Introduction to Swayambhu

Ancient religious site Swayambhu (Devanagari: स्वयम्भू) is also called Swayambu, Shinguh (Newar locals say it) or Swayambhu in Nepal. Swayambhu (स्वयम्भू‏) means ‘self-sprung’ which consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines, temples, monastery, museum and library. Swayambhunath is known as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Located on the top of the hill, it is blend of Buddhism and Hinduism. It was built by King Manadeva in the 13th century, a symbol of harmony. Swayambhu stupa had become an important center of Buddhism to the people around the globe. To reach there you can climb the 365 stairs or you can also take a taxi to the top backside of the stupa.

About Swayambhu stupa

It is one of the most holiest Buddhist shrine which is the part of a UNESCO World Heritage since 1979.

According to Swayambhu Purana (Buddhist scripture about the origin of Kathmandu valley and also provides information about the first and the second Buddhas in Buddhism), during the Golden age the entire valley was submerged under water.

21 Facts about Swayambhu

There is a history behind it, Swayambhu Purana tells Swayambhunath emerged out of a lotus flower.

Emperor Ashoka in Indian history is said to have visited the site in the 3rd century BCE.

The main festivals celebrated at Swayambhunath is Buddha Jayanti(in April or May) and a month-long Gunla celebration (in August or September).

Harati Devi Temple

Located on the northwestern side of the Stupa, Goddess Harati known as Harati maa and Ajima in Nepalbhasa (Newari language).

The Goddess in Kathmandu valley to protect children from diseases or epidemics. She was stealing children and devouring them.

Then people rushed to the Buddha, they asked Buddha for some protection from the …

Interesting about Swayambhu

Shantipur at Swayambhu
Shantipur at Swayambhu

Shantipur at Swayambhu – a place where a man is doing meditation from 5th century and is till alive.

Nagpur at Swayambhu – story about the tribute to serpents and their king Karkotaka to end drought in the valley.

Nagpur at Swayambhu
Nagpur at Swayambhu

Who are Buddhists?

Those people who follow the teachings of the Gautam Buddha and live by his teachings.

Who is the Buddha?

The one, who acquires the merits after several births, who has attained perfect wisdom or enlightenment or Niravana is the Buddha.

What is Niravana in Buddhism and how do we attain Niravana?

Niravana is the cessation of suffering. It is a blissful and peaceful state. we attain niravana if we follow Arya Astangik Marg.