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Budhanilkantha
Budhanilkantha
Temple, located in Budhanilkantha, Nepal, (Nepali: बुढानिलकण्ठ मन्दिर; translation: Old Blue Throat) is a Hindu open air temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Budhanilkantha
Budhanilkantha
Temple is situated below the Shivapuri Hill at the northern end of the kathmandu valley .[1] and can be identified by a large reclining statue of Lord Vishnu. The temple's main statue of Budhanilkantha
Budhanilkantha
is considered the largest stone carving in Nepal.[2]

Budhanilkantha
Budhanilkantha
Temple Entrance

Contents

1 Location 2 Deity 3 Origin of the statue 4 Festivals 5 The Legend of the Nepal
Nepal
Monarchy 6 References

Location[edit] Budhanilkantha
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
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. Deity[edit] 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.[3] Origin of the statue[edit] 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 position. Another legend states that the statue was sculpted and brought to its current location in Kathmandu during the reign of the seventh-century monarch Vishnu
Vishnu
Gupta, who controlled the Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu Valley
under the Lichchhavi king Bhimarjuna Dev.

Budhanilkantha
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 rock. The Floating statue continues to fascinate and a number of subsequent requests for access to study its physical nature have been declined. Festivals[edit] The Budhanilkantha
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 Lord Vishnu
Vishnu
from his long sleep.[4] The Legend of the Nepal
Nepal
Monarchy[edit] A legend states that King Pratap Malla
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
Budhanilkantha
Temple. Nepali monarchs after King Pratap Malla
Pratap Malla
have never visited the Temple in fear of the prophecy.[5] References[edit]

^ "Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation - Government of Nepal". www.tourism.gov.np. Retrieved 2016-07-31.  ^ "Budhanilkantha, Nepal
Nepal
- Lonely Planet". lonelyplanet.com. Retrieved 2015-09-14.  ^ "Buddha Nilakantha Temple Nepal
Nepal
~ Blog on vishnu temples". divyadesamyatra.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2015-09-14.  ^ "Budhanilkantha". sacredsites.com. Retrieved 2015-09-14.  ^ "Budhanilkantha". Places of Peace and Power. 

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