NAMOBUDDHA

Namobuddha is one among the three main Buddhist stupas located in Kavre district. There are two more stupas inside the Kathmandu valley i.e. Bouddha stupa and Swayambunath Stupa. As all other stupas, Namobuddha is considered an important religious place for Buddhist pilgrims since it represents the history of greatness of first incarnation (previous birth) of Lord Buddha before he was born in Kapilvastu who became Lord Buddha in his later birth.

Namobuddha is located in Kathmandu valley at about 40 km to the south east of Kathmandu city. The major attraction of this stupa is the captivating architecture which includes the engraving of beautiful images on the walls of temples in Namobuddha. It stands on the slopes of the Gandha Malla hill.

Buddhist pilgrims believe that around 6000 years ago before the birth of Lord Buddha, Mahasattva who was one of the Buddha’s early incarnation sacrificed his life for teaching everyone the greatness that a human being should have. He was a prince of kingdom of King Maharatha. He cut his flesh and offered it to the hungry tigress that has a newly born five cubs to satisfy her hunger so that she can feed her newly born cubs. Later, when his brothers searched for his brother they found only the bones and hairs of Mahasattva. They brought his bones and hairs back to the kingdom and buried in a tomb which became the actual stupa of Namo Buddha. After 2500 years of the death of Mahasattva Lord Buddha visited this place and declared that he was the reincarnation of Mahasattva.

We can see the stone with engraved picture of the Buddha in stone sacrificing his body in front of tigress. We can also see the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery monastic complex on the eastern side of the hill. Moreover, we can see a small stupa to a second summit on the same hill. There, pilgrims lie down on the ground as if giving their bodies, and hair and pieces of cloth are hung to the branches of the tree for protection.

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