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Temple of the sleeping Vishnu
Vishnu, one of the main God's of the Hindus is believed to lay on a serpent bed in the milky oceans. This temple has a magnificently huge statue of the sleeping Vishnu. There are many special trees within the temple premises such as Rudhrakha, bhramhakamalam, pipal Etc. There are shops selling Shaligrama stones, rudhrakshas and other religious items. Beware of fakes.
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Budha Neelkantha Temple.
Budhanilakantha, situated about 8 km north of Kathmandu at the base of Shivapuri Hill, is a remarkable colossal statue of Lord Vishnu reclining on the bed of snakes and floating in the water. It is one of the masterpieces of stone sculpture of Lichchhavi period of 5th century. It is also a famous place of pilgrimage for Hindus.
The Statue of vishnu ,Lying on Ananta sesha(snake),in the cosmic ocean.The Deity is over 1,000 years old. Lord Vishnu is about 5m (17 ft) long and is lying in a 13m (43 ft) long tank, as if floating, with His legs crossed. His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu: the chakra (disc), club, and conch-shell and lotus flower. Budhanilkantha literally means “old blue-throat.” Ananta has 11-hooded heads. It is believed that the deity was carved in the 7th or 8th century during the Licchavi period.
Three other images of Lord Vishnu were carved at the same time. One is here at Budhanilkantha and is considered the most important and original, one is at Balaju Gardens, and one is at the old Royal Palace in Kathmandu, but can not be viewed by tourist. The king of Nepal is not allowed to see the deity at Budhanilkantha, but he can see the other two deities. It is believed if the king sees this deity of Vishnu he will die immediately. The deity of Budhanilkantha was lost for a while and was later rediscovered by a farmer. It is believed that the farmers struck the buried deity with his plough and that blood came out from the ground.
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