The Swayambhunath Stupa is one of Nepal’s oldest monuments, dating back to the beginning of the Kathmandu Valley. The beginnings of this stupa complex may be traced back to 1500 years ago, according to historical records and inscriptions, but religious traditions and stories go back even longer. Swayambhunath, which literally means “self-sprung,” is thought to have created after the lake dried up and gave rise to the current valley. This hilltop stupa is a fascinating blend of Hindu shrines and Buddhist stupas, two distinct architectural styles coexisting together. The stairs leading up to Swayambhunath are supposed to have 365 steps. Aside from being a sacred site for Hindus and Buddhists, the ideal location also implies having a view of the surrounding area.
Swayambhunath Stupa is an ancient and intriguing holy temple in Kathmandu Valley’s northwest corner. Since the 1970s, it has been known as “Monkey Temple.” The shrine is home to a large number of monkeys, who may be seen jumping from branches and grabbing food from visitors. Most of the valley can be seen from the top of this monument, providing visitors a panoramic view of the city. Along with many Hindu temples and goddesses embedded in this Buddhist monument, this stupa has stood the test of time, faith, and harmony.
- In the east side of the stupa one can witness the huge gold plated “Vajra” (Thunderbolt)
- The statue of Buddha on the west side of Swayambhu
- The statute of the sleeping Buddha
- The popular bronze icon of Buddha and traditional Tibetan paintings in The Dewa Dharma Monastery
- The temple of the goddess Harati. Legends say that she was an ogress before Lord Buddha changed her to be the caretaker of all children