Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha

Far from the commotion of city, Namo Buddha is a clean and quiet place to mediate and see the amazing snow-covered Himalayan ranges. Namo Buddha is situated at an elevation of 1,750 m above the sea level. It is one of the significant Buddhist pilgrimage sites beside Boudhanath and Swayambhunath.

The monastery has magnificent walls and ceiling. The walls and ceiling are full of Buddhist paintings. As the place has peaceful environment, one can easily mediate here. However, taking photograph is prohibited.

There are prayer wheels all around outside the monastery. A prayer wheel is a cylindrical “wheel” on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather or coarse cotton. Traditionally, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit on the outside of the wheel. According to the lineage texts on prayer wheels, prayer wheels are used to accumulate wisdom and merit (good karma) and to purify negativities (bad karma).

You can walk to the top of the hill from the monastery. There is a big statue of the Buddha at one place made out of brass. On the way to the hill, there is a stone sculpture that depicted Buddha himself feeding a hungry tigress and her cubs. It is believed that the place is where Buddha gave up his body.

Following the ridge to another summit on the same hill, there is another small stupa which is said to be the spot of the den of the tigress. From the top of the hill, one can see the monastery and the view of the village. The top of the hill is surrounded by colorful prayer flags.

Legend

According to history around 6000 years ago prince Great Being (Ngingdui Tshenpo Mahasatwo), found a tigress lying near a rock at the top of the hill, overlooking the jungle. Very quickly, he realized that she was going to die. Her five babies were still little and their survival depended on their mother. Ngingdui Tshenpo, was a young man who had his own kingdom but he decide to give his life to the tigress in a bust of love and compassion. The tigress refused. When the tigress refused to eat him, he decided to cut his arm to feed his warm blood to the tigress. The taste of blood gave the tigress an appetite and finally she accepted the sacrifice from the prince. The tigress left only the bare bones of the prince which were brought back in the village and buried in a tomb which became the actual stupa of Namo Buddha. Some 3500 years later, the Gautam Buddha came to the village of Sange da Fyafulsa; he went around the Stupa three times and declared that he was the reincarnation of Prince Ngingdui Tshenpo. It was that moment that Gautam Buddha renamed this village and henceforth the name of Namo Buddha which means First Buddha.

Access

Namo Buddha is in Kavre District towards the southeast of the valley. It is 40 km away from Kathmandu.

If you take a local bus from Purano Bus Park, it will take around 3 to 4 hours because there are several substations, but if you take a taxi from Kathmandu, it will take around 2 hours.

You can also trek from Banepa to Namo Buddha passing through Panauti and Sakhu.

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