BUDHANILKANTHA TEMPLE, located in
* 1 Location
* 2 Deity
* 3 Origin of the statue
* 4 Festivals
* 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
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 position.
Another legend states that the statue was sculpted and brought to its
current location in Kathmandu during the reign of the seventh-century
It was suggested for many years that the statute 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.
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
THE LEGEND OF THE NEPAL MONARCHY
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 after King Pratap Malla have never visited the Temple in fear of the prophecy.
* ^ "Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation - Government
of Nepal". www.tourism.gov.np. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
* ^ "Budhanilkantha,
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