statue
According to one story, a farmer and his wife once struck a figure
while plowing the field, which caused it to start soaking blood into
the ground. This turned out to be the figure of lost deity of
Budhanilkantha, which was recovered and placed in its present
Another legend states that the statue was sculpted and brought to its
current location in Kathmandu during the reign of the seventh-century
Vishnu Gupta, who controlled the
Kathmandu Valley under the
Lichchhavi king Bhimarjuna Dev.
Budhanilkantha Temple Compound
It was suggested for many years that the statue floats in the pool.
Indeed, limited access to scientific rigour in 1957 failed to confirm
or refute the claim but a small chip of the statue did confirm it to
be silica based stone but with remarkably low density similar to lava
The Floating statue continues to fascinate and a number of subsequent
requests for access to study its physical nature have been declined.
Budhanilkantha Temple has become the site where Haribondhini
Ekadashi Mela takes place on the 11th day of the Hindu month of
Kartika (October–November). Attended by thousands of pilgrims, it is
the temple's principal festival in celebration of the awakening of
Vishnu from his long sleep.
The Legend of the
A legend states that King
Pratap Malla (1641–1674) had a prophetic
vision. This vision resulted in him believing that kings of Nepal
would die if they visited the
Budhanilkantha Temple. Nepali monarchs
Pratap Malla have never visited the Temple in fear of the
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