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Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

By Sunday, March 24, 2013 , , ,

Our first Friday in Kathmandu, our group went to Boudhanath Stupa (also called Khāsti, Jyarung Khasyor or simply Bauddha). This ancient Tibetan Buddhist Temple is absolutely massive, if you look closely in some of the photos you can see people for reference. 
In the place of the nose under the Boudha's eyes, there is the Nepali symbol of '1' to represent unity.

Around the edge where Tibeten Prayer Wheels with mantras written on them. Spinning the wheel is akin to reciting the mantra, and many people walk around the stupa (always clockwise! which incidentally helps reduce crowds and makes the area much less chaotic than most of Kathmandu) spinning all of them as they walk by.
There are smaller prayer wheels behind the grates.

Buddha Statue and Dalai Lama shrine
If you're ever there, be sure to visit one of the roof top cafes for a great view of the stupa, the city and the surrounding hills!

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