The huge idol of Lord Vishunu carved out of granite is located north of Kathmandu's. This is also the largest idol of Lord Vishnu in Nepal. Local hold a belief that some 500 years ago while an old farmer was ploughing his field the tip of the plough stuck to something. When he dug at the place the idol was revealed. When the idol was being dug out it was hit by the toe in the throat giving a blue mark. thus, the idol was named Budhanikkantha because of the blue mark in the throat and because it was found by an old man. Large numbers of devotees throng the temple to offer worship everyday.
Budhanilkantha, situated at the foot of the Shivpuri Hills in the northern-most part of the Kathmandu Valley, is about 10 km from the city. The shrine with probably the largest stone statue of Lord Vishnu in Nepal is reclining on a bed of Nagas or serpents in the middle of a small pond. The 5-m long granite image carved out of a single rock dates back to the Lichchhavi period.
Nilkantha or the blue-throated god is name given to Shiva as he swallowed the all-destroying poison, which came out during churning of the ocean. However, in the Kathmandu valley there is a very holy shrine situated about 10 km. on the north-east side of Kathmandu called Budhanilkantha or reclining Vishnu or Sheshshaiy Vishnu. Bhuddhist worship this image of reclining Vishnu as Nilkantha Lokeshvara, one of the Avalokiteshvaras.
A big mela (fair) is held at Budhanilkantha on the auspicious two main Ekadashis, Harishayani and Haribodhini, marking the 4-month period when Lord Vishnu is believed to retire to sleep.
Budhanilkantha Temple easily accessible by Micro, Local Bus, Shaja Bus can be found at Ratna Park and Sundhara Tempo Park. It takes about 30 min towards the north of Kathmandu through Jamal, Lainchour, Lazimpath, Teaching Hospital, Chakrapath Maharajgunj, Basbari, Hatti Gouda and to Budhanilkantha Temple.
Tentative Pilgrimage Tour Plan
We have prepared the following exclusive pilgrimage tour itinerary. If any one interest please write us mail as below addressDay 01: Kathmandu Arrival - Evening Pashupatinath Darshan & Join Evening Aarati
Day 02: After Breakfast, Full Day Sightseeing - Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath & Budhanilkantha Temple
Day 03: Drive to Kurintar. Process cable car ride to Manakamana & Puja Darshan then drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel
Day 04: Early Breakfast & Process to drive to Jomsom via Beni. Approx. 10 hrs. Overnight at hotel
Day 05: Breakfast, Drive to Ranipauwa and hike to Muktinath. Puja & Darshan Muktinath. Drive to Tatopani for night halt
Day 06: Early Breakfast and Drive process to Pokhara. Check in hotel and rest of the process half day sightseeing. Overnight at hotel
Day 07: After Breakfast, Drive to Lumbini via Tansen Palpa Siddartha Highway. Visit Tansen and drive to Lumbini. Overnight at Lumbini
Day 08: Early morning, Visit Lumbini Garden, Maya Devi Temple, Musuem, Monasteries, Stupa etc & Drive to Shashwat Dham & Darshan. Drive to Devghat and Darshan. Overnight at Sauraha. Chitwan
Day 09: Morning, Elephant Safari and after breakfast, Drive process to Janakpur. After Lunch, Rest of the time visit Janakpur Dham Sightseeing. Overnight at hotel
Day 10: After Breakfast - Drive process to back to Kathmandu via Sindhuli Bardibas Highway. Approx. 7 hrs. Transfer to hotel & rest of the time free.
Day 11: After Breakfast, Transfer to international airport for the flight to onward destination. Service End 1. Buddhist Spiritual and Pilgrimage Tour Nepal Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
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