- Address: Narayanthan, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Statue, Hill
Budhanilkantha is an area near Kathmandu that is known for its statue of sleeping Lord Vishnu. This place is not to be missed if you are interested in myths, legends and religious symbolism. It is carved from a single piece of stone and features Lord Vishnu reclining on a bed of serpents. It is located at a short distance of 10 kilometres from Kathmandu at the base of the Shivapuri Hill. It is the largest and most beautiful stone carving in all of Nepal. Visitors and devotees have found this place to be enigmatic and mystical. The statue is five meters in length and is lying in a tank representing the cosmic sea.
Vishnu’s legs are crossed and the eleven heads of Shesha, the multi-headed serpent cradle his head. Vishnu’s four hands hold objects that are symbols of his divine qualities: a chakra or disc (representing the mind), a conch-shell (the four elements), a lotus flower (the moving universe) and the club (primeval knowledge).
Budhanilkantha Travel Tips
- Only Hindus can approach the statue to leave offerings of fruit and flower garlands, but visitors can view the statue through the fence that surrounds the sacred tank.
How to Reach Budhanilkantha
- Hire a cab or rent a car from Kathmandu to reach this spot. Bus stops: Chapali Bus Stop, Panchakanya Marga Deuwa Chok Bus Stop
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67.17% of people who visit Kathmandu include Budhanilkantha in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
46.48% of people start their Budhanilkantha visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Budhanilkantha
94% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Budhanilkantha