Bodhnath (Boudha) Temple

Bodhnath is the largest Buddhist stupa, or shrine, in Nepal, and is one of the UNESCO cultural heritage sites in Nepal. It’s a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists, and one of the most important holy places in Nepal.

The all-seeing eyes of Buddha

Praying and making an offering

Walk clockwise around the stupa.

Making the rounds on the prayer wheels

Prayer flags … the five colours represent the five natural elements of earth. Depending on what you need to achieve harmony with all elements, a prayer is printed on the flag, and flown. The belief is that the winds will blow and take your prayers forward to the gods.
The main prayer room
Inside the prayer room

The main ‘altar’

Horns, drums, and cymbals used during the prayers

Butter lamps

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